50 Random Facts List #91

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26Earthworms

Earthworms have even been ranked the number one most influential species in the history of the planet above dinosaurs and humans.


27. To become an astronaut in Japan you are tested in your ability to fold a thousand paper cranes.


28. Medical students in 18th-century Scotland could pay their tuition fees in corpses. The financial prospects encouraged a group of people to exhume corpses to sell to the medical schools, and they became known as resurrectionists.


29. There is a special minimally-fermented wine (Sacramental wine) used at masses where the priest is a current or recovering alcoholic.


30. There are almost 2 times more kangaroos in Australia than humans.


31Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves was forced to star in the critically-derided film The Watcher (2000) due to the fact that a friend forged his signature on the contract agreement.


32. Elvira Taylor was a notorious 'Allotment Annie' during World War 2 who was discovered to have married six sailors at the same time. She was found out due to a fight between two of her husbands when they learned that they were both married to the same girl.


33. Brazil has the largest Japanese community outside of Japan.


34. Sperm cells can live for up to 30 hours after a man has died. The sperm can be gathered and used for posthumous fertilization.


35. Cougars are the biggest cat that can purr and meow.


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36Monochrome rainbow

Some rainbows have only one color and it is called a "Monochrome rainbow".


37. In the "Chicken poop prison" in Thailand, the ceiling of the cells was a grate, and chickens were cared for above the cell. Their dung was allowed to drop freely onto the criminal within.


38. Leonard Nimoy released multiple albums, including a two-sided record titled "Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy". One side featured him singing songs as Spock and the other side featured songs related to his personal interests.


39. The cast and crew of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia had no idea that they had been nominated for a People's Choice Award until after they had won it in 2016.


40. Pistachios used to almost always be sold coated with a deep red dye, to hide harmlessly but unattractively splotchy hulls. Discolored hulls is no longer an issue with better harvesting technology, allowing today's pistachios to be sold without dye.


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41Farts

There are three main fart smells. Hydrogen sulfide produces the signature "rotten eggs" note, methanethiol produces hints of "decomposing vegetables," and dimethyl sulfide adds a hint of "sweetness."


42. Indigenous Native Americans were not granted US citizenship until 1924.


43. The first Olympic fatality occurred when Francisco Lázaro tried to run a marathon covered in animal fat (it was to prevent sunburn). He collapsed at the 30 km mark (19 miles) of the marathon because the animal fat prevented him from sweating leading to fatal body fluid electrolytic imbalance. Before the race, he had supposedly said: "Either I win or I die."


44. The reason most long-term depressed people "feel less", remember less and experience "blurred memory" is due shrinkage of the hippocampus.


45. In 1908, a New England mill became the first American factory to institute the 5 day week. It did so to accommodate Jewish workers whose observance of Saturday sabbath forced them to work on Sundays, which offended some in the Christian majority. Other factories followed suit soon after.


46Robotic hand

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a robotic hand that has a 100% winning rate playing rock-paper-scissors. It does so by "cheating", using a high-speed camera to recognize the shape within 1 millisecond.


47. The first known instance of a railway was not in modern history - written references place it as early as 600 B.C. The Diolkos was a grooved road paved with hard limestone. It was used to roll ships across the land, saving long transport times on goods and assisting in naval campaigns.


48. It is not hard alcohol itself that burns the throat when consumed. Instead, the ethanol in the liquid makes the throat's VR1 heat receptors more sensitive, prompting them to perceive the body temperature as being hot.


49. The infamous Contra game cheat code "UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, START" was created by Kazuhisa Hashimoto to give himself a leg up in the game, but forgot to remove the code when the game was shipped to masses.


50. A British MP named John Stonehouse tried to fake his own death and was only discovered in Australia after being mistaken for another famous missing person. He was later found to be a Czech spy and died from a heart attack he suffered on live TV.

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