50 Random Facts List #18

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26Jessica

Shakespeare invented the name Jessica for the play 'The Merchant of Venice'


27. In Japan, young kids play a game called, "Kancho" in which they stick their fingers in the unsuspecting victim's anus for fun.


28. Anorexic people angle their bodies sideways even when passing through doorways that are much wider than themselves.


29. Dave Mirra was diagnosed with CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) after his suicide in February 2016. He was the first "action sports" star to be diagnosed with CTE.


30. A 2013 study showed that if you have an itch on the left side of your body, you can relieve it by looking into a mirror and scratching the right side of your body (and vice versa).


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31Canadian sniper

Three out of four of the longest recorded sniper kills were by Canadians


32. Ice can actually refer to 17 unique solid crystalline phases of water.


33. Russell Crowe was once contacted by the FBI about Al Qaeda wanting to kidnap him to take "iconographic Americans out of the picture as a sort of cultural-destabilization plan." Russel Crowe isn't American though. He's originally from New Zealand.


34. In 1862, Japan four British merchants met a procession of a feudal lord's regent while traveling. The merchants did not dismount and show respect, and the samurai cut them down. Britain's claims for compensation were unanswered, which led to the naval bombardment of Kagoshima city by the Royal Navy.


35. Howard Hughes bought the Silver Slipper casino so he could turn off the flashing slipper sign so he didn't have to see it anymore from his penthouse across the street


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36Human brain

The human brain remains half awake when sleeping in a new environment for the first time.


37. The Soviet Union unknowingly sold Titanium to CIA dummy companies that were used in the creation of the A-12 Cygnus (Predecessor to the SR71 Black Bird) that was being built to spy on the Soviet Union


38. Orcas Island, famous for its resident pods of orcas, was actually named after Horcasitas, the Viceroy of Mexico, who sponsored an expedition there in 1791. Whereas the animal name "orca" originated in Ancient Rome. So "Orcas Island" is probably the most coincidental place name on Earth.


39. Gregory Peck was offered the role of Grandpa Joe in the 2005 remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He passed away while the movie was still in development


40. The Spanish Inquisition lasted 356 years, more than 100 years longer than the United States has been an independent nation (241)


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41El Chapo

El Chapo was popular in his hometown and the inhabitants protested his arrest in 2014. He is popular because he used his wealth to renovate his hometown, which created lots of job opportunities.


42. A species of snail from Queensland, Australia, is called Crikey steveirwini after Steve Irwin.


43. The ancient Babylonians worked out that there are solar eclipses that occur 18 years, 11 days, and 8 hours apart. This period, 223 lunar cycles, is called the Saros cycle. The 1999 eclipse is Saros cycle solar eclipses.


44. In 2008, a group of Australian teenagers beat up the world's oldest flamingo


45. Nestlé has produced over 300 limited-edition Kit Kat flavors in Japan, one of the most popular being, "soy sauce."


46Cats

Disneyland uses stray cats to fend off mice.


47. In 1992, a UK regulation required dance clubs to provide free water and chill-out rooms in response to a number of Ecstasy-related injuries and deaths


48. There is a 1 in 71 chance that an asteroid will impact earth in 2073 - 2074.


49. Cluster headaches are devastating headaches that can drive people to suicide and a common treatment for many are ingesting psychedelic mushrooms.


50. Scientists used a medieval recipe for a salve including wine, garlic, and ox gall mixed for 9 days to successfully kill MRSA bacteria

1 COMMENT

  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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