38 Essential Random Facts Everyone Needs to Hear | Random List #104

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26Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers (of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fame) after filming a segment on David Letterman, stopped by Eddie Murphy’s dressing room to give him his regards, and tell him how much he liked his portrayal.


27. Mummies are sometimes used in medicine to calibrate CAT scan machines.


28. Heath Ledger was the first choice for the major role of Peter Parker in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie that was released in 2002. He turned it down as he didn't want to take someone else's dream away from playing Spider-Man. The role then went to Tobey Maguire.


29. Despite his famous last name, before becoming president Franklin Delano Roosevelt inherited most of his wealth from his grandfather Warren Delano Jr., who made his fortune as a drug smuggler in China.


30. Dennis Wilson recorded a song for ‘The Beach Boys’ which was originally written by Charles Manson. After finding out he wasn't credited, he showed Wilson a bullet and said: “Every time you look at it, I want you to think how nice it is your kids are still safe.” Wilson proceeded to “beat the sh*t out of him.”


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31Meteorwrongs

When presumed meteorites turn out to just be a normal rock, they are called “Meteorwrongs."


32. Mr. Rogers was a vegetarian on ethical grounds, stating "I don't want to eat anything that has a mother."


33. The richest person in Hong Kong named Li Ka-Shing is a high school dropout who first started a plastic flower company in 1950.


34. A “wave of death” occurs when a driver stops and waves another car through an intersection. This “kindness” can often lead to tragedy.


35. There's a giant donut island named Orona atoll in the middle of the Pacific ocean that has feral cats and a "sizeable lagoon" in the middle.


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36Green Feather Movement

In 1954, the Green Feather Movement was started by college students to protest the proposed banning of "Robin Hood" from Indiana schools. The books were to be banned for promoting communist ideals (robbing the rich to give to the poor).


37. There is a programmable, autonomous writing robot that is 240 years old, made by a Swiss clockmaker named Pierre Jaquet Droz.


38. Napoleon Dynamite was a pseudonym used by singer-songwriter Elvis Costello in the 80s.

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