33 Completely Unrelated Random Facts You Never Needed to Know | Random List #238

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1Family Video

Family Video still operates over 500 stores in the US and Canada. They own the real estate where their stores are located and they own all of the media they rent out so they keep all of the profits. This is why they were able to outlast other video rental businesses like Blockbuster.


2. In 2009, a San Diego man named Byron Stuckey was arrested after he placed a bag of urine and fish bait to rot into his safety deposit box in Bank of America because the bank froze his account, leaving him penniless.


3. The Top Gun (1986) movie contained no footage of the actors in the air because they all vomited while shooting.


4. In 1867, after New York City firemen sent a fire engine and fire gears for use in Columbia, South Carolina which was razed by fire during the Civil War, South Carolina promised to return the favor “should misfortune ever befall the Empire City.” After 9/11, Columbia sent a fire ladder truck to FDNY as a gesture from 1867.


5. An interactive museum named Newseum located near the Smithsonian closed in 2019 due to years of financial losses. It stood for the freedom of journalism and displayed items from a German World War 2 Tower to the Unabomber’s cabin to the antenna on top of the World Trade Center.


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6Joseph Stalin

When Joseph Stalin’s first wife died, he was so overcome with grief he threw himself into her grave during the funeral. Later, secret policemen arrived at the funeral, looking for Stalin (as he was a wanted fugitive). He was forced to flee the service early by jumping the graveyard’s fence.


7. Folk Singer Phil Ochs was paranoid that the FBI was spying on him, saying, “I’m a folk singer for the FBI” in 1966. In reality, the FBI had hundreds of pages on file, but Ochs never committed a federal crime. He continued to be under investigation until his death by suicide in 1976.


8. In 2019, a woman in Spain gave her neighbor a ‘box of sex toys’ to hold on to. About 6 months later the neighbor noticed a stench coming from her closet where the box was stored. She finally opened it and found a decomposing severed head inside. It belonged to the original woman’s husband.


9. To increase the circulation of dollar coins, in 2008 the US Mint allowed individuals to purchase in bulk with free shipping. It was quickly exploited as a way to gain frequent flyer miles. People purchased coins with a credit card, then deposited them at their bank to pay the bill, cost-free.


10. In 2010, a fed-up Jet Blue flight attendant named Steven Slater announced his resignation over the PA system upon landing. He then grabbed 2 beers from a beverage cart and exited by deploying the plane’s emergency slide.


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11Martin Short

When Martin Short appeared on the Today Show in 2012, one of the co-hosts commented on how Short has one of the greatest Hollywood marriages and asked: “why they were still madly in love?” Short replied because he’s “cute.” His wife had died of cancer in 2010.


12. The Schulze-Boysens were a married couple who were members of the German high society. They were also anti-Nazi activists who formed a resistance group known as the Red Orchestra. They were caught and executed in 1942 but the Red Orchestra continued throughout the war as an espionage network.


13. John Smeaton, an airport worker who kicked an attempted suicide bomber in the nuts during the 2009 Glasgow Airport attack was later awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.


14. In the ancient Roman city of Puteoli, there was an octopus that would sneak into kitchens through the sewer and eat pickled fish.


15. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is a big Lord of the Rings fan, and under the pseudonym ‘Ingahild Grathmer’ helped to illustrate the Danish version of the book.


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16Jim Henson

Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, produced over 179 adult-humored commercials for Wilkins Coffee from 1957-1961. The commercials followed a formula of one muppet creatively harming the other.


17. In World War 2, destroyer crews loved to rescue downed pilots, because the reward for returning them to their carrier was 10 gallons (38 liters) of ice cream.


18. There was a Ugandan doomsday cult whose followers surrendered all their wealth to the church. After the prophesied date passed, many disgruntled followers demanded their money back. The cult leaders responded by massacring over 900 of them. The leaders were never caught.


19. The Golden Fantasy is a secret expectation that all of one’s problems can be solved by interaction with a perfect and all-caring relationship figure. The fantasy can be found both in psychotherapy and in ordinary life.


20. If you visit Luxembourg in late February, you may see burning crosses all over the country. This is an ancient Celtic tradition that has been kept to this day, which is meant to chase away winter and welcome spring.


21Skunk Spray

Skunk spray can’t be removed with tomato juice because they are both acids. Rather you need to combine baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap to create a base that neutralizes and removes the smell.


22. Bees can’t see red. What we perceive as the color red is seen as black by bees. However, they can see ultraviolet. UV allows them to see vein-like patterns in a flower, like a map that allows them to locate the nectar treasure.


23. In 2017, a fitness tracking app named Strava unknowingly revealed locations of secret US army bases. They released a map with over 3 million data points, showing popular running routes. Data shared by soldiers on the app was detailed enough to reveal sensitive information of users on active military service.


24. The colored beads in Silica Gel packets are a humidity indicator. If the beads are blue or orange, the silica gel can still adsorb more moisture. If the beads are pink or green, then the silica gel is spent and can adsorb no more moisture.


25. Coca-Cola has a medical application. It is sometimes used for the treatment of gastric phytobezoars (trapped mass in the gastrointestinal system). In about 50% of studied cases, Coca-Cola alone was found to be effective in gastric phytobezoar dissolution.

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