50 Random Facts List #39

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Babies have accents. For example, French babies' cry will end with a rising note, while German babies' have a dropping note at the end of theirs. They pick up on this in the womb.

2. In 2012, An Air Canada flight was asked by Australian authorities to investigate an emergency beacon. The plane, with 270 people, flew at 4000 feet as crew and passengers used binoculars to locate a stranded sailor, who was later rescued by police. The flight landed safely in Sydney, 90 minutes delayed.

3. Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China, spent his last years as a commoner in Beijing under the communist regime. On his first day of work as a street sweeper, he was lost and told passersby, "I'm Puyi, the last Emperor of the Qing dynasty. I'm staying with relatives and can't find my way home."

4. Bill Murray said of Kung Fu Hustle: "There should have been a day of mourning for American comedy the day that movie came out," because it was the "supreme achievement" of modern comedy.

5. After surviving a year-long experiment on an isolated island for a British reality TV show (Eden[2016]), 10 contestants learned that the show had been canceled 4 months into production.

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6Timothy Lancaster

Timothy Lancaster

In 1990, a pilot named Captain Timothy Lancaster was sucked out of the cockpit of a passenger jet. A crew member held on to his body until landing, at which point they discovered he had survived.

7. In 2002, a fake sequel to Harry Potter appeared in China with the title "Harry Potter and Bao Zuolong." The book consists of the text of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit with names changed to those of Harry Potter characters.

8. When Three Six Mafia beat out Dolly Parton to win the 2006 Academy Award for Best Original Song, Dolly was thrilled, and personally sent a congratulatory letter, "We're proud of you guys, and I'm just glad that the Oscar came back to Tennessee one way or another!"

9. The Simpsons character "Edna Krabappel" was retired after Emmy Award-winning voice actress Marcia Wallace died in 2013. To acknowledged her death, the chalkboard in the opening sequence was changed to read a single "We'll really miss you Mrs. K".

10. English sailors on the HMS Dolphin in 1766 discovered that native women on islands would trade sex for iron, and began pulling nails out, causing loss of the ship's structural integrity.

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The apples you buy in the grocery store are 5-12 months old. They are stored in a special low temperature, low oxygen (2%) environment, which preserves the nutritional content of the fruit.

12. North Korea is sitting on 6-10 trillion dollars worth of minerals but it can't access them due to lack of technology and equipment.

13. An officially recommended solution to a common problem with the Apple 3 was to "lift the computer two inches and drop it".

14. While filming Armageddon, Ben Affleck asked Michael Bay why they would train oil drillers as astronauts instead of the opposite to which Michael Bay told him to 'Shut the f*ck up'.

15. Katie Holmes' father negotiated a prenuptial agreement for her that reportedly filled five bankers’ boxes. Because of it, when Katie Holmes made her bombshell announcement that she was divorcing Tom Cruise, the case was able to be resolved in a mere 11 days.

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16Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise split with all 3 of his wives when they were 33.

17. A day before 9/11, George Carlin recorded a live show for an album that was titled 'I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die" which was shelved due to the events of the next day. The title was later planned to be re-used for a special in 2004 but was again discarded due to Hurricane Katrina.

18. Jewish ballerina Franceska Mann in 1943 while being forced to disrobe at Auschwitz for delousing, distracted an SS guard, stole his pistol and shot him dead.

19. There was a prison warden named John Whitley so loved that when he retired, 100 inmates pooled together their money to throw him a party.

20. The $4 billion nuclear-powered supercarrier "USS Ronald Reagan" has an unlimited range distance of up to 20-25 years, powered by two A4W Reactors.

21Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

There was some controversy over the inclusion of Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B. Goode' on the Voyager Golden Record. Carl Sagan was told that rock music was adolescent. Sagan responded, "There are a lot of adolescents on the planet."

22. The Cali Cartel murdered so many people and dumped their bodies in the Cauca River that the local municipality was eventually bankrupt by the cost of recovering corpses and conducting autopsies.

23. In 2012, Drake had his security team threaten a tattoo artist in his shop, while Drake sat in the car outside.

24. Woodie Guthrie' copywriters claim to "This Land is Your Land" was for 28 years and stated, "anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern.” Today multiple organizations claim copyright for the song.

25. Humans can generally detect their parents, children, and siblings (but not spouses, half-siblings, and stepchildren/step-parents) by smell, and females prefer sexual partners with a different smell than their own. Scientists believe this is an evolved defense against incest.

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