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FASCINATING FACTS: 50 RANDOMS FOR A RANDOM DAY

1.  Don’t Stop Me Now


A neuroscientist named Dr. Jacob Jolij determined the most “feel-good” songs of all time… and #1 was “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.


2. When Ringo Starr temporarily left the Beatles in 1968 because he felt side-lined, his fellow Beatles sent him a telegram telling him that he was the best drummer in the world and that they loved him. He returned, and found his drumkit covered in flowers, spelling out “Welcome Back, Ringo.”


3. There is a “dead spot” in the Black Sea where scientists have found ships as old as 1200 years preserved well enough to see chisel marks from the original builder.


4. Spiders don’t have muscles in their legs. They extend them using a system of hydraulics powered by their blood pressure. When they die, spiders’ legs curl up because the blood pressure is gone.


5. American singer Kid Rock didn’t grow up in a trailer park, but on a six-acre estate with a 5,628-square-foot house and its own apple orchard.


6.  Broccoli


You can’t find broccoli in the wild since it was created by humans by breeding it from wild cabbage.


7. After Nike released Air Jordan sneakers in 1985, the NBA banned Michael Jordan from wearing them because its colors didn’t match his team’s uniform. Nike supposedly paid the fine of $5000 the NBA charged Jordan each game so he would continue wearing them.


8. Several months before Russell Crowe won the Oscar for Gladiator, the FBI warned him that the al-Qaeda were planning to kidnap him as part of a “cultural destabilization plot”. For nearly two years, the FBI guarded Crowe in public and refused to give him any details about the threat.


9. In 1906, a Moroccan serial killer was sentenced to be walled up alive after he was found guilty of murdering 36 women (the bodies were found buried beneath his shop and garden). His cries for help were heard for two days before he went silent.


10. In 1907, French waiters went on strike for the right to have mustaches. In France prior to 1907, mustaches were a symbol of class and stature, while waiters were seen as lower class and thus – not mustache-worthy.

 

 


11.  Korean Air


In 1983, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 accidentally strayed into Soviet Airspace, leading to the plane being shot down. To prevent such a tragedy, US President Ronald Reagan declassified a critical military tech and that is how we got GPS for civilian use.


12. In 2000, late professional wrestler Bam Bam Bigelow received second-degree burns over 40% of his body after he rescued 3 children from a burning house. He spent 10 days recovering in a hospital.


13. Jimi Hendrix’s contract for Woodstock stipulated that no act could play after him. The scheduled performance times went so far off that he didn’t take the stage until 9 am Monday morning. Most people had already left, and only about 10,000 people actually saw him play.


14. Iron Man was considered such a minor character when Marvel Studios began developing the 2008 movie that about 30 writers passed on writing the script, and Marvel produced three animated “advertorials” to introduce the character and show audiences that he wasn’t simply a robot.


15. If you took out all of the empty space from between and within the atoms making up each human being, the entire human race would fit into the volume of a sugar cube.

 

 


16.  Raymond Washington


Raymond Washington, the Crips main founder was appalled to find his organization escalating from fist-fights of his era to gunfights and hoped to build a truce with the Bloods before distancing himself and ultimately dying in a drive-by.


17. Animal life in Chernobyl is thriving, not because the radiation is gone (there’s still a lot of it), but because there are barely any humans living in that area.


18. After TJ Miller got accused of sexual misconduct and called in a fake bomb threat, Dreamworks hired an impersonator to dub over his lines in How To Train Your Dragon 3 to match his performance exactly (it had already been animated) in order to not change the film but still dissociate him from it.


19. In 1923, a dog named Bobbie was separated from his owners and lost. Six months later, Bobbie appeared on their doorstep mangy and scrawny with feet worn to the bone; he walked over 2500 miles (4000 km) of plains, desert, and mountains an average of approximately 14 miles (23 km) per day.


20. The Guy Fawkes mask used by a number of activist groups (including anti-capitalist groups) is copyrighted and owned by Time Warner. Every time a mask is purchased, Time Warner get paid.


21.  Mr. Abraham Wald


In World War 2, a few engineers wanted to reinforce the (returned) fighter planes where most of the bullet holes were. Mr. Abraham Wald then said: Let’s reinforce them where no bullet holes are instead – because apparently, airplanes hit in these spots did not return.


22. The Japanese usually leave out most of their history from the early 1900s to World War 2 from their high school curriculum.


23. Florida passed a bill in 1967 which would allow Disney to build their own nuclear power plant at Disney World. That law still stands.


24. “Celebrity psychiatrist” Dr. Isaac Herschkopf manipulated a patient into cutting off his family, giving him his home, signing over his bank account, and amending his will to leave everything to the doctor’s wife. Yet, Dr. Herschkopf still maintains his medical license in New York City today.


25. During World War 2, Gilbert Seltzer led a secret platoon of men within a unit dubbed the ‘Ghost Army’. It was made up of artists, creatives and engineers. Their job was to outwit the Germans and create deceptions from inflatable tanks to scripted bar conversations. This unit’s work led to the big US wins.

 


26.  Redheads


We call people with red hair “redheads” as opposed to “orange heads” because the phrase has been around longer than the color orange. The color orange was described as red up until the 1500s when the first reference of orange in the English language can be found.


27. The concept of a soulmate was originally put forth by Plato. According to his story, humans originally had 4 arms, 4 legs, and 2 faces. The Gods feared humans were too powerful and so Zeus split them in two, condemning them to spend their lives searching for the other half of their soul.


28. Charles B. McVay III, the captain of the USS Indianapolis was court-martialed for its’ sinking in 1945. In 1996, a history project by a sixth-grader named Hunter Scott cleared his name.


29. In 1974, a lawyer wrote to the Cleveland Browns threatening to sue if their fans kept throwing paper airplanes at games, and got the reply “Attached is a letter that we received on November 19, 1974. I feel that you should be aware that some as*hole is signing your name to stupid letters.”


30. The practice of playing music for callers on hold began with a faulty phone line connection. A loose wire touching the steel frame of an office building caused it to act as a giant radio receiver, allowing callers to hear music from local radio stations while they waited on hold.


31.  Australian wallabies


Wallabies in Australian have been observed eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around “as high as a kite.”


32. To promote “The Room”, Tommy Wiseau personally spent $5,000 a month on a highway billboard advertisement for 5 years. This is in spite of the fact that the film only played for 2 weeks in the summer of 2003. Wiseau kept promoting it for years after it closed.


33. The London Underground is getting hotter because the clay that the tunnels are dug into spent decades absorbing heat and has now reached maximum capacity, so it is now insulating the tunnels. So essentially London underground clay is no longer cold enough to absorb local heat, so the heat generated by tunnel usage just stays in the environment. When the tube was first built it was much cooler than the city above.


34. The day Jimi Hendrix died, Eric Clapton had bought a left-handed Fender Stratocaster as a gift for him. He intended on presenting it during a Sly Stone concert at the Lyceum that night, but Hendrix never showed up. The next day, Clapton learned why.


35. The common chicken does not exist on the wild, they are the result of the domestication of another species of bird called the “Red Junglefowl” that lives in South Asia. They look like chickens except they live on trees and can actually fly.

 

 


36.  Manuel Uruchurtu Ramírez


The only Mexican to die on the Titanic was a politician named Manuel Uruchurtu Ramírez. He gave up his seat on a rescue boat to a woman who wanted to see her child and husband. She had lied to him about her family and survived.


37. POCD, or pedophilia OCD is a condition in which a person gets high anxiety from being around or thinking of children for fear of being sexually attracted to them, despite having no actual attraction or urges.


38. The CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, changed the workplace dress code from a complicated 10-page document to two words: “Dress appropriately.”


39. In 2012, a civilian named Casey J. Fury working on the submarine USS Miami wanted to get off work early so he started a fire that soon spread out of control and ultimately resulted in the boat being decommissioned. He was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $400 million in restitution.


40. In 1998, Clarence Elkins was wrongly imprisoned for the murder of his mother-in-law and assault of his 6-year-old niece. His wife worked hard to exonerate him and found a likely suspect who was in the same jail as him. Clarence collected a cigarette the other guy had used and the DNA matched.

 

 


41.  Houdini and Doyle


Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle were friends for many years but grew apart due to a bitter feud over spiritualism. Doyle believed fervently in life after death due to the passing of his son, but when Houdini started a public campaign to expose fake mediums, they broke up.


42. Fatboy Slim sampled so many songs to create “The Rockafeller Skank” (also known as “Funk Soul Brother”) that he had to give up 100% of the song’s royalties to pay the original artists.


43. For 10 years, a man named Emerich Juettner printed poorly made counterfeit $1 bills (Washington was spelled Wasihgton). He never used more than $1 at a time and never in the same place twice. He was caught only after a fire at his apartment. He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, and a $1 fine.


44. Darwin’s finches, a classic example of evolution, are being rapidly killed due to an infectious parasite that damages their beaks, preventing them from producing mating calls and as a result, reproducing. Larvae also infest the nests and feed on the blood and tissue of the nestlings.


45. Words such as disgust, disheveled, inept and inert are known as “Lonely negatives.” These are words that, due to a prefix or suffix, appear as though they should have a positive root but none exists or it has vanished from usage.


46.  Appa’s Lost Days


Avatar The Last Airbender received a Genesis Award from HSUS in the category Outstanding Children’s Programming for “Appa’s Lost Days” (S02E16). It was described as “a mythical tale about animals held captive for human entertainment that resonates with the way animals are used in circuses today.”


47. It is estimated that up to 90% of the wildlife found on Madagascar is found nowhere else on Earth.


48. In 1900, the Chinatown in Honolulu was intentionally burned down to prevent the further spread of the plague. Four months later, Honolulu was plague-free.


49. Christian “Flake” Lorenz, Keyboardist for Rammstein, was initially reluctant to join the band because he thought they would be “Too Boring.”


50.  Adolf Wölfli was a psychotic mental patient who spontaneously took up drawing to calm himself. His work included a monumental and epic illustrated book of 45 volumes, 25,000 pages, 1,600 illustrations, and 1,500 collages in which he narrated his own imaginary life story.

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