33 Genuine Random Facts That’ll Surprise Even the Most Intelligent People – Part 219

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26Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong's 82-year-old grandmother told him to have a look around and not step on the moon if "it didn't look good". Neil agreed he wouldn't.

27. Inventors of bubble wrap were originally trying to make plastic wallpaper.

28. The Tempest Prognosticator was a 19th-century device that kept 12 leeches inside small bottles. They attempted to climb out of the bottles when a storm was approaching, causing a bell to ring. The number of times the bell was struck indicated the likelihood of a storm.

29. Richard II (1393) passed an act in the UK for all pubs to have a sign outside the establishment. "Whosoever shall brew ale in the town with intention of selling it must hang out a sign, otherwise he shall forfeit his ale."

30. Elaine's father on Seinfeld, played by Lawrence Tierney, was supposed to be a recurring character, but he horrified the cast and made threatening gestures toward Seinfeld with a knife.

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31Kandu V

An orca from Seaworld named Kandu V attempted to bite a Corky, a newcomer ocra, but broke her own jaw and bled to death in front of thousands.

32. There is a disease that strikes starfish "that causes the creatures’ arms to crawl in opposite directions until they tear away from the body, causing the insides to spill out."

33. 15-year-old John Gurdon's teacher wrote that teaching him biology would be "a sheer waste of time, both on his part and of those who would have to teach him." In 2012, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering work in developmental biology.


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