50 Random Facts List #208

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1Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Nike had conditions before giving rookie Michael Jordan a record contract: Either be rookie of the year, or average 20 ppg, or be an all-star, or sell $4 million worth shoes in a year. Jordan was rookie of the year, scored 28.2 ppg, named all-star, and Nike sold $100 million of shoes in 1984-85.

2. Since Milton Hershey didn't have any children he and his wife opened an orphanage school and when he died, he left his entire fortune and the ownership of Hershey Chocolate Company in trust for the children in the school. Still today 70% of the company is owned by Milton Hershey School.

3. The whole body of a Germany boy named Hassan looked like an open wound due of a genetic condition which led his skin to be paper-thin. A piece of his skin was taken, its DNA was repaired in the laboratory and the modified skin grafted back on. After nearly two years, his new skin appears completely normal and he now leads a normal life.

4. The parents of one of John Wayne Gacy’s victims, John Butkovich, called the police more than a hundred times to urge them to investigate him further. Their son had vanished in 1975 and had been one of Gacy’s employees.

5. Actor Kirk Douglas once tried to commit suicide after his stroke, by shooting himself through the mouth. However, the gun hit a tooth, and it hurt so much that he stopped completely. He was then so amused that toothache had stopped him from killing himself, that he decided to live.

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6Sir Alec Guinness

Sir Alec Guinness

Sir Alec Guinness hated his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: "Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film," calling the dialog "lamentable." An autograph seeker told him he'd seen the movie over 100 times. He gave him an autograph on the condition he never sees the movie again.

7. The Mexican Constitution was the first document in history that said every person has the right to an education.

8. 5% of people do not experience a headache in their lifetime.

9. The Minneapolis Skyway System is a system of footbridges that connects shops, restaurants, and residential buildings over an area of 80 full city blocks. It allows residents to live, work, and shop without ever leaving the Skyway system.

10. During World War 1, after being hit with a wave of chlorine gas, 100 Russian soldiers coved in blood and half-blind, successfully launched a counter-attack against the advancing 7000 Germans, who fled at the sight of the “dead men walking.” This incident has been called “the Attack of the Dead Men.”

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11Abusive relationship

Abusive relationship

An abusive relationship with a narcissist or psychopath tends to follow the same pattern: idealization, devaluation, and discarding. At some point, the victim will be so broken, the abuser will no longer get any benefit from using them. They then move on to their next target.

12. “His Master's Voice”, the famous painting of a dog looking down a gramophone funnel, used as a logo by various companies, was inspired by the artist's dog, Nipper. He inherited the animal from his dead brother and noted that Nipper would look down a gramophone when a recording of his dead owner’s voice was played.

13. If you wanted to see every piece of art in The Louvre in one visit, and you spent 30 seconds observing each piece, it would take you over a month, and that’s assuming you were there 24/7 and took no breaks and didn’t sleep.

14. The world's largest book was lost by the city of Cleveland. It was called “The Golden Book of Cleveland”, and it was as large as a mattress. It was misplaced in 1936.

15. Prior to production of Valkyrie (2008), the German Defense Ministry said that filming would not be allowed at the country's military sites, only because Tom Cruise is a member of Scientology, which is viewed as a dangerous cult by the German authorities.

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16Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong

Barely a year after the 1969 moon landing, the American public had completely lost interest in space exploration to such an extent that 90% of people surveyed could not remember Neil Armstrong's name.

17. A Calvin and Hobbes comic from 1992 referred to the start of the universe as the Horrendous Space Kablooie, saying that "The Big Bang" was too boring. The term Horrendous Space Kablooie (or HSK) has since become popular among scientists and has been used in books and university courses.

18. Moscow mules were created by a guy that couldn’t sell his vodka, another that couldn’t sell his ginger beer and a lady that had too many copper mugs.

19. During the Middle Ages, members of guilds were referred to as “masters.” Artisans who wanted to join a guild were required to prepare a “master piece” to be judged for qualification. If the masters approved of the piece, that artisan would be accepted into the guild.

20. In 1966, a relatively unknown young American musician asked to get on stage with Cream and the guitar God Eric Clapton. He played the song Killing Floor, which Clapton had always said was too difficult to play live. That man was Jimi Hendrix and that became known as "The day Hendrix killed God."

21Mugger crocodile

Mugger crocodile

The mugger crocodile has been observed balancing sticks on its head to lure in birds searching for sticks for their nests. This is the first known example of tool use in a reptile.

22. Immediately after landing on the moon, the Apollo 11 crew was supposed to sleep for 5 hours. They didn't, because they figured they wouldn't be able to.

23. Robin Williams once protested saying, “It’s my voice! You can’t stop me” against Disney when they tried to prevent him from voice acting in Ferngully: The Last Rainforest.

24. Tombili was a cat from Turkey that was well known for her friendliness, her unique way of reclining against steps and her chubby figure. When she passed away in 2016, the city of Istanbul honored her with a statue of her.

25. Humans hear anywhere from 20 to 100 times faster than they see so that everything that they perceive with their ears is coloring every other perception they have and every conscious thought they have. The sound gets in so fast that it modifies all the other input and sets the stage for it.

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