31 Random & Weird Facts You Probably Weren’t Aware Of – Part 129

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26Meteorites

Most scientists thought stories of rocks falling from the sky weren't real until meteorites fell in Normandy, France in 1803.


27. Death Discs or Splatter Platters was a type of Pop music to emerge in the late '50s-mid '60s. Sung by teen artists, themes centered on tragic deaths and suicide. The sub-genre was seen as the first musical expression of a teen, especially teen female - angst.


28. At the time of her death the 116-years-old Elizabeth Bolden had 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great-grandchildren, 220 great-great-great-grandchildren and 75 great-great-great-great-grandchildren.


29. Test chickens are used to find out where mosquitos are in Walt Disney World. The park caretakers strategically place groups of chickens around the park and regularly test them for mosquito-borne viruses to see where mosquitoes are in the park.


30. The Watermelon War was a riot that broke out in the Panama City in 1856. It all started when a drunken American didn’t want to pay 5 cents for a slice of watermelon. The riot led to the death of 15 Americans and 2 Panamanians.


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31Dead Hand

‘Dead Hand’ (aka ‘Perimeter’) was a Cold War era automatic nuclear defense system. If a large spike in radiation level was picked up within Russian borders, indicating nuclear detonation, the system would target many different foreign cities and launch nukes. It is believed to still be active.

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