50 Random Facts List #129

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26Hawaiian Airlines

In 2016, Hawaiian Airlines won the right to weigh passengers to prevent crash landings.


27. A scientist named Doctor Claire Rind wanted to design a collision-avoidance system for cars, so she made locusts watch Star Wars while monitoring the reactions of their visual systems. A robot was programmed with the data obtained and was able to avoid collisions 91% of the time.


28. The “Aroma of Tacoma” is a putrid and terrible smelling odor akin to rotten eggs, associated with the city of Tacoma, Washington since the 1940’s.


29. More than 40,000 people apply to visit the extreme haunted house McKamey Manor every year. In two decades, nobody has ever completed the haunt.


30. The frontal lobes atrophy as we age. This doesn’t hurt intelligence, but it is responsible for inhibiting inappropriate thoughts. This is why adults have greater difficulty in thinking and start voicing ideas they would have previously suppressed.


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31Coffee

The 17th century Ottoman Sultan, Murad VI, made the consumption of coffee a capital offense. In addition to closing Istanbul’s many coffeehouses, he would disguise himself as a commoner and stalk the streets of Istanbul with his executioner, beheading any coffee-drinkers that he caught.


32. The cornea doesn't have blood vessels but instead is nourished by tears. The cornea remarkably can heal minor abrasions in under 72 hours.


33. According to Fermi estimation, an average person in the United States of America meets 10.76 murderers in their lives.


34. Psychologists are interested in magicians because they've been doing psychological experiments on humans for centuries and have built a lot of techniques. Tricks rely on manipulating expectations, misdirecting, and can influence decision-making – all things that intrigue psychologists.


35. After the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, thousands of hair stylists and alpaca farmers donated over 19 warehouses worth of cut hair to absorb the spilled oil.


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36Misdirected Mating

In 2012, researchers observed something bizarre, a seal trying to court a King penguin as if it were a female seal. When this failed, he tore the penguin to shreds and ate it. This is called Misdirected Mating.


37. Phobos 1, the first Soviet probe sent to Mars’ moon Phobos failed due to human error. While the probe was still on its way to Mars, an impatient technician who didn't want to wait for his code to be proofread, unintentionally sent a command to the probe to shut down and there was no way to turn it back on.


38. The 1st Duke of Elchingen, Michel “Marshal” Ney, refused to wear a blindfold and was allowed the right to give the order to fire at his own execution.


39. Lt. Phillip Rasmussen was one of the few American pilots to shoot down a Japanese plane during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was flying an obsolete P-36A in his pajamas! After he was hit, he landed the P-36 without brakes, rudder or tailwheel, and with more than 500 bullet holes.


40. Most scientists thought stories of rocks falling from the sky weren't real until meteorites fell in Normandy, France in 1803.


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41Death Discs or Splatter Platters

Death Discs or Splatter Platters was a type of Pop music to emerge in the late '50s-mid '60s. Sung by teen artists, themes centered on tragic deaths and suicide. The sub-genre was seen as the first musical expression of a teen, especially teen female - angst.


42. At the time of her death the 116-years-old Elizabeth Bolden had 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great-grandchildren, 220 great-great-great-grandchildren and 75 great-great-great-great-grandchildren.


43. Test chickens are used to find out where mosquitos are in Walt Disney World. The park caretakers strategically place groups of chickens around the park and regularly test them for mosquito-borne viruses to see where mosquitoes are in the park.


44. The Watermelon War was a riot that broke out in the Panama City in 1856. It all started when a drunken American didn’t want to pay 5 cents for a slice of watermelon. The riot led to the death of 15 Americans and 2 Panamanians.


45. ‘Dead Hand’ (aka ‘Perimeter’) was a Cold War era automatic nuclear defense system. If a large spike in radiation level was picked up within Russian borders, indicating nuclear detonation, the system would target many different foreign cities and launch nukes. It is believed to still be active.


46Fake emergency truck

In 2017, a 16-year-old Aussie teenager drove around Melbourne in a fake 'emergency' truck modded with over $100,000 worth of gear. He responded to emergencies on the road, going undetected for a long period of time having fooled authorities, pedestrians, and other traffic.


47. Between 1941 and 1942 the Soviets tried to train "Anti-tank dogs" to blow up German tanks. However, the dogs would usually run back into the trenches killing Soviet soldiers.


48. A man named Steve Fyffe who is blind from birth began training in martial arts at the age of 6 and now at the age of 68 ranks fifth dan in Aikido. According to him, “…if someone was foolish enough to attack me they’d be in for a shock. I can fight up to six people at a time. The hardest is four because they are coming at you from four different directions.”


49. It is a common custom in Green Bay and other Wisconsin cities to put a baby's name on the Packers season ticket holder list as soon as the birth certificate is obtained.


50. In 1990, a woman named Fatma Geldi gave birth on a plane (Turkish Airlines) with the help of a recently graduated gynecologist on the plane. The baby boy who was named Erkan Geldi went on to become a flight attendant at the same airline later in his life.

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