50 Random Facts List #184

1Sewer worker

In 1836, a sewer worker accidentally discovered an old drain which ran directly into the Bank of England's gold vault. He wrote letters to the directors of the bank and requested a meeting inside the vault at an hour of their choosing - and popped out of the floor to greet them.


2. Koalas have one of the smallest brains in proportion to body weight of any mammal. They are so dumb, that when presented with leaves on a flat surface instead of on branches, they are unable to recognize them as food and will not eat them.


3. Scandinavians are adamant about letting their children nap outside, even in cold weather. Parents report that babies take longer and deeper naps when they sleep comfortably bundled up outside.


4. In Marvel comics, The Beatles are actually a group of rogue Skrulls who came to Earth to invade it but decided that money and power was better.


5. In the 1980s American actress, Alyssa Milano befriended Ryan White (A boy ostracized for having AIDS), who was a fan of her works. Milano went on to appear on The Phil Donahue Show alongside him to kiss him on the cheek to show that she could not contract the disease.


6Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson has played the same guitar, "Trigger" for 50 years. It has been signed by friends, family, lawyers, and Johnny Cash. It was his last remaining possession twice. Willie has played it at over 10,000 shows and he gets it repaired every year at the same shop in Austin, Texas.


7. Mr. Rogers personally responded to every fan letter he received. He would wake up 5 every morning, pray, and begin answering letters as part of his daily routine. Many children wrote to him about their personal issues, such as family members dying, etc. He received between 50 and 100 letters every day.


8. Even though Benjamin Franklin is credited with many popular inventions, he never patented or copyrighted any of them. He believed that they should be given freely and that claiming ownership would only cause trouble and “sour one’s Temper and disturb one’s Quiet.”


9. A 17-year-old boy named Kenny Loggins wasn’t going to be able to record his song “House at Pooh Corner” because Disney was enforcing their copyright to Winnie the Pooh. Upset, he mentioned this to his girlfriend, only to find out her dad was the president of Disney, so he soon got permission.


10. Gold is so rare that the world pours more steel every hour than it has poured gold since the beginning of recorded history.


11Senator

The son of a US Governor is 6,000 times more likely to become a Governor than the average American and the son of a US Senator is 8,500 times more likely to become a senator than the average American.


12. Japan's high schools often have strict standards of conformity regarding hair color. Half of Tokyo's schools require students whose hair is not naturally black to provide baby pictures as proof. In 2017 a Japanese student sued her school after being forced to darken her hair with dye.


13. Rather than try to save himself, Abraham Zelmanowitz, a computer programmer and 9/11 victim, chose to stay in the tower and accompany his quadriplegic friend who had no way of getting out.


14. The number of men working in a lighthouse in the UK was increased from 2 to 3 following an 1801 incident. One person died so the other placed him outside, but he was then driven mad by the wind causing his dead colleague’s arm to appear to beckon him.


15. General George Thomas was arguably better than both Robert E Lee and Ulysses S Grant. He never lost a battle and once completely destroyed a Confederate army, earning him the nickname "sledgehammer". History has forgotten because he was too modest and always downplayed his own accomplishments.


16Humidity

When humidity is at 100% it means the air cannot hold any more water vapor. The result is sweat cannot evaporate into the air causing the temperature to feel hotter.


17. Louis Zamperini was an Olympic athlete, and a bombardier in the US Air Corps. He survived two crash landings, was afloat on a raft for 47 days in the ocean, survived 'Execution Island' in Japan, and was horribly abused in a POW Camp. Louis lived for 97 years and died in 2014.


18. Tom Hanks has been gifting the White House press corps with new coffee machines since 2004 after visiting and finding an old decrepit Mr. Coffee machine serving really bad coffee.


19. To determine which movie characters best embodied psychopathic traits, forensic psychiatrist Samuel Leistedt and ten colleagues watched 400 movies over 3 years. Their winner was Anton Chigurh from "No Country for Old Men."


20. The Trollface meme creator copyrighted the said meme in 2010. As of 2015, he has already earned a little over $100,000 in licensing fees, settlements, and other payouts.


21George Harrison

In December 1999, a schizophrenic man named Michael Abram broke into George Harrison’s home and stabbed him over 40 times. His wife incapacitated the man and George was hospitalized. His official statement following the attack was “He wasn't a burglar, and he certainly wasn't auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys.”


22. Basenji dogs are contenders for the title of oldest dog breed. From Africa, Basenjis are depicted in ancient Egyptian artifacts. Basenjis are “barkless,” fastidious and will groom themselves like cats.


23. The Pearl Harbor memorial development had slowed to a halt due to fund shortage, but was saved Elvis Presley who jumped in and contributed $50,000 through his “Aloha from Hawaii” benefit concert in 1961.


24. A "macaroni", as mentioned in Yankee Doodle, refers to a 1700s trend wherein some men would dress up in ridiculously over the top clothing and speak in a gender-ambiguous manner. The name came from young men who had toured Italy referring to fashionable things as "very macaroni."


25. San Francisco’s LGBT culture was rooted in the gold rush when the city’s population was 95% men. The unbalanced gender ratio made things such as cross-dressing and same-sex dancing commonplace.

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