50 Random Facts List #40

1Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher is the co-founder of Thorn. Thorn is a company outsourced by the FBI to catch pedophiles and stop sex trafficking.

2. In 1999, hackers revealed a security flaw in Hotmail that permitted anybody to log into any Hotmail account using the password 'eh'.

3. Japanese researchers have created a fire-alarm for the deaf. It's a gadget that emits a wasabi mist which will wake the endangered person and get them out of the building alive!

4. The actors who played brother (Michael C. Hall) and sister (Jennifer Carpenter) on "Dexter" began dating, fell in love, got engaged, got married, and got divorced, all while continuing to play brother and sister on TV.

5. Because of a surplus of whole milk and milk fat, the USDA has worked with restaurants to expand their menus with cheese-laden products, including paying for a $12 million marketing campaign for Domino's to develop a new line of pizzas with 40% more cheese.

6Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki only permitted an English adaptation of 'My Neighbor Totoro' on the condition that no part of the movie would be edited out, all names had to remain the same, the translation had to be as close to the original Japanese, and no part of the movie could be changed.

7. Nikola Tesla was able to do integral calculus in his head, leading his teachers to believe he was cheating.

8. There was a tradition in Norway, Denmark and the Faroe Islands where a girl would knit a "willy warmer" (also known as cock sock) to their boyfriends to see how seriously he took their relationship. If the gift was rejected, it was seen as evidence that he was not ready for marriage.

9. The people who falsely claimed the copyright on "Happy Birthday to You" made $2M a year for decades until a court ruled the song to be public domain in 2016.

10. Newcastle Brown Ale was awarded Geographical Protection by the European Union in 2004 to ensure it could only be brewed in Newcastle. They later decided to move the Brewery to Gateshead but were told they would have to remove "Newcastle" from the brand name. They then had to get their own protection revoked.

11Hunter S. Thompson

During the 1970 Aspen's sheriff's election, Hunter S. Thompson shaved his head bald so he could refer to the crew-cut, ex-army, Republican incumbent as "My long-haired opponent."

12. Until 40 years ago scientists believed all life and food chains ultimately depended on the sun for energy. The discovery of deep-sea vents with whole ecosystems driven solely by chemical energy changed this view. Now it's thought that life may have actually originated from such systems.

13. Lord Of The Rings dwarves are supposed to speak with Arabic or Hebrew accent, resulting in dwarven place names like Khazad-dûm and Moria, not Scottish as per popular culture today.

14. A black New York pastor named Chandra Dharma Sena Gooneratne in 1947 decided to travel to Alabama in a turban and with a fake accent, posing as a foreign dignitary. His disguise allowed him in white-only areas, and he was treated with little discrimination.

15. Smoking scorpions to get high is a growing problem in South Asia. The high can last from 10 hours to 3 days. The high is said to be so powerful that it outstrips heroin. But the person spends the first six hours in pain while their body adjusts to the toxins, which can possibly lead to death.

16Johann Tetzel

Johann Tetzel, an indulgence salesman in Martin Luther's time, was asked if an indulgence could be purchased for future sins. When he said yes, he was later beaten and robbed by the buyer, who said the act was the future sin in question.

17. Abolitionist Cassius Clay was shot by Sam Brown during a 1843 debate for the Kentucky House of Representatives. “Despite being shot in the chest, Clay drew his Bowie knife, tackled Brown, cut-out his eyes, and finally threw him over an embankment.” He would later become US Ambassador to Russia.

18. The research behind "Type A and Type B personality traits" was secretly funded by cigarette companies in the 1960's to suggest that smoking cigarettes didn't cause cancer and heart disease, being Type A did.

19. In 2017, a 3-year-old pit bull named Brynneth Pawltro won the title of mayor of a Kentucky town for the 4th time and beat a cat, chicken, donkey and a little boy.

20. Samsung originally sold noodles. It wasn't until 1970 that they started selling electronics.

21TI-84/83 calculators

The TI-84/83 calculators have comparably higher profit margins than Apple due to their monopoly on the school system.

22. In the days after the 9/11 attacks, the German warship Lutjens (D185) passed by the US destroyer Winston S. Churchill with the US flag flying at half-mast and the sailors Manning-the-Rails, an honor typically reserved for heads of state.

23. There's a recently discovered fingernail-size frog named Punk rocker frog that can morph its skin texture from spiny to smooth in just minutes and is the first shape-shifting amphibian ever found.

24. Julia Stewart, worked as a waitress for IHOP at 16, then through hard-work became the President at Applebees, and after being passed over as CEO for Applebees became the CEO at IHOP and ultimately acquired Applebees.

25. The inventor of the Rubik's Cube named Ernő-Rubik didn't realize he'd built a puzzle until he scrambled it the first time and tried to restore it.

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