50 Random Facts List #125

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26The Creation of Adam

The Creation of Adam

Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam" was completed in 1512 and 478 years later, a physician in Indiana realized that God's shroud is in the shape of the human brain.

27. A woman named Anneliese Michel went through 67 exorcism sessions; one or two each week, lasting up to 4 hours that were performed over about 10 months between 1975 and 1976. After her death, investigation determined that she was malnourished and dehydrated. Her parents and the priests responsible were charged with homicide.

28. An orgasm can clear up your sinuses. This is because your body gets a rush of adrenaline when you have an orgasm, which causes tissues in the nose to shrink, opening up passageways.

29. The creator of the popular board game "Guess Who?" was a classmate (Theo Coster) of Anne Frank.

30. Nikola Tesla was at the party that for the first time in the history had a stripper jump out of a cake.

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Divorce in Ireland was only legalized in 1995 after a referendum. The margin of victory was 0.56%.

32. In 2009, a Japanese whaling fleet used a sonic weapon against a helicopter caring a camera crew of conservation activists. The conservationists noted that their helicopter was also equipped with a similar sonic weapon, but had only used it thus far to play a recording of "Ride of the Valkyries".

33. The Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic is the only 'sea' with no land borders but instead is surrounded by ocean currents. It is known for being incredibly clear and full of a particular floating seaweed.

34. Bar soap is better for the environment than liquid body wash and poses no health risk to the general population.

35. The longest confirmed family tree recorded belongs to the Chinese philosopher Confucius. His family tree stretches over 2500 years and he has an estimated 3 million descendants.

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36Commercial jets

Commercial jets

Over a five-year period starting in 1968, commercial jets were hijacked nearly once a week in the United States.

37. German screenwriter Werner Herzog once promised fellow documentary maker Errol Morris that he would eat his shoe if Morris ever finished his movie on pet cemeteries because he found Morris to be incapable of ever finishing his projects. In 1978, Morris finished his film, and Herzog publicly cooked and ate his shoe.

38. Humans can detect individuals that are blood-related kin through the sense of smell (Olfaction). This is thought to be an evolved defense against incest.

39. John F. Kennedy's thick head of hair and perpetual tan weren't due to being fit and healthy. Just the opposite, they were side effects of one of the many drugs he took, and he was actually chronically ill.

40. A jew named Fritz Bauer and Germany's first post-war Federal Attorney was essential in building up a democratic Germany. He prosecuted former Nazis but got threats from his own work colleagues and his superiors. He was found dead in 1968 and cremated immediately without autopsy against court orders.

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41Layne Staley

Layne Staley

When the body of Layne Staley, the lead singer of Alice In Chains was discovered, it weighed 86 pounds. He was 6 foot tall and suffered from depression, and addiction to speed and cocaine.

42. Due to the effect that gravity has on time, the core of the earth is approximately 2.5 years younger than the surface.

43. The 2904 Run is a New York to Los Angeles car race inspired by the Cannonball Run. The objective is to drive the 2904 miles from New York to California on a budget of $2,904 and that includes the car, fuel, toll, tickets, food, etc. The current record is 32 hours and 5 minutes.

44. Most chewing gum made since World War 2 is based on synthetic petroleum polymers, making it non-biodegradable. Gum is the 2nd most littered object and is expensive and time-consuming to clean up.

45. Ornithologist Ken Stager was appalled at the predations by feral pigs upon an island's brown and masked bird booby colonies, which reduced them from 500 to 150. He proceeded to procure a shotgun and blasted all 58 pigs on the island, saving the birds which rebounded to form the largest colony in the world (25,000+ & 112,000).

46Shatner & Leonard

Shatner & Leonard

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy shared a scene in a 1964 episode of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." - and both had forgotten about the scene by the time they first met on the set of Star Trek.

47. Ship's paint used to contain a chemical that caused female sea snails to grow penises and burst.

48. Broadway producer David Merrick once found 7 New Yorkers who had the same names as 7 of the top theater critics in the city and invited them to see one of his poorly reviewed shows. He then printed ads quoting the 7 namesakes' rave reviews. The show remained open for another 6 months.

49. The Crayola Colorcycle is a free program for schools that recycles empty markers of all types and brands and even pays for shipping via FedEx.

50. In 1675, in Torsåker parish in Sweden, 71 people were beheaded and burned in a single day. Accused were picked by two boys pointing fingers at people bearing "an invisible mark."

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