43 Impressive Facts from Our Mixed Bag of Facts About Everything

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1Banishment room

In Japan, where "lifetime employment" contracts with large companies are widespread, employees who can't be made redundant may be assigned tedious, meaningless work in a "banishment room" until they get bored enough to resign.


2. The Crowned Eagle is the only known bird to be confirmed as having viewing humans as prey


3. At the time of his death, Harry Patch, the last surviving WW1 combat soldier was 111 years, 1 month, 1 week and 1 day old


4. An Australian cardiologist (Dr. Rolf Gomes) travels around Australia in a semi-trailer turned specialist medical clinic, delivering specialist services to the most out of reach rural citizens of the country who would otherwise be unable to receive such services, all without any government funding.


5. Deals at Outlet Malls are not necessarily dealing because stores manufacture lower quality goods specifically for outlet stores.


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6Garden Hermits

In the 1700s, ornamental "garden hermits" were men hired to live on the estates of the wealthy. Dressed as druids and living in small structures, hermits would sometimes answer guests' questions or give advice. Alternatively, they would remain silent, serving as a perpetual play or live diorama.


7. Tommy Lee Jones is the face of the advertising campaign for Boss canned coffee in Japan and has been for some time


8. Spiderwort is a common roadside wildflower that changes the petals of the flower turn from blue to pink when exposed to radiation.


9. The French and British navies fought in 1781 at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The French Navy won decisively, blocking reinforcements to British forces at Yorktown. This forced British forces to surrender and secured American independence.


10. H&R Block once discovered that their own taxes were too complex for them to manage.


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11Charles J. Bishop

In 2002, a high school student named Charles J. Bishop 'inspired by 9/11' flew a stolen Cessna plane into the Bank of America building. He was the only casualty.


12. Rather than use CGI, Tim Burton had 40 squirrels trained to crack nuts for Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.


13. Snake venom contains proteins that change the odor of the wounded animal, allowing snakes to track their bitten prey by odor. This adaptation allowed rattlesnakes to evolve the strike-and-release bite mechanism, which provided a huge benefit by minimizing contact with potentially dangerous prey.


14. The first ancestor of modern day equids was a species of duck-sized horses that roamed in what is now Wyoming.


15. Male dolphins have been known to masturbate by wrapping live eels around their penises


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16Defintion of "Stan"

Due to the massive success and popularity of Eminem's "Stan", the Oxford Dictionary made a definition of "Stan" - 'an obsessive fan of a particular celebrity'


17. Frozen was based on a 19th-century tale that was more progressive because a girl rescues a boy


18. A Nazi businessman named John Rabe (Oskar Schindler of China) saved approximately 200,000 Chinese citizens during the Nanking Massacre.


19. Unisex names are illegal in Iceland


20. People in the USA can send letters by leaving it in their own house mailbox, and the mailman will pick it up on their delivery route


21Jaime Sin

Jaime Sin, the 30th Roman Catholic Archbishop, and Cardinal loved poking fun at his own name. Cardinal Sin would joke with guests, saying, "Welcome to the house of Sin." His title Cardinal Sin was a point of humor in the Philippines.


22. Ernst Loof has the record holder for the shortest F1 career. In his first, and last, Grand Prix, he traveled 6 feet (2 meters) off the starting grid before retiring due to a malfunction.


23. In 2014, a New York hospital came under fire after incorrectly declaring a woman as brain dead following a drug overdose. The woman awoke shortly after being taken to the operating room for organ harvesting.


24. Jeans when first dyed are yellow due to the yellow color of water soluble leucoindigo, which then oxidizes to the blue color of indigo on jeans.


25. The glass harmonica is considered by some to be the world's most dangerous instrument credited with unexplained deaths as well as causing Tinnitus and mental breakdowns

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