50 Random Facts List #217

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1Science exam

The final science exam for 8th-grade students in Ketchikan, Alaska is a 2-night survival trip on an uninhabited island.


2. Over 100 marijuana plants sprouted on the Anaheim Stadium playing field in 1976 after ‘The Who’ played a concert there.


3. Deland McCullough, a former NFL player, and current RB coach for the Chiefs was given up for adoption at birth in 1973. He found his birth mother in 2017. She told him the name of his father, who turned out to be his college coach and mentor throughout his adult life.


4. Even though a Rubik's Cube has 43 quintillion configurations, more than there are grains of sand on all of Earth's beaches, no configuration is more than 20 moves away from being solved, and 99.99999% of all configurations can be solved in less than 20 moves.


5. Drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth tastes bad because of a foaming ingredient in toothpaste which blocks your ability to taste sweetness, and you are left with the pure acidity and bitterness of the fruit.


6Jules Verne

Jules Verne wrote a novel named ‘Paris in the Twentieth Century’ in 1863 which predicted gas-powered cars, fax machines, wind power, missiles, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet, and feminism. It was lost for over 100 years after his publisher deemed it too unbelievable to publish.


7. For years Chrysler advertised their luxury cars as containing 'Corinthian leather' with Ricardo Montalbán as the spokesman. On Late Night with David Letterman, Montalbán playfully admitted that the term meant nothing. The leather was actually sourced from New Jersey.


8. A Soviet teenager named Zinaida Portnova killed over 100 Nazis by poisoning them. She is said to have shot the Nazi investigator who captured her.


9. Hummingbirds are only found in the Americas (and not in the rest of the world), but the oldest known hummingbird was actually a fossil collected in Germany.


10. Bill Gates predicts that the growth of instructional software will replace textbooks. However, in a 2018 survey of college students, the trade publication Library Journal found that 75% say that reading print books is easier than e-books.


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11John Anthony Walker

A US Navy officer named John Anthony Walker reported secrets to the Soviet Union for 18 years. He got his son involved, and even tried to involve his daughter. He was finally exposed when his ex-wife reported him. When asked about his spying, he said: "KMart has better security than the Navy."


12. When South Australia voted to give women the vote, the bill was amended by the opposition to also give women the right to run for parliament. They thought this was too preposterous to pass, but it did and it was the first place in the world to do so.


13. Tabasco Sauce is fermented for three years in used Jack Daniel's Whiskey barrels before bottling.


14. Jason Statham almost drowned during the filming of The Expendables 3 when a truck's brakes failed and it plunged into the Black Sea but survived thanks to being an Olympic-class diver.


15. A woman named Lucy Ann Johnson disappeared in September 1961. Her husband reported her missing in 1965, and he was suspected of her murder. In 2013, Johnson was found alive. She said that she had left because her husband had been abusive.


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16Bats

Bats are one of just a few species, besides humans, that communicates directly to individual bats, instead of just making broad communication sounds.


17. A delivery truck driver named Steve Flaig was adopted as a child. At the age of 18, he decided to look for his birth mother. Four years later he succeeded and discovered that they were colleagues working in the same store.


18. A British Royal Marine named Matthew Croucher threw himself onto a grenade to save the lives of his comrades. His body armor and backpack shielded him from the blast. He was left with just a nosebleed and a headache.


19. Jimmy Carter became cancer-free after months of treatment for deadly cancer that spread to his brain. His doctor said, "He's a physically and mentally active individual who's in the best health possible for someone in his age group..."


20. Jack Trice was the first African-American athlete for Iowa State College and second black college football player. Before his first game, he wrote about how proud he was to have the opportunity. He was intentionally targeted throughout the game, breaking his collarbone and causing internal bleeding, which in turn caused his death.


21Winston County

During the American Civil War, Winston County, Alabama attempted to cede from the Confederacy and become a free republic as the lack of any plantations and resulting rarity of slaveholders in the region gave the locals little reason to sympathize with the rebel cause.


22. On Fleetwood Mac's 1971 tour, Jeremy Spencer, one of their guitarists left to "get a magazine" and never came back. When he was found a few days later, he had joined a cult and quit the band.


23. Ivan the Terrible of Russia, the Grand Prince of Moscow had a bodyguard corps (Oprichnik) that wore black clothing and rode black horses. They also had a severed dog's head attached to their saddles, using them to “sniff out” treason. Due to the lack of taxidermy, a constant supply of fresh heads was needed.


24. In the cartoon series The Jetsons, George Jetson's workweek consists of an hour a day, two days a week.


25. Nicholas Cage has a goth son named Weston Cage who sang in a Black Metal band and invented a genre called "Ghost Metal" in which he incorporates ancient instruments, like the Bouzouki, to invoke a "ghostly feeling."

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