50 Random Facts List #72

1Annoying

In Switzerland, you can be denied citizenship for "being too annoying".

2. The popular Vine "Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal" was created by Ryan McHenry. He was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma cancer and passed after battling for a year. In a tribute to McHenry, actor Ryan Gosling created a Vine account and ate a bowl of cereal.

3. One of the last wishes of Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld Universe, was to have all his unfinished works crushed by a steamroller. The author’s wishes were fulfilled in 2015 when he passed away from Alzheimer’s. His unfinished work was destroyed so that it wouldn't be mishandled after his death.

4. Rockstar games allowed fans in 2007 to call a number to rant about what they think was wrong with America. The best ones were featured on the radio station WKTT in GTA IV.

5. Words like Juggernaut, Punch, Calico, Shampoo have been brought by the British Raj from India to the English language.

6Apollo 11

When Apollo 11 landed, it had only about 25 seconds of fuel left.

7. In 1996, Mr. Rogers poured the 100 billionth Crayola crayon. The commemorative replica that Mr. Rogers received at the event is housed in the Fred Rogers Archive.

8. The first ever aerial photograph of an American city is of Boston taken in 1860. The photo taken from a hot air balloon, is titled: “Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It”.

9. There are species of mushrooms (Cladosporium sphaerospermum) that feed off of gamma radiation, and some are blooming in Chernobyl, “eating” the radiation.

10. In 1984, a group of cannabis growers in Northern California sued the federal government, alleging they had been subject to illegal surveillance by U2 spy planes.

11Voyager 1

The measly 20W signal from Voyager 1, the equivalent of a fridge light-bulb, can be distinguished from background radiation in the sky almost instantly, despite being 11 billion miles away.

12. Fannie Quigley was a 5-foot-tall frontierswoman who spent nearly 40 years prospecting in a remote Alaskan region in the 1890s. She was defined as an all-in-one miner, hunter, brewer, and cook who used mine shafts as a beer fridge and shot bears to get lard for pie crusts.

13. California is one of the states in which free air and water are legally required to be given at gas stations for car and tire maintenance.

14. Squids have a brain shaped like a donut and their esophagus runs through it. If the squid eats something too big, it can result in severe brain damage.

15. A Louisianan man named Timmy LaBranche won a gallon of Old Granddad bourbon whiskey in a barroom bet during the New Orleans Saints’ first football game in 1967. His family honored his wish after he passed off only opening it once the Saints' made it to the Super Bowl, 43 years later.

16Post-It note

The Post-It note was created by employees at 3M (Manufacturing company) during their own "permitted bootlegging" time, a company-sanctioned time in which employees could work on their own side projects.

17. In Eastern Orthodox legend, a dog-headed mythical figure (Cyanocephaly) was claimed to have been captured in battle. He eventually converted to Christianity and was dubbed Saint Christopher. The dog-headed saint is depicted in religious art.

18. A US dog grooming service suffered cancellations and received threats after a Facebook review claiming a groomer injured a dog. Video later proved the dog had been hit by a car as the owner's relative walked it unleashed hours after the grooming.

19. Niwot's Curse is the idea that when people see a beautiful area they'll want to stay, which contributes to the undoing of the area's beauty.

20. Major League Baseball (MLB) grants a lifetime pass for free admission to MLB games for life to any player, manager, coach or umpire with at least eight years of MLB experience. MLB is the only major pro-sports league that has such a program.

21Maggie Archer

A 20-year-old woman named Maggie Archer on Tinder successfully scammed many men with her profile that said: “Send me $5, see what happens.”

22. Arnold Reuben, the man who invented the Reuben sandwich, is also the inventor of the New York style cheesecake.

23. The first widely available antibiotic was not penicillin, but a drug called Prontosil. Prontosil and drugs derived from it saved millions of lives up till the 1960's. Its creator, a German named Gerhard Domagk, was awarded the Nobel Prize for his efforts.

24. Plastic fibers have been found in tap water around the world, with the US at the worst rate (94%), and both the exact sources and the health consequences are yet unknown.

25. Marvel comics was printing comics with Captain America fighting Nazis before America had entered World War 2 thus getting them accused as war provokers.

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