50 Random Facts List #6

1Steve Comisar

Steve Comisar, who sold a 'solar-powered clothes dryer' for $39.99. Customers would then receive a clothesline.

2. Call of the void is that feeling when you think for a second about steering into oncoming traffic or jumping off a cliff for no reason although you would never do it.

3. Former president of Liberia Charles King holds the Guinness World record for the most fraudulent election ever having won the 1927 election with 234,000 votes in a country of 15,000 voters

4. The "Star Wars kid" (Ghyslain Raza) is graduated from law school and since 2013 he's trying to help other who suffer bullying

5. The United States Constitution is the only constitution from the 18th century that's still in use.

6Black Bomber

DC Comics' original candidate for its first headlining black superhero was the Black Bomber, a white racist who would turn into a black superhero under stress. Comics historian Don Markstein called it "an insult to practically everybody with any point of view at all."

7. Comcast sent bills and eventually collection notices to customers that lost their cable, phone, and internet equipment due to Hurricane Ike. The largest reported charge was $1000, but that bill was reduced to $931 to make up for the interruption of her phone service during the storm.

8. When Microsoft shut down Halo 2 multiplayer, one player kept his Xbox running for a month playing until he was booted from the game.

9. Homeopathy 'treatments' must be labeled to say they do not work in the U.S.

10. In the 1950s, the USSR started breeding foxes in an attempt to see how wolves may have been domesticated. As a result, there are now domesticated foxes called Silver Foxes which are still being bred.

11Bidet technology

A bidet is considered a key green technology and uses significantly less water, electricity, and wood than a single roll of toilet paper

12. The song "Red Red Wine" was written by Neil Diamond in '67. The band UB40 covered it in '83 in a light reggae style and it reached #1 on the Billboard 100. Diamond has stated that it is one of his favorite covers and he often performs the song in the UB40 style instead of the original version.

13. Nixon sent champagne and a note saying "Justice ultimately prevails" to Mark Felt after he was pardoned by Reagan. 30 years later, it was revealed Mark Felt was "Deep Throat" who helped bring the Watergate cover-up to light.

14. Highway hypnosis is a mental state where a person can drive a vehicle great distances responding to external events in the expected safe & correct manner with no recollection of having consciously done so. Partial or complete amnesia related to the time spent driving can develop for the driver

15. In 1795, as Composer Joseph Haydn conducted the premiere of his 102nd symphony, the audience pressed forward out of their seats to get a closer look. Moments later, a chandelier crashed to the floor where the seats had emptied, killing no one and giving this piece the name “The Miracle”.

16Catastrophic emergency

In response to a "catastrophic emergency," the United States government can be suspended and replaced with a single, combined branch "coordinated" by the President, indefinitely.

17. Wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men are banned in Houston for being a "blight on the aesthetic environment".

18. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Retired From the Supreme Court to Take Care of Her Husband With Alzheimer's. Shortly After Forgetting His Family, He Fell in Love With Another Woman at the Nursing Home. Instead of Sad, O'Connor was "thrilled," He Was No Longer Spending His Days in Depression.

19. Charlie Chaplin had almost been assassinated by the assassins of Japanese Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi, hoping to instigate a war with the USA. Chaplin, however, escaped this fate as he had gone with the prime minister's son to a sumo wrestling match.

20. Berthe Mayne, a Belgian singer who claimed to her family to have survived the sinking of the Titanic, traveling 1st class under an alias as the mistress of a young Canadian millionaire. No one believed her until after her death when her belongings and correspondence corroborated the story.

21The Dunning-Kruger Effect

The Dunning–Kruger effect, a phenomenon in which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

22. There's a prestigious college to train nannies for the rich and famous. Norland College is "nearly impossible" to get into, and the current nanny for Prince George and Princess Charlotte was trained there.

23. Talaat Pasha, mastermind of Armenian Genocide, was assassinated by an Armenian revolutionary and genocide survivor. Despite the assassination occurring in broad daylight, and with the assassin pleading guilty, he was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity. He is a national hero in Armenia.

24. After JFK was prescribed use of a rocking chair to ease back pain, he enjoyed them so much that he would give rocking chairs as gifts to friends, family, and heads of state.

25. In 2014, Taylor Swift accidentally released 8 seconds of white noise on iTunes for $1.29. It became #1 in Canada almost immediately before being removed.

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