43 Entertaining Random Facts That’ll Set Your Mood Straight – Part 175

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1Bill Murray

On his 20th birthday, comedian Bill Murray joked about having two bombs in his luggage but instead was caught smuggling 10 pounds of marijuana. He was convicted and sentenced to probation.


2. The reason there are so many Thai restaurants in America, is that the Thai government has been training and exporting chefs, using a tactic known as "gastrodiplomacy."


3. The town of Honiton U.K., has a "Hot Penny Day", a parade where children collect thrown coins. The tradition was purportedly started by wealthy people, who would heat pennies on a stove, throw them into the streets, and laugh at the peasants burning their fingers while picking them up.


4. Tom Hardy was addicted to crack and alcohol in his mid-20s. At one point he said that he was 'out of control' on drink and drugs before he turned his life around, and was lucky that he did not contract HIV while he was at his lowest.


5. The research shows that cats that are provided with empty boxes are more interactive, friendly and comfortable with the people around them as compared to those cats that do not have a box to snuggle in. So, it can be said that cats derive comfort and security from boxes.


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6Men of Rohan riders

Half of the Men of Rohan riders in Lord of the Rings were played by female professional horse riders who the makeup team covered with fake beards.


7. In 1974, a Norwegian student named Per Dagsgard visited Lendbreen ice patch looking for historical artifacts. He discovered a spear from the Viking age. More than 1000 years old, it had been preserved in the ice and remains one of the best examples of these weapons know to date.


8. It’s hypothesized that warm-bloodedness evolved in mammals and birds because it provided defense against fungal infections. Very few fungi can survive the body temperatures of warm-blooded animals. By comparison, insects, reptiles, and amphibians are plagued by fungal infections.


9. Japan is infested with invasive North American Raccoons, due to the popularity of the 1977 Cartoon series "Rascal the Raccoon". Thousands of Japanese adopted Raccoons, only to let them into the wild when they proved to be poor pets.


10. The first major investor in Facebook, Peter Thiel, made over $1 billion from his original $500,000 investment by selling his shares, a 200,000% return on his investment.


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11Hippos

Hippos can sleep underwater by using a reflex that allows them to surface, take a breath, and sink back down without waking up.


12. A farmhouse in Gettysburg was used as a field hospital. There was so much blood on the floor, that there is still dried blood between floorboards. When under a blacklight, large bloodstains are still visible.


13. King Richard the Lionheart of England forgave and freed his killer, a young French boy whose father and brothers had been killed by Richard; the boy said he shot Richard with a crossbow as revenge, and Richard was so impressed with his bravery that he sent him off with 100 shillings.


14. Maria Daume, the first female marine to go through the traditional training process was born in a Siberian prison and orphaned at the age of 2.


15. In 1508, Autun, France pressed charges on rats for destroying barley crops. The lawyer representing the rats argued that the court's summons wasn't specific enough to his clients and that Autun's cat population made it unsafe for his clients to come to court. The rats were acquitted.


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16John Lennon

John Lennon repeatedly denied that the song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is about LSD and that he got the inspiration for the song when his son brought home a drawing of his friend Lucy who was in the sky with diamonds.


17. Filming Star Wars in Tunisia was hindered by the first major rainstorm in 50 years, and The Empire Strikes Back filming in Norway was hindered by the worst winter storm in 50 years.


18. After a Hell's Angels member threw a tire iron at Evel Knievel during a stunt show, he and a majority of the spectators fought back, sending 3 of the 15 Hells Angels members to the hospital.


19. To this day, the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Antony has not been found.


20. During the Jim Crow era in the U.S., the turban was used by people of color for "confounding the color lines"—in other words, if you could pass yourself off as something other than black, you might circumvent some amount of discrimination.


21Snoopy and Woodstock

Peanuts characters Snoopy and Woodstock´s fifty two year friendship began when Woodstock and his brother hatched from eggs in a nest that their mother made on top of Snoopy´s belly, a year later in 1967, Woodstock came back to perch on Snoopy´s nose, thus beginning their long fellowship.


22. Particle physicist John Ellis lost a bet and had to include the word "penguin" in his next scientific paper. After struggling to find a way to include the word, he "smoked some illegal substance" which gave him the inspiration for the now important penguin diagrams.


23. The Sydney Opera House is considered one of the worst project management failures of our time. It was 10 years late, 14 times over budget, the architect never saw it completed and the project manager never worked on another project in his career (he became a lecturer at Hawaii University).


24. In Ancient Egypt, the penalty for killing a cat was death.


25. The Kingdom of Semien was a Jewish kingdom in Africa that was effectively independent for over 1000 years and was the second most powerful African empire for 300 years.

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