50 Random Facts List #52

1Otis elevator company

In 1986, 12 members of a Florida jury got stuck in the courthouse elevator for 20 minutes. The jurors were hearing a case against the Otis elevator company.


2. People leave pennies on John Wilkes Booth's grave to give Lincoln the last word.


3. The recipe for Tootsie Rolls calls for the previous day's batch to be mixed in with the new batch each day. Theoretically, this means there's a bit of the very first Tootsie Rolls in every new roll made today. They were created in 1907.


4. Larry Fine of the Three Stooges burned his arm with acid as a child. His parents gave him violin lessons to strengthen the damaged nerves. He became so proficient on the violin that his parents planned to send him to a European music conservatory but the plan was thwarted by World War I.


5. The last words of serial killer Peter Kürten were "Tell me... after my head is chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures."


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6Wild Parrots

There are an estimated 550 wild parrots living in New York City that were accidentally released from a shipment at JFK airport in the late 60s.


7. Green screens are green because it doesn’t match any natural skin tone of the actor so no part of them will be accidentally edited out.


8. Rob Gronkowski lives off of his endorsement money and hasn’t spent a dime of his NFL Contract.


9. Every time a Saw movie is released, a "Halloween Blood Drive" is organized. Mobile blood stations pop up around the US where blood donors receive a free movie ticket. A total of 120,000 pints of blood has been donated, resulting in over 360,000 lives being saved.


10. Michael Jackson's estate continues to allocate 20% of his posthumous earnings to various charities, as specified in his will.


11Tammi Terrell

Singer Tammi Terrell who was famous for recording and performing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" with Marvin Gaye, was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 22 after she collapsed on stage into Gaye's arms during a concert. Terrell died at age 24 after eight unsuccessful surgeries to cure her.


12. LL Cool J was asked to be in a Gap commercial but was mad at how they treated him on the phone when they asked. He starred in the commercial wearing a FUBU hat and rapping "For Us By Us" in the ad, giving FUBU over $30M in free advertising and propelling FUBU to a global brand.


13. Chris Farley was originally the voice of Shrek and had recorded 85% of his lines before he passed away.


14. During the Battle of Germantown, in 1777, a cease-fire was called due to a small terrier wandering on the battlefield.


15. Megachurch pastor Ed Young drove a Ferrari 458 Italia on stage during service, parked it, got out, and said: "God gave me a Ferrari because I AM a Ferrari."


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16100 Grand

In the early 1990s, DJs Opie and Anthony promoted a giveaway of "100 Grand" over several weeks on their radio show in Boston. When the winner was finally chosen, they revealed that the prize was a 100 Grand candy bar and not $100,000.


17. Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease may lose the ability to smell peanut butter. The "Peanut Butter Test" may offer an early indication of the disease.


18. Toronto has an underground arcology, a network of underground tunnels where it possible to live without needing to venture outside


19. Sea silk is a highly prized unique material made from Mediterranean clams. The only person (Chiara Vigo) who knows the ancient craft is an elderly Italian woman.


20. Wimbledon employs a bird of prey, Rufus the Hawk, to keep pigeons away from the tennis courts.


21Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana took LSD before performing at Woodstock. This performance launched his career into stardom.


22. Vincent Price was originally cast as Santa Clause in "The Nightmare Before Christmas," but before he recorded his lines his wife had passed away, and the director felt that Price's sadness could be heard in the lines and deemed them unusable.


23. The inventor of the labradoodle named Wally Conron deeply regrets his actions due to a lot of unhealthy and abandoned dogs.


24. In 2010, the city of Belleville, Illinois, banned trick-or-treating for kids over 12. Teens can face fines from $100 to $1,000 for going door-to-door.


25. The creation of public drinking fountains in the US was supported by the Temperance Movement to stop people from drinking alcohol.

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