1. Kate Middleton
The duchess of Cambridge did not come from royalty, but she sure dressed like royalty. She
started in upper middle class, going to the best schools from the beginning, so she was lucky
from the start. Then she just-so- happened to share a college residence with Prince William. The
two started dating as casually as any other college kids might, and were eventually married. Now
she’s royalty, fourth in line for the throne. Who else can say that about themselves?
2. Antonio Freeman
The very first time the Green Bay Packers reached the Super Ball , Antonio Freeman was there to claim their victory.
During Super Ball XXXI, he broke a record in order to catch a touchdown 81 yards away from the QB,
Brett Favre. That catch gave the team the lead they needed to carry them to a victory of 35-21. The
very next year, the Green Bay Packers made it to the Super Ball once again, but Freeman
wasn’t ready. The night before, he assumed he would not be called up from the bench, and drank
enough alcohol to kill a smaller man. When he showed up the next day, he had a massive
hangover. It hurt to even put the helmet on, but he still managed to catch two touchdowns. The
Packers lost to the Broncos 31-24. Who knows what would have happened if he’d been ready.
3. Concetta Antico
This woman has a rare condition, but not the variety of condition you might be worried about.
She has tetrachromacy, a genetic trait that lets her see color with the same depth that only certain
birds, fish, and insects get to see. She has four classes of cone cells instead of just 3, giving her a
whole extra primary color between red and green. Even before the condition was diagnosed, she
was a successful art instructor, teaching in ways that could not be done without the condition. It’s
still unknown how many people have or carry the trait, but some estimate the number lies
between 2 and 3 percent of women.
The 12 th century in Japan had an eerily similar history to 17 th century Italy. While the church was
executing scientists for making assertions about the stars, the Japanese government was
executing religious figures for making assertions about politics. Nichiren was a Buddhist monk
with strong beliefs about the lessons left behind by Buddha. He believed the mantras were being
grossly misinterpreted, and due to the misuse of Buddha’s word, the entire country would be
destroyed within the year. He may have been a little off the ball about that prophesy, but
something very strange did happen. As the executioner raised his sword to cut off Nichiren’s
head, a lightning bolt can down to strike him dead. Nichiren was set free.
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