50 Random Facts List #161

1Lionel Royce

An actor named Lionel Royce in Nazi Germany lost his job for being Jewish. He went to the Alps, grew a beard, and dyed all his hair by bathing in diluted hydrogen. He returned to the stage claiming to be a self-taught peasant actor and was praised by the Nazis as "proof of the superiority of Aryan blood."


2. In May 2018, a Japanese rail company operator apologized to his passengers after his train left a station 25 seconds early. The operator said, “the great inconvenience we placed upon our customers was truly inexcusable.”


3. Christopher Robin, the kid with teddy bear who inspired the Winnie the Pooh stories, was credited with killing 28 Wehrmacht soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge.


4. Most of the actors that auditioned for the role of Al Bundy on the sitcom “Married with Children” played him as angry and yelling. Ed O'Neill was the only one that portrayed him as a resigned loser.


5. The world record for the loudest thing ever shouted belongs to an Irish teacher named Annalisa Flanagan who shouted the word "quiet" at 121 decibels, the equivalent of a jet engine.


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6Jon Stewart

Comedian Jon Stewart, who met his wife Tracey on a blind date set up by a producer on the film 'Wishful Thinking', proposed to her through a personalized crossword puzzle created with the help of Will Shortz, the crossword editor at The New York Times. 


7. Afghanistan is believed to have only one Jewish citizen left. His name is Zablon Simintov and he refuses to leave. The country once housed a community of 40,000 Jews which dwindled down to just him. His main job is caring for Kabul's last remaining synagogue, of which he is the only member.


8. A New York Judge named Robert Restaino in 2017 jailed 46 people when a cell phone rang in court and no one took responsibility.


9. Before committing suicide with gas, British composer Peter Warlock locked his cat outside so that it wouldn't die with him.


10. Auguste Deter, the first woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, could not recite her own name. She instead would just repeat "I have lost myself." ("Ich hab mich verloren")


11Donner party

The Donner party refused food from Native Americans who then kept their distance when they witnessed the Donner party resort to cannibalism.


12. American actor Humphrey Bogart stood up for Lena Horne when her Hollywood neighbors tried to kick her out because she was black. He said “if anyone bothers you, please let me know.”


13. During the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen, who wore a jockstrap and wings as Bruno, crash-landed on Eminem's lap, buttocks aloft. Eminem, who left the ceremony in disgust, returned to his hotel room and laughed for 3 hours. He later revealed that it was mutually staged.


14. After China made a ripoff of American cartoon "The Amazing World of Gumball", the "Gumball" creators added the ripoff characters to the show as a group of money-grubbing copycats.


15. In 2016, Disney sold the streaming rights for the original Star Wars films to Turner Broadcasting until 2024. Now that Disney is planning to start a streaming service, they have repeatedly been asking for the rights back but Turner has refused every time.


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16Stacey Hightower

Detroit has the worst 911 response time in America, with police and EMS taking over an hour to show up. In 2013, despite numerous 911 calls, police arrived 90 minutes later to find Stacey Hightower had been murdered by an intruder. Her mother sued the city of Detroit, but they were bankrupt.


17. Freddie Mercury held a party in New Orleans in 1978, which featured nude waiters and waitresses, a man biting heads off live chickens, naked models wrestling in a liver pit, and dwarves walking around with trays of cocaine strapped to their heads.


18. 75% of the world's food is generated from only 12 plants and 5 animal species.


19. In 1974, Jimmy Carter gave an alumni speech at the University of Georgia Law School. Instead of honoring the alumni, he delivered a speech attacking the injustice in the judicial system so mercilessly that Hunter S. Thompson later named him as one of the three meanest people on Earth.


20. Heartbreak can cause severe physical pain and nausea. This is believed to be part of the survival instinct. The "social-attachment system" uses the "pain system" to encourage humans to maintain their close social relationships by causing pain when those relationships are lost.


21Space Harrier

During the development of arcade game Space Harrier, the president of SEGA insisted that if the graphics were done, a game was ready for release. To properly finish the game, the lead designer rigged a secret switch to the bottom of his desk that would mess up the colors whenever giving a demonstration.


22. Due to the explosive popularity following the release of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the cast was thrust into stardom so quickly that when Harrison Ford went to a record store to buy an album one day, enthusiastic fans tore half his shirt off.


23. During the 2015 active shooter incident at the Navy facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Staff Sergeant David Wyatt, one of four slain Marines, directed his junior troops to clear a nearby neighborhood park that was packed with children. They rounded up all of the children and hunkered down in a building nearby.


24. In the shanty "Drunken Sailer," one response to "What shall we do with the drunken sailor?" is "Put him in the bed with the captain's daughter." The Captain's Daughter is another name for the Cat o' Nine Tails, a multi-tailed whip.


25. Jingle Bells is actually a Thanksgiving song, written about sleigh racing.

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