36 True Random Facts That Sound Too Ridiculous | Random List #182

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26Re A

There was a case (Re A) of British conjoined twins. If not separated, they’d both die in months. If separation was successful, the healthier twin would survive but the surgery would kill the other. The parents refused consent, but a court overruled them. The surgery killed one twin to save the other.


27. Telford Taylor, the chief prosecutor in many of the Nuremberg Trials, also wished to prosecute American pilots who had bombed North Vietnam, believing they were also guilty of war crimes.


28. Robert Downey Jr. largely credits the martial art Wing Chun for helping to maintain his sobriety, as well as helping to keep him "grounded, well and focused."


29. Blowing out birthday candles increases the concentration of bacteria on the cake by almost 1,400%.


30. Just as America entered World War 2, serial bomber George Metesky informed NYPD that, as a patriot of his country, he would make no bomb threats for the duration of the war. He stayed true to his word.


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31Arnold’s Nerve Reflex

Coughing while cleaning inside your ears is not something that everyone else experiences and is actually an uncommon reaction called Arnold’s Nerve Reflex.


32. The cat that Marlon Brando pets in the beginning of ‘The Godfather’ purred so loudly that the actors’ voices had to be re-recorded.


33. In 2008, after receiving an email from Steve-O suggesting his possible suicide, Johnny Knoxville and other friends placed Steve-O on an involuntary 72-hour psychiatric hold, which was later lengthened to 14 days after an apparent suicide attempt.


34. John Steinbeck’s dog, Toby, ate his manuscript of Of Mice and Men. There was no other draft. Steinbeck said of the incident, “I was pretty mad but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically. I didn’t want to ruin a good dog for a manuscript, I’m not sure is good at all.”


35. Although many celebrities are suspected to have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dan Aykroyd, Daryl Hannah, and Satoshi Tajiri have openly confirmed that they are on the spectrum and have autism.


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36Bette Midler

When Bette Midler started her career in the early 1970s, she was the singer in a gay bathhouse in New York often accompanied by Barry Manilow on piano. Manilow produced her first album and the patrons of the bathhouse were her first hardcore fans.

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