50 Random Facts List #206

1Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini was expelled from school when he was 10 for stabbing a classmate. He did the same thing at his next school.


2. Weird Al intended to parody the Beatles "Free as a Bird" on his album Bad Hair Day. Paul McCartney gave permission for the parody, but since John Lennon wrote the song, he passed the decision on to Yoko Ono, who said no.


3. In 2013, during his trial for bestiality, Paul Lovell was asked why he decided to have sex with a sheep. He said he turned his attention to the sheep after a cow rejected his advances for fellatio. The jury erupted in laughter.


4. William Broyles Jr., the screenwriter for the movie "Cast Away" stranded himself on an island for research, and when a volleyball washed up on shore, it became the inspiration for "Wilson."


5. The name of Yoda's race and his homeworld are never mentioned in any film, book, or media. He is officially said to be of a "species unknown."


6Figure skating

It used to be compulsory for figure skaters to slowly trace precise, intricate shapes into the ice to be inspected by judges for scoring. Hence the name 'figure skating.'


7. Scientists in Antarctica have set up a rugby pitch to play on when they want to relax. They have set up teams of American and New Zealand researchers to compete each year for the Ross Island Cup, which New Zealand has won 26 years in a row.


8. The best female sniper of all time was a 24-year-old Russian World War 2 soldier named Lyudmila Pavlichenko. She left university in Ukraine during her senior year to start "hunting Nazis" after the Third Reich invaded her country. Her total confirmed kills during World War 2 was 309, including 36 enemy snipers.


9. The mouth of the male Flabby Whalefish 'fuses shut' upon reaching adulthood, losing its stomach and esophagus, it uses energy from previous meals to grow a giant liver which sustains it for life.


10. President Ulysses S. Grant's parents did not attend his wedding because his fiancée's family owned slaves.


11Samurais

Samurais used to wear a cloak that inflated when the wearer was riding a horse, which protected him from incoming arrows from behind.


12. Weird Al Yankovic started a Volcano Worshippers Club in high school just to get an extra picture of himself in the yearbook.


13. There is a "moose test" in Sweden, which requires all cars to be able to evade a moose without flipping, should one suddenly appear on the road.


14. New York City cabs have an amber light that's hidden in the grille and are used to alert cops if the driver is in trouble by blinking.


15. Oktoberfest started off as a wedding reception for a Prince in Bavaria in 1810, and the newlyweds enjoyed it so much that they suggested making it an annual event.


16KGB agents

After a Soviet hostage was found dead in 1986, KGB agents castrated the nephew of the hostage-taker and sent the severed organs as well as a list of other known family members to the hostage-taker. The remaining Soviet hostages were quickly released.


17. Icelanders can easily read old Norse, a dead language that was spoken in Scandinavia over 1000 years ago because written Icelandic has changed so little.


18. Sean Connery was offered to play in Manchester United but chose to decline it and move on to the film industry.


19. The "debate" about vaccines and autism, began after a fraudulent paper was published. The author is no longer licensed to practice. Countless dollars have been spent to debunk his claims, and innocent children have probably died due to his lies.


20. Sean Conway, the first man to swim the length of Great Britain grew a beard to stop jellyfish stinging his face.


21Liquid helium

Liquid helium has zero viscosity and can flow through microscopic holes and up walls against gravity.


22. In August 2001, actor James Woods reported 4 suspicious individuals on his flight. Authorities did not act on his claim and they later turned out to be the 9/11 hijackers.


23. According to a study by the British Academy of Sound Therapy, the song Weightless by Marconi Union is the most relaxing song ever.


24. During a pledge drive, a DJ at a Portland, or radio station promised that the station would never play "Stairway to Heaven" again if someone made a $10,000 donation. Robert Plant was driving on the Oregon coast, heard the offer, and made the donation.


25. A Japanese man named Yasuo Takamatsu has been learning to scuba dive specifically so that he can look for his wife's remains after she was presumably swept away during the 2011 tsunami. He says her last email to him was "... I want to go home", and he is determined to make that happen.

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