Not a Lot of People Know That by David Hailwood and FJ Riley 

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Published by Philistine Press

Cover art by Nami Tsuki 

© David Hailwood and FJ Riley 2010

The very first advertising agency was started in 1807.  It folded a week later, due to poor advertising. 

At least 46% of suicide bombings are misinterpreted cases of spontaneous human combustion.


Paracetamol is a placebo.  It is a completely useless substance with no pain relieving properties.  Your headache was cured by psychological suggestion only.   

The same applies to penicillin, and all vaccinations.

The most elaborate signature of all time belonged to Ernest Wheelhouse of Rotterdam.  The surface area of Wheelhouse’s signature was twenty-six square feet, and often took several days to complete.  

Wheelhouse is also credited with having invented those large novelty cheques used in charity telethons.  


Fire was not invented until 1857.  Before that, people had to make do with electric lights. 

The Amazon contains at least five lost tribes of television documentary crews, three of which were originally sent in to document the lives of the other two.


The first surgeon ever to be simultaneously charged with both “gross malpractice” and “graffiti” is a Mr Igor Skelton of Berlin, who in 1995, was found guilty of inscribing messages on patients’ internal organs.  Skelton’s numerous acts of vandalism are alleged to have taken place over the course of fifteen years, during which time he created many secret inscriptions, mainly intended as insults against various colleagues. 


Skelton was eventually found guilty after a former patient’s kidney was donated to medical research.  On the kidney’s arrival at a nearby institute, students were horrified to discover the words “Doctor Heinz is a knob, 100% true” written across the organ.  

In a public statement shortly after the event, Doctor Heinz, M.D. categorically stated that he was "not a knob." 


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