50 Random Facts List #135

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26Abba

Swedish pop group Abba turned down a $1 billion offer to reunite.


27. An illiterate man named John Corcoran was a high school teacher for 17 years before anyone realized he couldn’t read.


28. Godwin's law is an internet adage asserting that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1."


29. The infamous Kitty Genovese case that's often cited as an example of the bystander effect has been wildly exaggerated. The residents that heard her actually did call the police and a 70-year-old woman went out to help her. Kitty Genovese died on her way to the hospital.


30. Pixar film 'Cars' (2006) earned $10 billion in merchandising revenue, almost 22 times its total box office grosses.


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31New ponds

New ponds get naturally stocked with new fish through birds carrying fish eggs from one pond to another on their feathers or feet.


32. Immediately after Winston Churchill's 'We shall fight them on the beaches' speech during World War 2, he told a colleague, "And we’ll fight them with the butt ends of broken beer bottles because that's bloody well all we've got!"


33. If you are sentenced to death in Japan, once your final appeal is exhausted, your execution date is kept secret until the morning it happens.


34. After making edits and appealing to the MPAA for an R rating, Scarface director Brian DePalma felt that the cuts he made were so minor no one would notice if he put them back in, so he did.


35. Bruce Willis suffered from severe stuttering as a child. He discovered the stutter disappeared while performing in a school play through the memorization of lines. While studying acting in college it was the combination of acting and speech therapy which helped him overcome his condition.


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36Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman was originally cast as Juliet in Romeo + Juliet but was recast after rehearsal footage appeared as if Portman was being molested by Leonardo DiCaprio who was 21 at the time while Portman was only 14.


37. A 2016 study found that acetaminophen, which is the main ingredient in Tylenol and about 600 other medicines, not only dulls your pain, but also dulls your ability to empathize.


38. Mars' Olympus Mons has such gentle sloping, that it would be impossible for a ground observer to see the entire mountain, as the curvature of Mars would obscure the view.


39. Manatees were removed from the endangered species list in 2017 after being on the list for 50 years.


40. In 1986, racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. steered his car with his knee while sitting out of his window to clean his windshield in the middle of a race in Richmond.


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41Titan

The International Astronomical Union names all mountains on Saturn's moon Titan after mountains and characters from J. R. R. Tolkien's works.


42. The cast of the 1910 version of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' remains unknown because the credits to the film are lost and the identity of the director and actors are disputed.


43. The set of the original Addams Family was rather colorful as the hues didn't matter as much as saturation and contrast for Black and White.


44. Billy Joel got the idea for 'We Didn't Start The Fire' after he met a 21-year-old who said: "It's a terrible time to be 21", "Yeah, I remember when I was 21, I thought it was an awful time", "But it's different for you. You were a kid in the 50's and everybody knows nothing happened in the 50's."


45. Josef Mengele once shot a woman and her child for scratching a SS member’s face. He then ordered the entire transport of Jews to be gassed, saying “Away with this sh*t.”


46Pink Floyd

In 1987, a Chilean flamingo escaped from the Salt Lake City's aviary and lived the next 18 years in the wild by the Great Salt Lake. It was nicknamed Pink Floyd. It ate brine shrimp and socialized with gulls and swans.


47. In June 1995, CIA took an aerial photo in Bosnia. It showed thousands of men and boys held captive near Srebrenica in Bosnia. A few days later they took a photo of the same area, but this time it showed mass graves.


48. A rat king typically occurs when young rats living close to each other get their tails entangled and encrusted with dirt. This knot then tightens when they pull away from the group. Being trapped, they cannot feed themselves and eventually die. The largest rat king found comprised of 32 individual rats.


49. Tutankhamun's mummy contains the oldest known genetic proof of malaria.


50. Arctic foxes don't start shivering until the temperature reaches -94 °F / -70 °C.

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