41 Staggering Random Facts That’ll Knock You Off Your Feet – Part 173

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1Elvis Presley

In 1974, Elvis Presley expressed interest in covering Dolly Parton's “I will always love you”. She was initially thrilled about the proposal, however, when she found out she would have to sign over half of the royalties to Elvis, she refused.

2. There are grapes flavored like cotton candy. David Cain created the unique flavor through plant breeding in 2011. He bred 1,000 plants before perfecting the cotton candy flavor.

3. Pinhead actor Doug Bradley became so adept at applying and removing his prosthetic makeup that he was given an Assistant Make-up Artist credit on some Hellraiser films.

4. Mae C. Jemison is not only the first African-American woman to go to space, but she also served in the Peace Corps, appeared on Star Trek, is a dancer, and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities.

5. A man named James Richardson spent 21 years in jail after he was falsely convicted of murdering his 7 children who died after eating a poisoned lunch. Among the facts that were concealed by the prosecution; it was the babysitter who had served the poisoned meal and who was a convicted murderer on parole for poisoning her husband. James was exonerated in 1989.

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The founder of Tootsie Rolls, Leo Hirshfield, committed suicide after being ousted from his own company. He'd created it to be an affordable chocolate-tasting candy that would not melt in the heat. He named them after his daughter Clara "Tootsie" Hirshfield.

7. Jim Carrey had to be taught CIA torture coping techniques to endure the make-up process for How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

8. In 2011, a Philadelphia man named Steve Carter found out he was a missing child. Carter, who was adopted at the age of 4, found an age-progression image that looked similar to him, on a missing children’s website. He discovered he had been kidnapped by his birth mother and placed in an orphanage. His biological father had reported him missing over three decades earlier.

9. Macho Man Randy Savage's first wrestling character was called "The Spider", based off of Spider-Man. He would later star as the villain wrestler "Bone Saw" in The Amazing Spiderman movie.

10. In 1910, a Spanish shepherd named José María Grimaldos López went missing. Rumour spread he’d been murdered. Two men confessed to his murder under torture by the Civil Guard and served 12 years in prison before being pardoned in 1925. In 1926, it was discovered the shepherd had been living in a nearby town the entire time.

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11Keira Knightley

In 2007, Keira Knightley was awarded £3,000 ($6,000) in damages from a lawsuit against Daily Mail for publishing an article about her having anorexia nervosa and added another £3,000 to this amount to donate to Beat, a charity for those who suffer mental illness and eating disorders.

12. Between 1933 and 1941, the Chinese city of Shanghai accepted unconditionally over 18,000 Jewish people escaping Europe during World War 2. This was more than Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and British India combined.

13. Frances Kelsey, the physician who refused to allow the deadly drug Thalidomide from entering circulation into the US in the 1960s, saved numerous American infants from disfiguration and birth defects.

14. In 1863, John Burns, who a resident of Gettysburg Pennsylvania, at the age of 70 insisted on joining the Union line with his outdated flintlock rifle. He shot a Confederate officer from his horse, fought with the Iron Brigade, was wounded several times, duped Confederate doctors into mending him, and snuck home.

15. More than 90% of consumers have thrown away food because of mistaken safety fears over date labels. The dates printed on food are not intended to communicate safety information, instead, they signal the manufacturer's estimate of how long that food will taste its best.

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When astronauts vote from space, they list their address as "low-Earth orbit" in their absentee ballots.

17. As of January 2019, actor Val Kilmer (Top Gun, Batman Forever) has been fighting throat cancer and had a procedure on his trachea that has reduced his voice to a rasp.

18. A train dispatcher named Patrick Vincent Coleman died saving hundreds of lives during the Halifax Explosion. His final message was “Hold up the train. Ammunition ship afire in harbor making for Pier 6 and will explode. Guess this will be my last message. Good-bye, boys.”

19. Humans have been sailing for 8,000 years, about 1500 years longer than we have been using wheels.

20. A cat in heat can have multiple eggs, and they can be released over several days of her cycle. If Tabby has chosen more than one Tom during her heat cycle, it's possible she'll be carrying kittens from multiple fathers.

21Irish Elk

The Irish Elk was an extinct species of deer that weighed over 1,000lbs and carried antlers up to 12 feet wide.

22. The eruption of Vesuvius in 79 C.E. destroyed the city of Pompeii and buried its library in ash. Texts from that library are now being read for the first time in two thousand years.

23. Jimi Hendrix played guitar in Little Richard's band until he was fired for being too flamboyant, out-dressing, and upstaging the singer.

24. During the 2013 Westgate shopping mall attack in Kenya, an ex SAS member and former Irish soldier joined forces to rescue victims of the shooting, organized police to attempt a counter-attack and evaded gunfire while rescuing people still trapped in the mall.

25. NY Rangers fan still chant "Potvin S*cks" at every game, against every team, even though Denis Potvin retired from the NY Islanders in 1988.


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