39 Random Yet Interesting Facts About Literally Everything – Part 126

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26Joel Silver

Joel Silver

Joel Silver, the producer for some of the greatest action franchises of all time (Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, The Matrix, etc), also was one of the three college kids who created Ultimate Frisbee.


27. In 2015, a 90-year-old woman named Norma Bauerschmidt was diagnosed with cancer. Instead of starting treatment, she, her son, daughter-in-law, and dog, went on a year-long road trip around the US, traveling 13,000 miles around 32 states.


28. The College of the Ozarks doesn't charge tuition. Instead, students work on campus at least 15 hours a week (and have two 40-hour work weeks.)


29. Stroke victims with partial facial paralysis can lose the ability to voluntarily smile on half their face, but can still fully smile when laughing at a joke.


30. Serial killer Harvey Glatman presented himself as a photographer for pulp fiction magazines to find his victims and take photos of them tied before they even knew that they were kidnapped.


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31Prince

Prince

The late great musician Prince was a fantastic bowler who could 'throw a strike at will' and wore knee-high furry boots while he was doing it.


32. The Berlin Wall was opened accidentally. After being told wrong information, a Soviet spokesman stated that border crossings would be allowed, “immediately”. Crossings were actually planned to be allowed in limited circumstances. Thousands of East Germans then ran to the border and forced it open.


33. Harold Shipman, known as one of the most prolific serial killers in the world was a doctor who was "addicted to killing", murdering an estimated 215-260 of his patients.


34. Pangolins are believed to be the world's most trafficked mammal, accounting for as much as 20% of all illegal wildlife trade. Their scales can cost more than $3,000/kg on the black market.


35. Only 91 of the 3,715 animals in the Berlin Zoo survived World War 2. After the Soviet occupation of Berlin, most of these remaining animals were eaten by Red Army soldiers or simply "disappeared".


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36Hiroaki Aoki

Hiroaki Aoki

Japanese-born American wrestler Hiroaki Aoki moved to New York City from Japan where he would work 7 days a week in an ice cream truck he rented in Harlem. Using the $10,000 he saved from the business, he convinced his father to invest in a four-table teppanyaki restaurant which would be named "Benihana" after the red Safflower.


37. Emily Canellos-Simms held the world´s largest fine for an overdue library book at $345.14 which was checked out in 1955. The book was Days and Deeds. The library charged her 2 cents a day. She found the book 47 years later and presented the library with a check for her fine.


38. The eggs in Alien initially had a more vaginal appearance complete with an "inner and outer vulva". Producers were worried that Catholic countries would ban the film, so Giger changed them so that “seen from above, they would form the cross that people in Catholic countries are so fond of looking at.”


39. There’s an orangutan named Ken at the San Diego Zoo that likes to sneak out of his cage at night and wander the park, then sneak back in the morning.

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