35 Random Facts That Are Fun & Interesting To Read | Random List #304

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26Baked Beans On Toast

When people in the UK talk about eating “baked beans on toast”, they are not referring to the US-style baked beans that consist of a brown sugar base. They have a completely different style of baked beans with a tomato base.

27. The length of a day on Mars has been known (within 3 minutes accuracy) since 1666 but the length of a day on Saturn was a mystery until 2019.

28. There is a material called FOGBANK that's used by the US Department of Energy that's so top secret and compartmentalized, that the government once actually "forgot" how to make it due to a lack of actual records and dwindling institutional knowledge. Its composition and its use in the weapon is also classified.

29. The “London Necropolis Railway” was a railway line which opened in 1854 just to carry corpses (and mourners) to a cemetery (at the time the largest in the world) 37km away from the city. There were even two stations in the cemetery, one for the Anglicans and one for non-Anglicans.

30. Tatsuo Horiuchi is a Japanese retiree who uses Microsoft Excel as a painting platform because he didn't want to spend money on paints.

31Whale Killing

The USSR killed more than 180,000 whales between the 1950s and 1991 despite bans and fading commercial demand. The reason was that the quota for whales were never updated to match the need for them.

32. Coffee doesn't actually dehydrate you. A 2003 study found that the diuretic effect of caffeine is negligible in people who regularly consume caffeinated drinks.

33. In the Middle Ages, there was a belief animals understood the concept of morality and possessed rationality. They were summoned to court, put on trial for a variety of offenses, and given the same punishments as humans. Lawyers defended pigs, rats, and sheep. Even flies and slugs faced judgment.

34. Sea snakes can die of thirst and rely on rainwater that sometimes pool on the ocean surface in order to survive.

35. The Jose Marti Park in Tampa is owned by Cuba and for 60 years it was the only piece of Cuban-owned land in the United States.


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