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7 Random Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

Melbourne was once named Batmania!

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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. Richard Nixon once smuggled a suitcase full of weed through the airport for Louis Armstrong.

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They didn't call him "Tricky Dick" for nothing. When Nixon and Armstrong found each other at the same airport in 1958, the future president did the jazz legend a favor by carrying his baggage through customs for him. Nixon — who would go on to use the drug war as an excuse to break up black communities — got through customs with no problem, but what he didn’t know is that the suitcase had three pounds of marijuana in it.

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2. Ancient Greeks came up with the idea of cyclops after they found a mammoth fossil, and had no idea what it was.

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Turns out, the cyclops wasn't just a crazy imaginary beast to Homer and other ancient Greeks. When they found fossils of mammoths, dwarf elephants, and other similar prehistoric animals, they mistook the giant nasal cavities for single eye sockets and used them as evidence to support their mythological creatures. Try telling that to Mike Wazowski.

3. There are 70 (!) ingredients in a McRib sandwich.

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McRibs, the cult menu item that McDonald's keeps retiring only to bring it right back, is one complex sandwich. The actual "rib" part of it contains "restructured meat product" like tripe, pig heart, and scalded stomach, but that's not all! One of the many ingredients the bun contains is azodicarbonamide, a flour-bleaching agent that is often used in gym mats and foam soles of shoes. YUM!

4. There are lower-case numbers in addition to lower-case letters.

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What the?! Lower-case numbers, aka old-style numerals, are still common in certain typefaces like Georgia. They're often used when typing phone numbers, and addresses, and can be spotted when they descend lower than the rest of a line of text. Sometimes, the lower-case numbers are used for ~aesthetics~, but other times, they assist in creating even spacing.

5. The first person to perform a successful C-section in South Africa was Dr. James Barry...a doctor who was actually a woman.

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Barry's real name was Margaret Bulkley, and she was one of the first female obstetricians in the UK. Medical school in her day — the early 19th century — was only available to men, so she adopted her late uncle's name and lived as a man publicly and privately for the rest of her life to maintain her career. What she did while living in secret was incredibly impressive: She was named medical inspector for the British Army, assisted during the Battle of Waterloo, and yeah, performed that historic C-section. It wasn't until after her death in 1865 that any of her colleagues discovered her true identity.

6. For a brief time, Melbourne had the best name on the planet: Batmania.

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An Australian explorer by the fantastic name of John Batman negotiated a treaty for the land that now comprises Melbourne with local Aborigines in 1835, and for less than a year, it was named Batmania in his honor. Sadly, the name was changed to the not-so-superhero-like Melbourne after then-British Prime Minister William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne in 1837, although there are several landmarks in the city that still bear the Batman name. Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na...TOO BAD!

7. In 1981, a black lab named Bosco was elected honorary mayor of Sunol, California.

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Boscoe Ramos was nominated honorary mayor of the town of less than 1,000 as a joke, but he actually beat two people and won! His title meant he could run around town all he wanted; there's now a statue outside the local post office in his honor. The honorable pooch was as loyal as you'd expect him to be, too — he held the job until his death in 1994. Good boy, Boscoe.

  1. Before you go, tell me: Which one of these facts did you find the most interesting?

    Nixon was a drug mule.
    McRibs are nasty.
    Lower case numbers are a thing.
    Female doctors have it rough :(
    Batman!!!!
    DOG MAYOR!!!

7 Random Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

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    Female doctors have it rough :(
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    Batman!!!!
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    DOG MAYOR!!!

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