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Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Enigmatical Prophecies
Poor Richard's Almanac was a yearly almanac that Benjamin Franklin began publishing in 1732. In 1737, five years into the life of the almanac, Franklin included three "enigmatical prophecies" in the almanac. He predicted that:
  • A great storm would cause all the major cities of North America to be under water;
  • A "great number of vessels fully laden will be taken out of the ports… by a Power with which we are not now at war;"
  • and that an "army of 30,000 musketers will land… and sorely annoy the inhabitants."
A year passed and none of the prophecies appeared to come true. But just when Franklin's readers were about to label him a faulty soothsayer, he triumphantly declared that all three prophecies had actually come true. Rain storms had placed every city under water, the power of wind ("a Power with which we are not now at war") had taken fully-laden vessels out of ports, and more than 30,000 musketers (or mosquitoes) had definitely annoyed the inhabitants.
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