50 Random Facts List #134

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26Vulcan Salute

The Vulcan Salute from Star Trek was actually based off of an ancient Jewish hand sign used in the priestly blessing. Leonard Nimoy, a Jewish man, based the iconic gesture off the age-old Jewish tradition.


27. A day old baby reindeer is faster than an Olympic sprinter.


28. Game designer Will Wright was inspired to create "The Sims" by the 1991 Oakland firestorm. He lost his home in the fire and wanted to create a game that emulated his experience of rebuilding his life in the aftermath.


29. Scapegoating was an actual practice where a town would place all of their sins on to a goat and then cast it out of the town to die, thus 'removing' the sin from the town's people.


30. The Lion King (originally titled King of the Jungle) resembles the Japanese anime “The Jungle Emperor,” which is about a lion named Kimba and his journey as he matures and becomes a king, but Disney never gave credit to Kimba’s creator. Matthew Broderick thought they were connected when he signed to be the voice of Simba.


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31Pregnant women

Pregnant women that frequently consumed diet beverages with artificial sweeteners were two times more likely to have babies who were overweight or obese at one year after birth. Also, artificial sweeteners weaken the link in our brains between sweetness and calories which can lead to weight gain.


32. By 1991, the air in Mexico City had become so contaminated with fecal dust from humans that it was possible to contract hepatitis by simply breathing outdoors.


33. The mom of Monty Python's John Cleese had such a temper that his "Dad, who had fought in the World War 1 for three and a half years, sometimes yearned for the relative tranquility of the trenches."


34. The Alaskan town of Glacier View doesn’t get dark enough for fireworks on the July 4th. Instead, they drive cars off a cliff.


35. After learning of Martin Luther Kings's death, Robert F. Kennedy delivered a speech in the "heart of the African-American Ghetto of Indianapolis," informing the people of his death and attempting to keep the peace, as well. Indianapolis was one of the few cities that did not riot that night, thanks in part to Robert F. Kennedy's speech.


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36Spencer Haywood

Roughly 30 years ago, NBA Legend Spencer Haywood chose $100,000 upfront over a 10% stake in Nike. Had he accepted the original offer, his holdings in Nike would be worth a whopping $8.62 billion.


37. Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell would often be distracted by shiny things, puppies, and balloons while on the mound. He once ran off the field to chase a fire truck on the way to a fire.


38. An African flamingo known only has No. 492 escaped a Kansas zoo in 2005 and has been roaming the U.S. ever since.


39. When Dwight D. Eisenhower planned to visit Japan in 1960, the government called on Yakuza bosses to lend tens of thousands of their men as security guards.


40. People in Finland recycle over 90% of their cans and bottles because they get part of their money back from the cost of the product when these items are recycled.


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41How I Met Your Mother

Producers feared that the young actors involved would become unrecognizable, so producers filmed the final scene for How I Met Your Mother and kept it under wraps for 8 years.


42. In 2002, researcher Andrew Balmford found that eight-year-old British children could identify 80% of Pokémon, but only 50% of common wildlife species.


43. In 1957, Tulsa in Oklahoma buried a Plymouth Belvedere to commemorate Oklahoma’s 50th anniversary. In addition, citizens entered guesses as to what Tulsa’s population would be in 2007 and the person who got closest would win the car. When the vault was opened 50 years later it was filled with water and the car was ruined.


44. On January 1, 2019, all works published in 1923 enter the public domain. This is the first public domain entrance of copyrighted material in 20 years.


45. Many French Bulldogs require artificial insemination to breed because their hips are too slim to allow the male to mount the female. In addition, 80% of their litters are delivered through C-section.


461950 World Cup Finals

In 1950, Brazil was so sure they would win the World Cup final against Uruguay that the local media hailed them as "future champions" before the match and 22 gold medals had already been made with the names of Brazilian players. They lost 2-1.


47. Chickens are omnivorous and will eat from grass to insects to large rodents, even each other if they get too hungry.


48. During World War 1, London was protected by massive lengths of steel cables suspended from observation balloons to guard against air raids. These "balloon aprons" forced pilots to fly above their range or too low to avoid anti-aircraft fire.


49. There is a near-abandoned Flintstones-themed campground and amusement park in Arizona, about 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon, complete with year-round camping and a "Bedrock Theater" that plays Flintstones cartoons.


50. Samoa never had December 30, 2011, because they moved from the eastern side of the international dateline to the western side on December 29, therefore skipping a day. Employers were still required to pay their staff for December 30 even though it never existed.

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