1Ravens of the Tower of London
Because of an old superstition, several ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all times. These ravens are enlisted soldiers of the Kingdom and have occasionally been dismissed for bad conduct. While wild ravens live for 10-15 years, Tower ravens can live past 40 years.
2. in 1981, a Turkish man shot Pope John Paul II four times but didn't kill him. After the Pope recovered, he visited the assassin in prison forgave him. The assassin was pardoned at the Pope's request and 33 years after his crime, he visited Vatican City and laid flowers on the Pope's tomb.
3. After large animals went extinct, such as the mammoth, avocados had no method of seed dispersal, which would have lead to their extinction without early human farmers.
4. Adam Driver (Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is an Ex-Marine and founder of Arts in the Armed Forces. The AITAF provide high-quality theater programming for active duty service members, veterans, and their families.
5. McDonald's Monopoly was actually rigged for many years. The man who oversaw the distribution of game pieces would give high-value ones to friends and split the reward.
6Martin after JFK's assassination
After the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. said to his wife, "This is what is going to happen to me also. I keep telling you, this is a sick society."
7. The founder of Bitcoin is someone called Satoshi Nakamoto. Nobody knows who he is, what his real name is or where he lives. He holds 1 million bitcoins, equivalent to $1.1 billion
8. In 1965, a four-year-old nearly drowned at a beach but was rescued by a woman named Alice Blaise. 9 years later, that boy saved a man at the same beach. That man was Alice's husband.
9. When Coke marketed their Dasani brand of water in the UK in 2004 it was a PR disaster because they referred to it as "bottled spunk" and used the slogan "can't live without spunk" not realizing "spunk" was a slang word for semen
10. In 1997 Pepsi held a contest to win a life-size replica of the Simpsons house or $75,000. The contest winner chose the cash. The house, which cost $120,000 to build, was renovated to look like a normal home and re-sold
11Facebook post costs father
A girl cost her father an $80,000 lawsuit settlement after breaking the confidentiality agreement by posting on Facebook "Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT".
12. In 2010, the US Department of Defense connected 1,760 Playstation 3 consoles to create the Condor Cluster supercomputer. It cost $2 million to build and only uses about 10% the energy consumption of a comparable supercomputer.
13. 20 ft long crocodiles used to have long legs, allowing them to emerge from water gallop at other animals at full speed
14. Japanese Kamikaze pilots were allowed to return if they didn't find a suitable target. One pilot was shot after his ninth return.
15. It is mandatory for all North Koreans to vote, even though there is only one candidate for each office on the ballot
Solitaire was created by a Microsoft intern who wasn't paid for the game. Bill Gates liked the idea but complained it was too difficult to win at this game. The original version also included a fake Excel spreadsheet to hide the game from your boss.
17. The Osage Indians were once the richest per capita people in the world due to oil reserves on their land. Congress then passed a law requiring court-appointed "guardians" to manage their wealth. Over 60 Osage were murdered from 1921-1925, their land rights passed to the guardian.
18. 4 US states have completely banned billboards
19. France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks.
20. Trial attorney Mark Lanier offered to settle an asbestos lawsuit against Carborundum for $10,000. They declined and it went to trial. The jury awarded $118,000,000.
21Romanian lost debut game
When Romania made their ice hockey World Championship debut in 1931, they lost 0-15 to the US. Their captain approached the referee after the game and asked him to write a message on the official game sheet: ”Thank you for playing against us, we have learned a great deal from this game”.
22. Ernest Hemingway lived through anthrax, malaria, pneumonia, dysentery, skin cancer, hepatitis, anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, two plane crashes, a ruptured kidney, a ruptured spleen, a ruptured liver, a crushed vertebra, and a fractured skull.
23. 90% of all scientists who have ever lived are alive today.
24. A Gurkha, armed only with a knife, fought off 40 men trying to assault an 18-year-old girl, killing several.
25. A Canadian child molester who posted about 200 swirled images of his face online molesting kids in Cambodia and Vietnam. German investigators figured out a technique for unswirling the images, leading to his arrest.