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FASCINATING FACTS: 50 RANDOM FACTS FOR YOU RANDOS

1Jordan Anderson


When former slave Jordan Anderson was asked to come back and work for his old master, he replied with a deadpan letter asking for 52 years’ back pay as proof of good faith. The letter has been described as a rare example of documented “slave humor” of the period.


2. Modern nuclear submarines are so well cloaked that in 2009, two French and British nuclear ballistic missile submarines collided in the Atlantic ocean by pure chance. Moving very slowly, they were’t able to detect each other just feet apart.


3. In 1938, at the age of the 19, the eventual founder of Red Lobster, Bill Darden, opened a diner named the Green Frog and defied the laws of the southern state Georgia by refusing to segregate customers based on race.


4. Two metal detectorists named Paul Adams and Andy Sampson thought they’d found a stash of Roman gold coins they estimated to be worth £250,000 discovered that the coins were actually worthless prop for the TV show “The Detectorists.”


5. There is a radio station named WRBH in New Orleans for the blind. Volunteers every day read the local newspaper on the air, along with best-sellers, grocery ads, stories for kids, mysteries, the Wall Street Journal, young adult novels and much more.


6.  Dan bus 4


In 1951, a mother and her son ran into each other on Dan Bus #4 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Both were Holocaust survivors from Poland and each one thought the other one was dead.


7. People with sensitive noses are capable of smelling when it’s about to rain due to atmospheric chemicals reacting and creating ozone, which has a pungent, sweet smell.


8. Dexter Holland, the lead singer of The Offspring is a doctor fighting to cure HIV. In 2017, finished a Ph.D. program in molecular biology, publishing a 175-page dissertation on the molecular dynamics of HIV and general virus/host interactions. He is also a licensed pilot who has completed a solo flight around the world in 10 days.


9. Fawns (baby deer) are often left alone for hours while their mothers forage for food. Sometimes well-meaning people ‘kidnap’ the fawn thinking it’s abandoned when it’s really just waiting for its mom.


10. In the Rock, Paper, Scissors game, on the first throw, the paper is the best choice. Paper ties with paper and statistically, scissors is the least popular choice overall. Also, men favor rock.


11.  Jane Minor

Jane Minor, a slave born in 1792, was freed due to her medical work during an epidemic in 1825. She spent her life buying the freedom of other slaves. She freed at least 16, some costing over $2000, on a salary of around $2-$5 per medical visit.


12. A calendar system for Mars has already been devised for potential future settlement. The calendar contains 24 months of 27 or 28 days each, named after Latin and Sanskrit constellation names.


13. Speed reader Kim Peek could read a book in an hour by scanning the left page with his left eye then the right page with his right eye. He also had an exceptional memory, able to accurately recall the contents of over 12,000 books.


14. Kano Jigoro, the father of Judo, asked to be buried in his white belt to be remembered as a learner and not the black belt master that he was.


15. In Germany there exists the only tree in the world with its own mailing address. The “matchmaking” tree receives about 1,000 letters per year from singles looking for love. Anyone can take letters from the tree and respond. It is estimated the tree is responsible for over 100 marriages.

 


16.  Alexa


Alexa commercials are intentionally muted in the 3,000 Hz to 6,000 Hz range of the audio spectrum, which tips off the system that the “Alexa” phrase being spoken isn’t, in fact, a real command and should be ignored.


17. About 95% of serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract which is lined with a hundred million nerve cells, or neurons, that are influenced by bacteria. The inner workings of the digestive system don’t just help digest food, but also guide moods and emotions.


18. Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America.


19. Japan has a National Wolf Association fighting to reintroduce wolves to the country to deal with a massive roaming deer population.


20. During World War 2, the Luftwaffe planted buoys in the English Channel for downed pilots to survive in, containing food, alcohol, clothing, and games.


21.  Hugh Jackman


Hugh Jackman was inspired to quit playing Wolverine after having a conversation with Jerry Seinfeld about when to retire from a long-running series.


22. Vanity sizing is the practice of assigning smaller sizes to clothing to flatter customers and encourage sales. For example, a Sears dress with a 32 inch (81 cm) bust was labeled a size 14 in the 1930s, a size 8 in the 1960s, and a size 0 in the 2010s.


23. School bus yellow was specifically created for use on school buses at a conference in 1939. Attendees at the seven-day conference included paint experts from DuPont and Pittsburgh Paints. The color was chosen because it attracts attention and is noticed quickly in peripheral vision.


24. Country Time Lemonade has a program in place to help reimburse children that are fined for running lemonade stands.


25. Flossie Wong-Staal was the first researcher to clone HIV. She also completed genetic mapping of the virus which made it possible to develop HIV tests.

 


26.  Octopuses


Researchers have discovered that the most humane way to anesthetize octopuses is by dunking them in ethanol — a procedure with no lasting side effects.


27. The Nazis tried to hide the fact that the first gasoline car in Germany was made by a jew named Siegfried Marcus.


28. Sam Houston, the general who led Texas to victory in its war for independence from Mexico and who served as its president during its 10 years of independence, was removed from office as Governor of Texas when it seceded in 1861, after refusing to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy.


29. The cast of Friends television show (which wrapped up in 2005), still each earn $20 million in royalties per year and NBC earns $1 billion per year in revenue from the show.


30. In 2016, the oldest living leap year baby (Daisy Belle Ward) celebrated her 25th birthday on her 100th year of life.


31.  Ant queen


The common black garden ant queen has an average lifespan of 15 years, with some living up to around 30. Also, under laboratory conditions, worker ants can live at least 4 years.


32. Gerard Way, the co-founder and the lead vocalist of My Chemical Romance, is also the creator and writer of the comic book series, The Umbrella Academy.


33. Marvel collected royalties from Hulk Hogan for 20 years and it all stems from originally being introduced as “The Incredible Hulk Hogan.” Once WWF used it, they couldn’t just drop “The Incredible” to avoid infringement. Had he been “Hulk Hogan” from the start, there wouldn’t have been an issue.


34. Most Asians suffer from lactose intolerance and humans, in general, become lactose intolerant after weaning. Only with the advent of modern agriculture were some races able to properly digest milk and other dairy products into adulthood.


35. Clone High, an adult animated tv series about the clones of famous historical figures going to high school, was canceled due to its portrayal of Gandhi as a loose party animal, causing great controversy in India. It began hunger strikes and even a national protest where members of parliament got involved.


36.US Capitol

The granite used to build the US Capitol is so radioactive that the building would fail federal safety codes regulating nuclear power plants.


37. The song Greensleeves is from 1580 and while often said to refer to a promiscuous woman or prostitute whose clothing was stained green from having sex in the grass, it is more likely associated with green being the color of romance in that time period.


38. The residents of Chernobyl had a new city (Slavutych) built for them by workers from 8 former Soviet republics. The city has a range of different architectural styles such as pink stoned Armenian buildings and wooden Baltic-style houses. City districts are named after a city from each republic.


39. Ally’s Law is legislation passed by several U.S. states that require stores to allow people with certain medical conditions access to employee restrooms. It was named after a 14-year-old girl with Crohn’s Disease who soiled herself in a mall after being denied access to a store restroom.


40. Robert Garrett, the winner of the discus throw in the first modern Olympics had never seen a proper discus until he arrived in Athens. The version he commissioned to train with was 25 pounds heavier than the competition model because he based it solely on images from an ancient vase.

 


41.  Garlic


Garlic ranks as the #1 antibacterial food. Capsicums (peppers) are only 75% effective.


42. In Philippines you can ‘legally’ kill or physically injure your spouse or the person he or she is having sexual intercourse with if you catch them in the act of making love.


43. Karl Marx wasn’t aware of advances being made in differential calculus and developed the concepts himself while writing his mathematical manuscripts.


44. Although they live in a climate inhospitable to crop development, the Inuit do not suffer from Vitamin C deficiency (scurvy) due to their diet of frozen and raw fish and mammal organs. By not cooking the food, vitamin C is not broken down and can be absorbed by the human body.


45. In 1988, the final history exams for more than 53 million Soviet school children were canceled because much of the history they had been taught were lies.


46.  MLB umpires

MLB umpires are required by rule to wear only black underwear in the event that they split their pants.


47. If woodpeckers are hungry enough they will peck into the backs of other birds heads and eat their brains.


48. Paint typically adds around 600 to 1,200 pounds (273 kg – 544 kg) to the weight of a plane and the seven coats of paint used on the Emirates A380 added roughly 2,425 pounds (1,100kg) to its weight.


49. Bones found at Seymour Island indicate that 37 to 40 million years ago penguins stood at a formidable 6 feet tall and weighed 250 pounds.


50. Blue Lake Rhino Cave in Washington State has a 14.5 million-year-old cast of an early Rhino ancestor which was created when basalt lava slowly covered the corpse floating upside down in an ancient lake. The cast can be found 300 feet up the side of a cliff.

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