Random #241 – 50 Amazing Facts About Everything

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1FBI hackers

Recently, FBI has struggled to hire hackers because of the FBI hiring rule that the applicant must not have used marijuana in the last 3 years.


2. An annual supply of bottled water for a person who consumes 8 glasses a day would cost approximately $200; the same amount of tap water would cost approximately $0.33.


3. In 2007, when Halo 3 released it broke records on video game sales, making $170 million on the first day. Film executives blamed Halo for a 27% drop in the box office for that week.


4. When a jury convicted Jane Wenham of witchcraft in 1712, due to witnesses accusing her of flying on a broomstick and bewitching servants, the skeptical judge refused to execute her and instead sought a royal pardon, noting that there was “no law against flying.”


5. Ulysses S. Grant created the Department of Justice, ratified the Fifteenth Amendment, and asked for Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1871, enabling him to combat and prosecute the Ku Klux Klan.


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6Operation Rock Wallaby

“Operation Rock Wallaby” was a helicopter mission which dumped thousands of pounds of veggies (mostly carrots and sweet potatoes) to wallabies and other animals that were left without a food source after surviving the 2020 bushfires in New South Wales.


7. Hans Schmidt is the only Catholic priest to have ever been executed in the US. He killed his pregnant mistress, drank her blood, and dismembered her. He was found guilty for the crime and was executed via electric chair in February 1916.


8. Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts) from Beauty and the Beast (1991) sang “Tale as old as time” in a single take after being initially against it because she thought her “aging singing voice” wasn’t suited for the song.


9. In 2009, a Vietnamese man was hospitalized unconscious from consuming too much methanol alcohol. Doctors decided to transfuse 15 cans of beer about 1 per hour into his body to revive him. The liver breaks down ethanol before methanol which gave doctors enough time to do dialysis and remove the alcohol from his system.


10. Donald Duck is an extremely popular pop-icon in Germany, where you can buy his comics at most newsstands. In their version, Donald uses a highly sophisticated level of language, and "many Germans credit him with having initiated them into the language of the literary classics."


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11Disgrace of Gijón

A 1982 FIFA World Cup football match played between West Germany and Austria was so bad that it was termed as “Disgrace of Gijón.” The German TV Commentator refused to comment on the game at one point, the Austrian TV commentator asked people to change the channel, and Spain's newspaper printed the match in their Crimes Section.


12. The Concorde airplane flew so fast that if you left London (or Paris) in the evening flying west towards New York, to the passengers in the plane, the sun would actually appear to begin rising again shortly after reaching cruising speed. The plane flew faster than the Earth’s rotation.


13. There is a diamond mine in Arkansas that is open to the public. Visitors can keep whatever Gems they find. Till now thousands of diamonds have been found since it opened.


14. The domain name ".tv" is actually the country code domain for Tuvalu, a country in Polynesia. Due to its popularity from its similarity to 'television', the Tuvalu government sought to capitalize on it and nearly 10% of its revenue come from royalties from .tv addresses.


15. American naval officer Victor Vescovo has reached the deepest parts of all five of the earth's oceans. He has also climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents.


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16John Carmack

John Carmack (founder of "id Software" known for his work in the development of Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein) was arrested at the age of 14 for helping a group of children steal Apple II computers using a mixture of thermite and Vaseline to melt the windows to break into the building.


17. In 1958, a technician named Cecil Kelley was working on a plutonium compound that went supercritical, giving him a lethal dose in just 200 microseconds. His colleagues found him outside in the snow screaming “I’m burning up! I’m burning up!”


18. Marlon Brando tried to purchase the rights to a movie about the Iran-Contra scandal using a former CIA connection. The CIA was able to derail this by creating a front company to outbid Brando for the rights. The man they put in charge of this operation was none other than Colonel Oliver North.


19. David Edmondson lied on his resume to get a position as a Vice President of Marketing at RadioShack in 1990s. He worked his way up over 11 years to become the CEO and resigned in disgrace after it was revealed that his resume was falsified.


20. When Ancient Romans had something stolen from them, they would "transfer" ownership of their stolen items to a deity, so as to make the god responsible for punishing the thief.


21Plaque

A Plaque in Plainfield, Indiana marks the spot where a Carriage Driver intentionally drove through a huge mudhole to fling ex-President Martin Van Buren out of the carriage and into the mud. Van Buren had opposed a bill that would have funded improvements to the National Road.


22. A woman in Utah kept her dead husband in a freezer for 10 years so she could collect his veteran's benefits. He left a notarized note saying she hadn't killed him.


23. The "Herbivore Men" of Japan are the men who have basically given up on marriage and love. They often can’t afford it, and they don’t want to work to death to raise a family, instead they have hobbies or anime or the internet to fill up their time.


24. The Seinfeld episode “The Pen”, in which Jerry and Elaine visit his parents in Florida, is the only episode that doesn’t feature Jason Alexander. After the table read, he threatened to quit the show if they ever wrote another episode without George in it again.


25. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is both a bridge and a tunnel. Considered one of the 7 wonders of modern engineering, it was completed in 1964 and is 23 miles long.

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