42 Awesome Random Facts To Feel Smart About | Random List #148

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26Nasra Yussef Mohammad al Enezi

In 2009, a Kuwaiti woman named Nasra Yussef Mohammad al Enezi wanted to take revenge on her husband for taking a second wife, so she poured petrol on the tent where women and children were celebrating the wedding. In the ensuing blaze, 57 were killed and 90 others were injured.


27. According to Taika Waititi, 80% of the dialogue in Thor: Ragnarok was improvised, in order to create a "very loose and collaborate mood" among the cast an attempt to replicate the tone and sensibility from his previous films.


28. Coca-Cola sales agents are not allowed to give anyone a better deal on Coke than McDonald's, as a matter of company policy.


29. The Nazis introduced malaria-carrying mosquitos to Italy in World War 2 as revenge after Italy changed sides, causing a 7-year long outbreak in the region.


30. Scientists have created glow in the dark cats using jellyfish genes in order to research a cure for feline AIDS. The trait is even genetic and can be passed to subsequent generations.


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31Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the first country to start a ban on all single-use plastics, scheduled to be complete by 2021.


32. The Survivor Tree, the last living thing to come out of the rubble after 9/11, is still going strong. Seedlings of the tree are sent every year to communities that have suffered great tragedy and loss.


33. Deer can be very destructive to your garden and because they hate the smell of human hair, you can use it as a deterrent.


34. on 9/11, after both towers fell, the cricket-like chirping heard around ground zero each represented the PASS device of a fallen firefighter.


35. Elephants show a preference for tusk use, just as humans have a dominant hand. Research shows that the majority of elephants are righties.


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36Mormon militiamen

On Sep 11, 1857, a group of Mormon militiamen persuaded a band of passing emigrants to march down a trail in Mountain Meadows, Utah. Under the pretense of protection and following the orders of their local Church leaders, these militiamen proceeded to execute 120 men, women, and children.


37. An ex-Marine named Jason Thomas saved two police officers who were stuck in the rubble of the World Trade Center during 9/11, with the help of another ex-Marine David Karnes. When his mom told him about the attack, Thomas retrieved his Marine uniform and sped to Ground Zero without hesitation.


38. You technically could stop a hurricane by shooting at it, if you had approximately 5000 machine guns firing constantly into the wind for 24 hours straight.


39. The territory of Nevada was rushing to become a state in time for the 1864 presidential election. After writing a state constitution with only days to spare, they sent all 16,543 words of it to Congress via telegram. Transmission took 2 full days and cost $4,303.27 (over $67,000 today.)


40. In 2008, Phoenix, Arizona reported itself to be the kidnapping capital of the US, with almost one kidnapping every single day. They received millions in federal funds and the report turned out to be a lie.


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41Powerball

The Powerball drawing on March 30, 2005, produced 110 2nd-prize winners. The total payout was $19.4 million, 89 of them receiving $100,000 each, while the other 21 received $500,000 each. All 110 winners had played numbers from fortune cookies made by Wonton Food Inc.


42. Manta rays have the largest brains of any fish with specially developed areas for learning, problem-solving, and communicating; they might even recognize themselves in mirrors, a sign of self-awareness.

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