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7 Bizarre Facts You Didn't Know About This Week In History

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  1. Which of these facts are true about the first Apple Macintosh which was released on January 24, 1984?

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    The Beatles funded the production of the computer and received part of its profits.
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    The inside of the case is molded with all of the signatures of the Macintosh Division.
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    A moth got trapped inside of one of the prototypes, for which we use the word "bug" when a computer malfunctions.
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    Musician Brian Eno created the sound heard when starting up the computer.
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    The inside of the case is molded with all of the signatures of the Macintosh Division.

    The signatures were inside the casing of every computer, a particularly odd addition since users could not open the case on their own.

    The inside of the case is molded with all of the signatures of the Macintosh Division.
    Via Carlos Pérez Ruiz / CC BY-SA 2.0 via flic.kr
  2. January 25 is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. For what purpose was bubble wrap originally invented?

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    Wallpaper

    Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes attempted to create 3D plastic wallpaper, but instead realized their invention was better used for packaging.

  3. On January 26, 1998, U.S. President Bill Clinton said "I did not have _____ with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." Fill in the blank.

    Miller Center / Public Domain
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    Sexual relations

    Clinton was later fined $90,000 for giving a false testimony.

    Sexual relations
    Via Miller Center / Public Domain
  4. What was significant about a Pepsi commercial Michael Jackson performed and starred in on January 27, 1984?

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    PepsiCo
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    It's when he debuted his moonwalk.
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    He performed despite being hospitalized with pneumonia the night before.
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    He was never there, they hired a look alike at Jackson's request.
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    He got 2nd degree burns on his scalp from an accident.
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    He got 2nd degree burns on his scalp from an accident.

    A pyrotechnics display ignited early with Jackson in close proximity causing burns to his hair and face. The hair never grew back which forced Jackson to always wear a wig.

    He got 2nd degree burns on his scalp from an accident.
    Via AP Photo/Lennox McLendon
  5. January 28 is both Joey Fatone's and Nick Carter's birthday, but which band held the record for fastest selling album in the first week (until 2015)?

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    Via JIVE Records
    *NSYNC
    Via JIVE Records
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    Via JIVE Records
    Backstreet Boys
    Via JIVE Records
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    *NSYNC

    No Strings Attached (2000) sold 2.4 million records in its first week after release in the U.S. The record was finally broken in 2015 when Adele's 25 sold 3.3 million records.

  6. January 29 is Curmudgeons Day. Which of these things best exemplify a curmudgeon?

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    A bowl of porridge
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    A horse drawn carriage
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    Via Getty Images/iStockphoto
    A grumpy old man
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    Via Getty Images/Somos RF
    A handful of dirt
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    A grumpy old man

    A curmudgeon is an ill-tempered or surly person, typically used in reference to older men.

    A grumpy old man
    Via Getty Images/iStockphoto
  7. January 30, 1948–Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated. Which of the following facts are untrue about him?

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    He led a 240-mile long march when he was 60.
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    He dropped out of law school.
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    He spent more than six years in prison.
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    He never won a Nobel Prize.
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    He dropped out of law school.

    Gandhi attended and completed law studies at the University College of London. He returned to Bombay to practice law and later in South Africa.

    He dropped out of law school.
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