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Bizarre Fact #301:
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In 410 A.D. Alaric the Visigoth demanded that Rome give him three thousand pounds of pepper as ransom.

Bizarre Fact #302:
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In the marriage ceremony of the Ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.

Bizarre Fact #303:
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Pilgrims did not eat potatoes for Thanksgiving as they thought they were poisonous.

Bizarre Fact #304:
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The mother of famous astronomer Johannes Kepler was accused of being a witch.

Bizarre Fact #305:
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Vikings, after killing their enemies, used their skulls as drinking vessels.

Bizarre Fact #306:
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In 1943, Navy officer Grace Hopper found a glitch in her computer. After investigating, she discovered the system had a bug - a real one. Turns out a moth made its way into Hopper's computer. Though the word bug has meant fault or defect since as far back as the 1870's, Hopper's story is credited with making it the synonym of choice in the computer industry.

Bizarre Fact #307:
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New York City was briefly the U.S. capital from 1789 to 1790.

Bizarre Fact #308:
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Peter the Great executed his wife's lover, and forced her to keep her lover's head in a jar of alcohol in her bedroom.

Bizarre Fact #309:
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There are 47 czars buried within the Kremlin.


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