A study shows that 47% of French horn players report hearing loss.
27. The movie Angels with Filthy Souls that the character Kevin in Home Alone watches and uses was made for the movie and is not an actual full-length movie.
28. After America's Vanguard TV3 rocket exploded seconds after launch, Russia offered the US aid during a UN meeting under the "Soviet program of technical assistance to backward nations".
29. GSG 9, the elite German police unit completed 1500 missions between 1972-2003, in which they only used their weapons 5 times.
30. Chuck Jones had rules when creating the plot in his Road Runner cartoons. One of them read, 'The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote, except by going "meep, meep".
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Boba Fett was originally going to have white armor. His iconic armor was colored white to match the stormtroopers because his original story arc had him as a specialized super stormtrooper. They currently sell white armored Boba Fett figures.
32. The world's oldest university (University of Al Quaraouiyine in Morocco) still in operation was founded by a Muslim woman (Fatima al-Fihri) in 859 A.D.
33. Prisoners in Belgium have a computer station with a headset and limited access to the internet in their cells. They can also order PPV films (including adult ones), "making the prison run more efficiently".
34. America's oldest farm (Appleton farms) has been operating continuously since 1636.
35. Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa attempted suicide in 1971 by slashing his throat. He had been unable to secure financing for his films, fired from a 20th Century Fox epic production, and considered by many as old-fashioned. His hardships continued until the mid-1980s when he made the movie Ran, his last masterwork.
Thomas Jefferson believed Mastodons still lived somewhere in the West and instructed Lewis and Clark to look for one.
37. Nuclear Semiotics is an interdisciplinary field of research which investigates methods to inform earthlings of the far future to avoid nuclear waste sites. Ideas include color-changing cats, an atomic priesthood, and a Rosetta Stone-type message.
38. NHL players can't use the number 0 because the NHL's database software will not allow it.
39. Between 5 and 6 million years ago, the Strait of Gibraltar closed, and the entire Mediterranean Sea evaporated within 1000 years, leaving behind a salty desert.
40. The company that produced Zyklon B for gas chambers during the holocaust, Degesch, is still in business under a different parent company, and still produces the chemical that made up Zyklon B under the name 'Cyanosil'.