50 Random Facts List #30

26Misophonia

Misophonia is a disorder in which sufferers have a hatred of sounds such as eating, chewing, loud breathing or even repeated pen-clicking.


27. Ringo Starr sells his MS paint art for thousands of dollars.


28. Many Japanese companies encourage workers to sleep on the job, convinced that it leads to better work performance. The naps are called inemuri, "sleeping while present", and indicates a commitment to the job.


29. In the 80s, Weird Al turned down $5 million to promote a beer brand, since a lot of his fans were "young and impressionable."


30. Pilots are not allowed to take Viagra within 6 hours of flight as Viagra can have an effect on color vision and they will see the world with a bluish tinge for several hours.


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31George Lucas

George Lucas has detailed knowledge of 'Star Trek'. When actor Clint Howard auditioned for Lucas, the first thing the director said was "Balok, 'Corbomite Maneuver'", a role Howard had played as a child 15 years earlier. The amazed Howard later said he wanted to yell "get a life" at Lucas.


32. The show 'Deadliest Catch' is bad for competition in the Bering Sea Fishing industry. The subsidies all the boats in the show receive allows them to undercut or break even with their seasonal catch.


33. NBA player Shaquille O'Neal starred in 'Kazaam' (1996) because "I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie. Someone said, 'Hey, here's $7 million, come in and do this genie movie.' What am I going to say, no? So I did it."


34. Waiterless restaurants were pioneered in the late 1800s and were a hit in the early 20th century with the arrival of the Automat; the walls inside each store were lined with a series of small windows containing food. For a fee the window unlocked, allowing customers to pull out a meal.


35. In 1915, a raisin company executive spotted a teenage girl named Lorraine Collett drying her curly brown hair and wearing her mother's red bonnet and hired her for a stunt promotion that had her dropping raisins from an airplane. Soon she became the company's first mascot called, "Sun Maid."


36Single in Denmark

If you are still Single at the age of 25 in Denmark your closest friends hit you with cinnamon.


37. In 1990, a man named Rick Swope jumped into the Detroit Zoo Chimpanzee enclosure to rescue a drowning chimp.


38. Shipping containers filled with Vancouver's garbage were illegally shipped to the Philippines, caught in customs, and then left to rot for years causing a minor international incident.


39. The Ashley Treatment is a hormonal and sometimes surgical way to keep a cognitively and physically impaired individual the size of a child for ease of care.


40. In 1846 during the Mexican-American war, a group formed called "St. Patrick's Battalion" that consisted of Irish Catholics. They faced discrimination in the US, so they switched to fight for Mexico.


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41Scorpions

Scorpions evolved to glow under UV light and nobody is sure why.


42. Crows are capable of forming close bonds with people. When an 8-year-old girl named Gabi Mann left food out on a bird feeder, the crows would leave trinkets like earrings, hearts, and a "best friend" charm in return.


43. In 1941, the RAF dropped packages containing tea bags over the German occupied Netherlands. The packages were marked, "Holland will rise again... Keep your chins up."


44. A high school principal named George Kennedy in Florida hypnotized dozens of anxious students and athletes to help them relax. When two of those students committed suicide and one died in a car accident, the principal was charged with two misdemeanors and lost his teaching license.


45. The knobcone pine, (Pinus attenuata), requires fire to complete its reproduction cycle. Cones remain closed for many years until a fire opens them and allows reseeding. As a result, knobcone cones may even become embedded in the growing wood as the tree matures.


46Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is officially the king of Poland.


47. A film titled "100 Years" starring John Malkovich, will be released on November 18, 2115. It is stored in a bulletproof vault which will automatically open for its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.


48. Many human ailments, such as lower back pain, hernias, prolapsed uteruses and our susceptibility to sinus infections result directly from the fact that we now walk upright with a body that was shaped to walk on all fours.


49. The Beatles' reign was only for 7 years from their first album to their last.


50. Rutherford B. Hayes was the first US President to oppose the Spoils System of giving federal jobs to political supporters, wanting instead to pick them by merit according to an examination.

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