50 Random Facts List #174

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26Heron Alexandria

A Greek man named Heron Alexandria, who was born in 10 A.D., invented the first steam engine, called an Aeolipile. His design was forgotten and never used until 1577.


27. 'Chai' means tea. If you say 'chai tea', it literally means 'tea tea'.


28. The First Lady Lou Henry Hoover was the first American woman to earn a geology degree. She spoke 5 languages fluently and is the only first lady to speak an Asian language. She established the American Women's War Relief Fund and founded the National Women’s Conference on Law Enforcement.


29. When Japan occupied Korea, they built Shinto Shrines to enforce “Japanization” of Korea. One of these shrines (the national shrine) was Chōsen Shrine. When Japan surrendered, Korea demolished it and built a monument to An Jung-Geun, the man who assassinated Japan's Prince, Itō Hirobumi.


30. There is a giant statue of Jesus in Poland that distributes WiFi to nearby towns and villages.


31Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone wrote the script for ‘Rocky’ by hand in 3.5 days. It was shot in 28 days, which Stallone compared to “the gestation time of a waterbug.”


32. A Scottish novelist named J.M. Barrie added the requirement of fairy dust for flying because so many children injured themselves trying to fly after seeing the first production of “Peter Pan.”


33. During the space race, Stanley Kubrick was so worried that humans would soon make the first contact with aliens that he tried to buy an insurance policy for 2001: A Space Odyssey in case audiences found his depiction of aliens ridiculous.


34. One of Steven Spielberg's first movies (Firelight (1964)) cost $500 to make and was shown at a local cinema. 500 people came to the movie and it is thought that one accidentally paid $2 (tickets cost $1), gaining Spielberg a total profit of $1 from the film.


35. The star-shaped base of the Statue of Liberty was originally a fort built to defend against the British.


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36Taller people

Taller people have an increased risk of getting cancer, with the risk increasing by about 10% for every 4 inches in height. This is because taller people have more cells, and therefore there are more chances for something to go wrong.


37. The word "National" in the "National Hockey League" refers to Canada, since for the first 7 years of play, all of the teams in the NHL were located in Canada.


38. In the 1980s, the Naval Investigative Service misunderstood the euphemism "a friend of Dorothy" and believed there was actually a woman named Dorothy at the center of a massive ring of gay military personnel. They searched for her in the hopes she would reveal names of gay military members.


39. North-Korea has its own operating system called "Red Star OS" based on Linux. The administrator user is disabled, media files copied from the OS are watermarked with the hard drive's serial number and the "virus scanner" automatically deletes censored files.


40. Drivers in the UK who cause death while using their phones, speeding or are drunk face life in prison.


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41King Louis XVI

When King Louis XVI of France was executed via guillotine, it did not sever his neck. The blade went through the back of his skull and into his jaw.


42. If "Jedi" was accepted as a religion by New Zealand's 2001 census, it would have been the second-largest religion behind Christianity in New Zealand.


43. Winston Churchill spent Christmas of 1941 in Washington as a guest of President Roosevelt. After electrifying Congress with a speech, he stayed up Christmas Eve watching a movie with Roosevelt and the Canadian prime minister. Then he had a heart attack and shrugged it off.


44. Dr. Seuss was humiliated by Theodore Roosevelt when he was a kid during an award ceremony, resulting in Dr. Seuss fearing large crowds for the rest of his life.


45. Looks are so important in elections that children have a great success rate of picking victors just from photos of the candidate's faces.


46Puppies

Puppies instinctively pile together into a heap and become distressed if separated from physical contact with their litter-mates, by even a short distance.


47. The split gill mushroom has over 23,328 distinct sexes, but they can't all successfully mate with one another. Each sex can only be fertile with 22,960 other sexes.


48. For his book 11/22/63, Stephen King conducted considerable research and extensively studied various conspiracy theories regarding the JFK assassination. He ultimately dismissed them and came to the conclusion that Oswald acted alone.


49. A Nazi party member that directed experiments on prisoners in Auschwitz became president of Bayer after his release from prison.


50. Industrial Light & Magic created the visual effects for the 1988 film "Willow", which led to a breakthrough in digital morphing technology. The techniques developed for the sequence where one of the characters morphs into different animals was later used for Terminator 2: Judgement day.

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