43 Random Facts To Quench Your Mental Thirst – Part 25

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1Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a plural for Spaghetto.


2. A 6-year study of the D.A.R.E. program showed that a “small but significant number” of suburban students were more likely to use drugs after participating in it than those who didn’t.


3. There is such an expansive collection of books at the British Library in their archive, that if a person could read 5 books per day it would take the 80,000 years to complete.


4. The inventor Denis Papan who first powered a vehicle using steam had his designs stolen from him, died destitutely, and was buried in a pauper's pit.


5. Mike Tyson was addicted to coke and alcohol, getting high before some of his major fights. He used a fake p*nis with another person's urine to avoid detection.


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6Airedale Terriers

Airedale Terriers carried messages for soldiers during World War 1 and were very dedicated to their duties. One named 'Jack' ran through half a mile of enemy fire. He made it to headquarters with his jaw broken and one leg badly splintered and died just after delivering his message.


7. Out of eleven cases of blood alcohol content higher than 1%, Poland holds five.


8. Instead of an agent, Bill Murray uses a 1-800 number where you can leave a message for him if you want to cast him for a movie or event.


9. Comedian Mitch Hedberg never passed on a job, having been told “No” so often early in his career that he felt like if he didn’t say “Yes,” he might not be given the opportunity to perform again.


10. Michael J Fox was one of four cast members on the set of Leo and Me who was diagnosed with Parkinson's. The event was improbable enough that an investigation was launched.


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11Relationship

Agreeableness is the best personality indicator for sustaining a loving relationship.


12. The word "Barbarian" originally referred to people who don't speak Greek, because the Greeks thought people who spoke a foreign tongue sounded like they were saying "bar bar bar" all the time.


13. In 1949 at Wimbledon, "Gorgeous Gussie" Moran wore a skirt that exposed her knees, causing Wimbledon officials to complain that she was "bringing vulgarity and sin into tennis."


14. In Pompeii around 2000 years ago, "Beware Of The Dog" mosaics were used near the entrances to houses, much like modern day signs serving the same purpose.


15. IMAX projectionists wear body armor when handling IMAX lamps; if dropped, they can explode resulting in quartz shrapnel.


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16Eugene Aserinsky

A man named Eugene Aserinsky who was a pioneer in sleep research died when he slammed his car into a tree north of San Diego in 1998. An autopsy suggested he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.


17. A man running from a police helicopter using thermal imaging tried to fool the TI cameras by hiding in fresh manure. It didn't work.


18. Mustard will never go bad due to its antibacterial nature, although it can dry out.


19. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the technology to make concrete was lost for 1000 years.


20. Jellyfish live in every ocean and have survived five mass extinctions, for possibly 700 million years or more, despite most of them lacking specialized digestive, osmoregulatory, central nervous, respiratory, or circulatory systems.


21Joseph Heller

When Joseph Heller, author of the classic American novel 'Catch-22' was told that he had never written anything else as good as his book, he replied: "Who has?"


22. The Large Hadron Collider had to be shut down when a weasel fell into it.


23. Marilyn Monroe's mother was schizophrenic, which caused Marilyn to live in several foster homes and orphanages. In two of these, she was sexually assaulted by the foster father. When she was 16, her foster family married her off to keep her from going back to foster care when they moved.


24. The first firecrackers originated when Chinese villagers burned green bamboo, which grows so fast that air pockets get trapped inside of it and explode with a loud bang when heated.


25. Asbestos was used as fake snow in early Hollywood in films such as, "The Wizard of Oz."

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