50 Random Facts List #7

ca. 1361-1352 B.C. --- Wall Painting of Tutankhamun Accompanied by Anubis and Nephthys --- Image by © Gianni Dagli Orti/CORBIS

1The Beatles

The Beatles refused to play for segregated audiences in the U.S.

2. The Ancient Egyptians used 12 months of exactly 30 days, with 5 days of festivities at the end to add up to 365

3. In Sid Meier's Civilisation, an underflow glitch caused Gandhi to become a nuclear-obsessed warlord

4. The idea that the federal government can regulate almost any business was established in a 1942 Supreme Court case. Since a farmer could theoretically sell produce over state lines, the US government had the authority to control what he could grow.

5. A recent study found that women remember penises as being larger than they really were/are.

6Sessue Hayakawa

Sessue Hayakawa, a Japanese actor who started in the silent era and became one of the first Hollywood sex symbols. He also created his own production company to fight Asian stereotypes, was nominated for an Oscar, became part of the French resistance in WWII and was a Zen master

7. David Bowie holds the world record for the number of music video plays over a 24-hour period with 51 million plays, occurring January 11th, 2016, the day after his death.

8. Baby carrots (aka baby cut carrots) are actually just the cores of carrots not fit for store shelves and were only invented in 1986.

9. The "Golden Age Fallacy" (believing the past is better than the present) has been a popular myth that goes back as far as Ancient Greece and Prehistoric Times.

10. In the 1960's, Iraq was named "one of the best countries to be a child" by UNICEF

11Atlanta Nights

A book entitled Atlanta Nights that was written by a group of sci-fi authors to be intentionally terrible as a test for the publisher PublishAmerica. It included a chapter containing computer generated random sentences and two words for word identical chapters. The publisher accepted it.

12. The Ancient One, AKA Kennewick Man, was buried on February 21, 2017, after a 20-year argument about his origin. In 2015, DNA testing proved the 9000-year-old male was related to neighboring Native Americans and was not Caucasian.

13. In his review of "Lulu", the collaboration between Metallica and Lou Reed, Chuck Klosterman wrote: "If the Red Hot Chili Peppers acoustically covered the 12 worst Primus songs for Starbucks, it would still be (slightly) better than this."

14. In 2007, a new parking garage in Germany ended up with two parking bays that had a peculiar shape and required a complicated parking maneuver in order to park there. Officials declared them Men's Parking Spaces to discourage unskilled drivers from attempting the maneuver.

15. Military units break step when marching over bridges to avoid causing a resonate wave that could collapse the structure.

16James Earl Ray

A plaque honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. mistakenly thanked his assassin, James Earl Ray, instead of actor James Earl Jones. When officials received their plaque they were horrified to discover that it bore an inscription thanking James Earl Ray for “keeping the dream alive”

17. In 2000 a Korean couple spent their life savings to bring a Pan Am 747 to Seoul and set it up as a restaurant. The restaurant failed, leaving the couple living in a hut below the airplane. The 747 was torn down for scrap metal in 2010.

18. There are birds that drink blood

19. To his inauguration, Wyoming's first Democratic governor wore shoes made from the skin of a lynched train robber

20. Gwyneth Paltrow's father forbade her from accepting a lead role in the movie "Cool as Ice" starring Vanilla Ice because he thought it could hurt her career.

21Foldit gamers

Players of an online game called Foldit resolved the structure of an enzyme in just three weeks.

22. There is a long history of US Vice Presidents disliking the job. John Adams called it "the most insignificant office... contrived," FDR's Vice President Garner called it "not worth a bucket of warm piss," and Truman joking Vice Presidents were "about as useful as a cow's fifth teat."

23. In 1856, American politician, Preston Brooks (D), beat Senator Charles Sumner (R) with a cane on the floor of the United States Senate in retaliation for an anti-slavery speech. He resigned his seat later in the year, only to be reelected to the same position left vacant by his resignation.

24. Handling TNT turned female munition workers in the UK yellow during WWI; they were nicknamed the Canary Girls

25. Lobsters and certain other animals/plant life can live forever if unaffected by disease or predators.

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