20 Weird But Definitely True Random Facts | Random List #3

1Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was an elite wrestler in his days before politics. He once challenged a crowd, saying, "I’m the big buck of this lick. If any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns.” The challenge went unanswered.


2Taco Tuesday

The term "Taco Tuesday" is legally owned by Taco John's and they have issued hundreds of cease and desist letters demanding companies stop holding Taco Tuesdays.


3Jamie Hyneman

Jamie Hyneman designed Blendo, a combat robot that was deemed too hazardous for Robot Wars after repeatedly throwing pieces of its opponents over arena walls. It received co-championship status in exchange for withdrawing from the competition.


4Termites

Termites are being researched as a possible renewable energy source as they can produce up to 2 liters of hydrogen from ingesting a single sheet of paper, making them one of the planet's most efficient bioreactors.


5Rationing in WWII

Rationing in the United Kingdom during WWII actually increased life expectancy in the country and decreased infant mortality. This was because all people were required to consume a varied diet.


6NHL goalkeeper replacement policy

In the NHL, if a team's starting and backup goalie are injured during a game, rule 5.3 allows almost anybody to suit up in net as a replacement (including from the crowd). Examples have included a team video producer and an embroidery shop owner (who dressed but did not play).


7Trivection oven

In the 1st episode of 30 Rock, after Jack discusses how he developed the Trivection oven, GE ran an ad during the commercial break to make sure the audience knew it was a real product, not something writers made up as a joke for the show.


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8Yao Tribe

The Yao tribe in Africa uses the Greater Honeyguide bird to help them find bees. They have learned how to communicate with the birds, with a "Brrr-Hm" grunt, that the birds know to mean "let's go find honey"


9Aaron Sorkin

When Aaron Sorkin was asked why Tom Cruise and Demi Moore don't sleep together in 'A Few Good Men', Sorkin responded: "Women have purposes other than to sleep with Tom Cruise."


10Steve McQueen's infidelity

Steve McQueen's infidelity saved his life. He was supposed to attend the dinner party where the Manson family murdered Sharon Tate and others, but skipped it after he "ran into a chickie".

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