50 Random Facts List #2

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26Ted Lindsay

Ted Lindsay one of the greatest players in NHL history refused to attend his own Hall of Fame ceremony because women weren't allowed to attend. The league changed the rules to allow women the following year.


27. Overfishing in US waters is at a historic low, with only 16% of US stocks overfished compared to 63% globally, and that 39 US fisheries have recovered from overfishing since the 1990s


28. A hot dog stand in the center of the Pentagon was rumored to be the target of a Soviet missile strike during the Cold War because the Soviets reportedly thought it was the Pentagon’s most top secret meeting room, and the entire Pentagon was a large fortress built around the hot dog stand.


29. James Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, gave the Peter Pan copyright to Great Ormond Street Hospital, the leading children's hospital in London, which helped support the institution's work for 70 years after his passing.


30. Being sexually aroused reduces men's feelings of disgust. Scientists have found that when men are already aroused, things they would normally say are gross become more appealing, including sex with animals and watching a woman urinate


31Rick Norsigian

In 2000, a man named Rick Norsigian looking for a barber chair at a garage sale purchased a two deteriorated boxes of items for $45. He later found the boxes contained 65 glass plate negatives from photographer Ansel Adams worth $200 million.


32. Fuller Cut is a barbershop that gives a $2 discount if a child reads aloud while getting a cut. The $2 discount is given to the child after the cut.


33. Although Freddie Mercury was known for his large vocal range, he was actually a baritone. He didn't believe that his fans would recognize his voice unless he sang as a tenor.


34. Eating asparagus can help prevent hangovers by protecting the liver against the toxic effects of alcohol


35. Researchers have found a way to structure sugar differently so that 40% less sugar can be used without affecting its taste. It is likely to be used in consumer chocolates starting in 2018.


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36Red bull's heir killed a police officer

An heir to the Red Bull fortune named Vorayuth Yoovidhya killed a Bangkok police officer (Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert) with his Ferrari in 2012 and still has never appeared at the prosecutor's office to face charges.


37. Willie Nelson's ex-wife (Martha Matthews) sewed him up in a sheet and beat him with a broomstick. His comment: "She was a very classy, ingenious, brilliant lady, and I was a problem at times."


38. The World's Longest Continuously Running Experiment began in 1927 at the University of Queensland Brisbane testing the viscosity of pitch 8 drops have formed since it began.


39. Benjamin Franklin never patented any of his designs and inventions. He believed “that as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously”


40. Albert Einstein believed in "Spinoza's God", who "reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and the doings of mankind."


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41Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was sitting in the colored section of the bus during the infamous incident in Montgomery; she was asked to vacate her seat, in the front row of the colored section, because the white portion of the bus was filled.


42. Alexander Solonik was a Russian hitman who was known for using a pistol in each hand, killing over 30 Russian mafia bosses, and escaping from prison three times.


43. Nestled within the ubiquitous Law and Order "dun dun" sound effect, which combines roughly six to seven different sounds, is the sound of 500 Japanese men stomping their feet on a wooden floor


44. The "Most Interesting Man in the World" (Jonathan Goldsmith) played an unnamed redshirt on an episode of Star Trek and survived the episode


45. Michelangelo Burned His Drawings so that People wouldn't know he had to work to achieve perfection


46Pentagon

When President Roosevelt visited The Pentagon in 1945 before its dedication he ordered them to remove the whites only signs and therefore making The Pentagon the only building in Virginia were segregation laws were not enforced until 1965.


47. In his later years, Sir Isaac Newton was appointed to a largely symbolic (but paid) position at the Royal Mint. He took the job seriously and successfully prosecuted many counterfeiters for high treason. Those convicted were hanged, drawn and quartered


48. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak went to a juvenile detention center for a day for building a fake bomb at the high school. He spent the night teaching prisoners how to disconnect wires from fans and connect them to the bars, so people get shocked when they touch them.


49. Russia has to bomb their rivers every winter to prevent dangerous flooding caused by ice dams.


50. Marcia, George Lucas's ex-wife, got an Oscar for her editing and was behind some of the better ideas of Star Wars. She got very little credit after the divorce.

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