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Nicholas Alkemade, a pilot during World War 2, survived falling 18,000 feet after jumping from a burning Lancaster bomber.
In 2005, a portion of T-rex bone was dissolved in acid. It revealed soft tissue with sections of possible DNA.
The Eternal Fire
A natural gas vent in Iraq known as The Eternal Fire has been burning continuously for over 4,000 years, and is mentioned by Herodotus, Plutarch, and in the Old Testament’s Book of Daniel.
Most Peaceful Country
Iceland has no army and is also recognized as the world’s most peaceful country.
Game Boy Inventor
The inventor of the Game Boy, Gunpei Yokoi, was originally Nintendo’s janitor and maintenance man.
World's Largest Swimming Pool
The world’s largest swimming pool can be found at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile. The pool is 1,013 m (3,324 ft) long, has a maximum depth of 35 m, and even has sailing boats.
1865 Canned Food, Still Safe to Eat
In 1974, canned food from a boat that sank in 1865 was tested by chemists and was found to be still safe to eat.
Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor, was left stranded on a deserted island in 1704, but survived for over 4 years, partly by using feral cats to protect him from ravenous rats that attacked during the night.