50 Random Facts List #156

1Doug Heckman

In 2005, a guy named Doug Heckman read the EULA before he installed some PC software. The agreement included a clause offering 'financial compensation' to licensees who actually read the license agreement. He emailed the company, referred to the clause and the company sent him a check for $1,000.


2. Lack of personal hygiene and body smell is such an issue at Super Smash Bros tournaments that some tournaments now disqualify players not keeping up with hygiene and even resorted to passing out deodorant.


3. Saadat Shahr is a small rural community in Iran nicknamed ‘Astronomy Town’ because of the residents’ passion for stargazing. The town clubbed together to pay for an observatory and on special occasions, all the lights are cut to improve the view of the night sky.


4. While assisting displaced Vietnamese refuge seekers, actress Tippi Hedren's fingernails intrigued the women. She flew in her personal manicurist and recruited experts to teach them to nail care. 80% of nail technicians in California are now Vietnamese—many descendants of the women Hedren helped.


5. In an effort to reduce drunk driving, the city of Austin, Texas will waive parking tickets if a receipt showing that a ride-share company, taxi or bus was used within 24 hours of receiving the ticket.


6Gary Sinise

After his experience playing Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump, Gary Sinise established a charity to help disabled veterans.


7. People born blind use the same facial expressions as sighted people when expressing emotions, meaning that our facial expressions are innate and not learned behavior.


8. Many African-Americans have Irish surnames (e.g. Shaquille O'Neal) because Irish and blacks lived side by side in the ghettos of 19th century America.


9. Bert Williams was a black man and the most popular vaudeville minstrel star of his time, went to the Hotel Astor in New York, and when the bartender, trying to get rid of him, told him drinks were $50 because of his race, Williams pulled a wad of $100 bills and bought a round for the bar.


10. In Bude, United Kingdom there is an elongated tunnel providing rain shelter for customers to the local superstore (Sainsbury's). As a running joke, it has received numerous 5-star reviews and it's the #3 top thing to do in Bude, leading to some underwhelmed tourists.


11Birds

Birds not only can see in Ultraviolet but that their feathers have patterns which can only be seen in UV. This explains why the males and females of certain species may look the same to us, but in reality, are very different in each other's eyes.


12. "The Truman Show Delusion" is a term used in psychology to describe patients who believe they are part of a staged reality. A psychiatrist reported on one patient who had traveled to New York after 9/11 to ensure the event really happened and wasn't just a plot twist in his show.


13. In 2013, a photographer recorded seventeen seconds of footage of an elusive night parrot—a Lazarus species that hadn't been spotted in nearly a century. A bird expert called it "the bird-watching equivalent of finding Elvis flipping burgers in an outback roadhouse."


14. The Pope cannot be an organ donor despite having a donor card, because his body belongs to the church.


15. The only university that would allow the movie Animal House to film on their campus was the University of Oregon. The Dean of the school had previously refused to allow ‘The Graduate’ to film there and didn't want to miss another opportunity so he gave them full access without reading the script.


16Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson wrote his own epitaph but never mentioned he was president. The epitaph reads: "here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statue of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia."


17. Two people named Sean and Dave used nothing more than high visibility vests to gain free entry into a movie, a zoo, and a Coldplay concert.


18. Due to the popularity of television shows such as Criminal Minds, the FBI has an FAQ that states that no job called “profiler” exists and that “despite some popular depictions...FBI Special Agents do not get “vibes” or experience “psychic flashes” while “walking around fresh crime scenes.”


19. Ancient Egyptian's tried to domesticate cheetahs as house pets, and also tamed them to be used for hunting.


20. The female Kangaroo can produce both full-fat and low-fat milk at the same time in order to feed two joeys at different stages of development.


21Paint drying

The BBFC, the UK's film censorship board, was once forced to watch a 10-hour film of paint drying on the wall before it could give it an age rating. The film was rated as a "U" (Universal) with "no material likely to offend or harm."


22. Australian artist Gotye turned down $10 million dollars in YouTube royalties for hit 'Somebody That I Used to Know'. He said 'I'm not interested in selling music and that's the reason I don't put ads on my channel.'


23. Ghost sheet comes from burial sheets. In old theater productions, when you wanted someone to look as if they had risen from the dead you would have them appear in their burial sheet thus representing that they were corpses.


24. During the sinking of the cruise ship MTS Oceanos, captain and crew were among the first to leave and left all passengers on board to their destiny. Entertainment staff took control and successfully evacuated and saved everyone on board.


25. The woman in the famous "Migrant Mother" photo was Florence Owens Thompson, a Cherokee woman, and widow who came from Oklahoma to California with her second husband during the Great Depression. Her 10 children all survived poverty and starvation and later bought her a house. She lived to the age of 80.

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