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FASCINATING FACTS: 50 Weird Facts To Weird You Out

1.  Roy Sullivan


The 7th time that park ranger Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning coincided with the 22nd time he fought off a bear with a stick.


2.  Chandre Oram


Chandre Oram, an Indian tea estate worker is famous for having a 33 cm (13 inches) long tail, which has made him an object of devotion to many, who believe him to be an incarnation of Hanuman, a Hindu deity associated with monkeys.


3.  Michel Lotito


A man named Michel Lotito in his lifetime dissembled and consumed (among other things) 18 bicycles, 15 shopping carts, 7 TVs and 1 Cessna aircraft. He was awarded a brass plaque by the Guinness Book of Records, which he also ate.


4.  Andrew Kapongo Ilunga


Andrew Kasongo Ilunga was the rising star of Congolese politics in 2006. Just 34, he had risen from obscurity to be appointed minister for foreign trade in Congo’s first democratic government, despite being completely fictional.


5.  Abcde


There are 328 human people named “Abcde” in the United States.


6.  Disco Demolition Night


In 1979, a stadium hosted Disco Demolition Night. The cost was ¢99 if you brought a disco record. 50,000 people showed up to see them blow up the records in between games. Thousands rushed the field in a frenzy. This is referred to as “The Night Disco Died” and is linked to the decline of the genre.


7.  Virgin boy eggs


Virgin boy eggs is a traditional springtime dish from Dongyang, China in which eggs are boiled in the urine of young peasant boys, preferably under the age of 10. The eggs have been listed by officials in China as a part of the region’s “local intangible cultural heritage.”


8.  Charles Domery


Charles Domery was an 18th-century soldier known for his immense appetite. During his service, he ate dozens of live cats, pounds of raw meat and grass, and once tried to eat a companion’s severed leg before it was wrestled from him.


9.  Project Steve


A conservative think tank compiled a list of 700 scientists who publicly rejected evolution in favor of creationism. In response, the NCSE launched “Project Steve” and found 1,250 scientists named Steve who supported evolution.


10.  Pedro Lascuráin


Pedro Lascuráin (34th president of Mexico) holds the record for the shortest presidency in the world. He was in office for only 45 minutes and then quit.


11.  David Johnson


David Johnson a.k.a “World Famous Bushman” is a busker who scares passers-by along Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. He has been active since 1980. When people approach, he shakes the bush towards the unsuspecting tourists and startles them, sometimes making gruff “oogah-boogah” noises.


12.  Phineas Gage


In 1848, Phineas Gage, a railroad foreman, had a tamping iron–which was 43 inches long and weighed 13 pounds–shoot through his skull. He survived but Gage’s friends later remarked he was “no longer Gage.” He could not stick to plans, uttered “the grossest profanity” and showed “little deference for his fellows.”


13.  Ann Hodges


There has only been only one confirmed case of a person being hit by a meteor. Ann Hodges was napping on the couch when the rock broke through her ceiling, bounced off her radio and bruised her upper thigh. The Sylacauga meteorite fell on her on November 30, 1954.


14.  Hoover


Hoover was a “talking” harbor seal who mimicked human speech. After being orphaned as a pup, Hoover was rescued by George Swallow, who raised the seal in his backyard. Over time, Hoover taught himself phrases like “Hello there” and “Come over here!” in a thick New England accent.


15.  Homicidal sleepwalking


In one of the only confirmed cases of homicidal sleepwalking, a man drove himself to his in-laws, bludgeoned the woman and strangled the man and drove off while asleep. He turned himself over to the police and was eventually acquitted of murder.


16.  Jumping Frenchmen of Maine


The Jumping Frenchmen of Maine were a group of lumberjacks in the 19th century who suffered a rare disorder which caused them to startle extremely easily, often described as an “uncontrollable leap.” Some affected individuals exhibited automatic or “forced” obedience after a startle response during which they automatically respond to simple commands such as jump, run or hit.


17.  David Hahn


A boy named David Hahn at the age of 17 attempted to build a nuclear reactor in his backyard, which at one point was emitting over 1000 times normal background radiation.


18.  Trimethylaminuria


There is a rare human condition called Trimethylaminuria, also known as Fish Odor Syndrome, that causes a person’s sweat, urine, and breath to smell like rotting fish. It is caused by a defect in the production of a particular enzyme.


19.  Trepanation


Approximately 7000 years ago, humans used to drill holes in their heads to allow spirits to flow in and out of the body. This practice is called ‘Trepanation.’


20.  Rapunzel Syndrome


There is a rare mental disease called the “Rapunzel Syndrome” named after long-haired Rapunzel from the Grimm’s fairy tales. The disorder causes a patient to develop an irresistible urge to pull out their own hair, and sometimes eat it.


21.  Mannanafnanefnd


Mannanafnanefnd is a committee in Iceland that determines whether a name is suitable for integration into the Icelandic language. New names are considered based on compatibility with Icelandic tradition and the likelihood that it might cause the bearer embarrassment.


22.  Aachenosaurus


In 1888, a scientist named Gerard Smets found a fossil fragment which he determined was a dinosaur, “Aachenosaurus”. When it was proved that the fossil was in fact petrified wood, he withdrew from science completely from pure embarrassment.


23.  Mumbai “sweet” seawater incident


The 2006 Mumbai “sweet” seawater incident was a strange phenomenon during which residents of Mumbai claimed that the water at Mahim Creek had suddenly turned sweet. Within hours, residents of Gujarat claimed that seawater at Teethal beach had turned sweet as well. This caused mass hysteria among people who started coming in large numbers to drink the seawater.


24.  Longest name


The man with the longest personal name ever used is Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff, Sr. That’s only the abbreviation for it; in total his surname is made up of 26 other names and contains 666 letters.


25.  Wolfgang Pauli


The Pauli effect is a term referring to the supposed tendency of technical equipment to encounter critical failure in the presence of certain people. The term was coined after mysterious anecdotal stories involving Austrian theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli, describing numerous instances in which demonstrations involving equipment suffered technical problems only when he was present. According to the principal, a functioning device and Wolfgang Pauli may not occupy the same room.


26.  Praise-God Barebone


Praise-God Barebone (1598-1679) was a radical English Puritan preacher and member of Oliver Cromwell’s parliament. He gave his son Nicholas Barebone (or Barbon) the legendary middle name, “If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned.”


27.  Adolf Lu Hitler Marak


There is an Indian politician named “Adolf Lu Hitler Marak”. Asked about his name, he said, “Maybe my parents liked the name and hence christened me Hitler… I am happy with my name, although I don’t have any dictatorial tendencies.”


28.  English surname


The man often falsely cited as having the longest English surname on record, “Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache”, has a brother whose first 15 initials spell “LYONEL THE SECOND.”


29.  NanoPutians


There is a series of organic molecules called NanoPutians whose structural formulae resemble human form.


30.  Medical Students’ Disease


Medical students’ disease (also known as second year syndrome or intern’s syndrome) is a condition frequently reported in medical students, who perceive themselves to be experiencing the symptoms of a disease that they are studying.


31.  Osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis


There was a procedure developed in the 1960s that restored vision to those that were blinded, but a critical step involved pulling a healthy tooth from the patient. It’s called osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis.


32.  Epomis larvae


The larvae of the Epomis genus are notable for being obligate role reversal predators. Amphibians such as frogs are normal predators of beetles, however, Epomis larvae feed exclusively on frogs and other would-be predators.


33.  London Underground mosquito


The London Underground has its own subspecies of mosquito, which is more aggressive towards humans than its surface-dwelling relative.


34.  Chickens


Chickens sometimes engage in cannibalism. Historically, rose-tinted chicken eyeglasses were used on some chickens to prevent them from seeing blood and thus discourage them from cannibalizing injured chickens.


35.  Bialbero di Casorzo


In Casorzo, Italy, there is a unique tree called Bialbero di Casorzo, meaning “double tree of Casorzo”. It is actually a cherry tree growing straight on top of a mulberry tree.


36.  Six Word Story


Hemmingway once wrote a story that was only six words long. “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”


37.  Gadsby


The novel Gadsby, with a total of around 50,000 words, never used the letter E.


38JFK Reloaded


The creators of the 2004 video game “JFK Reloaded” awarded over $10,000 to the person who could best recreate the assassination in-game.


39.  Kayabukiya Tavern


There is a restaurant in Japan named Kayabukiya Tavern that uses macaques as waiters.


40.  2005 United States Grand Prix


In the 2005 Formula One United States Grand Prix, 14 of the 20 cars quit the race after the formation lap out of protest since their Michelin tires were found unsafe for the final turn.


41.  Wellie Wanging


Wellie Wanging is a sport in which the objective is to throw a Wellington boot as far as possible.


42.  Eddie Gaedel


Eddie Gaedel, a dwarf, became the shortest person in MLB history when he went up to bat a single time in 1951. His jersey number was 1/8.


43.  Eric Moussambani


The first time Eric Moussambani saw an Olympic size swimming pool was when he swam in the 2000 Olympics. He has by far the slowest time in Olympic history and struggled to finish the race. He won his heat after his competitors were disqualified and set a personal best and a national record.


44.  Punch Imlach


During the 1974 NHL draft, Buffalo Sabres general manager Punch Imlach drafted Taro Tsujimoto, a non-existent Japanese hockey player as a joke when he was fed up with the league’s drafting system. The pick was made official and was reported by major media outlets as a valid pick.


45.  Icelandic Elf School


The Icelandic Elf School in Reykjavík, Iceland offers lectures and guided tours about Icelandic folklore. The organization teaches about the hidden people and the 13 different kinds of elves that the organization believes inhabit the country of Iceland.


46.  Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin once wrote a letter to the Royal Academy of Brussels titled “Fart Proudly”. The letter discussed the health benefits of passing gas and even included fart related puns.


47.  Liver-eating Johnson


Liver-eating Johnson was an American mountain man rumored to have killed, scalped, and/or eaten the livers of up to 300 Crow Indians after a group of Crow braves murdered his wife. He ate the liver because it had significance for Crow beliefs about the afterlife.


48.  Bonnacon


The Bonnacon was a medieval mythical beast that had curling horns and a mane and took down enemies with a jet of caustic feces.


49.  Gef


In the early 1930s, the Irving family on the Isle of Man claimed to be haunted by Gef the Talking Mongoose who would throw stones, ride the bus for the gossip and sing bawdy renditions of “Home on the Range.” He described himself as “the fifth dimension…the eighth wonder of the world!”


50.  Bagism


Bagism is a term which was created by John Lennon and Yoko Ono as part of their extensive peace campaign in the late 1960s. The intent of bagism was to satirize prejudice and stereotyping. Bagism involved literally wearing a bag over one’s entire body.

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