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  1. In the 1880s, many farmers communicated by connecting their phones to barbed wire fences. This process often allowed for up to 20 people to be connected at once, everyone’s phone would ring regardless of who called, and the invention helped many farmers overcome depression and loneliness.

  2. Peter Fechter, an 18 year old East German who was shot by East German troops trying to cross the Berlin Wall, was caught in barbed wire, and bled to death in front of the world's media, as police tried to throw him bandages.

  3. Marines taught Sergeant Reckless, a horse who held official rank in the United States military, battlefield survival skills such as how not to become entangled in barbed wire and to lie down when under fire. She learned to run for a bunker upon hearing the cry, "incoming!"

  4. The leather made in Bugatti Veyrons are sourced from separately raised cows in the mountains of Austria, because the cows are in an environment free of barbed wire and mosquitoes, allowing for almost flawless hide

  5. During the Battle of Stalingrad, Soviet forces held a single apartment building for 60 days against daily German assaults. The building was transformed into a fortress, with 4 layers of barbed wire, minefields, and a machinegun in nearly every window.

  6. A penguin escaped from Tokyo Sea Life Park and thrived in Tokyo Bay for 82 days after scaling the 13 foot high wall and managing to get through a barbed-wire fence into the bay. The penguin, known only by its number (337) was later recaptured by the zoo keepers.

  7. 100Mb/s was reliably sent over barbed wire to demonstrate Ethernet robustness in a Broadcom showcase

  8. Even though the barbed wire fence between Germany and the Czech Republic was torn down 20 years ago, Red Deer still refuse to cross the border

  9. In 2012, a North Korean soldier climbed three barbed-wire fences in the DMZ between North and South Korea in order to defect. He was only discovered when he knocked on the door of a South Korean army barracks to alert them of his intent.

  10. The first NHL outdoor game was held in 1954 at a Michigan maximum-security prison behind barbed wire and was "pros vs. cons" with the Detroit Red Wings playing against a team of convicts.

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Barbed wire was used as telephone lines to connect isolated farm communities

The English band Spandau Ballet got its name from World War I slang for bodies hanging on barbed wire, twitching from Spandau machine-gun fire from the German lines. In World War II, it referred to the twitching prisoners' bodies, including Nazi war criminals, hung at Spandau prison.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries telephone companies used existing barbed wire fences to transmit electrical phone signals to rural areas to save money due to the price of phone lines.

The term "iron harvest" which is used to describe the annual harvest of unexploded ordnance, barbed wire, shrapnel, bullets and other WWI-related artifacts mostly collected by Belgian and French farmers after plowing their fields.

Small towns used to run telephone calls down barbed wire fences. Every phone on the line would ring at once and the system became a 'proto-social network'

In recent years there's been an increasing amount of incidents involving strangers booby trapping bike trails including placing steel barbed wire at neck level

The iron harvest is the annual "harvest" of unexploded ordnance, barbed wire, shrapnel, bullets and congruent trench supports collected by Belgian and French farmers after ploughing their fields.

A type of bird called a shrike impales its prey on thorns, barbed wire fences, and small branches for easier eating and storage for later.

In the 1960 Belgian Grand Prix, two drivers died. One was flung from his car into barbed wire and beheaded. The other was hit in the face by a bird and subsequently crashed.

Barbed wire is often cited as the invention that tamed the West. Herding cattle on open land required significant manpower (cowboys), but with an inexpensive way to divide parcels of land and control the movement of cattle, by the early 1900s the number of cowboys had dwindled dramatically.

The Wild West was ended by the invention of barbed wire. It was a cheap and efficient way to contain cattle and thus ended the need for cowboys.

Shrikes, also known as butcherbirds, eat their insect prey by first "impaling their bodies on thorns, the spikes on barbed-wire fences, or any available sharp point" and then returning to them later.

Phil Spector surrounded the house with barbed wire, guard dogs and confiscated his wife's shoes to keep her from leaving. On the rare occasions he allowed her out alone, Ronnie Spector had to drive with a life-size dummy of Phil. Ronnie forfeited all future record earnings after death threats

There is a class of birds called shrikes that impale their dead prey on spiked bushes and occassionally barbed wire for ease of eating.

China built a 20 km barbed wire fence along with its border with North Korea in 2006, and a year later North Korea also built fences along its borders to stop illegal migration

The action movie Barb Wire (1996), starring Pamela Anderson, is based on the classic Casablanca (1942) with many of the original characters' genders being switched

There is a type of bird called a shrike. Shrikes are known for their habit of catching insects and small vertebrates and impaling their bodies on thorns, the spikes on barbed-wire fences, or any available sharp point.

The wealthy heir to the barbed wire fortune, Charles Gates, dreamed of building the first home with air conditioning installed. His dream finally came true in 1914, but died in a hunting accident before he could move in.

Captain Charles Upham was taken as POW during WWII and tried to escape on multiple occasions. Once, he climbed the camp's fences in broad daylight, becoming entangled in barbed wire. When a prison guard pointed a pistol at his head and threatened to shoot, Upham ignored him and lit a cigarette.

A facility at The University of Tennessee known as "The Body Farm." This 2.5 acres of land surrounded by a barbed wire fence is used to place human cadavers in various settings to study the effects of decomposition. There are currently around 150 exposed bodies at the facility at any time.

70 to 80% of the young birds die before they reach adulthood (barbed wires and windows are dangerous obstacles for the young birds, which are also targeted by numerous predators).

Joseph Glidden closed off the open range with his extremely popular version of barbed wire, which was cheap, easy to make, and reliable

The Iron Harvest, the annual "harvest" of unexploded ordnance, barbed wire, shrapnel, bullets and congruent trench supports from WWI collected by Belgian and French farmers after ploughing their fields.

In 2014, 28-year-old tourist Lars Mittank was captured on airport CCTV dropping his luggage, running out of a terminal and climbing over a barbed wire fence. (Nobody was chasing him) He was never seen again.

In 1995, 33 Iraqi PhD Students in London were arrested by Mi5 who kept them in a high security prison guarded by 100 soldiers and barbed wire - because they didn't know the deputy military attache at the embassy also administered student grants.