44 Unusually Good Random Facts That’ll Wow Any Room | Random List #27

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1Fujitsu iPad

Fujitsu made a device called the "iPad" in 2002. Apple had to pay $4 million to Fujitsu to buy the trademark.

2. Humidity levels can rise in the summer through "Corn Sweat" which is water evaporating from corn plants.

3. Mike Myers loosely based his Dr. Evil character on his former SNL boss Lorne Micheals. Dr. Evil's phrase "throw me a frickin' bone here, people," was supposedly something Michaels said many times at script meetings for SNL.

4. The Defense Department spent an estimated $100 million for airline tickets that were not used over a 6-year period and failed to seek refunds even though the tickets were reimbursable.

5. The average life expectancy of a flamethrower operator in combat during World War 2 was less than 10 minutes.

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6Roger Federer

As a male Swiss citizen, Roger Federer was compulsorily required to serve in the armed forces. However, in 2003, despite already having become a tennis pro, he was deemed 'unfit' because of a back problem and was relieved of his obligations.

7. Willie Nelson sold his first song for only $50 and the cost of a restaurant bill that he couldn't afford. "Family Bible" went on to reach #7 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, but Nelson had no regrets about the sale, saying, "I felt if I could write one hit song, I could write another."

8. Rosie O'Donnell hated the movie 'Fight Club' so much that she spoiled the ending on her talk show and urged viewers not to see it.

9. The Tetris effect (also known as Tetris Syndrome) occurs when people devote so much time and attention to an activity that it begins to pattern their thoughts, mental images, and dreams. It takes its name from the video game Tetris.

10. Volkswagen sells sausages and ketchup. It is also their best selling product, selling millions more than their cars.

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11Flat-top mountains

Many people who believe in the Flat Earth theory also believe that flat-top mountains are actually giant tree stumps.

12. Toyota's Tundra pickup is made of 70% Domestic parts, which ties the Ford F-150 for "Most American truck." RAM trucks came in 3rd at 61% domestic parts. Chevy and GMC trucks came in last behind Nissan with less than half of their parts made in America.

13. Cate Blanchett's Academy Award for playing Katherine Hepburn in "The Aviator" made her the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar-winning actor.

14. MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" contributed to a drop in teen birth rate.

15. Male infants show a stronger interest in the physical-mechanical objects while the female infants show a stronger interest in social objects.

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16Maurice Hilleman

8 of the 14 vaccines that are routinely recommended today were developed by an American microbiologist named Maurice Hilleman.

17. A 4chan prank resulted in VH1’s Save the Music program donating $10,000 to buy musical instruments for Boston's Horace Mann School for the Deaf.

18. A 59-year-old man entered a hospital complaining of chest pains was found to have a three-chambered reptilian heart, as opposed to a four-chambered mammalian one.

19. OJ Simpson's father was a well-known drag queen in the San Francisco area and died of AIDS in 1986.

20. In the TV series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the governor of California was targeted for termination. At the time of filming, the governor in office was Arnold Schwarzenegger.

21Nuclear weapon

Launching a nuclear weapon in the Chicago city is punishable by a $1,000 fine.

22. For the first 35 years of his life, Jack Nicholson didn't know his sister was actually his mother. He didn't find out until 9 years after her death from cancer, thanks to a TIMES Journalist.

23. Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the Holocaust memoir "Night", started the Elie Wiesel Foundation For Humanity. The charity lost nearly $16 million in the Madoff Ponzi Scheme. Wiesel and his wife also lost their entire personal life savings.

24. The Soviet Union lasted long enough to be given its own internet domain name, .su, which it received only 15 months before dissolving.

25. Bliss, the default computer wallpaper of Microsoft's Windows XP, was taken by former NatGeo photographer, Charles O'Rear while he was on his way to his girlfriend in 1996.


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