50 Random Facts List #206

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26Bob Barker

While Bob Barker was the host of The Price is Right, he banned fur, wool, and leather prizes, fake display meat products, zoo trips, and cars made by foreign-owned automobile companies. Only fur products remain banned.


27. A groom named Jason Anderson forgot his wedding pants in the dressing room of a Minnesota clothier and flew to Costa Rica for his wedding. The clothier sent his daughter on an 11-hour flight to deliver the pants personally because UPS and FedEx said they could not help.


28. In 1984, a woman named Jennifer Thompson-Cannino mistakenly identified Ronald Cotton as her rapist. Cotton spent 11 years in prison until DNA evidence proved his innocence. Upon his release, the two became good friends and currently travel the country speaking of the dangers of false identification.


29. Subway's most popular sandwich, the Italian BMT, stands for 'Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit', which is literally a Subway.


30. Sudden testicular pain can be a symptom of testicular torsion. It occurs in about 1 in 160 males before 25 years of age and if not treated within 6 hours, can result in loss of the testicle.


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31Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash was born with the name J.R. Cash because his parents couldn't think of a name. When he enlisted in the Air Force, they wouldn't let him use his initials, so he began to call himself John.


32. 800 different languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city on Earth.


33. There is a bed called the Cuddle Mattress, where it is divided into layers of foam for your arm to slip through.


34. There was a professor who did a study on 1000s of elderly people and what advice they had about life. On happiness there was a consensus: "Almost to a person, the elders viewed happiness as a choice, not the result of how life treats you."


35. The US Government has rigorous specifications for the pens (Skilcraft pens) it buys. They ought to be assembled by blind people, the pens must be able to write for a mile and in temperatures 160°F to -40°, are designed to fit undetected into uniforms, can stand in for a two-inch fuse, and be used for an emergency tracheotomy.


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36Gardens of Versailles

Gardens of Versailles with its more than 2000 fountains consumed more water per day than the entire city of Paris. To solve the water shortage, the fountaineers would signal each other upon the king's approach to turning on the fountain. Once the king passed the fountain, it would be turned off again.


37. In the early nineteenth century, the United States had a hundred and forty-four separate time zones.


38. Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana produces compressed natural gas from its cows' waste and uses it to fuel their fleet of delivery trucks and farm equipment. This practice saves 1.5 million gallons of diesel and reduces CO2 emissions by 1.4 million metric tons.


39. ESPN won an Emmy for the creation of the superimposed yellow line representing the first down line for American football games.


40. When Pearl Jam released their cover of 'Last Kiss' as a single, they decided all proceeds would go to Kosovo War refugees. The song raised over $10 million.


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41Elias Disney

Elias Disney, Walt Disney's father was unimpressed when his son took him on a tour of his new film studio until Walt pointed out that it could be converted into a hospital if his animation business fails.


42. Bike Helmet Law was defeated in Denmark partly because "the overwhelming evidence is that enforced helmet laws lead to very much less cycling, particularly for utility journeys and amongst young people."


43. The happiest marriages are those where the wife is able to calm down quickly after arguments.


44. In 2013, the ruins of a 2,300-year-old Mayan Temple in Belize, Brazil was destroyed by contractors, who wanted to use the limestone bricks for gravel to build a village road.


45. Writer Harlan Ellison was once hired to write for Disney. Roy O. Disney overheard him in the lunchroom impersonating Donald, Goofy and Mickey, joking about making an animated porno with Disney characters. After lunch, he found a pink slip on his desk. He had been fired on his very first day.


46V3 cannon

The Nazis tried to build a Super-weapon named the V3 cannon, with a range of 165km and the potential to hit London in 2 minutes with its 310lb armament. An installation of 25 guns was in the final stages of construction when it was destroyed by the famous RAF Dambusters.


47. The blinking light atop the Capitol Records tower spells out the word "Hollywood" in Morse code, and has done so since the building's opening in 1956.


48. In 2014, a Kentucky inmate named Robert Vick broke out of Blackburn Correctional Complex. Next day, he knocked on the door of a Motel in Lexington, requesting the manager to call the authorities on him to turn himself in because it was just too cold outside.


49. Pan Am used to weigh their flight attendants every month and if they were too heavy, they were suspended without pay until they lost a few pounds.


50. Ozzy Osbourne once tried to set the mood by doing a striptease and kissing a record executive on the lips. In reality, he was so intoxicated that he performed a Nazi goose-step up and down the table followed by dipping his testicles in and then urinating in the executive's wine.

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