41 Incredibly Awesome Random Facts You Have Never Heard | Random List #51

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26Nvidia

Nvidia

The graphics company Nvidia is named after the Latin 'Invidia', which means 'envy'. This is also the reason why they use the color green, as in "green with envy".


27. Dolphins and whales can die under their own weight if on land. Without water to support their size, they can end up crushing their own organs.


28. 1920s ‘Little Albert experiment.’ Johns Hopkins University chose a nine-month-old infant from a hospital and attempted to ‘condition a phobia in an emotionally stable child.’ They successfully made him fear Santa, rabbits, and other furry animals.


29. Monowi is a town in Nebraska which has a population of one person (Elsie Eiler). She is the Mayor, pays taxes to herself and acts as bartender and librarian.


30. Jackie Chan sings the Cantonese version of "I'll Make a Man Out of You" on the DVD for the Disney movie Mulan.


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31Dream

Dream

In 1940, 75% of Americans dreamt almost always in black and white, and today over 12% of people still dream in only black and white.


32. The Chinese takeout box was an American invention originally designed to hold oysters and is rarely used for food in Asian countries.


33. In former US President Gerald Ford's senior year as a football player at the University of Michigan, when Georgia Tech refused to play if a black player named Willis Ward (and Ford's best friend on the team) took the field, Ford threatened to quit the team in response.


34. “The Compton Cowboys” is a group of young African-American men that have found peace and turned their backs on gang violence through the care and riding of horses in urban Los Angeles.


35. Egypt has compulsory military service for males, but only if they have a brother. If they have no siblings or only a sister, they are exempt.


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36Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Actress Roseanne Barr was hit by a car at age of 16, and the hood ornament went into her brain and through her skull. Her behavior changed so radically that she was institutionalized for 8 months at Utah State Hospital, where she had a baby, which she gave up for adoption.


37. The ancient Chinese used natural gas for lighting purposes around 500 B.C., using bamboo pipelines to transport the gas for miles.


38. Seattle-caught salmon has been found to contain cocaine, antidepressants and pain relievers.


39. A French man named Frédéric Bourdin was able to successfully impersonate an American family's lost son for 3 and a half months before being caught and deported back to France.


40. The term Checkmate is, according to the Barnhart Etymological Dictionary, an alteration of the Persian phrase "shāh māt" (شاه مات) which means, literally, "the King is helpless".


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41Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby's legal fees are being paid by his home insurance since he has a policy that covers anything that might defame him.

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