41 Awesome Random Facts That’ll Help You Start Your Day – Part 30

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1Euro Championship

In 2016, 12% of the entire population of Iceland traveled to France to cheer on their football (soccer) team during the Euro Championships.


2. There is a British and American version of the movie "Death at a Funeral" and Peter Dinklage played the same role in both.


3. The Seinfeld episode "The Revenge" was based on an experience by screenwriter Larry David, who once quit his job at Saturday Night Live, felt he made a mistake once he reached home, and returned the following morning as if nothing had happened.


4. Davy Crockett, as a Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives opposed President Andrew Jackson's 1830 Indian Removal Act and was the only member of the Tennessee delegation to vote against it. Six years later he died defending the battle of Alamo.


5. The boy who played Charlie (Peter Ostrum) in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film never acted in another film and is currently a practicing veterinarian in the Adirondacks.


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6Weed

During prohibition, people used to get prescriptions for 'medical' wine and alcohol, just like today with weed.


7. Bam Margera wanted Mike Tyson to bite off part of his ear for a stunt during the filming of Jackass 3. Paramount even contacted Tyson and asked, to which Tyson got offended and said "no".


8. A girl named Venetia Phair at the age of 11 suggested they name the newly-discovered trans-Neptunian celestial body "Pluto." She lived long enough to see the International Astronomical Union demote Pluto to the status of "dwarf planet", 76 years later.


9. In 1970, Orville Redenbacher paid a marketing firm $13,000 to come up with a name for his popcorn company. Their advice was to call it "Orville Redenbacher's".


10. Due to the murder rate skyrocketing, in 2015 the Catholic Church performed an exorcism on the entire country of Mexico in order to help purge them of their demons.


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11Satanic Temple

The 1st Tenet of the Satanic Temple is "One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason."


12. The US Government will honor all the money produced by the United States of America since 1861, with the only exception being a series of 1900 $10,000 bills which were literally thrown out of a window during a fire. They are currently considered to be stolen goods.


13. Strabo wrote the earliest variant of the Cinderella myth circa 24 A.D., set in Egypt. Rhodopis, a Greek, was bathing when an eagle snatched one of her shoes, carried it to the sunset, and dropped it into the lap of the Pharaoh. He searched for the owner of the shoe, found Rhodopis and married her.


14. Though alchemists never succeeded in transmuting lead to gold, in 1981 physicists used the particle accelerator at Berkeley to shoot Carbon nuclei at thin foils of Bismuth. The resulting collisions did produce a tiny amount of Gold atoms.


15. A food scientist named Tom Ryan invented Jif Peanut Butter, Pizza Hut's double-stuffed pizza, the McGriddle, McDonald's fruit & yogurt parfait, Smashburger, the Meat-lovers Pizza and McDonald's entire Dollar Menu.


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16Department of Defense

In 2014, the US Department of Defense spent $41.6 million on Viagra and $84.24 million total on erectile dysfunction prescriptions.


17. Beekeeping in Ukraine is a major economic activity. 700,000 people i.e., 1.5% of the Ukrainian population, are engaged in producing honey.


18. A restaurant named “The Heart Attack Grill” is hospital themed with scantily clad nurse waitresses serving the “Quadruple Bypass Burger” loaded with 9,982 calories. A customer died of a heart attack while eating there, resulting in customers taking photos of him assuming it was a stunt.


19. The number of cricket chirps in 14 seconds plus 40 equals the temperature in Fahrenheit.


20. Misophonia is a disorder in which sufferers have a hatred of sounds such as eating, chewing, loud breathing or even repeated pen-clicking.


21Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr sells his MS paint art for thousands of dollars.


22. Many Japanese companies encourage workers to sleep on the job, convinced that it leads to better work performance. The naps are called inemuri, "sleeping while present", and indicates a commitment to the job.


23. In the 80s, Weird Al turned down $5 million to promote a beer brand, since a lot of his fans were "young and impressionable."


24. Pilots are not allowed to take Viagra within 6 hours of flight as Viagra can have an effect on color vision and they will see the world with a bluish tinge for several hours.


25. George Lucas has detailed knowledge of 'Star Trek'. When actor Clint Howard auditioned for Lucas, the first thing the director said was "Balok, 'Corbomite Maneuver'", a role Howard had played as a child 15 years earlier. The amazed Howard later said he wanted to yell "get a life" at Lucas.

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