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Bizarre Fact #81:
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Bavarian immigrant Charles August Fey invented the first three-reel automatic payout slot machine, the Liberty Bell, in San Francisco in 1899.

Bizarre Fact #82:
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Bavarian immigrant Charles August Fey invented the first three-reel automatic payout slot machine, the Liberty Bell, in San Francisco in 1899.

Bizarre Fact #83:
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Because he felt such an important tool should be public property, English chemist John Walker never patented his invention — matches.

Bizarre Fact #84:
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Because Napoleon believed that armies marched on their stomachs, he offered a prize in 1795 for a practical way of preserving food. The prize was won by a French inventor, Nicholas Appert. What he devised was canning. It was the beginning of the canned food industry of today.

Bizarre Fact #85:
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Benjamin Franklin was also the first person to try to electrocute a turkey. This experiment didn't work. The bird lived and it was America's Renaissance man who ended up absorbing the jolt. "I meant to kill a turkey," said the shocked inventor, "and instead, I nearly killed a goose."

Bizarre Fact #86:
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Benjamin Franklin was the inventor of the rocking chair.

Bizarre Fact #87:
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Bryan J. Patrie, a Stanford graduate student invented the Watercolor Intelligent Nightlight, which informs bleary-eyed midnight bathroom-goers whether the toilet seat is up or down... without turning on a blinding light. Patrie introduced the device in the early 1990's. He explained, "When you get within five feet of the dark commode, it will sense your motion. It looks to see if the room is dark. Then it looks upward by sending out an infrared beam. If it gets a reflection, it knows the seat is up. If it is, the red light comes on."

Bizarre Fact #88:
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California police in the 1920s thought they had gotten the drop on a moonshiner. They raided what they thought was a still and found, instead, inventor Philo T. Farnsworth, working on something that was later to become television.

Bizarre Fact #89:
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Camel's-hair brushes are not made of camel's hair. They were invented by a man named Mr. Camel.

Bizarre Fact #90:
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Carbonated beverages became popular in 1832 after John Mathews invented an apparatus for charging water with carbon dioxide gas.


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