34 Impressive Random Facts About Everyday Life | Random List #131

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269/11 Tapes

At least six air traffic controllers who dealt with two of the hijacked airliners on September 11, 2001, made a tape recording that same day describing the events, but the tape was destroyed by a supervisor without anyone making a transcript or even listening to it.


27. Left-spiraling snails are generally as rare as left-handed humans, especially because left and right spiraled snails can't mate together easily, but in Japan, snakes gobble up righties easily but can't bite into the lefties, so there are way more lefties.


28. The first cloned pet was a cat and it was aptly named Copy Cat.


29. Professional ballet dancers can go through 4 pairs of pointe shoes in a week.


30. There is a Justice League comic out there in which a superhero assassinates Saddam Hussein in order to end the atrocities of his regime. This ends up actually destabilizing the country, making the quality of life for citizens much worse than it was before. The comic came out in 1999.


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31Soviet Scientists

During a visit to Boeing, Soviet scientists secretly applied adhesive to the bottom of their shoes in order to covertly collect metal samples from the floor.


32. Lolita is a killer whale that has been kept in Miami Seaquarium since 1970. The orca is 20 feet long, and her tank measures 60 ft x 80 ft x 20 ft deep. Her only company for 10 years was Hugo, who died after a brain aneurysm caused by repeatedly banging his head on the tank windows.


33. In EverQuest, the sale of valuable items for both in-game platinum and for actual money allows exchange rates to be worked out. The BBC reported in 2002 that EQ was the 77th richest country in the world, between Russia and Bulgaria, with a higher GDP per capita than both China and India.


34. The first ‘moving staircase’ or escalator was built in 1898 at a Harrods store in London. Riders found the escalator ride so nerve wrecking that an employee stood at the top offering brandy so that they could recover from the ordeal.

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