37 Refreshing Random Facts You Never Knew – Part 51

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1Simon and Garfunkel

When Simon and Garfunkel were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Art Garfunkel thanked Paul Simon for enriching his life and Simon said, "Arthur and I agree about almost nothing. But it's true, I have enriched his life quite a bit." After three songs, the duo left without speaking.


2. In the word "helicopter", "-copter" is not the suffix. The etymology is Greek, where "helico-" comes from "helix"(spiral), and "-pter" from "pteron"(wing).


3. Hitler was a chronic tax evader and was even fined by his own government over it in 1934. He then got the tax department to declare him exempt from taxation.


4. Prolonged anger changes the body and brain in permanent ways leaving a person angrier, more aggressive and less healthy. Anger and depression share similar signs. Angry people have trouble letting go of things that are beyond their control. Laughing could be a good way to alleviate anger.


5. Donkey Xote is a Spanish-Italian knockoff of the Shrek films released in 2007. They promoted it’s DVD with a caption legitimately reading “From the producers who SAW Shrek”.


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6White elephant gift exchange

A "white elephant gift exchange" takes its name from the legend of the King of Siam gifting rare albino elephants to those who displeased him because the upkeep costs would financially ruin them.


7. Viagra was invented by accident: "It was originally developed as a medication used for lowering high blood pressure. It failed to achieve this purpose and was discontinued. When test subjects were asked to return their unused medicine, however, they all refused".


8. A Chinese man named Lei Jingxiong was almost cremated alive after being beaten by police and left for dead. The cremation process was stopped when a medical worker noticed he was still breathing. He was then taken to a hospital where he was beaten again by the police and arrested.


9. Despite his immense wealth, John D. Rockefeller always took the train from his mansion to his downtown New York office every day. He was often harassed by beggars and other passengers but refused to travel with bodyguards or use private transportation.


10. There are more public libraries than McDonald's in the U.S.


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11Shaquille O’Neal

NBA player Shaquille O’Neal requested to be (and now is) the spokesperson for The General car insurance because he was a customer while in College and remains a customer to this day


12. Blu-Ray discs are called blue and can hold more storage because the laser it uses is blue, which has a shorter wavelength than red and hence can read more accurately, allowing for more data to be stored.


13. To be legal, prop money for films in the U.S. must be one-sided and less than 75% or more than 150% of the size of a real banknote.


14. The United States Airforce maintains a fleet of Boeing E4-B "Doomsday" planes. They are capable of being airborne for a week. They cost nearly $160,000 per hour for the Air Force to operate, and have a 5 mile long trailing wire antenna to communicate with nuclear submarines.


15. The reason there was a talking robot in Rocky 4 was because Stallone used that robot at home to help his autistic son. So he wrote it into the script so that he could have his son on set with his robot and care worker.


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16Pee paint

"Pee paint" is a special paint that repels pee back on the pee-er. Cities use it in an attempt to reduce public urination on walls.


17. Snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan was accused of disrespect by an opponent for using his opposite hand to take a shot. To prove he wasn't bringing the game into disrepute, he played 3 frames with his left-hand against a former world championship runner-up (Alain Robidoux), winning all 3.


18. Rum-Running is smuggling alcohol over water. Boot-Legging is smuggling alcohol over land.


19. Charlie Chaplin was into young girls. He fired an underaged girl (Lita Grey) from his movie after refusing to abort his child and narrowly escaped a sex scandal by marrying her in secret.


20. The USS Johnston was saluted by a Japanese destroyer captain as it was sinking, after spending nearly 3 hours squaring off against 23 Japanese ships, including 4 Battleships, 8 Cruisers, and 11 destroyers.


21Nvidia

The graphics company Nvidia is named after the Latin 'Invidia', which means 'envy'. This is also the reason why they use the color green, as in "green with envy".


22. Dolphins and whales can die under their own weight if on land. Without water to support their size, they can end up crushing their own organs.


23. 1920s ‘Little Albert experiment.’ Johns Hopkins University chose a nine-month-old infant from a hospital and attempted to ‘condition a phobia in an emotionally stable child.’ They successfully made him fear Santa, rabbits, and other furry animals.


24. Monowi is a town in Nebraska which has a population of one person (Elsie Eiler). She is the Mayor, pays taxes to herself and acts as bartender and librarian.


25. Jackie Chan sings the Cantonese version of "I'll Make a Man Out of You" on the DVD for the Disney movie Mulan.

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