29 Remarkable Random Facts That You Will Not Forget – Part 157

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1iBill

For free, the US Treasury Department provides blind US citizens with a machine that can read their currency for them. iBill is compact enough to slip into a side pocket. It can identify all US currency. They have also developed free apps to read currency with a smartphone.


2. When famed troll and philosopher Diogenes the Cynic was being sold as a slave, he listed his specialty as "ruling men." He subsequently pointed to Xeniades, a wealthy Corinthian and said, “Sell me to this man; he needs a master.” He was sold on the spot and became a tutor to Xeniades' sons.


3. Canadian musician Chad Kroeger took a $4000 loan from his stepfather so his band, Nickelback, could record their first EP. In truth, only half went towards recording the EP; the other half went to buying magic mushrooms.


4. The longest Filibuster in American History was a 24-hour speech by Senator Strom Thurmond, with the intention of stalling the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He successfully spoke from 8:54 pm to 9:12 pm the next day, but the bill was still passed.


5. An escaped slave of George Washington named Oney Judge lived her life as a fugitive in New Hampshire and provided historians with the most detailed account of slavery at Mount Vernon.


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6Campbell's Green Bean Casserole

Campbell's Green Bean Casserole is so popular that Campbell's estimates 40% of their Cream of Mushroom Soup is used to make the dish.


7. A major tobacco company named Newport cigarette was sued for allegedly using company vans in the 1960s to make trips to housing projects where free Newport cigarettes were given to children. A jury ruled against the tobacco company, which was ordered to pay over $35 million in damages.


8. When you cool helium to about 2 Kelvin it will literally have zero viscosity and so will be able to flow through solid ceramics and up walls.


9. In 1920, during US Prohibition, a Johns Hopkins psychologist named John Watson conducted a study to see whether or not people are better at playing Darts while drunk. The government allowed him to purchase 34 gallons of whiskey, as scientific research was a valid exception to Prohibition.


10. An Antarctic explorer named Captain Oates died during the Terra Nova Expedition. Oates struggling with the journey back walked from his tent into a blizzard. He committed suicide in an act of self-sacrifice when his ill health was compromising his three companions’ chances of survival.


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11Treehouse of Horror

While recording the original Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror", James Earl Jones chewed on a cookie close to his microphone in order to get the alien drooling sounds just right for Alien Chief Serak.


12. While peanut allergies are a common high-risk allergy in the United States, Central Europe deals with Celery allergies. Celery is such a danger to certain individuals that the European Union had to enact labeling laws for products containing celery derived ingredients.


13. Due to ADA requirements, elevator chimes must sound once when it's going up, or twice if it's going down. This is to assist those who are unable to see.


14. There is a reason behind voting taking place on a Tuesday in USA. In 1845, it could take rural farmers up to a day of traveling by horse and cart to get to a voting station. Wednesday was typically market day and Sunday was the Biblical Sabbath, so Tuesday was chosen to allow ample travel time.


15. Researchers at UC Santa Barbara, intending to show how statistics can be used misleadingly, received statistically significant results when scanning a salmon with fMRI to show that its brain responded differently to photos of different social situations. The salmon was dead.


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16Third Whale

Gray Whale couples need a 3rd Whale to act as a brace while they mate so they don't float apart midway through.


17. At Billy Mays' funeral, the pallbearers wore blue shirts and khaki pants, much like what Mays wore when he advertised products.


18. 26 kids were found after being featured in the video for the song "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum in 1993. The version shown in Australia showed a number of young backpacking tourists. Several of them turned out to be victims of Ivan Milat, the Backpacker Murderer.


19. A Greek World War 2 pilot named Marinos Mitralexis downed an Italian bomber by ramming when out of ammo, made an emergency landing and arrested the surviving bomber crew with his pistol.


20. American economist Richard Thaler, upon finding out he won the Nobel Prize for Economics for his work on irrational decision-making, said he would spend the prize money as "irrationally as possible."


21Triangle

The Triangle is theoretically an instrument of indefinite pitch, for its fundamental pitch is obscured by its nonharmonic overtones. Triangle parts in classical music can be very demanding and "the triangle is by no means a simple instrument to play."


22. Eight "Sea Shepherd" activists were arrested in 1979 for violating the Seal Protection Act, for spraying a thousand seal pups with permanent red dye; rendering their pelts useless for hunters.


23. Vikings actually arrived in Greenland at least 100 years earlier than the Inuit, who now make up about 90% of Greenland's population.


24. During a negotiation with Portugal in 1617, future Queen Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba was not offered a chair, instead being offered a mat. This was an attempt to disrespect her, so she ordered her servant to get on the ground and then sat on her back during the negotiations.


25. In 1987, Fred Rogers visited the then-Soviet Union to film a segment for both his show, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and "Good Night, Little Ones!", which was Russia’s longest-running children's program. Rogers was the first American to appear on the latter show.

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