50 Random Facts List #238

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26Steven Slater

In 2010, a fed-up Jet Blue flight attendant named Steven Slater announced his resignation over the PA system upon landing. He then grabbed 2 beers from a beverage cart and exited by deploying the plane’s emergency slide.


27. When Martin Short appeared on the Today Show in 2012, one of the co-hosts commented on how Short has one of the greatest Hollywood marriages and asked: “why they were still madly in love?” Short replied because he’s “cute.” His wife had died of cancer in 2010.


28. The Schulze-Boysens were a married couple who were members of the German high society. They were also anti-Nazi activists who formed a resistance group known as the Red Orchestra. They were caught and executed in 1942 but the Red Orchestra continued throughout the war as an espionage network.


29. John Smeaton, an airport worker who kicked an attempted suicide bomber in the nuts during the 2009 Glasgow Airport attack was later awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.


30. In the ancient Roman city of Puteoli, there was an octopus that would sneak into kitchens through the sewer and eat pickled fish.


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31Queen Margrethe II

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is a big Lord of the Rings fan, and under the pseudonym ‘Ingahild Grathmer’ helped to illustrate the Danish version of the book.


32. Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, produced over 179 adult-humored commercials for Wilkins Coffee from 1957-1961. The commercials followed a formula of one muppet creatively harming the other.


33. In World War 2, destroyer crews loved to rescue downed pilots, because the reward for returning them to their carrier was 10 gallons (38 liters) of ice cream.


34. There was a Ugandan doomsday cult whose followers surrendered all their wealth to the church. After the prophesied date passed, many disgruntled followers demanded their money back. The cult leaders responded by massacring over 900 of them. The leaders were never caught.


35. The Golden Fantasy is a secret expectation that all of one’s problems can be solved by interaction with a perfect and all-caring relationship figure. The fantasy can be found both in psychotherapy and in ordinary life.


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36Burning Crosses

If you visit Luxembourg in late February, you may see burning crosses all over the country. This is an ancient Celtic tradition that has been kept to this day, which is meant to chase away winter and welcome spring.


37. Skunk spray can’t be removed with tomato juice because they are both acids. Rather you need to combine baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap to create a base that neutralizes and removes the smell.


38. Bees can’t see red. What we perceive as the color red is seen as black by bees. However, they can see ultraviolet. UV allows them to see vein-like patterns in a flower, like a map that allows them to locate the nectar treasure.


39. In 2017, a fitness tracking app named Strava unknowingly revealed locations of secret US army bases. They released a map with over 3 million data points, showing popular running routes. Data shared by soldiers on the app was detailed enough to reveal sensitive information of users on active military service.


40. The colored beads in Silica Gel packets are a humidity indicator. If the beads are blue or orange, the silica gel can still adsorb more moisture. If the beads are pink or green, then the silica gel is spent and can adsorb no more moisture.


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41Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola has a medical application. It is sometimes used for the treatment of gastric phytobezoars (trapped mass in the gastrointestinal system). In about 50% of studied cases, Coca-Cola alone was found to be effective in gastric phytobezoar dissolution.


42. Marilyn Manson’s 2015 album was printed on the same discs used for PlayStation 1 videogames. The famous black discs were used for their high contrast against a white thermal paint that would appear when heated by a disc reader, changing the image on the disc when played.


43. TMZ gets its name from the ‘Thirty Mile Zone’ around Hollywood which is considered ‘local’ and is all about union rules and money.


44. In France, there is a law that movies cannot appear on streaming services until 3 years after they have been shown in cinemas.


45. Rabbits move their jaws more than 120 times a minute when eating. In order to cope with this constant wear, their teeth are open-rooted, allowing them to grow continuously.


46Trigeminal Neuralgia

A condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia causes severe facial pain. It is one of the most painful conditions known to medicine and has been nicknamed “the suicide disease.”


47. When a clothing company called ‘The South Butt’ was asked to cease and desist by ‘The North Face’, they complied, then turned around and created “Why Climb Mountains,” featuring The Butt Face.


48. According to a Kyoto University team, dogs can recognize a bad person and negatively evaluate people who refuse to help their owners.


49. The original iPhone’s screen was supposed to be plastic, but Steve Jobs complained that he was getting scratches on his screen. So Corning glass made the screen glass.


50. The California Institute of Abnormalarts has an embalmed corpse of a 100-year-old dead French clown, preserved under glass in full makeup.

2 COMMENTS

  1. “A Jew girl” is really not appropriate as it’s very much the way an anti-Semitic person would phrase that. The appropriate term is “A Jewish girl”.

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