Comedian Rob Riggle was a long-time member of the Marines and even received a Combat Action Ribbon! How did he switch to show biz?

Comedian Rob Riggle was a long-time member of the Marines and even received a Combat Action Ribbon! How did he switch to show biz?

Most of us know Rob Riggle either from his various television and movie roles or as a standup comic, but he was also a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves for 23 years! He served in Liberia, Kosovo and Afghanistan before becoming a public affairs officer.


In 2006, while still a member of the USMC Reserves, Riggle was hired to 'The Daily Show' as a news correspondent and was also used as their Senior Military Analyst. In 2007, he fulfilled a dream of his to bring part of America to the troops overseas when he was sent on assignment to Iraq as a correspondent by 'The Daily Show.' He left the show on good terms in 2008 to "go fight crime," and has been back a few times since then.


Riggle earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2009. He is also a recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon for his service overseas. He acted and performed as a comedian, all while training fellow Marines in how to respond to media requests; a pretty impressive feat. Riggle publicly announced his retirement from the military via Facebook on January 1st, 2013.


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

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.


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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 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.


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

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!


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

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.


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

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.


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The world's top English Scrabble players are Thai, and don't speak any English! The way they win sounds crazy hard

The world's top English Scrabble players are Thai, and don't speak any English! The way they win sounds crazy hard

You're a master of the English language. You can unscramble the little Scrabble tiles to form just about any word, hitting those double letter and triple word scores. Little do you know that you're actually at a disadvantage to those that don't know how to speak a lick of the language!


In the British National Scrabble Championship the final play was with the word "coniines," which neither of the finalists probably knew the definition of. Not all of the words on the board could be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, but they're still legal plays, thanks to the Scrabble Dictionary. The difference? Once a word gets in the Scrabble Dictionary, it never leaves, unlike outdated words that gets phased out.


Players tend to memorize a list of words without caring about the definitions. Many of the world's best Scrabble players are Thai that don't speak a word of English, but can spell it out pretty well. In fact, knowing English puts that player at a disadvantage.


Of course, if a house rule states you have to supply a ballpark definition, those world-class stars will fail miserably.


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The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park totally changed the way it looks. Find out how

The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park totally changed the way it looks. Find out how

Little things can have a really, really big impact.


Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming used to have an issue with deer overrunning the vegetation. They would consume the wild saplings that were supposed to populate the forest with beautiful trees, but instead would never see growth past a foot or two.


Unsure of how else to solve this problem without introducing more unnatural and potentially harmful substances to the natural ecosystem, scientists decided that it would be beneficial to reintroduce wolves to the park which had been previously removed.


The effects happened immediately—the deer that populated the area congregated in places where they were less likely to be trapped by the wolves. This freed up a lot of land for vegetation to begin to flourish.


The trees weren't the only things that changed. A huge domino effect caused an increase in other animal populations and improved the rivers' abilities to resist erosion because of the strong roots of the newly birthed trees.


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We worry about terrorists and shootings, but nearly 1/6 of the deaths in the United States could be from medical mistakes!

We worry about terrorists and shootings, but nearly 1/6 of the deaths in the United States could be from medical mistakes!

We all know the major dangers in America today aren't terrorists or giant hurricanes—it's cancer and heart disease that are doing all the killing. But what's next on the list isn't something your doctor will be able to treat. In fact, doctors are the sole cause of it!


The third biggest cause of death in America is medical mistakes. According to a recent issue of Journal of Patient Safety, the number of patients susceptible to mistakes is staggering. Between 210,000 and 440,000 patients that take a trip to the hospital suffer a type of preventable harm that contributes to their death per year.


There is some dispute about that number, however. A spokesman for the American Hospital Association is confident that the number is closer to 98,000 deaths per year, even though three prominent patient safety researchers claimed Journal of Patient Safety's study had credible methods.


If the 440,000 number is correct, that would be roughly one-sixth of all deaths in the United States each year. Turns out going in for your usual checkup can be dangerous after all!


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Why did the man who assassinated President Garfield choose a revolver with an Ivory Grip?

Why did the man who assassinated President Garfield choose a revolver with an Ivory Grip?

President James Garfield was shot in Washington DC on July 2, 1881 at 9:30 AM, less than 4 months into Garfield's term as the 20th president of the US. Although he did not die immediately, he died 11 weeks later of complications resulting from the wound. He was the second of 4 US Presidents to be assassinated, and lived the longest after the shooter, compared to the others.


The culprit was Charles J. Guiteau or Freeport, Illinois. He practiced law in Chicago and started an unsuccessful law firm. He briefly became a preacher before he turned to politics. He wrote a speech in support of candidate Garfield. The speech was delivered at most twice, but Guiteau believed he was responsible for Garfield's victory. He demanded to be made an ambassador, but his requests were rebuffed and eventually told to never return to the Secretary of State.


Angry, he bought a gun. He had the choice between a revolver with a wooden grip or one with an ivory grip. He chose the ivory grip because he wanted it to look nice when it was eventually displayed in a museum.


He then stalked President Garfield until he had a chance one day at a railroad station. Guiteau shot Garfield in the back twice before handing himself to the authorities. He was later executed by hanging.


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