Typhoid Mary was the first asymptomatic carrier of typhoid. In her job as a cook, she infected 51 people. She was forcibly isolated for 3 years; being released on the promise that she shouldn’t return to cooking. She did return, was caught and confined for the remainder of her life (23 years).
2. In the 13th century, when cardinals failed to elect a Pope for 2 years, a hermit warned them of divine vengeance. Cardinals elected him as Pope Celestine V. He refused and tried to flee. After being persuaded, he wrote two decrees: one for fixing the papal elections and the other for allowing him to resign. He then resigned.
3. Despite being considered a watershed moment in terms of computer effects in film, there is only 6 minutes of CGI dinosaur screentime in "Jurassic Park" which is less than 5% of the movie's runtime.
4. The founder of the Smithsonian, James Smithson, was a British scientist who willed his fortune to his nephew and in the event his nephew died with no heirs, willed his fortune to the US government for funding an “Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” He had never visited the United States in his life.
5. Jordan Peele quit acting after he was asked to play the poop emoji in "The Emoji Movie".
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The size of a lion’s mane is tied to hormone production and fertility, and a larger, thicker mane will attract more females. If a lion is castrated, its mane will fall out.
7. People with depression are more likely to use absolutist words such as “always”, “never”, “completely.”
8. The Caesar salad is named after the Italian restaurateur Caesar Cardini, who first created the salad in his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico.
9. In ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ cartoon series, the season 1 episode “Take Two” has the Ghostbusters flying to Hollywood to visit the set of a movie based on their adventures. At the end of the episode, it is revealed to be the 1984 live action film, implying the cartoon to be real and the movie to be fake.
10. The rumbling sound you hear when closing your eyes tightly is caused by the tensor tympani muscle contracting.
In 2017, the FDA banned a bakery from listing 'love' as an ingredient on its granola.
12. The oldest living terrestrial animal is a 186-year old (in 2018) giant tortoise called Jonathan. He has been mating with a female giant tortoise called Frederica since 1991, who was discovered to be a male in 2017.
13. In 1974, a researcher named Jane Goodall observed a social rift in a community of chimpanzees turn into a violent 4 year civil war for territory which involved kidnapping, rape and murder. It changed her perception of chimpanzees. It is known as the “Gombe Chimpanzee War.”
14. There was a popular 1997 Russian TV Show named 'The Intercept' in which the contestant had to steal a car and avoid the police for 35 minutes. If the contestant successfully avoided the police, he won the car.
15. In 2016, 'Getty Images' sold some of the 100,000+ photos that had been donated, royalty-free, to the Library of Congress by the original photographer and Getty Images then demanded payment from the photographer, for using the photos she owned. She sued them (unsuccessfully) for over $1 billion.
The first chocolate bar was made in 1847. Before that, chocolate was exclusively a drink.
17. Until modern times, when artificial lighting allowed us to stay awake longer, most people would go to bed around sunset. The actual time spent sleeping was split into two phases known as first sleep and second sleep.
18. Ridley Scott had plans to adapt the dystopian novel Brave New World into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Ridley Scott ultimately had trouble doing the book justice and stated, “I don’t know what to do with Brave New World. It’s tough….when you reanalyze it, maybe it should stay a book".
19. In 1977, a woman named Maria Rubio in New Mexico saw a burn mark in her tortilla that looked like the face of Jesus. She then built and ran the "Shrine of the Miracle Tortilla" until 2006 when the tortilla was dropped and broken during show-and-tell at a local elementary school.
20. 'Home Alone’ was released in France as ‘Mum, I Missed the Plane’, and ‘Home Alone 2’ as ‘Mum, I Missed the Plane Again and This Time I Am Lost in New York.’
Because written Chinese uses characters to represent concepts rather than sounds, speakers of different languages such as Mandarin and Cantonese can communicate through writing, but not speech.
22. Because of the way bacon was being packaged layered so as to emphasize the meaty side of the bacon and make it seem less fatty, the federal government intervened in 1974 by enacting strict regulations requiring that a “representative slice” be made visible through a “transparent window.”
23. Pablo Picasso's full name has 23 words and 103 characters. His full name is 'Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.'
24. There's a noticeable uptick in heart attacks immediately following Daylight Saving Time likely due to people suddenly changing their sleep patterns, going against their "internal clock."
25. The Burning Mountain in Australia has an underground coal fire that has been burning for approximately 6000 years and is the oldest known coal fire.