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  1. A devout Mormon set out in 1955 on an archaeological expedition to prove the Book of Mormon's claims. After 15 years instead he found nearly every claim in the BOM was wrong and the papyrus J. Smith claimed written by Abraham was actually just a page ripped out of the Egyptian Book of the Dead

  2. Former NBA player and devout Mormon, Shawn Bradley, was once fined $10k for not going to a mandatory team meeting at a strip club

  3. The Book of Mormon tells of things like cattle, donkeys, steel, silk, elephants, and wheat in Pre-Columbian America. None of them existed in America before the 1500's.

  4. Black Mormons couldn't become priests until 1978 when their Prophet had an unprecedented revelation that the "time had come" to allow it, after which black people thanked him for his "many hours" begging God to permit it.

  5. The first female state senator elected in the United States was a Mormon polygamous wife who ran against and defeated her own husband.

  6. A Mormon missionary in the 1850s declared himself to be the second coming of Christ and started a new religious movement. His movement ended when he attempted to "ascend into Heaven" by jumping off of a cliff in front of all his followers

  7. The "Mormon Lost Boys:" young men who are ejected from polygynous communities to reduce competition and ensure enough females for a 3:1 f/m ratio. They are often dumped on the highway and told not to return, they are "dead" to their families.

  8. 1816 was called "The Year Without a Summer" after the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia. Crop failure forced Joseph Smith to leave Vermont, and his journeys resulted in "The Book of Mormon," the dreary rain in Switzerland drove Mary Shelley to stay indoors, where she wrote "Frankenstein."

  9. Mormon prophet Joseph Smith claimed that a race of uniformly 6-foot-tall humans who dressed like Quakers and lived to the age of 1,000 resided on the moon.

  10. Trey Parker & Matt Stone were inspired to make 'The Book of Mormon' after seeing the Broadway musical 'Avenue Q'. Robert Lopez, creator of 'Avenue Q', was inspired to make it after seeing Trey Parker & Matt Stone's movie 'South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut'

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Percent of Utah that is Mormon by county

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Evolution of word usage of between synonyms in Mormon church. Taken from transcripts of talks by church leaders and regular conferences.

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Brigham Young, the second Mormon Prophet, was sued for divorce and alimony by plural wife Ann Eliza. He won the case by arguing the marriage was not valid because polygamy was not legal in the United States...thus, avoiding any alimony payments to Ann.

Between 120 and 140 men, women and children were killed on September 11, 1857, in Utah, when Mormons attacked and slaughtered a wagon train with the help of local Indians - the bodies were stripped of belongings by Mormons and sold off at local auctions for profit

Mark Twain called The Book of Mormon "Chloroform in Print"

That, in 1838, Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs issued Missouri Executive Order 44, ordering all Mormons to leave the state or be killed.

In 1857 a group of Mormon militiamen in Utah dressed as Indians and slaughtered a group of 137 travelers in a wagon train crossing to California, killing all except the youngest children, who they spared and tried to raise as their own.

According to Mormonism, after being expelled from the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve went to live in Missouri.

One of the Books of Mormon was translated by its founder from an Egyptian scroll, purportedly written by Abraham himself, that was presumed lost in a museum fire. The scroll was rediscovered in 1966 and was shown to be a common funerary text.

In 1985, a doctor in Lovell, Wyoming was convicted of sexually assaulting patients for over 25 years. One of the reasons he was able to get away with it for so long was that many of his victims were strict Mormons and didn't know what a proper pelvic exam, or even sex, felt like.

Joseph Smith, Mormon prophet, was arrested at least 42 times, for crimes ranging from bank fraud, conspiracy to murder, polygamy, and perjury, and was killed by a mob while awaiting trial on charges of treason against Illinois

Similar to the fact that the American South may referred to as "The Bible Belt", or the Great Lakes Region is referred to as "The Rust Belt", the Mormon Corridor (in the Midwest of the US)is nicknamed "The Jello Belt" because they consume twice the amount of Jello as the average American.

On September 11th, 1857 120 settlers were slaughtered by a Mormon militia in southern Utah - fact check

A man who would later become the president of Mormon church once declared, "We will never get a man into space. [...] The moon is a superior planet to the earth and it was never intended that man should go there. You can write it down in your books that this will never happen"... in 1961.

It was technically legal to kill Mormons in Missouri until 1976 - fact check

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints purchased advertisements in many playbills for the musical "The Book of Mormon", with phrases like "The book is always better" and "you've seen the play, now read the book."

In 1838, Missouri fought a war against Joseph Smith and the Mormons. The Mormons burned an entire county to the ground, and Missouri's governor ordered the expulsion or genocide of all Mormons.

From 1838-1976 it was legal to kill Mormons in Missouri. - fact check

Order 44. An executive order by the Governor of Missouri to exterminate the mormon church after they fired upon US militia.

Spiritualists, Mormons, Shakers, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Adventists all originated from relatively the same place (upstate New York) and the same time (early 1800s).

Not only did the Mormon church not oppose the Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon", they used the extra attention to promote their religion and even took out ad-space in the playbill

Robert Lopez, co-writer of Let It Go from Frozen, co-created and co-wrote Avenue Q and The Book Of Mormon, guest wrote a South Park episode, wrote four songs for the Scrubs episode My Musical, and is one of 12 people to have ever won EGOT: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.

On September 11, 1857, Mormons disguised themselves as Native Americans and attacked a wagon train. Then Mormon leaders, under a flag of truce, tricked the settlers into leaving their defenses; They then slaughtered all 120+ defenseless men, women, and children. - fact check

Thomas W. Murphy, a Mormon anthropologist, set about to prove that Native Americans descended from the "lost tribe of Israel" (as posited in the Book of Mormon), only to prove that their DNA descended from those of Siberian origin. His research nearly led to his excommunication from the church.

Frances Bean Cobain turned down the lead role of Bella in Twilight because she thought it was a 'sexist, Mormon Piece of S**t', according to her mother, Courtney Love

Although many Evangelicals oppose the 'Harry Potter' series, prominent leaders of the Latter-day Saints (Mormon) church have recommended the series and spoke of being fans because the books teach morality and show good being victorious over evil

The United States declared war on the Mormon Church in 1857 because the Mormons wanted to govern Utah under different, more religious laws than the Federal Government would allow

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Percent of Wyoming that is Mormon by county

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Percent of Idaho that is Mormon by county