45 Incredible Random Facts That’ll Blow Your Mind | Random List #171

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1Genghis Khan

After uniting Mongol tribes under one banner, Genghis Khan actually did not want any more war. To open up trade, Genghis Khan sent emissaries to Muhammad II of Khwarezm, but Khwarezm Empire killed the Mongolian party. Furious Genghis Khan demolished Khwarezmian Empire in two years.


2. Operation Chariot was a World War 2 mission where 611 British Commandos rammed a disguised, explosive-laden destroyer, into one of the largest Nazi submarine bases in France filled with 5000 Nazis. They withdrew under fire, then detonated the boat, destroying one of the largest dry docks in the world.


3. Later in life, an Alzheimer stricken Ronald Reagan would rake leaves from his pool for hours, not realizing they were being replenished by his Secret Service agents.


4. Printer companies implement programmed obsolescence by embedding chips into ink cartridges that force them to stop printing after a set expiration date, even if there is ink remaining.


5. In the Philippines, some Catholics volunteer to be non-lethally crucified on Good Friday. The sterilized nails are driven through their palms and they are hung on crosses. A Filipino carpenter named Ruben Enaje has been crucified 32 times as of 2018. Philippines Department of Health advises tetanus shots before the crucifixion.


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6Atomic bomb

In 1966, after failing for 3 years to extinguish a gas well fire, Soviet authorities decided to use a 30kt atomic bomb. It was detonated at a depth of 1,500 meters crushing the well and extinguishing the flames in seconds. Following this success, the same technique was used on 4 other well fires.


7. In 2015, a doctor on an Air Canada flight jerry-rigged a device to help a toddler breathe who was having asthma attack. Dr. Khurshid Guru, director of Robotic Surgery at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, created a nebulizer using a water bottle, a cup, oxygen, and an adult inhaler.


8. In 2009, the film Braveheart was second on a list of "most historically inaccurate movies" in The Times.


9. In 1968, in Japan, a fake motorbike cop stopped a car carrying 300 million Yen in cash ($26 million). He told the driver to run because the car was rigged to blow and then simply drove the car away. The culprit and the cash have never been found.


10. Jeremy Spencer, who was one of the original members of Fleetwood Mac went out to a store while on tour in California in 1971 and never returned. The band, record producers, and the police searched for him for several days and discovered later that he had joined a cult called ‘The Children of God.’


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11John Howland

An indentured servant boy named John Howland went overboard on The Mayflower and was miraculously saved. His descendants include the Bush family, FDR, writers Emerson and Longfellow, Brigham Young and Joseph Smith, Chevy Chase, and over 2 million other Americans.


12. Before the Internet, chess players used to play each other all over the world by taking turns mailing a postcard to each other describing the move they had made.


13. Crickets are 65%-70% protein whereas beef is 17%-40% protein.


14. Usain Bolt suffered from scoliosis when he was younger and he therefore has an asymmetrical stride when he runs because his legs are slightly different lengths. Researchers aren’t sure if this lack of symmetry is a personal mechanical optimization by Bolt that makes him the fastest human or not.


15. In 2013, a 4-year-old boy named Paul Franklin fell and scraped his knee at a California beach. A couple of weeks later a black bump started growing on his knee. When squeezed, out emerged a live snail from the bump. The boy adopted the snail and named it “Turbo” after his favorite cartoon character.


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16James Lick

James Lick, once the wealthiest Californian, donated the world's first permanently staffed mountaintop telescope to the University of California in 1888. His will only stipulated that he is to be buried under it and fresh flowers placed on his grave "always".


17. In 2016, a 155-year-old mousetrap kept on display in a museum in Berkshire caught a mouse.


18. Despite being banned from World War 2 military service, Charles Lindbergh's knowledge on fuel efficiency helped double the effective range of the P-38. The pilots he worked with were so grateful they let him sneak on a combat mission where he scored a kill.


19. In 1862, a British merchant named Charles Lennox Richardson was killed for getting too close to a Japanese feudal lord. His last words to his travel companions were: "I know how to deal with these people."


20. Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) battled cancer while filming the last Harry Potter movie. She continued with filming because she didn’t want to disappoint fans.


21Dr. Joseph Goldberger

Dr. Joseph Goldberger proved in 1915 that pellagra was caused by poor diet in the South. Southern leaders refused to heed the advice of a northern Jewish doctor and pellagra wasn't eradicated until 1945 when federal law required flour to be fortified with thiamine, niacin, and iron.


22. Flight hijacking from the USA to Cuba during the 60s/70s was so common, pilots were equipped with detour flight plans and building a fake “Havana airport” in south Florida was seriously considered.


23. ‘Super-banana’ is a genetically modified fruit from Australia that contains increased levels of vitamin A. It could help prevent thousands of Ugandan children from going blind and dying from Vitamin A deficiencies.


24. Researchers at Cornell analyzing Youtube videos of heavy metal concerts found that mosh pits model the behavior of gas particles in equilibrium.


25. Despite the odds seeming very low, 93% of lost dogs are reunited with their owner, and even after 24 hours of being lost, 55 to 65% are found and brought back.

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