50 Random Facts List #124

26Patrick Star

Someone in Voronezh, Russia vandalized a Soviet-era monument not by destroying it, but by painting it to look like Patrick Star from Spongebob Squarepants.


27. In the 17th century, choir boys as young as eight years old would be castrated in order to preserve their pre-pubescent "angel voices."


28. American businessman Claud Hatcher bought a large amount of Coca-Cola syrup from a salesman and thought he deserved a reduced rate for the amount. When refused, Hatcher vowed to never purchase Coca-Cola again and was determined to develop his own soft drink. He kept his vow and today we have Royal Crown (RC) Cola.


29. Platypuses don’t have nipples, despite being mammals and having mammary glands platypuses do not have nipples with which to feed their babies. Instead, they release milk through glands like sweat. The milk then gathers in grooves on the mum’s abdomen where the puggles lap it up.


30. On two separate occasions, Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry was leading a convoy of vehicles when his vehicle was hit by RPGs. On both occasions, his commander and others inside the vehicle were wounded. Both times he drove his burning vehicle out of the ambush, despite suffering head injuries.


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31Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is the second film to be dubbed in Navajo, following the success of Navajo "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope". It was a joint effort between the Navajo Nation Museum and The Walt Disney Studios for more than a year.


32. The only way Louis Pasteur was able to study rabies was to keep a supply of infected animals in the laboratory. His assistants routinely pinned down rabid dogs and collected vials of their foamy saliva and were under orders to shoot anyone that was bitten by the animals in the head.


33. When fluoride was first introduced to American water supplies in the 1940s and 50s it was criticized as a Communist plot to socialize medicine and deplete the brain power of American children.


34. In 1984, a pipe-fitter named David Bocks who worked for a uranium core processing plant (Fernald Feed Materials Production Center) in Ohio was discovered in a processing furnace. The plant was discovered to be dumping massive amounts of radioactive waste into the atmosphere. Co-workers of the deceased suspected he was a whistleblower and was murdered.


35. The mouse cursor is tilted because in the early days when it was a vertical arrow pointing up, people found it difficult to see a vertical line on the low-resolution screens of the time. Therefore it was tilted to make it easier to find.


36Clive Wearing

Clive Wearing, an acclaimed musician developed serious amnesia after contracting herpes. He can't form memories longer than 30 seconds and always thinks he's just awoken from a coma. Despite this, he can recognize his wife and can still conduct an orchestra.


37. Every time an alcoholic, relapses then quits again, the withdrawal symptoms get worse. It's called the kindling effect.


38. In Germany, there's a festival without bands. There is even a stage, but no one is performing. The idea is to enjoy the atmosphere of a festival without the pressure of having to see all the bands you paid for.


39. In 1996, a Canadian man named Robert Dennis Blair Adams fled Canada feeling that someone was out to get him and kill him. He took his money and drove to Tennessee. He ended up dead in a parking lot with his money around his half-naked body. Police found that he was killed by a blow to the stomach and the case remains unsolved.


40. California produces 82% of the world’s almonds.


41Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen published a book of poetry called “Ten Last Night” before he became famous. He also speaks fluent Spanish, Danish, and French and is also proficient in Catalan, Swedish, Italian, and Norwegian.


42. Albert Einstein was still working on his Theory of Everything while laying on his deathbed, in the last hours of his life, while fading in and out of consciousness.


43. In 1967, the Nigerian Civil War was halted for 48 hours so that both sides could watch Pelé play in Lagos.


44. In Doctor Strange, a dancer called Jayfunk choreographed all the magic incantation movements used by the characters in the film, using finger tutting.


45. On May 25, 2000, Philippines Airlines flight 812 was hijacked by a man who robbed the passengers of their valuables and then asked the pilot to depressurize the plane so that he could jump out. He was pushed by a flight attendant out from the plane and his body was found 3 days later.


46The Last Jedi

Rian Johnson wanted to show extreme violence in The Last Jedi's final battle, but couldn't do so in a PG-13 movie. To solve this, the planet Crait was covered in a layer of salt which, when displaced by the fighting, revealed a red landscape and made the battlefield appear drenched in blood.


47. Cards Against Humanity created a knock-off of Pringles called Prongles.


48. Potato chip packets are made noisy to make you think the chips are crunchier. There is no reason in terms of product preservation for the noisy packets.


49. Mr. Rogers' funeral was attended by 2,700 people which included TV show hosts, authors of children's books and the PBS president Pat Mitchell.


50. Penny Marshall, who played Laverne on Laverne & Shirly, directed Big and was the first woman to gross over $100 million at the U.S. box office.

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