Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • Italian doctors made a fake disease called Syndrome K in order to help protect Jewish people during WWII. "Patients" were quarantined and the Nazis were told that the disease was deadly, disfiguring and highly contagious. Syndrome K saved at least 20 lives.
  • In one afternoon during the Battle of Stalingrad, a railway station switched between German and Soviet control fourteen times.
  • Haym Salomon was a Polish-born, American Jew during the Revolutionary War. Among his many other contributions to the colonies, Salomon subscribed heavily to government loans, endorsed notes, gave generously to soldiers, and equipped several military units with his own money. In addition, he made private loans to prominent statesmen such as James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe, from whom he would not take interest. According to some reports, the government owed Salomon more than $600,000, though the exact amount is unknown. At the time of his death in 1785, Salomon was penniless.
  • 90% of modern apples can be traced back to two trees in the mysterious Tien Shan forests of Kazakhstan.
  • On the night of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, he signed the Secret Service into existence.
  • Alaska was the only part of America to be occupied by Axis troops in WWII. Japan took over two islands in 1942.


                Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.