The CIA once failed at bribing Mr Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, which was then relatively undeveloped. After he revealed this in an interview, the US denied the incident. In a rage, Mr LKY revealed a letter he received from then US Secretary of State and threatened to disclose further information. mothership.sg/2017/02/cia…
Yew trees can exceed 1000 years, are often found in graveyards, and have a long association with death; they're deadly poisonous to humans, with no known antidote. However, the tree is used to make taxanes, which are used to fight cancer. nationaltrust.org.uk/feat…
Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's former Prime Minister, was one of the few world leaders who have met with China's five top leaders. Lee has visited China as many as 33 times since his first visit in 1976 chinadaily.com.cn/world/2…
During the Japanese Occupation, a Japanese guard told Lee Kuan Yew to join a group of segregated men. Sensing something was wrong, he asked to go home and take his clothes, which the guard agreed. The men were taken the beach and shot. Lee went on to be one of the Founding Fathers of Singapore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee…
In the late 1980s, the leaders of three majority Han Chinese countries (Deng Xiaoping-PRC, Lee Teng-hui-ROC, Lee Kwan Yew-Singapore) all had roots in the Hakka Chinese subgroup, a subethnicity comprising only around 5% of all Chinese people worldwide recordedhistory.net/2015/…
When Singapore gained independence from Malaysia in 1965, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew went into isolation to think for 6 weeks without telling anyone who should govern in his absence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee…
There is a yew tree in North Wales that is 5000 years old (could be the oldest living tree) and is said to call out the names of everyone that will perish in the upcoming year every Halloween night en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lla…
Male yews are considered ridiculously allergenic, meanwhile female yews are "allergy-fighting". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
Cuba's Fidel Castro and Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew both assumed power in the same year; 1959. The economies they led performed very differently since that time usfunds.com/investor-libr…
There a yew tree in north Wales called the llangernyw yew that is between 4000-5000 years old making it the second oldest individual (non-clonal colony) living organism in the world. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/L…
Singapore created a position of "Minister Mentor" for Lee Kuan Yew after he was Prime Minister for 31 years and then "Senior Minister" for another 14 before finally being made "Minister Mentor" by his son for another 7. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee…
The demand for yew to make longbows was so high in medieval England that incoming trade vessels were required to carry 4 bowstaves per ton of goods. dmorton.ca/blog/2009/05/a…
Yew trees are thousands of years old youtube.com/watch?v=tRPL0…
Longbows might have required up to 180 lbs (80kg) or force to draw. britannica.com/technology…
Singapore is the only country in the history of the modern world to gain independence against its own will. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Lee Yuan Kew (Singapore’s former prime minister) deemed male university graduates marrying less highly educated wives as a serious social problem so the Social Development Unit (SDU) was established to encourage Singapore men to choose highly educated women as wives wikipedia.org/wiki/Popula…
The clippings of this 300-year-old hedge in Cirencester are used to make a chemotherapy drug to treat breast, lung, head and neck, prostate and stomach cancers independent.co.uk/life-st…
A Male Tree Over 2,000 Years Old Started to Show Signs of Changing Sex by Producing Berries bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
It takes less breath to say "World Wide Web" then it does to say "WWW".

Three syllables vs. nine, by my count. Assuming I'm not the first bozo to figure this out, but, hey, it was news to me. Not that anyone other than my mom and AOL still says "WWW".

The "It is green," comment Data made to Scotty in Star Trek: TNG was a callback to Scotty making the same comment to an alien in TOS. youtube.com/watch?v=OPpvV…
There is a cannon that shoots salmon past river dams so they can spawn. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Famous pirate Thomas Tew only went on one successful pirate cruise. On his second one, he was killed by a cannon shot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The oldest living organism on earth is a 5k+ year old pine tree, making it older than the Great Pyramid of Giza. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Easter is always just after a full moon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecc…
Before Cindy Crawford became a super-model she had a job castrating (detasseling) corn. huffingtonpost.com/2011/0…

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