50 Random Facts List #203

1Game of Thrones

In the third episode of season 4 of Game of Thrones, the Meereenese rider who challenges Daenerys' champion was hurling abuses which actually were Low Valyrian translation of the French guy's insults in Monty Python And The Holy Grail, such as "your mother was a hamster."


2. A cat named Grace in Wisconsin saved her human family by pawing at them when they were feeling sleepy and got them out of the house. First responders did a test and revealed that the house had a dangerous level of carbon monoxide poisoning.


3. Nearly 3,000 euros are thrown into Rome's Trevi fountain every day, totaling over a million in the course of a year. There are regular attempts to steal the money but it is illegal to do so. The money has been used to fund a supermarket for the needy.


4. There are more than 150 bisons living on a small island (Santa Catalina Island) off the coast of California. They have been there since a film crew imported 14 bison for a movie shoot in 1924, then left them behind when the shoot was complete.


5. There is a new kind of disorder called “orthosomnia,” wherein someone is so obsessed with getting a good sleep that they actually lose sleep over it.


6John Howard Griffin

In 1959, a white man named John Howard Griffin from Texas disguised himself as a black man and traveled for 6 weeks on Greyhound buses. After publishing his experiences with racism he was forced to move to Mexico for several years due to death threats.


7. Human procrastination is considered a complex psychological behavior because of the wide variety of reasons people do it. Although often attributed to "laziness", research shows it is more likely to be caused by anxiety, depression, a fear of failure, or reliance on abstract goals.


8. As production of Toy Story wrapped up in 1994, Pixar writer Andrew Stanton asked his coworkers during a brainstorming session, “What if mankind had to leave Earth and somebody forgot to turn off the last robot?” 14 years later he answered his own question with the movie WALL-E in 2008.


9. In the late Classical Era of Greece, women-owned 35% of the land and property in Sparta. When a woman's husband died (usually in battle), his land and property passed to the wife, not to the oldest male.


10. In 2009, a retired policeman named Geraint Woolford was admitted to Abergele Hospital in North Wales and ended up next to another retired policeman who was also named Geraint Woolford. The men weren’t related, had never met and were the only two people in the UK named Geraint Woolford.


11Snooki

Purse makers didn't want Snooki From "Jersey Shore" carrying their purses, so they sent her new purses, from their competitors, for free.


12. British Commander Terence Otway, wanted to be sure his men wouldn’t leak the D-Day plans. He tested them by sending 30 pretty members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in civilian clothes to the local pubs with instructions to do all they could to try and get the information, but none of the men fell for it.


13. There are microorganisms living on the seafloor that reproduce only once every 10,000 years and have been alive for millions. These are likely the oldest living things on Earth.


14. Dogs can tell time by smell. They can smell different times of the day, and how long you have been gone by how much your (owner's) smell has dissipated since you have left.


15. An animal shelter in Maricopa County, Arizona, has a program where you can spend your 4th of July comforting the animals and keeping them calm during the loud fireworks.


16Birds

Birds are able to see and use the Earth's Magnetic field to migrate due to a protein in their eyes called CRY4. To them, the Earth's Magnetic field appears to be a bright haze in the sky in the direction of North or South. Their brain even produces this protein during the migration season.


17. An ancient Greek philosopher named Anaxagoras was exiled for claiming the moon was a rock, not a God.


18. In 2009, Nine women were rescued from what they thought was a Big Brother reality show house but turned out to be a criminal organization.


19. The staff of the 9/11 memorial place white roses on the names of any victims who would have been celebrating a birthday.


20. The popular MMO EVE Online hired an economist to oversee the in-game money. Besides writing internal reports, he occasionally intervenes to prevent inflation and unintended market consequences. EVE has about 500,000 users who partake in the game's hyper-libertarian online economy.


21Hey Jude

"Hey Jude" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" were both recorded using the same piano.


22. There exists a bodyguard crew of rangers in Belize, known as the Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team, who camp out in inclement weather, night and day for the 5-month long portion of the Scarlet Macaw breeding season when chicks are being cared for, dedicated to stopping insane poaching levels.


23. Former President of Turkey Kemal Atatürk gave his adopted daughter Sabiha, a surname that translated as 'belonging to the sky'. She soon developed a passion for flying and went on to become the world's first female combat pilot.


24. The Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant was much closer to the epicenter of the 2011 Earthquake than the Fukushima Power Plant, yet it sustained only minor damage and even housed tsunami evacuees. Its safety is credited to engineer Hirai Yanosuke who insisted it have a 14 meter (46 feet) tall sea wall.


25. 700,000-year-old stone tools were found in the Philippines despite the fact that known humans didn't arrive until 600,000 years later. Researches aren't sure how humans got there or what early hominid could have even made them.

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