37 Random Facts That’ll Stir Your Mind & Make You Smile – Part 197

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1Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia

When Dwayne Johnson split with his now ex-wife Dany Garcia, he made her his manager and she has remained in that role to this day.


2. Anthony Ervin, a swimmer who won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics, retired at the age of 22, began abusing drugs and at one moment was hardly able to rise from a sofa for days on end. In 2011, he got back into swimming, and at the 2016 Olympics became the oldest swimmer to win a gold medal.


3. There are fake towns and roads (known as "paper towns") that mapmakers put in their maps so that if someone makes a map which has one of these paper towns, they could know it's a copy.


4. Nearly the entire world uses one of 2 forms to say tea, basically derived from the Chinese words 'te' (ie Spanish and English) and 'cha' (ie Hindi and Russian), because of the way tea spread around the world from China. 'Cha' is used in places where tea came by land and 'te' where it was imported over water.


5. Abraham Lincoln repeatedly warned that British recognition of the Confederacy was tantamount to a declaration of war. Knowing a war would cut off vital shipments of American food, wreak havoc on the British merchant fleet, and cause the immediate loss of Canada, Britain was unwilling to risk a conflict.


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6Hogan's Alley

The FBI has an entire fake town named Hogan's Alley for training agents. Hogan's Alley has a bank, post office, hotel, laundromat, barber shop, pool hall, shops, and homes. The town is populated by actors who roleplay parts like bystanders, terrorists, bank robbers, and drug dealers so scenarios always change.


7. In 1855, Stephen Foster, the mayor of Los Angeles, convinced a mob to not kill an accused murderer, but to try him in a court of law. When the accused man was acquitted, the mayor resigned and led a lynch mob to kill the man. He was re-elected a year later.


8. Angelo Poffo, the father of Macho Man Randy Savage, destroyed the World Record for consecutive sit-ups with 6,033 in 4 hours and 10 minutes. This record is still unbroken.


9. Japan's most celebrated generals have been masters of Ikebana, the art of flower arranging, finding that it calmed their minds and helped them make clear decisions in the field of battle.


10. James Watt calculated the horsepower by measuring the output of an actual horse in order to quantify how many horses his steam engines could replace.


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11Malaria

Your body odors changes when you’ve been successfully infected by Plasmodium (Malaria), thereby making you a better target for mosquitos and spreading the disease.


12. A professional wrestler named Kerry Von Erich had to have his foot amputated after a bad accident but continued wrestling while secretly wearing a prosthetic - even showering in his boots so no one would know. His injury wasn't public knowledge until his death from suicide 7 years later.


13. When the very famous mime Jean-Gaspard Deburau (creator of the modern Pierrot) was accused of murder in 1836, hundreds of Parisians came to the courthouse, not for the trial itself but just to finally hear the voice of the mime.


14. Archeologists are using LiDAR to survey the South American rainforests. The results have helped reveal over 60,000 previously undiscovered ruins, part of a much greater civilization than previously thought.


15. When the husband of Cassandra Harris (Lisl in For Your Eyes Only) visited the set one day, producer Cubby Broccoli took such a liking to him that he thought he would be a perfect choice to play James Bond. That man was Pierce Brosnan, who made his Bond debut over a decade later.


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16Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick recorded a typist hammering out “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” because he believed each typewriter key made a slightly different sound and he wanted the audio track of “The Shining” to be perfectly accurate.


17. A Texas plumber's truck was traded to a dealership in 2013. The dealership then auctioned and shipped to Turkey with his business' decals still on it. The truck eventually ended up in Syria, where it was outfitted with an anti-aircraft gun and used in the country’s civil war.


18. Rapper Coolio's cameo in Batman & Robin was an Easter Egg setting up the fifth movie in the series. Coolio is uncredited as playing Dr. Jonathan Crane aka The Scarecrow who would've been the main villain in Batman Unchained.


19. Elvis Presley was a huge Monty Python fan. He would watch Python all night. He would learn and recite them. Took the tapes on his plane. He would call people Squire from the "Nudge Nudge" sketch.


20. Scientists used Sunflowers near Chernobyl after the 1986 nuclear accident, to extract radioactive cesium from contaminated ponds nearby. This process was again used in 2011 at Fukushima to extract radiation from the nearby communities.


21Parasocial Relationships

Parasocial Relationships are one-sided relationships, where one person pours emotions and effort into the relationship and the other doesn't know the first exists.


22. Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it.


23. Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff wrote a novel, City of Thieves, about 2 people surviving the Nazi onslaught in Russia. This novel was later the "major artistic inspiration" for the hit video game The Last of Us.


24. Because regular air is toxic at high pressures, deep sea divers live on a mix of helium and oxygen, meaning they live and speak with a squeaky helium voice for around a month while working.


25. Keanu Reeve’s first name Keanu is Hawaiian, Ke’Anu meaning “Cool breeze over the mountains, but almost went with Chuck Spadina as his stage name when starting out in Hollywood at his agent's request.

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