50 Random Facts List #22

1Amber Hagerman

The AMBER Alert system (named after the murdered child Amber Hagerman) officially stands for "America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response". When Canada adopted AMBER Alerts, Quebec named its system "Alerte Médiatique But Enfant Recherché" ("Media Alert for Child Recovery" in French).

2. After shooting down an American F-117 stealth attack aircraft in 1999, Serbian propaganda posters read "Sorry, we didn't know it was invisible."

3. The TV series 'Frasier' was very influential on Seattle. Newly wealthy software millionaires asked real-estate agents for apartments with a view of the Space Needle like what Frasier Crane has. The show helped the city's culture to change from manufacturing and grunge to what it is today.

4. Long-lasting mental health isn’t normal. Only 17% of 11-38-year-olds experience no mental disorders.

5. Penguins have been known to push a fellow penguin into the water to check if the area is safe and free of predators.

6Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood once went on strike before the filming of Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly". His demands? A $250,000 salary, 10% of American profits, and a new Ferrari.

7. Jaleel White hated playing the role of Steve Urkel in "Family Matters." After the series was canceled, he said, "If you ever see me do that character again, take me out and put a bullet in my head and put me out of my misery."

8. Within 6 months of the 2016 Rio Olympics; the Maracana Stadium was abandoned, had its power cut off, was invaded by worms and was missing nearly 10% of the stadium's 78,000 seats.

9. America's "big 4" rival pizza chains like Domino's, Papa John's, Pizza Hut, and Little Caesar's all but their cheese from the same man: James Leprino. He sells 1 billion pounds of cheese each year.

10. At the 2:58 mark in the song "Hey Jude", Paul McCartney hits the wrong key on the piano and says "Fucking Hell". John Lennon suggested that they keep it into the song, and so they dropped it into a low register. You can still hear it in the song to this day.

11Shi

A Chinese linguist created an entire 97-word essay using the same word, "Shi", only varying in tones, to prove why Chinese needs to be written using logograms and not phonetically.

12. Despite being commonly thought as being nothing but a desert, Arizona has the largest contiguous pine tree forest in the world.

13. There was a US pilot of "The IT Crowd" and Moss was played by the same actor.

14. In 2014, a Korean Air flight had to return to the gate because the Vice Chairman was served nuts in a plastic bag as opposed to serving on a plate. She struck the cabin crew chief with a tablet on his knuckles repeatedly and then fired him immediately in what's known as The Nut Rage Incident.

15. Michael Keaton wasn't surprised that he was cast as Batman as he initially believed the movie would be like the 1960s tv version with Adam West and only later learned that Batman was a much darker character.

16Kim Philby

The head of MI6's Anti-Communist Section (IX) in 1944, was actually a Communist passing information on to Moscow.

17. There is a disorder called "William's Syndromes" in which one of its primary features is "pathological friendliness."

18. The original TRON (1982) was not considered for a visual effects Oscar because the Academy felt the filmmakers had cheated by using computers.

19. A single asteroid, named Hebe, is the origin of about 40% of the meteorites that hit Earth.

20. An American POW in Vietnam blinked the Morse code for TORTURE during a propaganda interview.

21Dotson runaway graves

When Georgia's Savanah airport attempted to expand a runway in the 1980's they were not given permission from a family to relocate two graves that lay on the property. The airport paved over the graves and laid two headstones flat with the runway.

22. The Gaia Hypothesis, which states that Earth should be categorized as a single pre-life organism operating on chemical reactions, much like an Amoeba.

23. If you started with $0.01 and doubled your money every day, it would take 27 days to become a millionaire.

24. A period of life ranging from the twenties to thirties, in which a person begins to feel doubtful about their own lives, brought on by the stress of becoming an adult.

25. In 1971, Theo Albrecht (co-owner of Aldi) was kidnapped and released for a ransom of $4 million that he himself negotiated. He then received tax relief on the payment, claiming it as a business expense.

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