Did you know that Harry Houdini was a true patriot? He hawked war bonds and gave escape lectures to soldiers during WWI!

Show business can lead to trouble and a life of unhappiness, but only if you let it. For some, like Harry Houdini, life is what you make of it, and you never stop using your talents for good.

Harry had always been a sort of patriot,so when WWI broke out it was no surprise that the legendary escape artist would immediately hit the streets just like everyone else was doing in an attempt to assist the soldiers of America and contribute towards to war effort. He began to sell war bonds as often as he could, wherever he was, and even taught soldiers the art of escaping from German handcuffs. He also performed plenty of unofficial shows for the soldiers going to and coming from the battlefields. Surely there were some very grateful soldiers later on.

Of course, the war didn't stop the young magician from studying his magic. All the while he continued to practice and learn new magic tricks. At one point he even performed for President Theodore Roosevelt. Those years, from 1914 to around 1916 were some of the busiest for Houdini. Not only was the escape artist involved in an affair, but he also had a near death experience during a buried alive skit.


The Library of Alexandria held nearly all the knowledge in the ancient world, but did you ever wonder how they got all of it?

The Library of Alexandria is, even to this day, one of the most well-known libraries in the world. It's most famous for having been burned down, resulting in the loss of nearly all the world's knowledge at the time.

How did they acquire so much of this knowledge? One way was through incoming ships. Any books that were found were copied onto scrolls. The original manuscript was then kept in the library, and the scroll given to the owner!

Just how much was lost during the fire? Historians say it's impossible to tell, since no documentation from the library has survived. However, some estimate that more than 500,000 scrolls were lost forever to history.


The only difference between Tylenol Cold and Tylenol Flu is the box! Marketing genius or absolute madness?

There's a lot of difference between getting a cold and getting the flu. Colds typically leave you sneezing and sniffling for a couple of a days, while the flu is much more serious. The flu can typically give you a fever and leave you fatigued, and if left untreated, can sometimes lead to hospitalization.

Despite the major difference between these diseases, Tylenol treats them the same way!

Both Tylenol Cold and Tylenol Flu contain the exact same ingredients—a pain reliever, a cough suppressant, and a nasal decongestant. The only difference between the two medicines is the box!

No matter what kind of sickness you have, remember to drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest!


Several corporations, including Wal-Mart, American Airlines, and Mastercard, released a major motion picture in 2008!

Wal-Mart is known for their low prices, but in 2008, they decided they wanted to be known for movie-making. 'Proud American' features five stories that follow the founding of Wal-Mart and Coca Cola. They intended to capture the American spirit by following these stories. Mastercard and American Airlines also offered sponsorship, and their product placement can be seen throughout the film.

Despite all of the big brand names, the movie didn't do well. It earned only $96,076 throughout 750 theaters. It's considered the lowest-grossing wide release in movie history. It currently has just a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


A strange woman showed up in a strange boat on a Japanese shore in 1803. Some believe she may have been an alien!

Folklore rarely recounts anything that really happened, but when a story is told through three different texts, it's hard to dispute some fantastical, mysterious events. Such is the case with the "Utsuro-bune" that showed up in Japan in 1803. The tale provides more questions than answers.

According to the legend, a hollow ship reached the shores in the Hitatchi province with a beautiful young woman inside, along with many texts written in an unknown language. The woman had red hair and eyebrows and was elongated by artificial white extensions, which could have been made by white fur or white-powdered textile streaks. The mentioned hairstyle could never be found in any literature.

The woman was friendly, though off, and held onto a quadratic box made of a pale material that nobody was allowed to touch. She didn't speak a lick of Japanese and couldn't communicate with the fishermen that found her. Eventually the fishermen returned her to the Utsuro-bune and sent it back into the sea, since they believed it was her predetermined destiny.

Ufologists claim that this story represents solid evidence for an alien visit to the small Japanese town. Drawings depicting the woman and Utsuro-bune even have a very saucer-like appearance.