50 Random Facts List #239

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1Secret service agent

A Secret Service agent in USA had trouble extraditing a hacker from Romania, so he pretended he was a woman, flirted for 7 months online, and nabbed the criminal when he flew to Boston with 3 boxes of grape-flavored condoms.


2. There is a famous Australian pub rock song about grieving over the loss of a romantic partner. The chorus sings "Am I ever gonna see your face again?" It is Australian tradition for the crowd to shout "No way, get f*cked, f*ck off."


3. ZZ Top is the longest-running group with an unchanged line-up in the entire history of popular music.


4. Cartoon character Betty Boop was a complete visual and vocal copy of singer/actress Helen Kane, AKA the "Boop Boop a Doop girl." Kane sued over theft of her image but lost when it was discovered she had copied her own act from a Harlem jazz singer, Baby Esther.


5. It took only 48 days to shoot the movie Deadpool which released in 2016.


6Fleetwood Mac

The band Fleetwood Mac seriously considered thanking their drug dealer in their album credits for rumors. They ultimately decided against it after their drug dealer was murdered.


7. Danish Astronomer Tycho Brahe who owned roughly 1% of all the money in Denmark, wore a nose made of gold after losing his own in a duel. He also had a pet moose that he sent out to attend parties in his place until it one night when it got so drunk that it fell down a flight of stairs and broke its neck.


8. During a concert in Ireland, Dave Mustaine (of Megadeth) drunkenly dedicated a song to "the cause" and yelled, "give Ireland back to the Irish!". A riot then broke out between the Catholics and Protestants and Megadeath had to travel in a bulletproof bus.


9. A study found that after a 90-minute workout, athletes who ate organic peanut butter, Clif Shot Bloks, Cytomax powder, PowerBars, and Gatorade showed no difference in insulin, glucose, cholesterol, or triglyceride levels compared to athletes who ate hotcakes, OJ, a hash brown, a hamburger, fries, and Coke.


10. Dutch authorities created over 300 little "parks" for bees on top of bus stop shelters in Utrecht; roofs are planted with low-maintenance sedum providing a safe habitat for bees. Over 50% of Netherlands' 358 bee species are endangered. Human commuters get with bamboo benches and LED lighting.


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11Espera de Conti

The crying Indian in the Keep America Beautiful ad was really an Italian guy named Espera "Oscar" de Conti. He moved to Hollywood, changed his name to Iron Eyes Cody and had a 60-year career as an Indian. Even after being found out he still claimed to be Cherokee and Cree, not Sicilian.


12. In 1971, the original tapes for Monty Python were almost erased and destroyed by the BBC. This was intended as a cost-saving measure to reuse the tapes. Terry Gilliam bought them all and saved them.


13. In the 1980s, there was a persistent rumor in the UK that McDonald's was funding the Irish Republican Army. This was ultimately traced back to a U.S. talk show where the company was praised for its generosity in funding Individual Retirement Accounts.


14. The deep-dish pizza was invented in 1943 when someone at the small pizza shop Pizzeria Uno in Illinois decided to make a pizza using a cake mold.


15. Cats do not need to blink on a regular basis to keep their eyes lubricated. Unblinking eyes are probably an advantage when hunting. Cats will, however, squint their eyes, usually as a form of communication expressing affection and ease around another cat or human.


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16Endling

The term for the last animal of an entire species is Endling. When an endling dies, the species is considered extinct.


17. The YMCA sued the Village People over their "YMCA" song for trademark infringement, but the two sides settled out of court and the YMCA later expressed pride towards the band for their song as a salute their organization.


18. During a 2000 celebrity edition episode of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", comedian Norm MacDonald made it to the million-dollar question but passed on it to not risk it. However, his answer was right.


19. Chess prodigy Bobby Fischer invented a chess variation which randomized the starting positions of the home row pieces to reward creativity over memorization.


20. "Baby Huey" was a 400lbs Chicago soul singer who died in 1970 at age 26 after releasing a single album. The album later became hugely influential on early hip-hop artists, eventually being sampled on hundreds of tracks over the past approximately 40 years.


21Syphilis

In the 1940s hundreds of Guatemalans were infected involuntarily with syphilis by Johns Hopkins University, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and the Rockefeller Foundation. A court case is underway to this day on behalf of 444 victims resulting in 83 deaths.


22. A German soldier named Artur Fischer survived Stalingrad on the last plane out. After the war, he went on to invent many ubiquitous items such as the synchronized camera flash and the plastic wall anchor and held over 1100 patents before dying at the age of 96.


23. Japanese have been wearing surgical-style masks since 1918 and it has become a part of social etiquette. It is also worn as a fashion item and it serves as defensive barriers due to social awkwardness. Total sales of disposable face masks in Japan amounted to ¥35.8 billion in 2018.


24. Because mountain lions usually wander the wilderness alone, scent scraping sometimes isn’t enough to locate each other for mating. A female mountain lion will ascend to a high elevation and call to a male by caterwauling, a loud blood-curdling screeching cry that can be heard up to 5 miles away.


25. Scientists have discovered what they think is the world’s oldest biological color. It is bright pink. These pigments were discovered after researchers crushed 1.1 billion-year-old rocks in the marine shale deposit beneath the Sahara desert.

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