37 Interesting Random Facts About Everything You Got To Check Out – Part 83

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26Magpies

Magpies passed the mirror test showing that they are capable of self-awareness, the first non-mammal to do so.


27. Legendary horror director George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) got his first job in Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. "I still joke that 'Mr. Rogers Gets a Tonsillectomy' is the scariest film I’ve ever made. What I really mean is that I was scared sh*tless while I was trying to pull it off."


28. The word armadillo is Spanish for "little armored one".


29. Saying "Roger" at the end of radio conversation (to signify "r" for "received") dates back to Morse code days.


30. The classic rock band Boston secretly recorded their debut album in Tom Scholz' basement, while they pulled off an elaborate ruse to make the record label think they were actually recording it in a state-of-the-art west coast studio.


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31Jar Jar Binks

After the events of the Star Wars prequels, Jar Jar Binks becomes a street performer where he was scorned by adults but beloved by the children who came to watch his antics.


32. The 45th Infantry Division of the United States Army used a swastika on a red background as a unit symbol until the 1930s. The division wore the patch while fighting against Germany in World War 1.


33. During World War 2, “Rumor Clinics” were set up to professionally track down and dispel rumors circulating civilian and military communities. “Morale Wardens” would research these rumors and find the truth, which helped keep civil unrest out of communities when a rumor spiraled out of control.


34. A Dutch girl named Laura Dekker in 2011 became the youngest person to sail around the world solo. She did it in a year and celebrated her 16th birthday on the trip.


35. Industrialist Andrew Carnegie was at one point so wealthy, his fortune represented 0.6% of the entire US GDP.


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36Conspiracy Theory Rock

Conspiracy Theory Rock is a banned segment from Saturday Night Live. It was part of a March 1998 "TV Funhouse" segment. It has been removed from all subsequent airings of the Saturday Night Live episode where it originally appeared because it "wasn't funny".


37. The International Space Station has been described as the most expensive single item ever constructed at $150 billion.

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