FASCINATING FACTS: 50 Random Facts To Keep Things Random

1.  Beer Ban

During the filming of Jackass 3D, Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, and the rest of the crew banned beer from the set to help Steve-O maintain his sobriety.

2. Light bulbs in the New York City subway system screw in “backwards” (i.e. with left-handed threads) so that people can’t steal them to use at home.

3. Ducks should be fed frozen peas instead of bread.

4. The city of Nottingham, UK, named a tram after a locally born actress, Vicky McClure. On her maiden trip on the tram, she was ejected for fare evasion. Having been offered a free ride, she did not have a ticket.

5. Congressman Leo Ryan, who was murdered while investigating Jonestown in 1978, had a record of directly looking into his constituents’ concerns. As an assemblyman, he investigated the conditions of California prisons in 1970 by using a pseudonym to enter Folsom Prison as an inmate.


6.  Einstein’s Uncle

As a child, Einstein’s Uncle Jakob introduced him to algebra and called it “a merry science”. He compared algebra to hunting a little animal. You didn’t know the name of the animal, so you called it “x”. When you finally caught the animal you gave it the correct name

7. Janet Airlines is a highly classified airline that shuttles military personnel in and out of Area 51. The name stands for ‘Just Another Non-Existent Terminal’.

8. Movie theatre popcorn is sold at a 1275% markup

9. During WW2 there was a saying that “It’s more likely for a snake to smoke a pipe than for Brazil to go the front and fight”, so when Brazil joined the war, their troops became known as “Cobras Fumantes”, or “the Smoking Snakes”.

10. Victor Hugo wrote the “Hunchback of Notre-Dame” to inform people of the value of Gothic architecture, which was being neglected and destroyed at the time. This explains the large descriptive sections of the book, which far exceed the requirements of the story.

11.  Dandelions

Only in the twentieth century did humans decide that the dandelion was a weed. Before the invention of lawns, the golden blossoms and lion-toothed leaves were more likely to be praised as a bounty of food, medicine, and magic. Gardeners used to weed out the grass to make room for the dandelions.

12. The Illuminati is present in modern conspiracy theories largely due to some prank letters published in Playboy magazine in the 1960s.

13. Researchers have proposed the creation of atomic priesthood similar to Catholic Church to solve the problem of communicating to humans 10,000 years from now about nuclear waste sites. It is proposed that they can preserve information about the locations and danger of nuclear waste using rituals and myths.

14. Romans weaved asbestos fibers into a cloth-like material that was then sewn into tablecloths and napkins. These clothes were cleaned by throwing them into a blistering fire, from which they came out unharmed and whiter than when they went in.

15. Dr. Jane Goodall set herself apart from traditional conventions by naming the animals in her studies of primates instead of assigning each a number. This also led her to develop a close bond with the chimpanzees and to become, to this day, the only human ever accepted into chimpanzee society.


16.  Pure Oxygen

Breathing 100% pure oxygen for more than 16 hours can lead to irreversible lung damage, damage to the retinas, and eventually, death.

17. Legendary musician Prince passed away leaving no will detailing how to distribute his multi-million dollar estate. Within 3 weeks of his death, more than 700 people claimed to be his half-sibling or descendant.

18. Dennis Rodman started dying his hair blonde after seeing Wesley Snipes’ character in the movie Demolition Man.

19. Top Gear’s “tame racing driver”, The Stig, would often eat his lunch in the back of an ambulance to avoid being identified. He would also remain in his racing overalls and helmet throughout the day and would put on a French-like accent when talking.

20. Led Zeppelin had become so frustrated with reporters and interviewers that officials had to put down strict rules for anyone who went backstage. One of those rules stated “Do not make any sort of eye contact with John Bonham. This is for your own safety.”

21.  Human Body

The human body, if eaten, would be 81,500 calories. Based on the recommend daily intake of 2,500 calories, one average human body would feed one person for about one month.

22. In 2002 paramedics in Poland were arrested for killing patients and selling their information to funeral homes who would contact their relatives to make funeral arrangements. The funeral homes then added the cost of the bribes they paid the killers to the funeral bills of the victims’ families.

23. The word ‘bus’ is actually short for ‘omnibus’ meaning “To contain many things” and didn’t originate until the early 19th century.

24. Dandelions are not only completely edible raw and cooked but also packed with nutrients and may have many other benefits to their consumption.

25. A charity in the UK is ‘adopting’ red phone boxes, removing the phone and installing lifesaving defibrillators instead.

26.  Ship Forests

Sweden has a forest of oak trees planted 200 years ago because their Navy at the time needed them for ships.

27. Marie Curie was involved in a sex scandal when a newspaper published love letters between her and a former student of her deceased husband. Her lover later challenged the newspaper’s editors to a dual to defend Marie’s honor.

28. Giraffes sleep using their own butts as pillows


29. Men who are receiving chemo should avoid causing pregnancy during and for some time after treatment because chemo may damage the DNA in sperm cells. This could lead to birth defects.

30. The Battle of Hayes Pond was an armed confrontation between Lumbee Native Americans and the KKK in which the Lumbee were successful in disrupting the klan rally and ending significant KKK activity in the southern region of North Carolina.

31.  Insects

Insects don’t have lungs. They just kinda absorb oxygen and it is related to their size, i.e. why bugs got so big when the Earth had more oxygen.

32. Oily rags can spontaneously self-ignite because the oil reacts with oxygen in a reaction to produce heat, and a bunched up cloth can trap the heat enough to reach ignition temperatures.

33. Volkswagen sells more sausages than cars, sold under the “Volkswagen original parts” number 199398500a, the currywusrt has been available for 45 years now.

34. “2001: A Space Odyssey” was initially very poorly received by audiences due to its slow pace and ambiguous plot. The movie became more successful when masses of people began flocking to watch the movie while stoned, with MGM even advertising it as “The ultimate trip”.

35. Charles Bronson, one of the toughest men in Hollywood, was so poor growing up that at one time he had to wear his sister’s dress to school for lack of clothing.


36.  Church Fine

In 2018 the Sagrada Familia Church agreed to pay Barcelona $41 million as fine for lacking a building permit for 136 Years.

37. Ahmed Best, voice actor for Jar Jar Binks, became suicidal after the massive societal backlash against the character he played.

38. One of the reasons the Great Wall of China still stands after so many years is due to a secret binding agent in the mortar which was sticky rice.

39. United States anticipated so many casualties in the planned invasion of Japan during WW2, that it is still awarding Purple Hearts originally manufactured during the war and intended for troops of that invasion.

40. Jazz violinist Joe Venuti, known for practical jokes, once called every double bass player in the New York phonebook, asking them to meet with him on a street corner. Over 50 arrived with their instruments, creating a minor roadblock. Venuti later had to pay them all, as mandated by the AFM.


41.  Time Organ

Although there is no specialized sensory organ for time, our perception of time nevertheless depends on the rate of change in different sensory modalities. In the absence of sensory input, e.g. under anesthesia, the sense of time is often lost or impaired.

42. 17 miles (27km) from Mount Rushmore, a gigantic sculpture is being carved in the Black Hills, showing Native Chief Crazy Horse on his steed, pointing east. The construction started in 1948 and will take another 50 years to be completed.

43. The US reached peak coal mining employment in 1923, when there were 883,000 coal miners employed in the US. Today, there are only 50,000 coal miners in the US. Nevertheless, the US produces about 50% more coal than it did 100 years ago.

44. The highest point (The peak of Mount Whitney at 14,494 feet / 4,418 meters) and the lowest point (The Badwater Basin area of Death Valley at -282 feet / -86 meters) in the Contiguous United States are both in California, both in the same county in California, and only 88 miles apart.

45. The 1981 Cadillac Eldorados were fitted with a metal plate under the driver’s seat to fix a balancing problem. This saved mob associate Frank Rosenthal’s life when the plate shielded him from the force of a car bomb exploding under his Eldorado.

46.  Malchik

A stray dog in Russia named Malchik made a Moscow train station his home, acting as the resident guard dog. In 2001, a woman fatally wounded Malchik, stabbing him multiple times with a kitchen knife. The woman was arrested and tried. A statue, named “Compassion”, was erected in honor of Malchik.

47. The Olympic flag’s colors are always red, black, blue, green, and yellow rings on a field of white. This is because at least one of those colors appears on the flag of every nation on the planet.

48. Wes Craven placed a torn poster of Jaws in the background of “The Hills Have Eyes” to communicate to the audience that he believed his movie was much scarier. Later, Sam Raimi places a torn poster of The Hills Have Eyes in The Evil Dead to communicate the same message towards Craven.

49. Bananas are going extinct due to an untreatable fungus breakout that’s spreading around the world.

50. Penguins and other marine birds have a supraorbital gland above their eye socket that breaks down sodium in their bloodstream. This allows them to remove salt from saltwater to make it fresh water, allowing them to survive on salt water.

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