50 Random Facts List #106

1Maria Lucas

In 1977, ex-wife of George Lucas, Marcia Lucas, won Academy Award for Best Film Editing for ‘Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.’ As of March 2018, George Lucas has won no Oscars.


2. In 2018, Ikea ran a magazine print advertisement for baby cribs, encouraging possible pregnant women to pee on the latest catalogue, which doubles as a pregnancy test. If the test is positive, then the ad reveals a special discounted price on cribs.


3. When Stanley Kubrick was asked why he didn’t do drugs, he replied, “When everything is beautiful, nothing is beautiful.”


4. In 2012, a 64-year-old Sydney man named Henry Romanowski filed 19,600 noise complaints about airport noise over a 12 month period. He averaged approximately one complaint about every 20 minutes the airport was open.


5. Tommy Wiseau's 'The Room' became the first movie ever to be shot in both 35 MM film and HD simultaneously.


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6Owls and crows

Owls and crows instinctively hate each other, even if they've had no prior exposure. If crows see an owl out in daylight, they will try to kill it.


7. Chipping a stone ax like early humans did 1.8 million years ago activates the same brain circuits used by modern human musicians.


8. During a house fire, due to their fight-or-flight response, it is common for children to hide from the fires. Since they cannot “fight” the danger, their natural response is to hide from it.


9. At $1.5 trillion, the Greater New York area's contribution to the US economy not only outstrips all other regions in the United States, it also exceeds the GDP of all but 11 countries.


10. The “Ecce Homo” painting which was turned into the "Potato Jesus" meme after a failed restoration has increased tourism in that area and the funds go towards the church-owned nursing home and the “art restorer’s” son who suffers from cerebral palsy.


11Rain Man

Only 3 of the 15 highest grossing movies from the 1980s haven't been given a sequel, prequel or turned into a franchise. Those movies are E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Tootsie, and Rain Man.


12. Possession of child pornography in Japan currently carries a penalty of up to one year in jail or a $9,800 fine. The law was enacted in 2015.


13. In 1909, an East Harlem merchant named G. Herman Gottlieb found wild catnip growing and decided to sell it door to door in New York. He incited a feline riot and was arrested for drawing a crowd of cats.


14. Pablo Escobar burnt £1 Million in cash in a single night to keep his daughter warm and prevent her from suffering hypothermia, while on the run from the police.


15. In the Original Nintendo Games that Mario's Hat was created due to the graphical limitations of arcade hardware since hair couldn't be represented well.


16Electric shock

A recent study showed that subjects preferred to give themselves electric shocks rather than occupy themselves with their own thoughts for 15 minutes. Most people seem to prefer to be doing something rather than nothing, even if that something is negative.


17. Giant 6-feet otters still exist in three remote river systems of South America. They hunt in packs and can even take on caiman, a species of crocodile.


18. Indian villagers working in jungle wear face mask behind their heads to save themselves from the Bengal Tigers. Tigers have been seen following people wearing the mask, but they have not attacked. By contrast, 29 people who were not wearing mask were killed in the span of 18 months.


19. NASA's 50-year project to research gravity and prove Einstein's theory of gravity was nearly abandoned after its research probe's instruments were off. It was saved by the donations of Dr. Turki Al Saud, a Saudi Prince whom holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics.


20. The song "...baby one more time" was actually written for the American R&B group TLC. It was suggested to Britney Spears after the band rejected it.


21Sahara climate

The climate of the Sahara undergoes enormous variations between wet and dry every 20500 years due to a tilt of the earth. At present (2018 AD), we are in a dry period, but it is expected that the Sahara will become green again in 15000 years.


22. During the Great Depression, a Canadian woman strangled her daughter, drowned her son, poisoned herself and left a note "I owe the drugstore 44 cents."


23. Stalin hated soldiers who surrendered and considered them traitors. This included his own son, Yakov Stalin. When informed that the Nazi's had captured Yakov and sought a possible prisoner exchange with the USSR, Stalin replied: "I have no son called Yakov".


24. Richard Benjamin Harrison (The Grandpa from Pawn Stars) was arrested for stealing a vehicle and was given the choice to go prison or join the military. He chose to join military. He ended up serving in the military for 20 years.


25. According to a report about movie theater popcorn by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, "A medium-size buttered popcorn contains more fat than a breakfast of bacon and eggs, a Big Mac and fries, and a steak dinner combined."

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