50 Random Facts List #107

1Tom and Jerry

Like many animated cartoons from the 1930s to the early 1950s, Tom and Jerry featured a lot of racial stereotypes, including blackface gags, which today are censored when these shots are aired.


2. Rich women binge drink more and have more alcohol-related problems than poor women, while the opposite is true for men.


3. Despite being poor, one of the most decorated war veterans, Audie Murphy, refused to appear in alcohol and tobacco commercials because he did not want to set a bad example. He had won every possible US Army Award for combat in World War 2.


4. Dysthymia, also known as high-functioning depression is a condition in which the sufferer feels constantly tired, hopeless, irritable, and uses unhealthy coping habits while still being able to work or go to school.


5. Red 'Delicious' apples taste horrible because farmers chose to modify the fruit for beauty over taste, such as having thicker skin to hide bruises and dents.


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6Nintendo

Nintendo has so much money in the bank that it could survive until at least 2052 even if it made a considerable loss every 12 months.


7. In 2013, at the age of 89, George H.W. Bush shaved his head in support of a member of his security teams’ child who was suffering from leukemia.


8. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is actually just as wide as it is tall. It is 630 feet in height and 630 feet in width. It is also the tallest man-made monument in the United States.


9. Hard Rock Cafe is entirely owned by the native American Seminole Tribe of Florida.


10. While the CIA is by and large the most well know US spy agency, there exists a second equally large American espionage agency called the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency). The DIA produces approximately one-fourth of all intelligence content that goes into the President's Daily Brief.


11Lottery winners'

Lottery winners’ neighbors have a higher chance of going bankrupt because they try to keep up with the winners' increased rate of spending.


12. Scientists have recently discovered that a new drug developed for and trialed to treat Alzheimer’s disease is able to promote new dentine production and promotes natural tooth repair.


13. In Japan, it takes up to 20 years of studying in a culinary school to become a sushi chef, which is years longer than it takes to become a doctor.


14. The Easter Bunny had pagan roots. As Christianity spread, it was common for missionaries to place pagan tradition within the context of their faith and turn pagan festivals into Christian holidays. The word “Easter” even comes from the Eostre festival, which was a pagan celebration.


15. In 2017, a man named Richard Vallières was fined $9.4 million and sentenced to 8 years in jail for stealing 3,000 tons of maple syrup from the Quebec maple syrup reserve in 2012.


16George Clooney

In 2013, George Clooney once gave 14 of his close friends $1 million each as a surprise gift.


17. The punk band Offspring’s lead singer, Dexter Holland, worked on his Ph.D. in molecular biology while touring and recording music.


18. In 2002, after an 84-year-old man named Joseph Newton Chandler III committed suicide, police discovered that for decades he had been living under a false identity (of a dead 8-year-old boy) of someone who died in a car accident. His co-workers claim he never spoke, and he had no friends.


19. The mascot of Vlasic pickles was conceived by merging the mythology of a child-bearing stork with the notion that pregnant women have an above average appetite for pickles.


20. Mississippi is the only state to allow drivers to drink alcohol while operating a motor vehicle as long as the driver's blood alcohol content stays below the state’s legal limit of 0.08%.


21Great white sharks

Great white sharks do not mistake human divers for pinnipeds (seals and sea lions). Attacks on people occur because sharks are sharp-sighted, curious animals, prone to taking "taste tests" of unfamiliar objects that catch their eye.


22. During the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Navy cook named Doris Miller manned anti-aircraft guns, (despite having no formal training in their use), and attended to the wounded. He was awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart. Despite his heroism, he was assigned as a cook on USS Liscome Bay and was killed by a Japanese torpedo.


23. Before he became President, Grover Cleveland had an affair with a woman named Maria Halpin which resulted in her becoming pregnant, and in order to cover up the scandal, he had her committed and her child sent to an orphanage.


24. Even though the wheel is often cited as man's original invention, it wasn't invented until after flutes, baskets, woven cloth, and even boats.


25. There is only a single known surviving European major architectural drawing from the 700 year span between the fall of the Roman Empire and the end of the Middle Ages. It is the Plan of St. Gall.

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