50 Random Facts List #30

1Teen's name

A British 19-year-old has officially changed his name to "Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined." His grandmother is no longer speaking to him.

2. In Scotland, a group of students went to a modern art gallery and left a pineapple in an empty exhibit to see if people would think it was art. When they returned four days later, not only was the pineapple still there, it had been covered with a glass case.

3. When Paris was liberated in 1944, British and American commanders wanted only white soldiers to be involved in the leading French unit, despite the French army being only 40% white. All black soldiers were taken out of an available unit and replaced by white ones from other units.

4. The Winslows from the television show Family Matters had a 2nd daughter named Judy (Jaimee Foxworth) that went upstairs in Season 4 and was never heard from or acknowledged again.

5. Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks watch a lot of movies together, but only movies that contain the phrase "secure the perimeter."

6Swedish nursing home

A nursing home in Sweden named The Svartedalens changed their employees' workdays from 8 to 6 hours per day and found it increased productivity and reduced staff turnover.

7. In 2016, 12% of the entire population of Iceland traveled to France to cheer on their football (soccer) team during the Euro Championships.

8. There is a British and American version of the movie "Death at a Funeral" and Peter Dinklage played the same role in both.

9. The Seinfeld episode "The Revenge" was based on an experience by screenwriter Larry David, who once quit his job at Saturday Night Live, felt he made a mistake once he reached home, and returned the following morning as if nothing had happened.

10. Davy Crockett, as a Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives opposed President Andrew Jackson's 1830 Indian Removal Act and was the only member of the Tennessee delegation to vote against it. Six years later he died defending the battle of Alamo.

11Peter Ostrum

The boy who played Charlie (Peter Ostrum) in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film never acted in another film and is currently a practicing veterinarian in the Adirondacks.

12. During prohibition, people used to get prescriptions for 'medical' wine and alcohol, just like today with weed.

13. Bam Margera wanted Mike Tyson to bite off part of his ear for a stunt during the filming of Jackass 3. Paramount even contacted Tyson and asked, to which Tyson got offended and said "no".

14. A woman named Venetia Phair who (at age 11) suggested they name the newly-discovered trans-Neptunian celestial body "Pluto" lived long enough to see the International Astronomical Union demote Pluto to the status of "dwarf planet", 76 years later.

15. In 1970, Orville Redenbacher paid a marketing firm $13,000 to come up with a name for his popcorn company. Their advice was to call it "Orville Redenbacher's".

16Exorcism

Due to the murder rate skyrocketing, in 2015 the Catholic Church performed an exorcism on the entire country of Mexico in order to help purge them of their demons.

17. The 1st Tenet of the Satanic Temple is "One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason."

18. The US Government will honor all money produced by the US since 1861, with the only exception being a series of 1900 $10,000 bills which were literally thrown out of a window during a fire. They are currently considered to be stolen goods.

19. Strabo wrote the earliest variant of the Cinderella myth circa 24 A.D., set in Egypt. Rhodopis, a Greek, was bathing when an eagle snatched one of her shoes, carried it to the sunset, and dropped it into the lap of the Pharaoh. He searched for the owner of the shoe, found Rhodopis and married her.

20. Though alchemists never succeeded in transmuting lead to gold, in 1981 physicists used the particle accelerator at Berkeley to shoot Carbon nuclei at thin foils of Bismuth. The resulting collisions did produce a tiny amount of Gold atoms.

21Tom Ryan

A food scientist named Tom Ryan invented Jif Peanut Butter, Pizza Hut's double-stuffed pizza, the McGriddle, McDonald's fruit & yogurt parfait, Smashburger, the Meat-lovers Pizza and McDonald's entire Dollar Menu.

22. The US Department of Defense spends approx. $84 million dollars a year on Viagra and similar erectile dysfunction drugs.

23. Beekeeping in Ukraine is a major economic activity. 700,000 people i.e., 1.5% of the Ukrainian population, are engaged in producing honey.

24. A restaurant named “The Heart Attack Grill” is hospital themed with scantily clad nurse waitresses serving the “Quadruple Bypass Burger” loaded with 9,982 calories. A customer died of a heart attack while eating there, resulting in customers taking photos of him assuming it was a stunt.

25. The number of cricket chirps in 14 seconds plus 40 equals the temperature in Fahrenheit.

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