These Facts Will Make You Question Everything You Believed In

These fascinating facts will make you rethink your whole world view.

Jefferson Davis, former Confederate president, was never actually convicted of treason.

If put on trial, the U.S. government feared Jefferson would be labeled a martyr if executed, or worse yet, have the opportunity to convince the jury that the act of secession was in fact legal.

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Here stands the Cycad tree, the last of its kind known to man.

This lone prehistoric species of plant was originally discovered back in 1895, and was relocated to where it grows to this day at the Royal Botanical Gardens. This particular type of tree dates back to the era at which the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Unfortunately, it can only complete the pollination process with a partner plant, which gives way to the inevitable extinction of such a rare and ancient species.

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In his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, Dante strategically painted bankers in a deeper ring of hell than those who committed murder.

It certainly provides food for thought.

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After the major hit form the 2008 recession, the State of Utah issued a shortened business week consisting of only four days.

Results from the shift in regulation showed positive spikes in productivity with businesses throughout the state experiencing boosts in employee morale, less frequent absences, major savings in regards to energy, significant reduction in rush hour traffic, and an overall cut of fourteen percent of Utah’s air pollution.

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Mark Hamill feels that Luke Skywalker could have been gay.

He believes that the character is open to interpretation. “If you think Luke is gay, of course he is,” he said, “You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.” J.J. Abrams, the director of the most recent of the Star Wars films, The Force Awakens, backs the concept up by saying “it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”

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The movie, The Battle of the Bulge, was rated so poorly for its representation of WWII that the general of Allied forces and retired President Eisenhower came out of retirement just to denounce the film.

Despite being filmed a mere twenty years post-war, those responsible for producing the movie portrayed inaccurate details, poorly represented the setting and cold weather conditions endured by soldiers, as well as managing to create a false ending to the historical event.

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The famous Alice Cooper kicked the habit of drinking in order to pursue his passion: golf.

This rock star has changed his ways and is now seen on the fields multiple times a week for his usual six rounds.

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During World War II, Japanese and British doctors used coconut water in IV drips for wounded soldiers.

As the saline supply was short, these desperate times saw creative measures.

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In only three days back in 2008, Elon Musk managed to take Tesla Motors and SpaceX from the edge of bankruptcy, all the way to a $1.6 billion valuation.

After their first three launches failed, SpaceX had finally found some success in September of that year, which proved to be crucial because as funds ran out, on the 23rd of December, NASA came to them with a whopping $1.5 billion contract. The very next day, with only an hour left on the clock to invest money in Tesla, the investors also showed up with a $20 million injection.

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Throughout Ancient Greece, rival factions would put down shields and spears for a three-month period before the Olympics.

This Hellenic truce let spectators as well as the athletes come from all throughout Greece without any harm.

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Ethics books have a 50% higher chance of going missing from library shelves than any other books about philosophy.

Maybe ethics professors carry a “do as I say, not as I do” attitude.

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Thomas Andrews Jr., a designer of the Titanic, was actually on board as the massive ship sank.

His designs included ideas for water-tight bulkheads, a reinforced hull, and increased number of emergency lifeboats, but he was overruled. After hitting the iceberg, Andrews assisted Captain Smith in checking out and evaluating the ship’s damage, and as it began to go down, he continued to work nonstop to help as many people fit into the lifeboats as he could. He let himself go down with his design, continuously throwing anything he knew would float towards people struggling in the deep waters.

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