50 Random Facts List #59

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A Fitbit played a role in solving a murder. Using the Wife's Fitbit and analyzing her movements, analysts were able to create a timeline that proved the husband had created a false story.

27. In 2017, 4 inmates snuck out of prison (Holmes-Humphreys County), robbed several stores, and then snuck back into prison.

28. During the closing credits of the South Park episode 'Trapped in the Closet', all names were replaced with either "John Smith" or "Jane Smith". This was done to shield any of the production staff from potential lawsuits.

29. Researchers suggest that the discovery of fire influenced human evolution. Fire allowed humans to cook their food, which made food easier to chew and digest—which, in turn, contributed to the reduction of human tooth and gut size.

30. The Japanese sportswear company ASICS is an acronym of the latin phrase "anima sana in corpore sano", which translates to "a healthy soul in a healthy body".

31Spaghetti and Meatballs

The dish "Spaghetti and Meatballs" is not at all Italian. It's 100% American.

32. The last new enclosed mall in America was built in 2006, and 2007 marked the first time since the 1950s that a new indoor mall was not built in the USA.

33. A boat is considered a ship if it weighs 500 tonnes or more. A more general distinction is that ships can carry boats but boats cannot carry ships.

34. Jack Black's eponymous character in the 2006 comedy Nacho Libre is based on a real priest- Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez, who wrestled with the ring name "Fray Tormenta" (Friar Storm) in order to support an orphanage he founded.

35. The scientific name for llamas is Lama glama.

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36Adrian Carton de Wiart

Adrian Carton de Wiart was a British officer who served in 3 wars. He was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear. He survived 2 plane crashes, tunneled out of a POW camp, tore off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. After World War 1 he wrote, "Frankly I had enjoyed the war."

37. Antarctica is governed by a treaty of over 50 countries banning all mining, pollution, colonization, or claims from any one country. Only scientific exploration is permitted and visitors must take every trace of themselves with them when they leave.

38. On average, 4 shipping containers drop into the ocean every day.

39. Near-perfect ellipsoid lenses have been found among Viking artifacts. Hinting that the Vikings likely made telescopes 1000 years ago, 500 years before Galileo.

40. There was a cult that formed around the same time as Christianity which worshipped the emperor Hadrian's young gay lover Antinous, believing the boy was resurrected as Osiris after he'd drowned in the Nile.

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Native German and Russian speaker's tongues naturally rest on the bottom of their mouths while English speakers tongues rest on the top.

42. 120 years ago the most pressing environmental threat was cities being buried in 9 feet of horse manure in 50 years.

43. High heels on men's shoes were once considered virile and masculine.

44. When Franklin D. Roosevelt died, Eleanor Roosevelt told Harry Truman that the president was dead. When he asked if there was anything he could do for her, she replied, “Is there anything we can do for you? For you are the one in trouble now.”

45. Stanley Kubrick appointed French Director Bertrand Tavernier as his publicist in France and he was asking him regularly about strange stuff like types of lamps in theaters, Tavernier resigned after 3 months and told him: As a film-maker, you are a genius but as an employer, you are an imbecile.


Because a patch of clovers usually contains around 10,000 plants in 13 square feet, you only have to search an area around the size of an office desk to find a four-leaf clover.

47. When a rookie hits his first home run in Major League Baseball, it's tradition for his teammates to ignore him and give him the silent treatment instead of congratulating him.

48. All New Orleans public schools were closed indefinitely in the wake of Katrina and students now attend private or public charter schools.

49. The invention of cultured pearls largely destroyed the economy of Kuwait due to the reliance on pearl diving.

50. Primarily, Chameleons change their color to warm up (dark colors absorb more light) and be sexy (to other chameleons), not to camouflage themselves (as many people believe).


  1. About #8 – There is a terrific book written about the journey Einstein’s brain took, by car, from Princeton all the way to California. In the car were the driver, Michael Paterniti (who is the author of the book), accompanied by Dr. Harvey. It’s a delightful story, and a terrific read. The name of the book is, “Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain” by Michael Paterniti, published in 2001. Well worth purchasing and reading….

  2. OOPS! I left out some details in my comment on #8. Dr. Harvey was the pathologist who did Einstein’s autopsy. He took the brain on the afforementioned trip, hoping to bring it to Einstein’s daughter in California. I don’t remember why it never made it there, but it ended up, for many years, in Lawrence, Kansas where Dr. Harvey had taken up residence
    . In 1998, Harvey returned the remaining brain parts (it had been largely dissected into multiple parts) to Princeton. He died in 2007.


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