50 Random Facts List #32

1Lab grown burger

In 2012, the world's first lab grown burger cost $325,000. By 2015, a lab grown burger only cost $11.36.

2. Seeds buried in the ground by a squirrel in Siberia 32,000 years ago are the oldest plant (Silene stenophylla) ever to be regenerated.

3. When Steve Jobs took acid, he said "Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life".

4. James Gordon Wolcott killed his family with a .22 long-barrel in 1967. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, he was later released and is now a psychology professor and chair of the Behavioral Sciences department at Millikin University, going by the name James St. James.

5. According to Navajo culture the weaver of a rug would deliberately put an imperfection, called a "ch’ihónít’i" ("spirit line"), believed to allow the release of the weaver's spirit from the woven item, and also symbolizes the perfection-in-imperfection.

6Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer expected to play Sideshow Bob only once on 'The Simpsons'. Although the actor does not like performing the character's evil laugh, Grammer says that Bob is the most popular character he has ever played, even more than Frasier Crane.

7. Frodo Baggins had the ring for 17 years before going on his quest instead of a couple of days the movie shows.

8. Robert Clary survived two Nazi concentration camps ( Ottmuth and Buchenwald ) and was tattooed with the identification "A5714" on his left forearm. We know him as Corporal Louis LeBeau, the sparky French resistance fighter inside a Nazi prison camp on "Hogans Heros". He is now 91 years old.

9. The 'hysteria' created by Orson Welles' 'War Of The Worlds' was a myth created by newspapers to instill fear over the power of broadcast radio.

10. Billionaire pastor Edir Macedo is accused of using $2 billion in donations intended for charity overseas from his poor followers to buy jewelry, TV stations, and other businesses for himself.

11Cat posters

A crowd funding campaign raised over £20,000 to replace all adverts in a London Underground station with pictures of cats.

12. 85% of bikinis sold never touch the water.

13. HP Lovecraft wrote nearly 100,000 letters in his lifetime, the second most number of letters written by anyone in recorded history; the first was French writer Voltaire. Lovecraft said, "I write [letters] exactly as easily and as rapidly as I would utter the same topics in conversation."

14. There have been suggestions to teach the NATO phonetic alphabet to all medical professionals, in order to avoid accidental deaths due to miscommunication.

15. The difference between hardwood and softwood has to do with how they reproduce, not the hardness of the wood, and that balsa wood - one of the softest woods - is a hardwood.

16Reg Dean

The family of 110-year-old Reg Dean attributed his long life to someone in India, who before World War 1 gave him a muddy Elixir and told him "drink this and you'll live till at least 100".

17. Benjamin Lay was an 18th century Quaker vegetarian abolitionist who once kidnapped the child of slaveholders temporarily, to show them how Africans felt when their relatives were sold overseas.

18. In order to explore and exploit economic benefits from The Lord of the Rings movies, New Zealand's government appointed a "Minister of Lord of the Rings" to their cabinet.

19. Ernst Leitz, the founder of Leica camera, smuggled Jews out of Germany by giving them jobs overseas and he gave each one a camera as a symbol of freedom.

20. The classic peace symbol is based on the semaphore signal for N and D, which stands for Nuclear Disarmament.

21Dogs

Dogs have slits on the outside of each nostril, which allows them to exhale without disturbing the scent particles in front of his nose. Breathing out the side slits helps release air while holding scent particles in the nostrils so that a dog isn't as likely to lose a scent.

22. Timothy the tortoise served as a mascot on HMS Queen during the bombardment of Sevastopol in 1854. She was, until her death in 2004, the last surviving witness to the Crimean war.

23. All life on the Earth currently is descended from the 4% that survived the Permian mass extinction.

24. A disgruntled former 7-Eleven owner in South Boston opened a new convenience store across the street from his old location. He named it 6-Twelve.

25. Leslie Nielsen used to carry a fart noise maker everywhere he went.

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