50 Random Facts List #60

1King Charles II

In 1651, when King Charles II was forced into exile by Oliver Cromwell, the king was aided in his escape to France by the Pendrill family. After the restoration of the crown in 1660, the king rewarded them, and a yearly pension is still paid to the descendants of the Pendrill family to this day.

2. There was a form of medieval torture, where the victim's feet were covered in salt water and then a goat would start licking them. Sometimes the laughter and stress from the intense tickling resulted in a heart attack or a brain hemorrhage.

3. During the 1920s a class president candidate (Lothrop Withington Jr.) at Harvard swallowed a live goldfish in a bid to win more votes. The stunt created a trend of 'goldfish swallowing' which became so popular that eventually, Massachusetts state legislature had to create a bill banning it.

4. American comedian Jon Lovitz blames Andy Dick for contributing to the death of Phil Hartman by giving Hartman’s sober wife coke causing her to relapse and have a mental breakdown.

5. To calculate the position of the Voyager 1 spacecraft some 12.5 billion miles away, you only need to use the first 15 digits of the value of Pi to be accurate within 1.5 inches.

6Jesse Ventura

In 1986, Jesse "The Body" Ventura attempted to unionize the pro wrestling industry. It was promptly shut down after Hulk Hogan informed WWE chairman Vince McMahon.

7. Half of the Irish Travellers (i.e. Gypsies) do not live past the age of 39 and unemployment among male travellers is 73%.

8. Parents are worse at telling if their child is lying than complete strangers.

9. Between 1983-2000, 96% of US plane crash victims survived.

10. In 1975, Gary Dahl (American entrepreneur) invented the pet rock. He took rocks from a Mexico beach and, over the course of only half a year, would sell each rock for $4, making himself over $1.5M.

11Czech Republic

The population of the Czech Republic has traditionally been irreligious for a very long time. Ever since the 1600's, the Czech people have been described as "tolerant and even indifferent towards religion".

12. The CEO of low budget airline Ryan Air (Michael O'Leary) wanted to charge passengers £1 to use the onboard toilets. The policy was never implemented because it violated EU regulations.

13. The Chancellor of UC Davis (Linda P.B. Katehi) was fired after giving her family jobs with unusual pay hikes. She was later rehired at UC Davis at nearly the same pay rate, with her new job requiring that she teach only one class per quarter.

14. The code to inform US troops that South Vietnam was lost and should be evacuated instantly was a weather report followed by the song, "White Christmas"... in April.

15. "Drop bears" are an Australian hoax intended to frighten outsiders and tourists by convincing them that some treetops were inhabited by sharp-toothed flesh-eating koala that could drop down from great heights (8 + meters) and attack.

16Astronauts

Astronauts attach pieces of velcro into their helmets to scratch their noses during spacewalks.

17. Tom Cruise had Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Leah Remini and others over at his house and tried to play hide-and-seek with them, going so far as to run off into 3 acres of land.

18. There used to be a Latin warning describing the Strait of Gibraltar: "NON PLUS ULTRA", or "Nothing further beyond". After Spain reaped huge rewards proving that this wasn't quite true, they made their national motto "PLUS ULTRA", or "Further beyond".

19. In the 18th century England, some wealthy landowners would hire "ornamental hermits", who were poor people dressed in a Druid costume to live in rustic homes in their garden. This may have inspired garden gnome statues.

20. The caduceus symbol mistakenly used by many American medical companies is actually associated with thievery and commerce, the true medical symbol is the similar looking Rod of Asclepius.

21Female cannabis plant

Isolating a female cannabis plant from a male can increase production of buds (richest THC source) as the female increases her efforts to attract pollen from the male plant.

22. A small kid who has been nicknamed “Mini Jack Ma” due to his resemblance to 'Jack Ma', founder of Ali Baba Group, comes from a poor Chinese family, and has received donations and at least one offer to fund his education all thanks to his resemblance to the billionaire tycoon.

23. The "National" of the National Hockey League, refers to the nation of Canada, not the U.S.

24. There are scented bowling balls and, contrary to rumor, the creator came up with them because bowling pro shops are stinky places.

25. In 1961, when Yuri Gagarin returned from space Nikita Khrushchev wanted to boost the Soviet's anti-religion campaign by saying: "Gagarin flew into space, but didn't see any God there."

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