50 Random Facts List #1

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Per kilogram, asparagus has a larger carbon footprint than pork or veal

27. IBM had to delete 'Urban Dictionary' data from the Watson super computer system because the machine started cursing.

28. Esprit d'escalier (literally, staircase wit) is a French term used in English to denote the tendency to think of a witty reply when it is too late, for example when taking the stairs on leaving the scene of a confrontation.

29. Bill Gates once released mosquitos during a Ted Talk, stating that "poor people shouldn't be the only ones to have this experience."

30. A Roman prostitute named Marozia not only was the mistress of one pope, but her bastard son, two grandsons, two great-grandsons, and one great great grandson all eventually became popes. The era in which they ruled is known by scholars as the "pornocracy".

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31Steve Harell

The lead singer of Smash Mouth started a cancer research fund after his son died of acute lymphatic leukemia.

32. Ava Gardner once swam naked in a pool belonging to Ernest Hemingway. He ordered that the water never be changed.

33. Pepsi is being sued because of its Naked Juice marketing. While the juice is marketed as "healthy", it actually has a higher sugar content than an equivalent amount of Pepsi Cola.

34. Someone sued Pepsi for not letting him trade in 7 million Pepsi Points for a Harrier Jet, which had been previously advertised.

35. Half of American adults are in a law enforcement face recognition network. Its use is almost completely unregulated, as most agencies don’t even require suspicion of criminal activity before using the database for identification.

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36Frank Biondo

Cameraman, Frankie Biondo, has been filming Sesame Street since the first season and still operates Camera 1 on today’s set.

37. Saddam Hussein's son owned an actual iron maiden and used it against people he didn't like.

38. There is an uninhabited island in the Bahamas known as Pig Beach, which is populated entirely by swimming pigs.

39. When general Lee surrendered at the end of the Civil War he saw that Grant's military secretary, Ely Parker, was a Seneca Indian and said: “ I am glad to see one real American here.” To which Parker responded: “We are all Americans”.

40. The Zildjian cymbal company is one of the oldest companies in the world, started in 1623 in Constantinople, making cymbals for frightening the enemies of the Ottoman Empire.

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41Stuart Rutherford

'Stu the IT guy' from the movie "What We Do In The Shadows" is actually an IT guy named Stu.

42. In 2005, an Ethiopian girl was kidnapped and beaten by 7 men until a pride of lions chased her attackers off. The lions then stayed and defended her until help arrived.

43. Extras from Planet of the Apes self-segregated during breaks and would only spend time with those wearing costumes of the same species.

44. General Mills cereal company removed the bee from boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios to raise awareness of declining bee populations

45. Randy Johnson is the oldest pitcher to pitch a perfect game and the only one who accidentally exploded a bird.

46Chuck E Cheese

Chuck E Cheese was supposed to originally be a coyote, but instead, they received a mouse costume and went with it

47. A woman with Type 1 diabetes underwent an islet cell transplant. Since the transplant, her glucose levels have remained at a healthy level, and she was taken off insulin and has no dietary restrictions. “She is like a nondiabetic person but requires antirejection drugs,”

48. Before Joseph Stalin ruled Russia he performed bank robberies to fund the communist cause

49. Bette Davis owned a nightclub in Hollywood for US servicemen and women where everything was free, and other celebrities would regularly volunteer to serve food or perform.

50. A drug dealer was caught running from the cops in the woods because of his light up shoes


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