44 Wonderful Random Facts To Enjoy Before Going to Sleep | Random List #301

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1Icelandic Horses

Icelandic horses are not allowed to leave the country. If they do, they are banned from returning. Iceland being an island has limited diseases, and this is one of the measures they have in place to prevent importing disease.


2. American Rapper DMX avoided a maximum jail term for tax fraud when his lawyer played his song "Slippin'" for the judge in order to show X's struggles and how bad his upbringing was.


3. People keep finding meticulously crafted hollow dodecahedrons throughout Europe dating back to the Roman Empire but historians have no idea what they are supposed to be used for as there is no historical record of them anywhere. Theories range from dice to knitting.


4. Prince Edward, the youngest son of Elizabeth II, was made Earl of Wessex on his wedding in 1999. He wanted that title, which hadn't existed for centuries, because he liked Colin Firth's character Lord Wessex in "Shakespeare in Love."


5. Catherine De Medici maintained 80 ladies-in-waiting, whom she allegedly used as tools to seduce courtiers for political ends. They were known as her "flying squadron". She also used them as a court attraction. In 1577, she threw a banquet at which the food was served by topless women.


6Whales milk

Whales have inverted nipples and produce milk so fatty it has the same texture as toothpaste.


7. After the Library of Congress was burned by the British in 1814, Thomas Jefferson offered his immense personal library as replacement but some opposed its contents. Jefferson wished all subjects available and his scholarly collection soon helped transform a niche library into a national library.


8. Fido is a common name for a dog because of Abraham Lincoln's dog Fido. Fido was "assassinated" by a drunk with a knife a few months after Lincoln's assassination.


9. Teeth are only able to experience one sensation, which is pain. When you eat or drink something too hot or too cold, or a dentist operates on your teeth, you will only experience pain because that is the only thing the nerves around your teeth respond to.


10. In 1845, Queen Ranavalona I of Madagascar ordered 50,000 of her subjects to go on a buffalo hunt. The hunt required building roads across jungles. The hunt lasted for 4 months, with around 10,000 people dying from exhaustion, starvation, and malarial disease. Not a single buffalo was killed by her hunting party.


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11Golf on Moon

In 1971, astronaut Alan Shepard hit 2 golf balls on the moon. He hit the first one into a crater, and claimed to have smashed the second one “miles and miles and miles”. However, recent research has shown that the first ball traveled 24 yards (22 meters), and the second ball only 40 yards (37 meters).


12. Michael Jackson is estimated to have donated over half a billion dollars over his lifetime, setting a record for any pop star.


13. Gerard Way, the lead singer of “My Chemical Romance” wrote the comic series “The Umbrella Academy.”


14. Although tomatoes are a staple of Italian cuisine, they originated in South America and were domesticated by the Aztecs in Mexico where Hernan Cortes found them and sent them to Europe.


15. Spike Milligan, a member of the comedy team The Goons, joked after fellow member Harry Secombe sang at Peter Sellers' funeral, "I hope you die before me because I don't want you singing at my funeral." 22 years later, at Milligan's memorial, Secombe's son played a recording of his late father singing.


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16Black Outfit

British royal family members must pack a black outfit with them when they travel in the event of a death in the family


17. There are around 800 European Bisons living in Białowieża Forest, one of the largest and last remaining parts of the primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain.


18. The B-52's song "Rock Lobster" inspired John Lennon to start making music again in 1980, because it reminded him of his wife Yoko's work.


19. The first pilot to spot incoming Japanese fighters at Pearl Harbor was a woman. Her name was Cornelia Fort and she was a civilian flight instructor. 2 years later, she was killed in a mid-air collision and became the first female pilot to be killed on active military duty.


20. Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy, earned his Ph.D. in 2 weeks immediately after being forced to flee Hamburg for debunking the mayor's fake taxidermied 7-headed hydra.


21God Tafakula

In Tongan mythology, the God Tafakula defeated his enemy Gods by straddling an island. He then bent over, to show his anus, which shone brightly like the sun, scaring off the other Gods.


22. The Speyer wine bottle, unearthed from a Roman tomb found near Speyer, Germany, is considered "the world's oldest existing bottle of wine". The bottle has been dated between 325 and 350 A.D.


23. In 1988, CIA paid $2 million to Chad to extract an advanced Soviet attack helicopter (Mi-25) from an abandoned Libyan air base using two MH-47 Chinook transport helicopters, flying a total of 500 miles under the cover of night.


24. Pickles the Dog found the FIFA World Cup in a bush after it had been stolen prior to the 1966 tournament. Pickles became famous - he earned a medal, opened a zoo, and even appeared in a film.


25. The first car ever to break a 100 kmh (62mph) barrier was an electric car. The 1899 speed record of La Jamais Contente held for three years until the reign of combustion engines started.

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