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FASCINATING FACTS: 50 RANDOM FACTS

1.  Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini was expelled from school when he was 10 for stabbing a classmate. He did the same thing at his next school.


2. Weird Al intended to parody the Beatles “Free as a Bird” on his album Bad Hair Day. Paul McCartney gave permission for the parody, but since John Lennon wrote the song, he passed the decision on to Yoko Ono, who said no.


3. In 2013, during his trial for bestiality, Paul Lovell was asked why he decided to have sex with a sheep. He said he turned his attention to the sheep after a cow rejected his advances for fellatio. The jury erupted in laughter.


4. William Broyles Jr., the screenwriter for the movie “Cast Away” stranded himself on an island for research, and when a volleyball washed up on shore, it became the inspiration for “Wilson.”


5. The name of Yoda’s race and his homeworld are never mentioned in any film, book, or media. He is officially said to be of a “species unknown.”


6.  Figure skating

It used to be compulsory for figure skaters to slowly trace precise, intricate shapes into the ice to be inspected by judges for scoring. Hence the name ‘figure skating.’


7. Scientists in Antarctica have set up a rugby pitch to play on when they want to relax. They have set up teams of American and New Zealand researchers to compete each year for the Ross Island Cup, which New Zealand has won 26 years in a row.


8. The best female sniper of all time was a 24-year-old Russian World War 2 soldier named Lyudmila Pavlichenko. She left university in Ukraine during her senior year to start “hunting Nazis” after the Third Reich invaded her country. Her total confirmed kills during World War 2 was 309, including 36 enemy snipers.


9. The mouth of the male Flabby Whalefish ‘fuses shut’ upon reaching adulthood, losing its stomach and esophagus, it uses energy from previous meals to grow a giant liver which sustains it for life.


10. President Ulysses S. Grant’s parents did not attend his wedding because his fiancée’s family owned slaves.

 


 

11.  Samurais

Samurais used to wear a cloak that inflated when the wearer was riding a horse, which protected him from incoming arrows from behind.


12. Weird Al Yankovic started a Volcano Worshippers Club in high school just to get an extra picture of himself in the yearbook.


13. There is a “moose test” in Sweden, which requires all cars to be able to evade a moose without flipping, should one suddenly appear on the road.


14. New York City cabs have an amber light that’s hidden in the grille and are used to alert cops if the driver is in trouble by blinking.


15. Oktoberfest started off as a wedding reception for a Prince in Bavaria in 1810, and the newlyweds enjoyed it so much that they suggested making it an annual event.

 


16.  KGB agents

After a Soviet hostage was found dead in 1986, KGB agents castrated the nephew of the hostage-taker and sent the severed organs as well as a list of other known family members to the hostage-taker. The remaining Soviet hostages were quickly released.


17. Icelanders can easily read old Norse, a dead language that was spoken in Scandinavia over 1000 years ago because written Icelandic has changed so little.


18. Sean Connery was offered to play in Manchester United but chose to decline it and move on to the film industry.


19. The “debate” about vaccines and autism, began after a fraudulent paper was published. The author is no longer licensed to practice. Countless dollars have been spent to debunk his claims, and innocent children have probably died due to his lies.


20. Sean Conway, the first man to swim the length of Great Britain grew a beard to stop jellyfish stinging his face.


21.  Liquid helium

Liquid helium has zero viscosity and can flow through microscopic holes and up walls against gravity.


22. In August 2001, actor James Woods reported 4 suspicious individuals on his flight. Authorities did not act on his claim and they later turned out to be the 9/11 hijackers.


23. According to a study by the British Academy of Sound Therapy, the song Weightless by Marconi Union is the most relaxing song ever.


24. During a pledge drive, a DJ at a Portland, or radio station promised that the station would never play “Stairway to Heaven” again if someone made a $10,000 donation. Robert Plant was driving on the Oregon coast, heard the offer, and made the donation.


25. A Japanese man named Yasuo Takamatsu has been learning to scuba dive specifically so that he can look for his wife’s remains after she was presumably swept away during the 2011 tsunami. He says her last email to him was “… I want to go home”, and he is determined to make that happen.

 


26.  Bob Barker


While Bob Barker was the host of The Price is Right, he banned fur, wool, and leather prizes, fake display meat products, zoo trips, and cars made by foreign-owned automobile companies. Only fur products remain banned.


27. A groom named Jason Anderson forgot his wedding pants in the dressing room of a Minnesota clothier and flew to Costa Rica for his wedding. The clothier sent his daughter on an 11-hour flight to deliver the pants personally because UPS and FedEx said they could not help.


28. In 1984, a woman named Jennifer Thompson-Cannino mistakenly identified Ronald Cotton as her rapist. Cotton spent 11 years in prison until DNA evidence proved his innocence. Upon his release, the two became good friends and currently travel the country speaking of the dangers of false identification.


29. Subway’s most popular sandwich, the Italian BMT, stands for ‘Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit’, which is literally a Subway.


30. Sudden testicular pain can be a symptom of testicular torsion. It occurs in about 1 in 160 males before 25 years of age and if not treated within 6 hours, can result in loss of the testicle.

 


31.  Johnny Cash


Johnny Cash was born with the name J.R. Cash because his parents couldn’t think of a name. When he enlisted in the Air Force, they wouldn’t let him use his initials, so he began to call himself John.


32. 800 different languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city on Earth.


33. There is a bed called the Cuddle Mattress, where it is divided into layers of foam for your arm to slip through.


34. There was a professor who did a study on 1000s of elderly people and what advice they had about life. On happiness there was a consensus: “Almost to a person, the elders viewed happiness as a choice, not the result of how life treats you.”


35. The US Government has rigorous specifications for the pens (Skilcraft pens) it buys. They ought to be assembled by blind people, the pens must be able to write for a mile and in temperatures 160°F to -40°, are designed to fit undetected into uniforms, can stand in for a two-inch fuse, and be used for an emergency tracheotomy.


36.  Gardens of Versailles


Gardens of Versailles with its more than 2000 fountains consumed more water per day than the entire city of Paris. To solve the water shortage, the fountaineers would signal each other upon the king’s approach to turning on the fountain. Once the king passed the fountain, it would be turned off again.


37. In the early nineteenth century, the United States had a hundred and forty-four separate time zones.


38. Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana produces compressed natural gas from its cows’ waste and uses it to fuel their fleet of delivery trucks and farm equipment. This practice saves 1.5 million gallons of diesel and reduces CO2 emissions by 1.4 million metric tons.


39. ESPN won an Emmy for the creation of the superimposed yellow line representing the first down line for American football games.


40. When Pearl Jam released their cover of ‘Last Kiss’ as a single, they decided all proceeds would go to Kosovo War refugees. The song raised over $10 million.


41.  Elias Disney


Elias Disney, Walt Disney’s father was unimpressed when his son took him on a tour of his new film studio until Walt pointed out that it could be converted into a hospital if his animation business fails.


42. Bike Helmet Law was defeated in Denmark partly because “the overwhelming evidence is that enforced helmet laws lead to very much less cycling, particularly for utility journeys and amongst young people.”


43. The happiest marriages are those where the wife is able to calm down quickly after arguments.


44. In 2013, the ruins of a 2,300-year-old Mayan Temple in Belize, Brazil was destroyed by contractors, who wanted to use the limestone bricks for gravel to build a village road.


45. Writer Harlan Ellison was once hired to write for Disney. Roy O. Disney overheard him in the lunchroom impersonating Donald, Goofy and Mickey, joking about making an animated porno with Disney characters. After lunch, he found a pink slip on his desk. He had been fired on his very first day.


46.  V3 cannon


The Nazis tried to build a Super-weapon named the V3 cannon, with a range of 165km and the potential to hit London in 2 minutes with its 310lb armament. An installation of 25 guns was in the final stages of construction when it was destroyed by the famous RAF Dambusters.


47. The blinking light atop the Capitol Records tower spells out the word “Hollywood” in Morse code, and has done so since the building’s opening in 1956.


48. In 2014, a Kentucky inmate named Robert Vick broke out of Blackburn Correctional Complex. Next day, he knocked on the door of a Motel in Lexington, requesting the manager to call the authorities on him to turn himself in because it was just too cold outside.


49. Pan Am used to weigh their flight attendants every month and if they were too heavy, they were suspended without pay until they lost a few pounds.


50. Ozzy Osbourne once tried to set the mood by doing a striptease and kissing a record executive on the lips. In reality, he was so intoxicated that he performed a Nazi goose-step up and down the table followed by dipping his testicles in and then urinating in the executive’s wine.

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