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The Encyclopedia Diabolica: Vending Machines!

Did you know that you have a better chance of being killed by a falling vending machine than being bitten by a shark?

The Encyclopedia Diabolica: Rule Of Thumb

Did you know that the phrase “Rule Of Thumb” was derived from an archaic English law that stated you could not beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb?

The Encyclopedia Diabolica: Dice

Did you know that in English gambling dens during the eighteenth century there was always an employee whose sole job was to swallow the dice in the event of a police raid?

The Encyclopedia Diabolica: Coffee

Did you know that in Turkey during the 16th and 17th centuries anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death?

The Encyclopedia Diabolica: The Cashew

Did you know that raw unshelled cashews are poisonous and must be processed before than can be safely consumed?

The Encyclopedia Diabolica: World War II

Did you know that the very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II resulted in just one death, the only elephant in the Berlin zoo?

The Encyclopedia Diabolica: Dueling

Did you know that in Paraguay it is legal to participate in a duel as long as both parties are registered blood donors?

The Encyclopedia Diabolica: Charlie Chaplin II

Did you know that Charlie Chaplin’s body was stolen by grave robbers and eventually recovered eleven weeks later?

The Encyclopedia Diabolica: The Cell Phone

Did you know that in 1994, electromagnetic interference from a nearby cell phone caused a motorized wheelchair and its passenger to fall off a cliff in Colorado.

The Encyclopedia Diabolica: Jeremy Bentham

Did you know that the mummified remains of philosopher Jeremy Bentham, sans head, is on display in the lobby of the University College London?


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