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7 Random Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

The story about lemmings jumping off of cliffs to their deaths is FAKE.

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Conversations are hard. Each week, two-time Jeopardy! winner and awkward silence warrior Terri Pous makes small talk a little easier by giving you random things to blurt out when you don’t know what else to say. Catch up on last week's here.

1. Ketchup was sold as medicine in the 1830s.

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Thirty years before Heinz started bottling and selling the stuff as a condiment, an Ohio physician named Dr. John Cook Bennett thought the tomato-based product was as good as Pepto-Bismol. He said it could cure diarrhea and indigestion, and even concentrated ketchup into pill form to sell to the stomach-achy masses.

2. Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's son, was in close proximity to three out of four presidential assassinations.

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Lincoln, his parents' eldest son, was supposed to be at Ford's Theater with his mom and dad the night the president was assassinated, but he stayed back at the White House, less than a mile away, instead. Sixteen years later, he watched President James Garfield get fatally shot at Sixth Street Train Station in Washington, D.C. Even weirder? Lincoln was at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York when President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901.

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3. If you're being violent or drunk in Japan the police will get a futon and roll you into a burrito.

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In fact, Japanese police officers are rarely known to use guns or violence at all. If you're drunk (or acting violent), they'll wrap you up in the futons and carry you over to the station to calm you down instead of potentially instigating more hostilities.

4. All mammals take about 12 seconds to poop, regardless of size.

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The science journal Soft Matter found that the diameter and length of feces is always comparable to those of any mammal's rectum and that no matter a mammal's size or weight, the pressure used to push out a bowel movement is equal. So whether it's an elephant or a mouse, it doesn't need too long to pop out poop.

5. Miami is the only major US city founded by a woman.

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Say hi to Julia Tuttle, the mother of Miami. She bought hundreds of acres of land in southern Florida in 1886, and thanks to her negotiations with railway magnate Henry Flagler to extend his railroads south to her property, her city got put on the map in a big way.

6. The story you've probably heard about lemmings jumping off of cliffs to their deaths FAKE.

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A 1958 nature documentary called White Wilderness appeared to show lemmings committing suicide off of a cliff in the Arctic. The doc was popular and even won an Oscar, but the truth is that they faked the entire cliff-jumping scene. Producers shipped lemmings to Alberta to film it, and even used a turntable at some points to force the animals to fly off the cliff. Scientists have since proven that the entire myth of lemming suicide is a hoax.

7. Anxious travelers can play with mini horses at a Kentucky airport.

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Twice a month, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport brings in two adorable mini horses named Denver and Ruby from a nearby farm to help nervous jet-setters feel relaxed. Aren't you more chilled-out just reading about them?

  1. WAIT!!! Before you leave me, tell me which fact you thought was the most interesting!

    Ketchup medicine.
    Robert Lincoln was cursed.
    Drunk people in burritos!
    Poop.
    The mother of Miami.
    LEMMINGS ARE A LIE?!?!?!
    MINI HORSES!!!!!!

7 Random Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

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    Ketchup medicine.
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    Robert Lincoln was cursed.
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    Drunk people in burritos!
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    Poop.
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    The mother of Miami.
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    LEMMINGS ARE A LIE?!?!?!
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    MINI HORSES!!!!!!

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