36 Really Powerful Random Facts You Need to Know in Life – Part 127

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26Gregor Mendel

Gregor Mendel, the founder of modern genetics, may have falsified data in his famous pea experiment in order to better correspond with his expectations.


27. Plants can “hear” the sound of running water through pipes in the ground. They will actually grow towards the pipe, eventually bursting through it.


28. The Misericorde or ‘Mercy Knife’ was a long narrow dagger that was used for killing wounded soldiers at the end of a battle. It was considered better than dying in pain from infection or from wounds which were not instantly fatal.


29. In 1993, a 5-year-old set his house on fire, killing his 2-year-old sister. The mother blamed American sitcom Beavis and Butt-head for making fire seem "cool". As a result, MTV removed all references of fire from their past and future episodes (not the 2011 run) and rescheduled it for 10:30pm instead of 7:00pm.


30. The legal reason Champagne is only produced in Champagne, France is due to the Treaty of Versailles, which reaffirmed that rule among the nations that signed it.


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31Chickens

In some high schools in Japan the students need to hatch and raise chickens before killing and eating them.


32. Former Ugandan president Idi Amin called himself: "His Excellency, President for Life... Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular", in addition to his claim of being uncrowned King of Scotland.


33. The Yugoslav frigate Split is the only ship in the world which shelled the city (Split, city in Croatia) it is named after.


34. Caffeine can cause a sense of panic, especially on those prone to anxiety.


35. While working at a railway, Richard Sears' station received a shipment of gold watches but the jeweler refused the shipment. Sears got the watches at a reduced rate (a common scam) and sold them to his coworkers who needed to keep accurate time. The success lead to his first mail-order catalog.


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36Xoloitzcuintli

The ancient dog breed of Xoloitzcuintli, the dog from Coco, was nearly extinct by 1950s. They were revived from a group of 10 pure bred after an expedition scoured most of the Mexico in search for them.

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