41 Bizarrely True Facts That’ll Make You Question Stuff | Random List #56

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1Alice Cooper

A live chicken was given to Alice Cooper during a concert. Thinking it could fly, he tossed it into the crowd who tore it apart. The next day headlines read: Alice Cooper bites head off chicken and drinks blood. Frank Zappa told him not to deny the story saying "You can't buy this type of publicity!"


2. Tokyo is the city with the most millionaires in the world but London has the most multi-millionaires and New York the most billionaires.


3. At the height of Pokémon Go, a number of players tried sneaking into a highly classified military explosives plant in Virginia because a Charizard was reportedly located inside the arsenal.


4. There is a mushroom (Armilaria ostoyae) in Oregon that is roughly 2,400 years old and has a root system that covers over 3 square miles of land.


5. Researchers found that skinks living below a mountain in warmer climates would lay eggs. At higher climates, the cold caused the skinks to hold their eggs inside for longer until they would hatch internally for live births.


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6Kit Harington

Kit Harington is a direct descendant of Robert Catesby who is the mastermind behind the plot to blow up Parliament of United Kingdom. Kit also plays Catesby in the BBC drama Gunpowder, retelling the story behind the plot.


7. In 1260, a 10,000 man Mongol army was destroyed by Egyptian Mamluks after being fooled by a feigned retreat and getting surrounded, a tactic often used by the Mongol's themselves.


8. Breaking Bad's popularity coincided with a 51% increase in methamphetamine use in Germany and a 400% increase in meth smuggling attempts in Britain.


9. Instead of providing famine relief, most of Live Aid's money went to funding an Ethiopian Dictator (Mengistu).


10. Bill Murray attended the musical version of Groundhog Day twice in a row.


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11Loot Boxes

Loot Boxes in video games are regulated in some countries under gambling laws.


12. The Von Trapp family, made famous by The Sound of Music, lost their fortune in the Great Depression, and the children's singing careers were purely a way to earn a livelihood.


13. In 2009, a woman named Jammie Thomas Rasset was fined $1.9 million by Recording Industry Association of America for illegally downloading 24 songs, i.e., $80,000 per song.


14. Tom Waits won a lawsuit against Audi when Audi used a song similar to Waits's "Innocent When You Dream" sung by Waits' imitating singer. Waits had previously won a lawsuit against Frito-Lay for a similar commercial. Waits donated his settlement money to charity.


15. In 1982, The Misfits were arrested in New Orleans on charges of grave robbing while looking for Marie Laveau's grave. They bailed themselves out of jail, skipped their court date, and went to play their next show in Florida.


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16Cascata delle Marmore

The ancient Romans built an artificial waterfall (Cascata delle Marmore) which to this day is the tallest man-made waterfall in the world.


17. Missouri was the first US state to amend wildlife conservation into its constitution in order to prevent it from being easily repealed, by a state-wide referendum. 81 years later, the model Missouri uses for wildlife conservation is still a transnational standard.


18. In June 2017, George Clooney sold his tequila company (Casamigos) for $1 billion.


19. During World War 2, the Japanese submitted multiple groundbreaking studies to peer-reviewed journals they said were conducted on monkeys. In reality, they have conducted on humans as part of Japan's infamous Unit 731 projects (Maruta).


20. African wild dogs vote on important pack matters by sneezing.


21Superman

Originally, Superman couldn't fly. Until animators wanted him to, he could only "Leap tall buildings in a single bound".


22. 20 minutes spent on the London Underground's Northern Line is as bad for your lungs as smoking a cigarette.


23. The Earth has enough Iron to make three new planets, each with the same mass as Mars.


24. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys (American rock band), who wrote such hits as "Surfin' Safari" and "Surfin' USA," has a lifelong fear of water.


25. Jackie the lion, one of the mascots for MGM, not only survived two train wrecks, an earthquake, a boat sinking, and an explosion at the studio, but also a plane crash that left him stranded in the Arizona wilderness for days.

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