35 Breathtaking Random Facts You Should Know – Part 206

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1Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic started a Volcano Worshippers Club in high school just to get an extra picture of himself in the yearbook.


2. There is a "moose test" in Sweden, which requires all cars to be able to evade a moose without flipping, should one suddenly appear on the road.


3. New York City cabs have an amber light that's hidden in the grille and are used to alert cops if the driver is in trouble by blinking.


4. Oktoberfest started off as a wedding reception for a Prince in Bavaria in 1810, and the newlyweds enjoyed it so much that they suggested making it an annual event.


5. After a Soviet hostage was found dead in 1986, KGB agents castrated the nephew of the hostage-taker and sent the severed organs as well as a list of other known family members to the hostage-taker. The remaining Soviet hostages were quickly released.


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6Icelanders

Icelanders can easily read old Norse, a dead language that was spoken in Scandinavia over 1000 years ago because written Icelandic has changed so little.


7. Sean Connery was offered to play in Manchester United but chose to decline it and move on to the film industry.


8. The "debate" about vaccines and autism, began after a fraudulent paper was published. The author is no longer licensed to practice. Countless dollars have been spent to debunk his claims, and innocent children have probably died due to his lies.


9. Sean Conway, the first man to swim the length of Great Britain grew a beard to stop jellyfish stinging his face.


10. Liquid helium has zero viscosity and can flow through microscopic holes and up walls against gravity.


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11James Woods

In August 2001, actor James Woods reported 4 suspicious individuals on his flight. Authorities did not act on his claim and they later turned out to be the 9/11 hijackers.


12. According to a study by the British Academy of Sound Therapy, the song Weightless by Marconi Union is the most relaxing song ever.


13. During a pledge drive, a DJ at a Portland, or radio station promised that the station would never play "Stairway to Heaven" again if someone made a $10,000 donation. Robert Plant was driving on the Oregon coast, heard the offer, and made the donation.


14. A Japanese man named Yasuo Takamatsu has been learning to scuba dive specifically so that he can look for his wife's remains after she was presumably swept away during the 2011 tsunami. He says her last email to him was "... I want to go home", and he is determined to make that happen.


15. While Bob Barker was the host of The Price is Right, he banned fur, wool, and leather prizes, fake display meat products, zoo trips, and cars made by foreign-owned automobile companies. Only fur products remain banned.


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16Jason Anderson

A groom named Jason Anderson forgot his wedding pants in the dressing room of a Minnesota clothier and flew to Costa Rica for his wedding. The clothier sent his daughter on an 11-hour flight to deliver the pants personally because UPS and FedEx said they could not help.


17. In 1984, a woman named Jennifer Thompson-Cannino mistakenly identified Ronald Cotton as her rapist. Cotton spent 11 years in prison until DNA evidence proved his innocence. Upon his release, the two became good friends and currently travel the country speaking of the dangers of false identification.


18. Subway's most popular sandwich, the Italian BMT, stands for 'Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit', which is literally a Subway.


19. Sudden testicular pain can be a symptom of testicular torsion. It occurs in about 1 in 160 males before 25 years of age and if not treated within 6 hours, can result in loss of the testicle.


20. Johnny Cash was born with the name J.R. Cash because his parents couldn't think of a name. When he enlisted in the Air Force, they wouldn't let him use his initials, so he began to call himself John.


21New York City

800 different languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city on Earth.


22. There is a bed called the Cuddle Mattress, where it is divided into layers of foam for your arm to slip through.


23. There was a professor who did a study on 1000s of elderly people and what advice they had about life. On happiness there was a consensus: "Almost to a person, the elders viewed happiness as a choice, not the result of how life treats you."


24. The US Government has rigorous specifications for the pens (Skilcraft pens) it buys. They ought to be assembled by blind people, the pens must be able to write for a mile and in temperatures 160°F to -40°, are designed to fit undetected into uniforms, can stand in for a two-inch fuse, and be used for an emergency tracheotomy.


25. Gardens of Versailles with its more than 2000 fountains consumed more water per day than the entire city of Paris. To solve the water shortage, the fountaineers would signal each other upon the king's approach to turning on the fountain. Once the king passed the fountain, it would be turned off again.

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