31 Unique Random Facts You Never Knew Before | Random List #303

- Sponsored Links -

1Avocados

Avocados evolved alongside extinct megafauna like giant ground sloths whose digestive system could pass the intact pit. When these giant creatures went extinct, human cultivation saved the avocado.


2. French soldier of fortune and mercenary Bob Denard was hired in 1975 to overthrow Ahmed Abdallah, president of the Comoros. 3 years later Abdallah hired Denard to kick out his replacement, mad dictator Ali Soilih. 10 years later Soilih's half-brother paid Denard to remove Abdallah again. All coups succeeded.


3. An English man named Mark Roberts has streaked at more than 565 international events. He has his own set of 'rules' for streaking: don't interrupt the play of a game, be prepared to spend an evening in jail, have a good lawyer on hand, and don't eat spicy food the night before a streak.


4. In 2012, American singer Demi Lovato did an MTV documentary about her sobriety and how she overcame addiction. 5 years later, she admitted she was on cocaine while filming it.


5. Because of Calibri's status as the default font in MS Office, there have been many instances of forged documents being identified because this font was used. A Canadian business owner facing bankruptcy typed 2 trust documents dated before Calibri's release in 2007, exposing them as forged.


6Del Oro

A juice company named Del Oro dumped 12,000 tonnes of orange peels on virtually lifeless soil and 16 years later, it turned into a lush forest.


7. In Rwanda, people go to milk bars to socialize and drink milk.


8. Three-quarters of the animated film “A Goofy Movie” had to be refilmed due to a single dead pixel on a faulty monitor, leading to Disney delaying the release of the film from Thanksgiving 1994 to April 7, 1995.


9. In 2001, when the space station Mir was set to return to earth, Taco Bell set up a floating target in the Pacific Ocean, promising free tacos to everyone in the US if the space station hit it.


10. NASA's longest-serving female employee since January 1958, Sue Finley, has been an engineer and programmer for space missions since Explorer 1, for missions to the Moon, Sun, all the planets and many other solar system bodies, and recipient of NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal.


- Sponsored Links -

11William Shatner

William Shatner played a prank on the set of the Twilight Zone while shooting the Nightmare at 20,000 Feet episode. Shatner staged a fake fight on the plane and had a dummy fall off the wing to the concrete below. Richard Donner, the episode's director, thought Shatner had died.


12. Michael Jackson was terrified of a real-life fan, who inspired his song, Billie Jean after she sent him a letter with a weapon and instructions to kill himself. He kept her photograph to memorize her face, “in case she ever turns up someplace.”


13. When a chimpanzee that learns an effective method to crack nuts open is placed into a new group that uses a less effective strategy, it will eventually stop using the superior method just to blend in with the rest of the chimps.


14. Christian radio host Harold Camping predicted the world would end on May 21, 2011. Followers gave up their jobs, sold their homes, and stopped investing in their children's college funds. On May 22, his office had a paper note in the window stating, "This office is closed. Sorry, we missed you!"


15. Johann Struensee was the royal physician to mentally ill King Christian VII of Denmark. He rose to seize power for over a year in the 18th century Denmark. He then managed to abolish slavery, abolish censorship of the press, and have an affair with the Queen before being ousted and executed in 1772.


- Sponsored Links -

16Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson paid James Callender to smear John Adams in the election of 1800. Callender accused President Adams of having a “hideous hermaphroditical character” and he was jailed for the smears under the Sedition Act. Once Jefferson took office in 1801, he pardoned Callender.


17. Pablo Picasso carried a revolver loaded with blanks, which he would fire at whoever asked him what his work “meant.”


18. Lafayette was a French aristocrat who is proclaimed to be “The Hero of Two Worlds.” He fought as a general for America during the American Revolution. He then went to France and fought as a General for the People in the French Revolution.


19. A study conducted in 195 countries, over a 26-year period, concluded that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. The researchers admitted that moderate drinking may protect against heart disease, but found that the risk of cancer and other diseases outweighs these protections.


20. Even though American painter Edward Bannister won 1st prize for painting at the 1876 Philadelphia centennial international exhibition, after discovering Bannister's identity, the judge wanted to rescind his award because he was black. However, this wasn't possible due to protests from the other competitors.


21Egg Yolks

A study from the University of Connecticut found that cholesterol in egg yolks does not raise the LDL cholesterol particles that are associated with the development of cardiovascular disease.


22. Over 8,000 pieces of music were secretly created in Nazi concentration camps; including symphonies, operas, and songs scribbled on everything from food wrappings to potato sacks. One prisoner composed an entire symphony on toilet paper using the charcoal given to him as dysentery medicine.


23. In 1967, hippies attempted a ritual to levitate the Pentagon in the air to end the Vietnam War.


24. In 1967, the magazine 'Berkeley Barb' published an article on how to extract psychoactive substances from banana peels. People didn't realize it was a hoax and began smoking banana peels to try to get high off banana joints.


25. The United Kingdom hasn't really required people to pay for bail since 1898. This was to help reduce the number of people remanded in custody simply because they were poor. Nowadays, bail is automatically given unless said person has a risk of absconding or is a risk to the public.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here