44 Enigmatic Random Facts You Never Learned in School | Random List #81

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26Thomas Paine

American political activist Thomas Paine argued in a 1797 pamphlet for an estate tax to fund elderly pensions and a one-time payment when a person reached 21.

27. Hitler used an arson attack on the German parliament to justify taking away most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association, public assembly and the secrecy of the post and telephone.

28. American English is more homogeneous than British English. It is more difficult to tell where an American is from in the US than it is to tell where a Brit is from in the UK.

29. In 2013, Miriam Margolyes, or Professor Sprout from Harry Potter movies, announced she 'was a dyke' during her Australian Citizenship ceremony in front of the Prime Minister, to gasps from the crowd.

30. The movie "Dodgeball"(2004) has an alternate ending where Average Joe's gym loses, and the movie ends abruptly. It was changed because of negative test audience reactions.

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31George Carlin

Comedian George Carlin narrated four seasons of "Thomas the Tank Engine".

32. Weeks after JFK's assassination, Russian intelligence started circulating stories that the CIA was involved in the killing and even covertly financed an American book promoting that theory which was published within a year.

33. In 1209, a student of Oxford University apparently killed a woman and fled. In retaliation, the townspeople hanged three students. The school suspended operations and the faculty all feared the mob. Many of the facility then moved to Cambridge and founded a new university there.

34. Dustin Hoffman, Robert Duvall, and Gene Hackman were roommates as struggling actors in New York City in the 1960s. They now have 19 Oscar nominations and 5 wins between them.

35. Dr. John Fryer of Philadelphia appeared at the 1972 APA convention wearing a rubber mask to deliver a speech about the hardships of being a psychiatrist and gay. His speech was vital to getting homosexuality off the list of mental disorders.

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36Inspector Gadget tv series

The 1983 'Inspector Gadget' TV series is the first animated television series to be presented in stereo sound.

37. While pregnant, Gene Tierney contracted German measles from a fan who had escaped quarantine to meet her. Her baby was born deaf and intellectually disabled as a result, inspiring the Agatha Christie book The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side.

38. There is a “cyborg enhancement” called North Sense which is essentially a semi-elaborate piercing that is implanted onto your chest, allowing you to feel when you face north. Almost like adding a new color to your vision, it gives you a strange new sense.

39. Your body can’t actually detect oxygen. When you hold your breath and feel the need to breathe, that is your body trying to get rid of carbon dioxide.

40. Zerão is a stadium in Brazil where the midfield line lies exactly on the Equator, meaning each team defends one hemisphere.

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41George Hopkins

A guy named George Hopkins once parachuted to the top of the Devils Tower but got stuck there for 6 days because nobody knew how to get him down.

42. 26 of the 50 states of the U.S.A are named after Native American tribes.

43. Nobody really knows where Bosnia ends and Herzegovina begins, and there is no official or universally accepted boundary in the country between the two regions.

44. McDonald's once created bubblegum-flavored broccoli in an attempt to make kids eat more vegetables. The taste confused children and the product were pulled before it even reached the shelves.


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