42 Totally Wacky Random Facts That’ll Melt Your Mind | Random List #38

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26Ed Sheeran's childhood

Ed Sheeran's childhood

Ed Sheeran's childhood friend was struggling financially and asked him to put one of her songs on his then-nearly completed album "X". Instead, they wrote "Thinking Out Loud" together which was released as a single and hit #1. She'll never have to worry about money again.


27. 'The Mountain' actor named Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson from Game of Thrones beat the 1,000-year-old world record for taking 5 steps with a 10-meter log that weighed 1,430 lb.


28. It's forbidden to fly over Disneyland and you will be intercepted by fighter jets, just like near the White House Airspace.


29. Walt Disney helped the Army design a Mickey Mouse gas mask in the '40s to make chemical warfare less frightening to kids.


30. Smoking near an Apple device will void the warranty.


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31Domestic geese

Domestic geese

Domestic geese do a perfect job of weeding mint fields. They hate mint but love the plants that compete with it.


32. In 1850s British explorer, Sir Richard Burton called Somalis superstitious for believing mosquitos caused malaria.


33. The longest surgery to date was a 96-hour marathon to remove a 300-lb ovarian cyst from a 600-lb woman. Simply hacking it out would have killed her, so the surgeon gradually drained fluid from the cyst over the course of 4 days, shrinking it to 100 lb. and allowing for a successful removal.


34. A "fossil word" is a word that is no longer used in general speech but remains in use because it is part of an idiom. For example, amok as in "run amok", or turpitude as in "moral turpitude". There are many other examples.


35. Milton Berle, considered America's first TV star, had a massive p*nis. In his autobiography, Berle tells of a man who accosted him in a steam bath and challenged him to compare sizes, leading a bystander to remark, "go ahead, Milton, just take out enough to win"


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36Microsoft

Microsoft

In 1997, Microsoft saved Apple from bankruptcy by investing $150 million into the company.


37. A highly religious physician by the name of Rene' Laennec invented the stethoscope because he was uncomfortable putting his ear to the chest of women.


38. The double leg amputee war veteran named Gregory D. Gadson in the film "Battleship" is played by an actual double leg amputee war veteran.


39. Stephen Colbert's father and 2 brothers died in a plane crash when he was 10. His improv teacher told him "you gotta learn to love the bomb" and as a result, years later he came to realize "I love the thing that I most wish had not happened."


40. Cyril of Alexandria claimed that "camel" is a Greek misspelling in the phrase "It's easier for a camel to thread the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven." He claimed camel was actually "kamilos," meaning rope.


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41Ghost Ships

Ghost Ships

North Korean "Ghost Ships" keep washing up on Japanese shores full of corpses.


42. There are languages with no words for numbers, and people who speak them have trouble keeping track of amounts higher than 5.

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