38 Random Facts So Unbelievable You’ll Accuse Us of Lying – Part 209

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1Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly's wife found out about his death while watching TV and suffered a miscarriage the next day due to “psychological trauma.” His mother heard the news on the radio and collapsed. Soon after, authorities adopted a policy of notifying a victim’s family before their name was released.


2. In 2004, a Disney employee who played Tigger was acquitted of charges of allegedly fondling a 13-year-old girl in costume, when his defense attorney tried on the costume in court and demonstrated how hard it was to move the costumes oversized glove hands.


3. A Japanese cat burglar was unmasked as a 74-year-old pensioner named Mitsuaki Tanigawa after 9 years’ worth of heists. He stole more than 29 million yen (£194,000) during his spree. When captured, he said: "I am defeated."


4. Alligator Snapping Turtles can live over 150 years, and some have been found with musket balls and flint arrowheads in their shells.


5. Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish friar who was sent to Auschwitz for hiding Jews during World War 2. He offered his life and volunteered to die in the place of another camp inmate who was about to be executed when the camp inmate cried that he had a ‘wife’ and a ‘child’. Maximilian, on the other hand, had no family. In 1982, Catholic Church venerated him as the patron saint of amateur-radio operators, of drug addicts, of political prisoners, of families, of journalists and of prisoners.


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6Peat fired power plants

Ireland has 3 peat fired power plants. Using peat taken from Irish bogs, it's more polluting than coal and is so inefficient that it is subsided by the state.


7. Black Bart was a notorious stagecoach robber, who never cursed, never fired his weapon, didn't ride a horse and left poems after his crimes.


8. Bertha Benz successfully marketed her husband's invention, the motor car, when she took it for a 65-mile trip, overcoming mechanical problems and inventing brake shoes on the way, and proving that cars were suitable for long journeys. Her trip gained attention, resulting in Benz's first sale.


9. “The Powerpuff Girls” was originally called “Whoopass Stew!” Rather than adding Chemical X to his formula, Professor Utonium accidentally adds a can of whoop-ass, and the creation was to be known as The Whoopass Girls.


10. Jumps are classified by what kind of foot transfer happens. You hop on one foot, you leap from one foot to the other. Jumping is two feet to two feet. Assemble is jumping from two feet but landing on one, and Sissonne is jumping from one foot and landing on two.


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11Granny Smith Apples

Granny Smith Apples originated by accident when a lady dumped a crate of old rotten French crab apples in her garden and then later found an apple sapling growing there. The tree grew to produce green tart apples that had never grown before.


12. Daniel Craig has been injured 5 times while playing James Bond. He does all of his own stunts and has had his two front teeth smashed out, lost the tip of a finger, sprained his arm and knee in separate incidents, and pulled his ankle.


13. 75% of people who work 4 days a week report high job satisfaction and less illness in the workplace. Over half (69%) report lower stress levels.


14. Dr. Pepper served hot with lemon was a popular 1960’s holiday beverage.


15. In 2012, China's national TV channel – known for its strict censoring of foreign films – stunned viewers by airing the anarchist film ‘V for Vendetta’ fully uncensored. It included the famous quote: "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."


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16Sweden

In Sweden, you agree with someone by sucking in air. In Sweden (and Norway), to show you’re on the same page as someone, you make a sharp sucking noise instead of saying "I agree" or nodding. It’s their way of letting you know they’re listening without interrupting the flow of conversation.


17. Subway chicken was DNA tested by a Canadian firm and was found to only contain about 50% chicken, with much of the rest being soy filler.


18. The term "plastic surgery" was coined in 1839, 70 years before plastic was even invented. It comes from the Greek word "plastikē" which means "sculpting" and has nothing to do with plastic.


19. The biggest infrastructure project in the U.S. ($512 billion), the Interstate Highway System, was built and championed by Eisenhower in 1956 because he thought it was virtually impossible to travel US roads after experiencing the German Autobahn in World War 2 during his experience as General.


20. After retiring from NASA, Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, fell into a deep depression and ended up working as a used car salesman.


21Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery stored her now-famous book Anne of Green Gables in a hatbox after it was rejected by every publisher she sent it to. Years later she tried again, and the book has now sold 50 million copies.


22. In 1957, Northeast Airlines Flight 823 crashed onto Rikers Island, New York’s 400-acre prison complex. Around 50 inmates rushed to help pull passengers from the wreckage. Later, the governor set those prisoners free or reduced their sentences.


23. When Big Bird appeared on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, Mr. Rogers wanted to do a segment where Caroll Spinney would remove his Big Bird costume, demonstrate how the puppet worked, and talk about what it's like to play Big Bird. Spinney refused to do it, not wanting to ruin the illusion for kids.


24. William the Conqueror’s body exploded at his funeral. He’d died due to an intestinal infection from his horse rearing and throwing him against his saddle pommel. At his funeral, as his too large body was being forced into a too-small coffin, his abdomen burst. Mourners ran to escape the stench.


25. Stephen Colbert donates his proceeds from the sale of AmeriCone Dream to charity.

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