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  1. If you die in Amsterdam with no next of kin and nobody to attend your funeral, a poet will write a poem for you and recite it at your funeral.

  2. Yosuke the lost African grey parrot who was reunited with his owners after reciting their full address and his name to the veterinarian who found him. "I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian.

  3. In the middle ages Christian priests would recite "hoc est corpus", meaning "this is the body", during mass when turning bread into the body of Christ. Since nobody spoke or understood Latin, this chant was garbled into "hocus pocus", which we still use when performing magic tricks today.

  4. Sir Anthony Hopkins is renowned for his preparation of roles, sometimes memorising a script more than 200 times. In the movie Amistad, he memorised a seven page courtroom speech and recited it in one go. Because of this, Steven Spielberg insisted on calling him Sir Anthony instead of Tony.

  5. Theodore Roosevelt Jr was the only general to land on the beaches during D-Day. Although he was the oldest man on the beach and walked with a cane, he was the first man out of his landing craft. He recited poetry and joked with his men to keep them calm. He was awarded the Medal of Honor.

  6. In parts of Britain if someone is wronging you, you can get on your knees and cry "Hear me! Hear me! Come to my aid, my Prince, for someone does me wrong" and then recite the Lord's Prayer in French, and the other person is legally required to stop what he's doing or pay a penalty

  7. A few days before delivering the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln saw John Wilkes Booth perform as a villain in a play at Ford's Theatre. Someone told Lincoln, "He almost seems to be reciting these lines to you." To which Lincoln replied, "He does talk very sharp at me, doesn't he?"

  8. Most people who can touch-type greater than 70wpm with greater than 90% accuracy, also can't correctly recite from memory the layout of their keyboard.

  9. If you die in Amsterdam without any friends or family left to attend your funeral, a poet will write a poem for you and recite it at your funeral.

  10. James Earl Jones was a functional mute for 8 years due to a stutter he had developed as a child. He credits his English teacher, Donald Crouch, with helping him end his silence. Crouch believed forced public speaking would help Jones gain confidence and insisted he recite a poem every day.

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Churchill's 'We will fight on the beaches' speech was never recorded. The famous recording is him reciting it in his home 4 years after the war.

After making an emergency landing in China in 2001, the crew of a US Spy Plane were asked by their Chinese captors to recite the lyrics to "Hotel California" to prove their nationality.

Shakespeare is easier to understand, makes more sense, and is punnier when it's recited in its original pronunciation instead of a modern English accent

In 2006, it took Akira Haraguchi, a retired Japanese engineer, 16 hours to recite the first 100,000 digits of pi from memory only. To prove that the exercice was legitimate, everything was filmed, even his trips to the toilet. Despite this, he has yet to receive a Guinness World Record.

Ben Folds showed up to a jury recital at University of Miami's music school with a broken hand from defending his roommate from bullies the night before, but was required to play anyway. He ended up losing his scholarship and in desperation threw his drum kit into his campus' lake.

When 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' began, Patrick Stewart dreaded having to learn and recite technobabble dialogue. He got used to doing so, however, and "space-time continuum" became his favorite technical phrase.

Elvis was a huge Monty Python fan. He would watch Python all night . He would learn and recite them. Took the tapes on his plane. He would call people Squire from the "Nudge Nudge" sketch.

In the movie "Fight Club" Tyler Durden was originally going to recite a workable recipe for home-made explosives as he does in the novel. But in the interest of public safety, the filmmakers decided to substitute fictional recipes for the real ones.

James Joyce's grandson, Stephen Joyce, as executor of his grandfather's estate would sue anybody who attempted to write about, quote, recite, display, or perform any of James Joyce's work or personal effects and effectively halted any scholarly research on any of James Joyce's work for decades.

If you die in Amsterdam with no next of kin and no-one to attend your funeral, a poet will write a poem for you and recite it at your funeral

Mister Rogers gave a speech before the US Congress, during the speech he recited lyrics to one of his songs, by doing so he was able to keep millions of dollars in funding from the government - fact check

About Harry Wilhelm, an unemployed veteran who memorized the entire US Constitution during the Great Depression. Rep. Sol Bloom bet he couldn't recite it perfectly. When Wilhelm proved him wrong, Bloom immediately gave him a job.

Sufiah Yusof, a genius child enrolled at Oxford at 12 who became a prostitute entertaining clients with her ability to recite equations during sexual acts.

J.R.R. Tolkien would begin his lecture series on Beowulf by loudly reciting the beginning lines of the poem...in the original Anglo-Saxon language.

Christian Heinrich Heineken "the infant scholar of Lübeck" could speak fluent German at 10 months old. He read the Pentateuch at age one, and read the entire Bible in Latin by age three. Later that year he recited his own History of Denmark when visiting the King of Denmark. He died at age four.

You can become an honorary resident of Newfoundland by speaking a recitation, taking a shot of the local whiskey, and kissing a fish.

The bible verse Jules recites in Pulp Fiction is in fact not an actual verse - fact check

If you die in Amsterdam without anyone attending your funeral, a poet will write a poem for you and recite it at your burial. A biography of their life is also written on their website for anyone to read. They are to remain unnamed.

Neuroscientists have found that three seconds is the average duration of reciting a verse from a poem. This average duration holds true for poems all over the world and it is thought that it reflects the time it takes for the brain to integrate information.

Roy Orbison (of "Pretty Woman" fame) was a huge fan of Monty Python, with a gift to impersonate, and recite entire sketches.

A 74 year old memorized Milton's Paradise Lost as a lark over a period of seven years; It takes three days to recite. - fact check

Members of Mother Teresa's order would secretly baptise dying patients of other religions. Patients were asked if they wanted a 'ticket to heaven'. While pretending to cool the patients forehead, words were quietly recited and the ceremony performed.

14th US President Franklin Pierce recited his 3,319-word inaugural address from memory, without the aid of notes.

Joshua Norton, most famous for proclaiming himself "Emperor of the United States", once successfully stopped a race riot by standing between the rioters and Chinese labourers and repeatedly reciting the Lord's Prayer until they dispersed

On December 24, 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 broadcast themselves reciting the first ten verses of the book of Genesis. The founder of American Atheists sued the US government for violation of the First Amendment, but the Supreme Court dismissed the case due to lack of jurisdiction.