50 Random Facts List #18

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1Garry Hoy

Garry Hoy

In 1993, a Canadian lawyer Garry Hoy died in Toronto trying to prove that the glass in the windows of a 24th-floor office was unbreakable by throwing himself against it. It was an act he had done twice before. The windows didn’t break but they popped out of the frame and he plunged to his death.

2. In 2009, Rapper Coolio attempted to stage dive. Nobody in the crowd caught him and he was beaten up while also having his shoes stolen.

3. Jesus actor Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning whilst filming The Passion of the Christ

4. There is a highly poisonous plant named Water Dropwort that leaves you with a grin after death, like a real life Joker Toxin.

5. Selfie sticks are banned from all Disney theme parks.

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6Paris Panthéon

Paris Panthéon

A group of "illegal restorers" broke into the Paris Panthéon, set up a secret workshop, and repaired the monument's broken clock.

7. A butt load is an actual unit of measurement, equal to two hogsheads.

8. The New Caledonian Crow is better at toolmaking than any primate (other than humans) and invents new tools by modifying existing ones, then passing these innovations to other individuals and generations.

9. Australian Funnel-Web Spider fangs can penetrate fingernails and shoes

10. In a 2014 study of 3,000 married couples, Emory University discovered that couples who spent more than $20,000 on their wedding are roughly 46% more likely to get divorced than couples who spent $5,000-10,000.

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11Paris women

Paris women

In 2013, a 200-year-old law was removed in Paris that forbid women from wearing pants.

12. Space Adaptation Syndrome which involves nausea, vomiting, vertigo, headaches, lethargy, and overall malaise. 45-75% of all astronauts experience it. It has always resolved within 72 hours.

13. In the 1970s, over 700,000 tires, held together by steel, were dumped off the coast of Florida to create an artificial reef. The steel later rusted apart, detaching the tires and causing an environmental disaster.

14. Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham because his publisher bets him $50 that he couldn't write a book using only 50 words.

15. There is a group of wolves in British Columbia aptly called the "sea wolves" that gets most of its food from the sea, and will even swim up to 8 miles to reach islands for food.

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16Kathleen Kennedy

Kathleen Kennedy

Kathleen Kennedy, the sister of JFK, was disowned by her family especially her mother after marrying an Anglican. After being widowed during World War 2, she then chose to marry a divorcee but died in a plane crash. Only her father went to her funeral.

17. The "ZIP" in ZIP Code is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan, a name given because mail would not only travel more efficiently but also because the mail would comparatively zip right to your address.

18. In 1962, investor Warren Buffett agreed to sell shares of a failing company for $11.50 per share. The tender offer was for only $11.375, so Buffett decided to buy more stock, took control of the company and fired the man who made the offer.

19. An American (David Sneddon) who disappeared in China in 2004 is strongly suspected of having been kidnapped by North Korean agents and may still be alive in Pyongyang.

20. During the World War 2 invasion of Normandy, a new Canadian tank gunner destroyed 3 Tiger tanks with his first 5 shots in combat, including a famous German tank commander with over 130 kills. The Canadian tanker's only prior experience was firing a half dozen tank rounds during training.

21Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head got its name because it was originally a set of plastic pieces that you were supposed to stick into a real vegetable

22. In 1998, a US Navy warship became dead in the water after the Navy opted to run the ship on Windows NT 4.0 instead of a more fitting OS. A sailor unknowingly divided by zero, causing an overflow error and killing the entire ship.

23. In 2016, China passed a new law that banned people from seductively eating bananas on the live stream.

24. North Dakota didn't technically qualify for statehood until 2012 when a constitutional error found by a 66-year-old man was corrected.

25. Whales, sturgeon, dolphins, and porpoises that wash up on the shore in the UK are "royal fish" and are the property of the Queen.

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  1. #15 regarding “sea wolves” – the source link leads to a wiki article about a marquess, nothing to do with wolves. also, wolves are excellent swimmers, but the term “sea wolves” at least in BC, typically refers to orcas, as they swim in packs, sometimes kill for fun, and are voracious hunters.



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