On 20 October 1944 an above ground gas storage tank in Cleveland, Ohio started leaking. The ensuing disaster killed 130 people and left 600 homeless
On 20 October 1944 an above ground gas storage tank in Cleveland, Ohio started leaking. The ensuing disaster killed 130 people and left 600 homeless

On Friday, 20 October 1944 residents of Cleveland East, Ohio were going about their business in the usual way, not realizing that by that afternoon 130 people would have died and many would have lost their homes and their life’s savings.

By 2:30 pm an above storage tank storing liquefied natural gas, started leaking from a side seam. It was located at the East Ohio Gas Company’s tank farm near Lake Erie.

Winds from the lake pushed the vapor into a mixed use section of Cleveland, where it dropped into the sewer lines via the street gutters.

When it mixed with air and sewer gas, the mixture ignited and exploded, and the jets of fire that was sent up from the sewer lines blew manhole covers into the sky. One was found several miles east, in Glenville!

That was not the end of it. At 3:00 pm another above ground tank exploded, leveling the tank farm. Explosions and fires continued to occur, travelling through sewers and up through drains. Many housewives found themselves trapped in their burning homes.

The county coroner estimated the death toll to be 200, but it was actually 130. Six hundred people were left homeless as 70 homes, 2 factories, numerous cars and miles of underground infrastructure were destroyed.

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The entire Indonesian Declaration of Independence is only a few sentences long, was written the night before and is signed by 2 people
The entire Indonesian Declaration of Independence is only a few sentences long, was written the night before and is signed by 2 people

Indonesia won their independence in 1949, four years after officially declaring their independence.

That declaration is only a few sentences long, though, and was only written the night before it was presented. It was also only signed by two people.

In 1945, Indonesia had plans to declare their independence.

The declaration was to be signed by the 27 members of the Preparatory Committee for Indonesian Independence symbolically representing the new nation’s diversity, but the more radical members argued that there would be credibility issues if that were the case.

Instead, a compromise was reached to have only two people sign it: Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta, who signed “In the name of the people of Indonesia”.

The reason the declaration was drafted in such a hurry is because they wanted to take advantage of one particular recent event: the unconditional surrender of Japan to the allies after the bombing of Nagasaki.

The entire declaration goes as follows (translated into English):

WE THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA HEREBY DECLARE THE INDEPENDENCE OF INDONESIA. MATTERS WHICH CONCERN THE TRANSFER OF POWER AND OTHER THINGS WILL BE EXECUTED BY CAREFUL MEANS AND IN THE SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME. DJAKARTA, 17 AUGUST 1945 IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA SOEKARNO—HATTA

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The recipe for green bean casserole was created by the Campbell’s Soup Company to sell more soup
The recipe for green bean casserole was created by the Campbell’s Soup Company to sell more soup

Green bean casserole is a pretty popular Thanksgiving Day side dish in the United States. It consists of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions.

This dish was actually made by the Campbell Soup Company in 1955, probably a telling clue as to why Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup is a main ingredient.

Dorcas Reilly led the team that created the recipe while working as a staff member in the home economics department.

The inspiration for the dish was “to create a quick and easy recipe around two things most Americans always had on hand in the 1950s: green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup.”

The original recipe card is now found in the National Investors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.

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Bill Murray once walked into a bar with two members of the Wu Tang Clan and started bartending!
Bill Murray once walked into a bar with two members of the Wu Tang Clan and started bartending!

Bill Murray is known for being a comedic genius, and starring in cult classic films such as Ghostbusters, as well as Groundhog Day. It’s very rare that you’ll find someone who doesn’t know who Bill Murray is, or, someone who says that they don’t like ANY Bill Murray films.

In 2010, Bill Murray decided to enter a bar with two members of the Wu Tang Clan, RZA and GZA. The three gentlemen walked straight behind the bar, and started taking orders for drinks. But, no matter what anybody ordered, Bill Murray poured them a shot of Tequila and told them to drink it!

The whole bar tending experience is caught on video! Click the source to see it.

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11 Facts That Could Save Your Life Some Day.
11 Facts That Could Save Your Life Some Day.

1. If you get stuck in riptide, remain calm and swim parallel to shore. Swimming to the shore will just tire you out faster.

2. When crying for help, call out specific people (eg. “you with the green shirt!”). It makes people more likely to act and not be affected by the bystander effect.

3. In survival situations, while it will change depending on your body, remember the rule of threes:

  • 3 minutes without air (maybe you’re buried in snow following an avalance)

  • 3 hours without shelter against the elements

  • 3 days without water

  • 3 weeks without food

4. Most phones are able to dial 911 even without service or a SIM card.

5. Additionally, 112 is the international 9-1-1 in most places.

6. If you see a photo of yourself (or anyone else - particularly children) where they only have one ‘red eye’ from the flash, this could be a sign of neuroblastoma (a type of eye cancer).

7. If caught in a burning building, get low. The breathable air will be near the floor.

8. Learn the self-Heimlich.

9. Do you have a desk job? Be sure you get up at least once every two hours and walk around for 5-10 minutes. Doing this reduces the chance of developing blood clots in your calves.

10. If you’re a man and you pee on one of those pregnancy test, if it comes up positive you may have testicular cancer. 11. Just because the light turns green doesn’t mean its safe to go.

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This man with severe OCD attempted suicide, but accidentally destroyed the source of his OCD!
This man with severe OCD attempted suicide, but accidentally destroyed the source of his OCD!

It’s always nice when a sad story has a happy ending.

In 1988, George was going through a rough time. Only 19 years old, he suffered from life-crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

The disease worked its way into every aspect of George’s life, causing him to take frequent showers and wash his hands hundreds of times a day, among other things. His compulsions eventually got so bad that he had to leave his job and drop out of school.

George’s disease was ruining his life and, in a bout of depression, he told his mother that he would rather die than keep on living. So, in a real “mother of the year” moment, she told him to go and shoot himself.

And that’s exactly what he did.

After shooting himself, George was rushed to the hospital. Surgeons pulled the bullet out, which landed in George’s left frontal lobe, but could not remove all of its fragments.

However, as he recovered, the doctors discovered something strange. Following his suicide attempt, George had almost no more compulsions. It seemed that, instead of killing him, the bullet damaged the part of his brain responsible for his OCD.

With his illness gone, George returned to school and found a new job. Out of tragedy, he got a new lease on life, and he certainly used it well.

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The late Robin Williams even brought improv to his serious roles as seen in Good Will Hunting
The late Robin Williams even brought improv to his serious roles as seen in Good Will Hunting

To make a great film, you need a bunch of things to all work together seamlessly. These things include actors’ performances, directors and script writing.

There are some actors who like to take on a little more than everyone else, though.

Improvisation isn’t easy, but when done right, it brings something extra to a film.

No matter how good an actor may be, reading from a script doesn’t come naturally like improvisation does. It’s just inherently more natural.

Good Will Hunting has won or been nominated for numerous awards, one of which would be The Academy Award’s Best Supporting Actor which was won by the late Robin Williams. Williams, being a comedian, is known for his ability to improv, and he doesn’t disappoint in this film.

One memorable scene from the film was when Matt Damon’s character Will is in therapy with Robin Williams’ character Dr. Sean Maguire. Williams talks about his wife’s little idiosyncrasies, including how she farts in bed.

The whole thing was improve, and the seemingly out-of-control laughter by Matt Damon is his real reaction, as he was taken completely by surprise. He wasn’t the only one. Damon swears that if you look closely, you can see the camera swaying up and down slightly due to the cameraman laughing.

Williams also improvises the last line of the film, while Ben Affleck and Minnie Driver each made significant contributions to their characters.

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During WWII a man saved 8000 Jews by faking a typhus epidemic!
During WWII a man saved 8000 Jews by faking a typhus epidemic!

Eugene Lazowski’s generosity under the threat of execution is another reminder that not all human beings are terrible.

Like many others, Eugene’s actions during World War II helped save thousands of Jews that would have most certainly been executed in a concentration camp by the Nazi’s.

Eugene Lazowski was born and raised in a small town in Poland. When World War II came rolling around, Eugene, like many other brave young men around the world decided to enlist in the army.

First, he was a second lieutenant on a Red Cross train, later becoming a medical doctor in the Polish resistance.

Eugene Lazowski, with the help of his friend Dr Stanislaw Mateluwicz, created a fake Typhus disease and secretely spread it amongst all the civilians in the town.

The fake Typhus epidemic wasn’t lethal, but to the Nazi doctors, it appeared as if almost the entire population of the city had Typhus! As a result, the Nazi’s quarantined the city and around 8,000 Jewish people avoided going to concentration camps as a result!

Eugene Lazowski passed away in 2006.

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Prisoners In The United States Have More Than Quadrupled Within The Last 3 Decades to Millions!
Prisoners In The United States Have More Than Quadrupled Within The Last 3 Decades to Millions!

Studies show that between 1980 and 2008, prisoners within the United States went from 500,000 to over 2.3 million. That’s approximately the population of Houston and Arlington, Texas combined.

While the US is 5% of the world’s population, it holds approximately 25% of the world’s prisoners. This doesn’t even count the amount of people that are out on parole.

Under this note, it is found that 1 in every 31 people are under some type of correctional control whether this be probation, etc.

The amount of prisoners is equate to $70 billion dollars in annual funding to correctional facilities. There is also approximately $200 billion spent yearly on the safety of public alone.

Is the incarceration of so many people worth the money that is spent annually?

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Even an office worker can be a hero! Find out how a distribution assistant got a shout out from the president!
Even an office worker can be a hero! Find out how a distribution assistant got a shout out from the president!

Heroism is based on the actions we perform, even more so when put under an immense amount of pressure. Those that think of employees in a place called the Congressional Budget Office may not be your stereotypical superheroes.

Well, there’s one guy who set out to prove all those people wrong: Lenny Skutnik.

He was the epitome of a hero when he saved someone in the icy Potomac river.

On January 13, 1982 Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th street bridge in Washington D.C. where one passenger was too weak to grab the rescue line dropped from a helicopter. Skutnik decided to jump in.

The distribution assistant swam 30 feet in short sleeves and managed to save Priscilla Tirado. It got him invited to the 1982 State of the Union address where he sat next to First Lady Nancy Reagan. He even managed a shout out from the president himself.

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