42 Shocking Random Facts That You Didn’t Know A Minute Ago – Part 247

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26German language

In German, there are two verbs for eating, one exclusively for humans and one for animals. In fact, you can use the animal verb to imply (impolitely) that someone eats like an animal.


27. Children’s book author and illustrator, Gyo Fujikawa is recognized for being the earliest mainstream illustrator of picture books to include children of many races in her work before it became common to do so.


28. Skateistan is an organization in Afghanistan dedicated to young people's education and skating. 50 percent of the children skating are girls because Afghanistan culture views it as a toy rather than a sport.


29. In 2004, 260 ships were sailing under the flag of Mongolia, despite Mongolia being a landlocked country with no access to the sea.


30. Mr. Rogers enjoyed George Romero's films even calling Dawn of the Dead "a lot of fun." Romero even wanted to cast some actors from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood but Rogers wouldn't let him. 


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31Sir Terry Pratchett

After the fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett was knighted in 2009, he forged his own sword out of iron and some pieces of a meteorite. He humorously said that he was frustrated knights were not allowed to carry around swords anymore due to knife crime laws in the UK.


32. Helen Keller's family forbade her from marrying her fiancé, Peter Fagan, an ex-newspaper reporter who was working as her secretary, because of her disabilities. And the society of her time believed women with disabilities shouldn't experience romance of any kind.


33. In 1964, Muhammad Ali threw his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio River as an act of protest against racism.


34. A study found that a majority of women tended to prefer a man who cracks clean jokes vs dirty jokes, both for a casual hook-up & for a long-term relationship. But women who had a positive feeling about casual sex tended to find dirty jokes funnier.


35. The holes in Swiss cheese are called eyes and come from carbon dioxide bubbles released by the bacteria inside. Swiss cheese without the holes is referred to as blind.


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36Edward A. Carter Jr

When African-American Edward A. Carter Jr. was a teenager, he snuck out and joined the Chinese Army, reaching the rank of Lieutenant before being exposed and sent back to his parents. He later earned the Medal of Honor.


37. Alice Cooper was one of 9 donors to restore the HOLLYWOOD sign in 1978. Cooper’s donation, which is the second “O”, was made in memory of Groucho Marx. 


38. The iconic tumbleweed found throughout the American Southwest was accidentally imported to the USA from Russia in 1877.


39. Famous actor has Gary Sinise taken over 1,000 children of fallen soldiers to Disneyland, free of charge.


40. Those giant cylinder towers at nuclear power plants are for cooling water and the stuff coming out of it isn’t smoke but water vapor.


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41Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. considered retiring as Iron Man in 2013 after receiving an on-set injury, believing that he was too old to continue playing the role of Tony Stark.


42. Narwhals and beluga whales can mate to produce a hybrid called the Narluga.

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