50 Random Facts List #187

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1Latchkey Incontinence

“Latchkey Incontinence” is a phenomenon where the urge to urinate gets stronger the closer you are to a bathroom. One example would be when you put your key in your front door when returning home from work.


2. When a 13-year-old boy named Ryan White got AIDS from a blood donor in 1984, he was banned from returning to school by a petition signed by 117 parents. An auction was held to keep him out, a newspaper supporting him got death threats, and his family left town when a bullet was fired through their window.


3. In 2017, an opossum broke into a Florida liquor store and got drunk. A store employee found the animal next to a broken and empty bottle of bourbon. It appeared disoriented, was excessively salivating and was pale. The staff gave it fluids and cared for her as she sobered up.


4. In 2018, Domino’s in Russia offered up to 100 free pizzas every year for 100 years if a customer got the Domino’s logo tattooed visibly on their body. Initially intended to last a month the promotion proved to be so popular Domino’s ended it after a week with 350 accepted winners.


5. Meghan Markle's nephew (Tyler Dooley) is a marijuana farmer in Oregon. To commemorate her wedding to Prince Harry, he developed a new marijuana variety called "Markle Sparkle".


6Dessert Stomach

Dessert stomach is a real thing. Your gut expands upon contact with sugar and therefore makes room for dessert even after having the feeling of being full.


7. When roosters open their beaks fully, their external auditory canals completely close off. Basically, roosters have built-in earplugs. This helps prevent them from damaging their hearing when they crow.


8. Physician Martin A. Couney set up infant incubator shows at Coney Island, Atlantic City, and World's Fairs, charging 25¢ to view premature babies. He offered free care for 'weakling babies', proving the success of incubators. He saved over 6,500 babies from 1900-1943.


9. A Hawaiian bartender named Harry Yee created the Blue Hawaiian drink. He was the first person to use paper parasols and orchids in mixed drinks and helped popularize Tiki culture in the United States. He started bartending in 1952.


10. After being largely cut out of his father's will John Lennon's son from his first marriage, Julian Lennon was forced to bid on sentimental postcards addressed to him by his late father. Yoko Ono auctioned them off for tens of thousands of dollars instead of giving them to Julian.


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11Women

Brain scans have found that women are more responsive to romance after they have been fed. So yeah, food is the way to women’s heart, as well.


12. During the Mariner 4 Mars mission in 1964, the scientists were so eager to see the first ever close up images of another planet that they printed out the numerical data and hand colored it with crayons instead of waiting for a processed image.


13. Heels were first made by the Persian cavalry to give them stability while shooting arrows. It later became popular in Europe as a masculine symbol until 1630 when women followed the fashion. So first they were a military asset, then a masculine symbol and now are feminine.


14. Swing dancing teenagers in Nazi Germany would mock Nazis by saying 'swing heil' and called Hitler Youth 'Homo Youth.'


15. Owls don't have eyeballs. The eyes are long and shaped more like a tube. Therefore their eyes can't turn in their sockets because of their shape.


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16Techno Mart

In 2011, a 39-story building in Seoul was evacuated after tremors were felt on the top floors. Investigation found it wasn’t an earthquake. The building violently shook because on the 12th floor 17 people were performing exercises to Snap!’s “The Power” in a fitness center. Their rhythm matched the building's resonant frequency and caused it to violently shake.


17. In 2014, an elderly lady in Chiba Prefecture, Japan bought a building, sight unseen, that ended up being a fully stocked 90s arcade.


18. Due to the fact that NASA Astronauts were not allowed to take gifts or endorsements, GM leased several Astronauts Corvettes during the 1960s and 70s for just $1.


19. Charles Morgan, an escrow agent working for the FBI and 2 big crime groups, was found shot in the back of the head. He had on a bulletproof vest, had a map to the location his body was found, had his tooth in his pocket and a bill with a bible reference. His death was ruled as suicide.


20. Scott Carpenter was the only NASA Mercury astronaut who hadn’t finished college. After his spaceflight, the university granted him his degree because "his subsequent training as an astronaut more than made up for the deficiency in the subject of heat transfer."


21Chau Smith

A woman named Chau Smith ran 7 marathons in 7 consecutive days on 7 continents in celebration of her 70th birthday.


22. A 2014 study found that Calvin, of 'Calvin and Hobbes', caused nearly $16,000 in property damage throughout the strip's 10-year run.


23. Albert Einstein was born with a part of his brain missing, which influences speech, so he did not speak until the age of 3. However, his parietal lobe, responsible for math and spatial recognition, was abnormally large.


24. The lyric “they stab it with their steely knives” from “Hotel California” by the Eagles is a nod to Steely Dan for the free publicity they gave them when the Eagles were mentioned in a lyric from Steely Dan’s song “Everything You Did” which goes “turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening”.


25. In January 2019, a Florida man named Bryan Stewart told his neighbors that he was going to kill them with kindness. Then he tried to kill them with a machete named kindness.

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