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Backers at this tier will gain access to our sprawling mess of notes and anecdotes after each show airs, have access to full length interviews that we conduct for the show, as well as have the fuzzy feeling that comes with helping to power our world-exploring balloon.
Previous episodes in our back catalogue have unearthed such unholy facts as…
- Nauru had one of the world's fastest-growing economies at one point in the 1970s. Among its failed investments was a West End musical about the love life of Leonardo DaVinci. It's now one of the world's poorest nations.
- The Panama Canal charges by the ton for shipping. The lowest toll ever paid to cross it was incurred by Richard Halliburton, who swam the canal in 1928. Halliburton paid just 36 cents.
- Joshua Blahyi, better known as General Butt Naked, was a commander of forces during the Liberian civil war. He practiced human sacrifice, often murdering a child before each conflict to "please the devil." He and his troops also regularly practiced cannibalism and would march into battle wearing nothing but shoes and a rifle. He has since become a Christian preacher.
- Tobacco is illegal in Bhutan. The country is also a carbon sink, absorbing more CO2 than it emits. By constitution, more than 60% of the country must be forested.
- The Isle of Man hosts an annual TT (time trial) motorbike race which is the oldest and most dangerous race of its kind in the world. Competitors travel an average of 130 mph through the 37.5 mile long mountain course, and the race has claimed 242 lives in its 107 years of existence.
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