33 Amazing And Unknown Random Facts | Random List #291

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26Sir David Mathew

Sir David Mathew was a Welsh knight who stood at 6’8” (2.03m). At the age of 60 he saved the life of Edward IV at the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on British soil (the battle of Towton 1461). He died at the age of 84 in an ‘altercation.’

27. The first movie ever released on DVD was Twister.

28. The story of the Chernobyl power plant didn’t end with the tragedy of 1986. There was actually a second fire that broke out on Reactor 2 in 1991, and it wasn’t until 2000 that the last operating reactor was fully shut down.

29. After John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln by shooting him the back of the head, the largest manhunt in US history, involving thousands of troops and countless civilians, tracked him down to a barn. As he attempted to escape, Sergeant Boston Corbett killed Booth by shooting him in the back of the head.

30. A hotel in Japan named Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan has been running for over 1300 years, ever since it started operating in 705 A.D. It has been open and owned by over 52 generations of the same family, which still operates it today.

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31Dizzy Gillespie

Bebop legend Dizzy Gillespie ran for president in 1964. Though it started as a joke, he kept it up in part because proceeds from his campaign merchandise went to Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

32. A dragonfly can live for 5 years but only develops wings in the last 2-4 months of its life. During its second stage of life, the nymph lives a water-bound existence where it molts (sheds skin) up to 12 times before developing wings.

33. Saving data to an SSD, RAM, flash memory, etc. increases its weight by an extremely small amount. One calculation states that 1GB of flash memory completely filled with 1s weighs something like 729 femtograms more than the same memory filled with zeros.


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