36 Truly Odd Random Facts You’ll Have A Hard Time Believing | Random List #34

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26Thagomizers

Thagomizers

The spikes at the end of Stegosaurus's tail are called "thagomizers" because of a far side comic, published in 1982, that featured a cave man pointing to a diagram of a Stegosaurus tail with the caption "Now this end is called the Thagomizer--after the late Thag Simmons."


27. Two Australians named Morgan Ruig and Evan Shay fooled officials into letting them play in an international golf tournament at North Korea's only golf course. For five days they were treated as honored guests and taken on official visits around Pyongyang before being exposed as frauds due to their poor golfing skills.


28. Yew trees can live for more than 1000 years, are often found in graveyards, and have a long association with death; they're deadly poisonous to humans, with no known antidote. However, the tree is used to make taxanes, which are used to fight cancer.


29. The "Broken Windows Theory" states that maintaining and monitoring urban areas to prevent small crimes, such as vandalism, helps to create an atmosphere of order and lawfulness - thereby preventing more serious crimes from happening.


30. NASA does not have an official protocol for what to do with an astronaut's body if one were to die in space.


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312022 FIFA World Cup

2022 FIFA World Cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place at Lusail, Qatar, a city which does not exist yet.


32. From 1860-1916, the British army required every soldier to have a mustache.


33. When smoking was allowed on aircraft, engineers used nicotine stains on the outside of planes to detect microscopic cracks in the fuselage. Now that smoking is banned, these cracks have become much more difficult to detect.


34. Billionaires in London are building "Iceberg Mansions" where most of the home is below ground.


35. The North American tribe of Chippewa believed a weasel could kill the dreaded Wendigo (Algonquian folklore) by rushing up its anus.


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36Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt lived in a Scooby-Doo van in Maui where he drank, smoked weed, and worked just enough to cover expenses.

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