50 Random Facts List #87

1Graceland

Elvis Presley's Graceland home is the second most-visited house in America with over 650,000 visitors a year; second only to the White House.


2. Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving.


3. Robert Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet, predicted in 1995 that the Internet would suffer a "catastrophic collapse" the next year, promising to eat his words if it did not. In 1997, he blended a printed copy of his prediction with some liquid and drank it.


4. In the 1960s and ‘70s, Lego produced a line of bricks intended for professional use by architects and planners under the name Modulex.


5. After Ray Combs' final Family Feud episode, he told a player that got 0 points, "I've done this show for six years .. this is the first time I had a person that actually got no points and I think it's a damn fine way to go out. Thought I was a loser until you walked up here, and made me feel like a man".


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6Pan’s Labyrinth

When shown at the Cannes Film Festival, Pan’s Labyrinth received a 22-minute standing ovation.


7. The word "mortgage" literally means "death-pledge" in French.


8. Bonsai is not a specific type of tree, but the Japanese art form of making trees look miniature.


9. Cincinnati has a fully-built but never used subway system from the 1920s complete with over 2 miles of tunnels and untouched stations nearly a century old. There was an attempt to convert it to a light rail system in 2002 by raising taxes half-a-cent for the residents, but voters shot it down.


10. In 1945, Barry Fitzgerald accidentally decapitated his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor while using it to practice his golf swing. The statute was particularly vulnerable because it was made of plaster and painted gold due to the shortage of metal during World War 2.


11Spongebob Squarepants

An episode of Spongebob Squarepants in which Spongebob was fired from the Krusty Krab caused a huge amount of controversy and backlash due to its depiction of unemployment.


12. Goats' horizontal and almost perfectly rectangular pupils give goats a field of vision of 330°. This means that they can see virtually all but their own backs without turning their head. This gives them a much better chance of noticing a predator before it gets too late.


13. Richard Nixon had the Secret Service uniform redesigned to closely resemble that of European palace guards. The "toy soldier" uniforms were universally ridiculed and only used for a few months before being mothballed. After a decade in storage, they were sold to an Iowa high school marching band.


14. The NHL uses frozen hockey pucks for all its games so that the pucks aren’t too bouncy, and the pucks, which are replaced before every period, are kept in a freezer in the penalty box.


15. "Steal This Book" is an instruction manual by Abbie Hoffman on, among other things, shoplifting, fare evasion, and protesting. 30 publishers refused to print it, and many bookstores refused to sell it because people were shoplifting the book, as the title suggested.


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16Starfish Prime

In 1962, the United States accidentally destroyed Britain's first satellite (Ariel 1) after detonating a nuclear bomb (Starfish Prime) in orbit.


17. In a baby’s first year, parents lose around 350 hours of sleep at night.


18. James Buchanan was America's first (and only) bachelor President. His niece, Harriet, acted as First Lady.


19. Dr. William Moon was a one-eyed man who developed his own reading system for the blind in the 1840s after finding other methods unreliable. He called his method “Moon Code” and based it off of simplified Roman letters, which allowed almost anyone to learn it extremely quickly.


20. There's a Native American lake named Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. It means "you fish on your side, I fish on my side, and no one fishes in the middle." Located in the town of Webster, Massachusetts, it is known more commonly as Lake Chaubunagungamaug or Webster Lake.


21Marcel Tyberg

Marcel Tyberg was a Viennese composer who, because of his 1/16th Jewish heritage, was killed at Auschwitz in 1944. Before his capture, he entrusted his scores to a close friend. The scores ended up in the US but were untouched for decades. Within the last 10 years, his music has been rediscovered.


22. As many as 1 million Vietnamese people are disabled or have health problems as a result of U.S. use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Nearly 20 million gallons of various herbicides and defoliants were sprayed over Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 by the U.S. military.


23. Many elevators in Denmark have a button labeled 'I fart', which translates as 'In motion'. When Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1960, strips of tape were used to cover these buttons in any elevators she used.


24. Candy Crush Saga had a daily revenue of $633,000 from the United States section of the iOS App Store alone back in 2013.


25. 21-year-old Lieutenant Zvika Greengold is an Israeli tank officer who fought in the Yom Kippur War for 30 hours straight, destroyed up to 60 enemy tanks (swapping his own every time he sustained damage) and fooled the Syrians into believing they were facing a company-sized force.

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