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  1. Months after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Fred Rodgers and Francois Clemmons worked together to show the word how to integrate swimming pools by soaking their feet in the pool together.

  2. If ripening cherries are not dried after it rains, they will soak up the water, split, and can't be picked and sold. Helicopters slowly maneuver 5 feet over the trees. The intense rotor wash blasts the water off the cherries! (this is part of the reason cherries are expensive)

  3. Firefighters use wetting agents to make water more "wet". The chemicals added reduce the surface tension of plain water so it's easier to spread and soak into objects.

  4. Millions of sunflowers soak up nuclear radiation in Fukushima after scientists discover sunflowers can 'clean up' nuclear waste in soil!

  5. The Ancient Romans had a method for choosing the best puppies out of a litter which involved surrounding a litter with an oil-soaked string and setting it on fire. The mother dog would jump over the ring of flames and rescue each puppy one by one, it was believed, in order of their merit.

  6. After President Kennedy was shot Jackie Kennedy wore her blood-soaked, pink dress to both the hospital and the swearing in of President Johnson. The unlaundered suit was donated to the National Archives and Records Administration and will not be placed on public display until 2103.

  7. Chloroform isn't good for kidnapping - it takes at least five minutes of inhaling an item soaked in chloroform to render a person unconscious

  8. Grapple is simply just an apple soaked in Methyl Anthranilate (artifical grape flavoring).

  9. It is nearly impossible to incapacitate someone using chloroform. It takes at least five minutes of inhaling an item soaked in chloroform to render a person unconscious.

  10. A NJ store owner's shop got flooded in 1883, soaking his entire stock of taffy in Atlantic Ocean salt water. When a little girl came in and asked if he had taffy, he jokingly offered her some "salt water taffy. The girl happily accepted, word got around, and salt water taffy was born.

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Firefighters use wetting agents to make water wetter. The chemicals reduce the surface tension of plain water so it’s easier to spread and soak into objects, which is why it’s known as “wet water.”

Helicopters are used in cherry farming to dry cherries after it rains so they don’t soak in too much water and explode

Given a choice between alcohol-soaked food and normal food, male fruit flies that have recently been sexually-rejected by females will consume four times more alcohol-soaked food than the males that mated successfully.

In Ancient Rome, women used opium-soaked tampons to relieve pain

The "proof" scale for alcohol was created by 16th century British sailors to describe the strength of their rum rations. Gunpowder soaked with less than 100 proof rum would not burn and was considered unacceptable.

Human fingers/toes getting wrinkly when in the bath/swimming is a actually NOT caused by water soaking into the skin. This effect does not happen if there is nerve damage in the finger, which means it is actually an involuntary autonomic nervous system response causing wrinkly fingers.

The KKK tried to to set up a kerosene-soaked cross at Spring Hill College due to its supporting the civil rights movement. When the students were alerted they chased the Klansmen away with whatever items they could use as weapons like golf clubs, tennis rackets, bricks, and softball bats.

In 1997, a scientist died when one drop of dimethylmercury permeated her latex glove. It took several months for the chemical to kill her. Prior to her death, no one knew that it could soak through latex or how it killed people.

The film "Jeepers Creepers" was based on an actual unsolved murder: Easter Sunday 1990 outside of Coldwater, MI, Ray & Marie Thorton were chased & tormented on Snowperry RD, by a strange masked man in a blood-soaked Chevy van, after witnessing him dump a body by an abandoned school.

The wick effect: When part of the body is destroyed by fire, the clothing of a victim may soak up melted human fat and act like the wick of a candle.

Henry Rollins and his friend Joe Cole were held up at gunpoint. Henry escaped but Joe was murdered. Rollins later said he kept a plastic container full of soil soaked with Cole's blood. Rollins said, "I dug up all the earth where his head fell ... I say good morning to him every day" - fact check

When a Sharpie is left uncapped and the tip dries it can be salvaged by soaking it in rubbing alcohol

Corn nuts are made by soaking whole kernels in water for three days, then deep-frying them in oil until they are hard and brittle. Albert Holloway came up with them in 1936, selling them to taverns who would then give them away free to patrons, as they were particularly tasty with beer.

Bruce Campbell stated that during the filming of Evil Dead, one of his shirts became so soaked with fake blood that when it dried the garment literally snapped in two when he attempted to put it on.

Using a chloroform soaked rag as an incapacitating agent is pure fiction. It is nearly impossible to incapacitate someone using chloroform in this manner.

NASA's sound suppression system which soaks the launch pad with 300,000 gallons of water, reducing acoustical levels within the orbiter payload bay to about 142 decibels.

On Valentines day Roman priests use to kill goats and take their skin, soak them in blood and go around streets slapping women and crops with them in order to make them fertile for the year

In 2014, a woman was arrested for printing $20k fake bills at home. She took $5 bill with specific watermark, soaked them in degreaser, used toothbrush to scrub off the link and then printed scanned images of $50 or $100 bills over them.

In the 1900's tampons were soaked in opium and belladonna to relieve pain and relax the vagina.

Salted butter can be left out of the fridge indefinitely... the salt soaks up the moisture in the butter that would otherwise be a breeding ground for bacteria

There's a food in China called 'virgin boy eggs' which are eggs soaked in the urine of school aged boys. - fact check

The ancient Greeks and Romans used pomace to create an inferior wine normally given to slaves and common workers. After the wine grapes had been pressed twice, the pomace was soaked in water for a day and pressed for a 3rd time. It produced a thin, weak and thirst-quenching wine called piquette

Montreal's subway trains use brake shoes made from wood soaked in peanut oil. They are quieter and don't wear out metal wheels as much as more conventional alternatives.

Medieval blue dye was made by soaking the leaves of the woad plant in human urine. Urine from men who had been drinking a great deal of alcohol was said to improve the color.

A 'perfectly' measured dose of chloroform soaked in a rag would take around 5 minutes to knock a person out, rather than almost immediately.