50 Random Facts List #155

1Marilyn Manson

After Columbine High School Massacre, Marilyn Manson wrote an article condemning the media’s coverage of the event. In it he wrote, “The media, since their inception, have turned criminals into folk heroes. They just created two new ones... Don’t be surprised if every kid who gets pushed around has two new idols.”


2. Wrigley’s was originally a soap company that gifted baking powder with their soap. The baking powder became more popular than the soap so they switched to selling baking powder with chewing gum as a gift. The gum then became more popular than the baking powder so the company switched to selling gum.


3. A Canadian mother named Lydia Angiyou in 2006 defended her 7-year-old son and his friends from a polar bear attack by single-handedly fighting off the bear until a hunter could arrive. This is a rare example of life or death “Hysterical Strength”. She survived and later received the Medal of Bravery.


4. November 2, 2000, was the last time all living humans were on earth at the same time. Ever since then International Space Station has been occupied continuously.


5. Indian businessman/billionaire Mukesh Ambani has invested $31 billion to improve India's mobile and internet infrastructure since 2011. He found his motivation in 2011 when his daughter, who was back home from Yale for holiday, tried to submit her coursework and told him that “the internet in our house s*cks.”


6Benjamin Franklin

When the Declaration of Independence was being drafted, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the word "sacred" be replaced with "self-evident" because he believed that the nation should be founded on reason, not faith.


7. Due to a pilot shortage, Chinese airlines are paying airline pilots $300,000 a year, tax-free.


8. 17-year-old Jesse Shipley died in a car crash in 2005. His parent learned in 2010 that his brain was not buried with him, when his classmates went on a field trip to a morgue and saw a jar labeled “Jesse Shipley” that had a brain in it.


9. In 2013, a dog named Killian saved a baby boy from an abusive babysitter. He alerted his owners by growling and standing between the baby and the sitter whenever she was there. Suspicious, the parents left an iPhone under the sofa recording audio. The sitter was later convicted on what they heard.


10. The Mayans created scenes very similar to today's modern comics, including speech bubbles, stink lines, and naughty jokes. In one scene, a cheeky rabbit (dubbed the "Mayan Bugs Bunny") tells an old man to "smell your sweat, wizard penis."


11Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews initially refused the role of Mary Poppins because she was pregnant. Walt Disney, however, insisted that she play the nanny, saying, “We’ll wait for you.”


12. In 2006, Gnarls Barkley removed their hit single 'Crazy' from music stores after it remained at the top of the British charts for 9 weeks, so people would "remember the song fondly and not get sick of it."


13. A 14-year-old boy named John once impersonated an MI5 agent online and "recruited" his best friend into the secret services. The initiation test was to murder... John. John became the first person in the United Kingdom to be convicted for inciting his own attempted murder.


14. In Rio Olympics of the top 30 fastest 100m sprints, 9 of them were clean and not associated with doping. All 9 sprints were by Usain Bolt.


15. In May 1980, after blood tests found that a significant portion of Love Canal residents suffered chromosome damage from toxic waste buried under their homes, homeowners, upset over lack of federal action, held two EPA officials hostage. This action spurred the federal Superfund program to be passed.


16Downtown

Americans use the term "downtown" to describe a city's "city center" regardless of its geographic location because the term was inherited from New York — where businesses occupied the bottom of Manhattan island.


17. There are three types of dashes. A hyphen (-) connects compound works, like Anglo-Saxon. The En-Dash (–) is used when showing a type of distance or range, like Mon–Fri. The Em-Dash (—) is used to add a thought into a sentence, like "I memorized the state capitals — all fifty of them."


18. Jackie Robinson was court-martialed for refusing to move to the back of an Army bus, 11 years before Rosa Parks.


19. The FDA did a study which found that most drugs are still safe and effective decades past the expiration date stamped on the package.


20. Krusty the Clown was originally Homer Simpson in disguise - with the joke being that Bart hated Homer but loved Krusty.


21Pilatre de Rozier

In France, a chemist named Pilatre de Rozier tested the flammability of hydrogen by gulping a mouthful and blowing across an open flame, proving at a stroke that hydrogen is indeed explosively combustible and that "eyebrows are not necessarily a permanent feature of one’s face."


22. “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” was nominated for an NAACP award because it featured such a diverse cast. Nickelodeon turned away kids for the show that were “too Disney.” Creator D.J. MacHale described “too Disney” as “apple pie, freckles, cute, over-the-top acting.”


23. The Taylor Energy Oil Spill has been going on for more than 12 years in the Gulf and will soon surpass the BP Spill in size.


24. The 2009 movie "Where the Wild Things Are" barely turned any profit despite having mostly positive reviews, making $100.1 million from a budget of $100 million.


25. On October 24, 1975, an estimated 90% of women of Iceland participated in a “women’s day off” to demonstrate the value of their work, both paid and unpaid. Fathers had little choice but to bring their children to work or stay home themselves, leading them to call it “the long Friday.”

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