35 Refreshing Facts About Everything That’ll Keep Your Brain Energized – Part 57

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1Medal for Long Marital Life

The Polish medal for couples who have made it to 50 years of marriage has a higher rank than the medal for deployment to Afghanistan.


2. The US Treasury planned to replace Alexander Hamilton's face on the $10 bill with a notable woman (Harriet Tubman) from US history but decided to instead change Jackson's face on the $20 bill, almost entirely due to the popularity of "Hamilton".


3. A seed (Methuselah) from the previously extinct Judean date palm was revived and managed to sprout after nearly 2,000 years.


4. The dogs that were used to patrol the Berlin Wall were adopted out after it came down, and when walking where it once stood would "move as if tethered to an unseen leash, with absolute certainty, following the old border along its zigzags through the city".


5. The golden circle on the flag of Portugal represents an armillary sphere, a nautical device used by Portuguese sailors exploring unknown seas during the 'Age of Discoveries'.


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6Swim test

In order for MIT students to graduate, they must pass a swim test as it's deemed "a self-survival skill."


7. In 1984, Ronald Reagan sent the Soviet Army on high alert after saying "We begin bombing in five minutes" as a joke while doing a sound check.


8. Levi's stopped using the rivet at the bottom of the fly because when people would crouch in front of campfires the rivet would conduct the heat from the fire and burn their crotch.


9. Video game voice actors aren't always told which game they're working on.


10. When Charles Manson (Cult leader) was a child, his mom sold him for a pitcher of beer to a woman who wanted to have children.


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11Vicki Walker

In 2009, an office worker named Vicki Walker was fired for writing emails in ALL CAPS.


12. In the book Forrest Gump, Forrest was 6 foot 5 inch, and cursed a lot, had a low IQ and normal legs as a kid, he became an astronaut where he finds an ape named Sue, they crash in the jungles and are captured by cannibals, Forrest farms shrimp in shallow pools and travel the world with Lt. Dan and Sue.


13. Mahatma is a Sanskrit honorific, like "Saint", and not the first name of "Mohandas" Gandhi.


14. The Green children of Woolpit are a boy and a girl with green skin who appeared in the town of Woolpit, England in the 12th century. They spoke in an unknown language and only ate raw beans.


15. In 2003, during a case involving stolen lunar samples, a federal court set the value of the moon rocks at $50,800 per gram based on how much it cost the U.S. government to retrieve the samples between 1969 and 1972.


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16Depression

Those who have been looking for work for half a year or more are more than 3 times as likely to be suffering from depression as those with jobs.


17. The members of the 1980s pop/rock band Toto were prolific session musicians. Their work includes Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'. Collectively, the members have been recorded on over 5,000 albums, selling over 500,000,000 albums.


18. Irish avant-garde playwright Samuel Beckett used to drive a young Andre the Giant to school because he was too large for the bus.


19. In Oceans 11, Rusty (Brad Pitt) was eating in every scene he was in. This was Brad Pitt's idea.


20. Bill Gates (Net Worth $90 Billion) has donated roughly $50 Billion in his lifetime. And plans to give away most of his money to charity after death.


217-11 franchise

The 7-11 franchise in Japan was eventually able to buy out the entire brand due to its huge success in the country.


22. Prince wrote The Bangles 1986 hit single, ‘Manic Monday’ using a pseudonym.


23. Most Walmart shops allow anyone to use their parking lots at night for free.


24. In 1991, Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse, married Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie.


25. American Comedian Johnny Carson once joked on The Tonight Show about a nonexistent toilet paper shortage which led to eventual panic buying leaving store shelves empty causing a real shortage that lasted weeks.

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