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

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26iPhone

The iPhone (and smartphones in general) have negatively impacted the sale of gum because people are more consumed with their phones and are less inclined to impulse buy when waiting to check out at a store.


27. The Vatican broadcasted its public approval of Pokémon in April 2001 after Christian groups argued that it promoted Satanic themes.


28. Despicable Me is the highest-grossing animated franchise ever, even beating Shrek.


29. In the 1800s, dictator (Alfredo Stroessner) of Paraguay made it illegal for whites to marry other whites, creating a country where almost everyone was part Spanish, part native Guarani.


30. 39% of film industry professionals illegally download movies.


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31Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen was offered the role of Dumbledore after the death of Richard Harris. He turned it down because Harris once described McKellen as "technically brilliant, but passionless".


32. Keira Knightley was meant to be named "Kira", after the Russian ice skater, Kira Ivanova, but her mother misspelled the name when she went to register her.


33. After Emperor Valerian and his army surrendered to Persia, the Persians had them do engineering and architecture as work while prisoners. As a result, The City of Shushtar is the most eastern Roman city, despite never being part of the Roman Empire.


34. Darko Milicic, who was drafted 2nd overall in the 2003 NBA draft (before Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh) is currently an apple farmer in Serbia.


35. In 1976, the Soviet Union developed keyloggers for IBM Selectric typewriters tracking the ball motion and transmitting content from American Embassy typewriters for years.

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