45 OMG Random Facts You Didn’t Know… Until Now – Part 213

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1André Tchaikovsky

A Polish pianist named André Tchaikovsky donated his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company after his death, as he wanted it to be used for Yorick in productions of Hamlet. It took 26 years for his wishes to be realized as no one wanted to use it. In 2008, David Tennant finally used it.


2. In the 1960s, the CEO of Ampex wanted his employees to take LSD to improve their creativity. The board of directors said "no" and then had to fire him after they discovered he'd snuck off anyway on a mountain hike with seven or eight engineers and given them LSD.


3. Vocal jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was born with perfect pitch so precise that the band musicians she worked with would tune their instruments to her voice.


4. In 1926, famous jazz pianist Fats Waller was kidnapped by gangsters for three days in Chicago. He was the “surprise guest” at Al Capone's birthday party. He was later found very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips.


5. Spain’s S-80 submarine program designed subs that were 70 tons too heavy and were likely to sink when submerged. Cost overruns to fix it were expected to reach $9 billion. The problem was traced back to an engineer misplacing a decimal point. It has been called the most expensive math error ever.


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6Moon rock

NASA once raided a Denny's as part of a sting operation to bust a 75-year-old woman for possessing and attempting to sell a moon rock the size of a rice grain.


7. Pink Himalayan Salt is one of the most expensive salts in the world. People claim it contains more minerals than ordinary table salt. Scientists found the amount of minerals it contains is so minuscule that it makes no measurable difference.


8. Dogs have musical tastes. The Scottish SPCA and University of Glasgow monitored dogs' heartrates while playing different kinds of music and found that most dogs "prefer reggae and soft rock," though each individual dog also had its own preferences.


9. Gorillas sing happy songs while they eat. They don't sing the same song every time and they even sing louder while eating their favorite food.


10. The famous "Keyboard Cat" video was originally filmed in 1984 and that its star, Fatso, died in 1987, twenty years before it was posted on YouTube.


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11Richard Harris

Richard Harris was so drunk through the 1970s that he forgot he owned a Rolls Royce. It sat in a New York garage for 25 years before he found an old photo of himself with it and his accountant confirmed it was still there running up $90,000 in garage storage costs.


12. Dragon Ball has actually caused an international incident. It is so popular in Mexico that there were government-sponsored public watch parties for the final episodes of Dragon Ball Super. They became so popular Japan had to send a formal diplomatic notice commanding them to stop, which they didn't.


13. In 1977, North Korean agents abducted a 13-year-old Japanese girl named Megumi Yokota while she was walking to school in Niigata, Japan. The agents then took the girl over to North Korea and forced her to teach infiltrator agents about Japanese culture. She is still missing to this day.


14. Nicolas Cage was arrested in 2011 for public intoxication and was bailed out by a fan who was a bail bondsman. That bail bondsman was none other than Dog The Bounty Hunter.


15. Doctor Min Chiu Li was fired from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 1950s because he gave chemotherapy to patients even after their tumors appeared to be gone. After firing him, the NIH discovered the long-term survival rates for his patients were far superior to conventional treatments.


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16Weird Al Yankovic

"Weird Al" Yankovic did not intend his song "Albuquerque" to be well-received as he wrote it as a joke specifically to "annoy people for 12 minutes." It ended up becoming one of his most popular songs.


17. During the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, many black citizens, widely believed to be immune to the disease, volunteered to deal with the dead and dying as white citizens fled the city. The immunity seems to have not actually existed, and blacks died at the same rates as whites.


18. Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon wore off-brand shoes. To combat the robberies and killings for shoes that were common at the time, he even released his own signature shoe with Spalding, for $34.95.


19. In the Ancient Greek Olympics, competitors found cheating were fined. The money would pay for a statue of Zeus with a plaque shaming the offender, and placed on the road to the stadium.


20. 4G LTE isn't actually 4G. It stands for 'Long Term Evolution', and was invented so that companies can market their networks as 4G without meeting its specifications. Actual 4G speeds are 100 Mb/s for moving devices (in a train/car) and 1 Gb/s for stationary devices.


21Karl Schwarzschild

In the same year Einstein introduced general relativity, Karl Schwarzschild provided the first exact mathematical solution to general relativity whilst on the front lines of World War 1.


22. When billionaire Steve Fossett went missing during a solo plane flight where it was ultimately discovered he perished, the CAP, National Guard, and thousand of AMT volunteers found many other plane crash sites lost to time. Most (at the time) were not investigated further.


23. During surgery on a 60-year-old woman, Italian doctors discovered one of the first heart prostheses - an artificial mitral valve - which was implanted almost 50 years ago when the patient was 10, by Christiaan Barnard, the surgeon who performed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant.


24. In the Philippines, for the bargain price of roughly £350, you can purchase "death kits" which is made up of documents that prove your death. The process involves obtaining a fake death certificate and buying an unclaimed corpse from one of the many morgues in the Philippines.


25. Harry Houdini started a tradition of stage magicians seeking out and debunking fraudulent psychics, mystics, and spiritualists who claim to possess real supernatural powers.

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