38 Random Amazeballs Facts That You’ll Legit Had No Idea About – Part 86

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1Gentoo penguins

Not only are Gentoo penguins fiercely monogamous, they will violently banish any "cheaters" from their colonies.


2. Chrisopher Lee was a special forces commando, and corrected Peter Jackson on the actual sound one makes when being stabbed in the back.


3. A single lightning strike killed about 323 reindeers in Norway in 2016 because they were clustered together and the electric current was able to travel through the ground and up the animals' legs.


4. There has not been a single occurrence of a wild killer whale (orca) killing a human.


5. In 1959, Colonel William Rankin became the only known person to survive a fall through a cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud and suffered from frostbite, welts, bruises, and severe decompression as a result of the 40-minute fall.


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6Shipwrecks

There are large shipwrecks buried deep under the cornfields of Kansas City, Missouri.


7. Pepsi was originally called "Brad's Drink."


8. The Talmud (Jewish book of Rabbinical debate) is a best seller in South Korea. South Koreans endorse the stereotype of Jews being successful in education and business so they started studying the Talmud as a means of acquiring Jewish success.


9. In 1981, archaeologists discovered a medieval knight's body in Saint Bees village in England which still had liquid blood, intact organs and visible irises.


10. Olivia de Havilland, an actress who starred in Gone With The Wind dated Howard Hughes. She is still alive at the age of 101.


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11Compersion

Compersion is the secondhand rush of happiness you feel when seeing somebody else do well.


12. The human eye is different from most animals in that we have a large sclera, the white part of the eye. It's theorized that we evolved this feature so that we could silently communicate where we are looking.


13. The "Tree That Owns Itself" is a white oak tree in Athens, Georgia, that has legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet (2.4 m) of its base.


14. The Australian funnel-web spider's venom is extremely toxic to primates but mostly harmless to many other animals. There are no primates in Australia, apart from humans.


15. The number of days Phil (Bill Murray's character) repeated Groundhog Day in the movie was 38, but in actual time it was calculated to be 8 years, 8 months and 16 days.


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16Bees Gees

By the mid-70's, disco and the Bee Gees were both declining in popularity. "Stayin' Alive" helped both stay alive.


17. A group of up to 30 bears surrounded and attacked a remote Russian platinum mine in 2008, killing two security guards and trapping 400 people there.


18. Private Sean Benton was one of four young Army recruits to die at Deepcut Barracks between 1995-2002. He died of five gunshot wounds to the chest. His death was ruled a suicide.


19. In 2012, Panera Bread tried to stop a Qdoba Mexican Grill from opening nearby by trying to argue that a 'burrito is a sandwich' and thus breaking the lease agreement restricting rent from another 'sandwich shop'.


20. In the event of Britain being destroyed and her government wiped out, there is a safe on four nuclear-equipped submarines that contain the Prime Minister's ‘Letters Of Last Resort’. Nobody except the Prime Minister knows what it says.


21Missy Franklin

During the 2012 London Olympic, NBC aired a promo for the Today Show congratulating Missy Franklin on winning the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke. They aired this promo minutes before the network aired the time-delayed footage of the event.


22. Nancy Sinatra was asked by songwriter Lee Hazlewood to sing one of her songs as if she were "a sixteen-year-old girl who f*cks truck drivers". She promptly went on to reach #1 in the US, the UK, Australia, and Canada for "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'."


23. Cats are obligate carnivores. They must eat meat to get all of their nutrition.


24. Canada has a strategic maple syrup reserve to ensure global supply in case of emergency.


25. SpaceX considers a rocket explosion to actually be a "rapid unscheduled disassembly".

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