36 Fresh Random Facts From the Web To Your Brain | Random List #213

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26Wham

Queen was competing with Wham! to become the first Western pop group to perform in China. Wham!'s manager made 2 brochures - one featuring Wham! fans as pleasant middle-class youngsters, and one portraying Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in typically flamboyant poses. The Chinese opted for Wham!.


27. Pillow fights are banned at West Point after one pillow fight left 30 freshmen cadets injured, including 24 diagnosed with concussions.


28. Snakes have forked tongues to be able to smell in three dimensions. By picking up odors from slightly different locations they are able to tell the direction and source of the smell.


29. Whitesnake changed the word "hobo" to "drifter" in the re-recording of "Here I Go Again" to ensure that it would not be misheard as "homo."


30. America’s Pronghorn Antelope is the fastest animal (55 mph) only to the cheetah. It likely evolved this speed to outrun the now-extinct American cheetah; and despite its appearances, it is not an antelope at all, but rather more closely related to giraffes.


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31Thomas Dambo

A Danish man named Thomas Dambo is hiding enormous troll statues made with recycled materials in Belgian forests.


32. Barbara Newhall Follett was a child genius born in 1914 who released her first novel at the age of 12, and her second when she was 14. At the age of 18, she married an unfaithful man and fell into depression. She vanished when she was 25 and was never seen again.


33. Carrots were originally purple. The orange ones we are familiar with today started as a hybrid intended to be sweeter.


34. “Stolpersteine” (German for stumbling stones) are small cobblestones that have inscribed on them the names and fates of Nazi Victims. They are placed all over Europe in front of the last free home the victim had before deportation. Over 70,000 have been placed so far.


35. Loneliness is labeled an epidemic worthy of a public health intervention in the USA. Loneliness and weak social connections are associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity.


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36Link

Link, from The Legend Of Zelda, was originally intended to have a button nose similar to Mario, but the wife of game designer Yoshiaki Koizumi convinced him to change it to a sharper one because she thought Nintendo didn't have enough handsome characters.

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