34 Awe-Inspiring Random Facts That Are Quite Intriguing – Part 241

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26Sloppy Joe

Sloppy Joe

The Sloppy Joe is a highly controversial sandwich. Historians believe it originated in Cuba. Bar owner José García created a handheld version of ropa vieja to serve to his tipsy customers. Others believe that the loose meat sandwich started in Sioux City, Iowa from a dinner cook named Joe.

27. One of the Seven Great Houses in Ancient Iran was the House of Karen who once tried to claim independence and refused to pay their tribute, but was ultimately defeated for this.

28. The first large scale human trial for the birth control pill was conducted on Puerto Rican women in the 1950s. These women were unknowingly participating in the clinical trial and the deaths of participants were not investigated. 

29. In 2015, Tu Youyou became the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize, for helping to create an anti-malaria medicine. In China, she is being called the "three noes" winner: no medical degree, no doctorate, and she's never worked overseas.

30. Two months before President Franklin Pierce’s inauguration, his last surviving child was killed in a train accident. He refused to be sworn in on a bible, believing God was punishing him for his past sins.

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31Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of Randy "The Ram" Robinson in The Wrestler. When taken to a live event, he thought wrestling was real like UFC! In the end, the crew had a meeting where it was determined that Cage looked too healthy for the part, so the role went to Mickey Rourke.

32. The term "tire", the rubber component of a vehicle's wheel, comes from the word "attire", from the idea that a wheel with a tire is a dressed wheel.

33. The ponds that are common in residential neighborhoods are not installed as water features. They are actually retention basins used to offset the drainage capacity of the ground removed by paving roads and building houses.

34. Several years ago there was somehow a common cold outbreak at a research base in Antarctica after 17 weeks of complete isolation. No cause was found.

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