50 Random Facts List #98

1Sirocco

A critically endangered parrot named Sirocco in New Zealand would only mate with people's heads, so they came up with an ejaculation helmet for people to wear. People would wear the helmet, the parrot would mate with it and the helmet would then collect its rare semen.


2. A survey by SunTrust Mortgage found that a third of millennials homeowners said they were influenced by the need to have space for a dog and their dog was the third most commonly cited reason, coming above children and marriage.


3. Kiyoshi Kimura is a sushi restaurant chain CEO who helped reduce Somali pirates activity by giving them training in fisheries, initially sourcing them fishing vessels and networking them to the fishery distribution network, thereby ultimately helping them become fishermen.


4. Taco Bell was founded by Glen Bell who watched long lines of customers at a Mexican restaurant. He ate there regularly, attempting to reverse-engineer the taco recipe, and eventually persuaded the owners to show him how they were prepared. With this knowledge, he opened a stand selling tacos.


5. Prince Harry served in Afghanistan for 10 weeks in 2007-08. He had to be pulled out of the country after an Australian newspaper reported on his presence in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.


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6Silly string

American and British militaries use Silly Strings to detect tripwires. The strings will settle onto the ground in areas without tripwires, but will catch onto any that is present. The silly string reveals the wire, but don’t set it off due to being lightweight.


7. The Oxford Electric Bell has been continuously ringing at the Oxford University since 1840. They are powered by the “World's most durable battery” and the secret behind its durability is a mystery because according to Oxford University, opening the device could potentially “ruin an experiment to see how long it will last.”


8. There are more people who have learned English as a second language than there are native speakers.


9. William Moulton Marston, the creator of DC Superhero Wonder Woman was a psychologist who also invented the polygraph machine. This was his reason behind Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth. He also believed women were emotionally superior to men and that one day U.S. would be a matriarchy.


10. In 2007, a lottery scratchcard in England was canceled because too many customers weren’t able to figure out which of the two negative numbers was higher.


11Green bell peppers

Green bell peppers are just unripe versions of red peppers.


12. Actress Nancy Carell who played Carol Stills on The Office has been married to Steve Carrel since 1995.


13. Researchers found that beards were only more attractive if they were uncommon. In a study, if researchers showed a single bearded man amongst many shaved men, the bearded person was ranked as more attractive. If shown amongst other bearded men, it lost its benefit.


14. Every year on Veterans Day at exactly 11:11 am, sun perfectly aligns with 5 Ellipses in 5 Pillars, illuminating the United States Seal at Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem, Arizona, thereby representing each branch of the military.


15. Blue LED lights are installed at certain Tokyo train stations to deter suicides. Researchers have found that the presence of blue lights resulted in an 84% decrease in suicides. Although the exact reason is unknown, it is theorized that blue light has a positive calming effect on mood.


16Avocado tree

Attacking your avocado tree can shock it into bearing fruit.


17. San Diego Zoo maintains a so-called "frozen zoo", a facility in which they preserve DNA from rare and near-extinct species.


18. The Subaru logo (Automobile manufacturer) represents the stars in Pleiades constellation which is known as 'Subaru' in Japanese.


19. Hyena is not a canine species. Instead, it's part of the feliform suborder and thus closer to a cat-like species.


20. The "big fat phony" guy from Family Guy is credited as "Holden Caulfield", the protagonist of J.D. Salinger's classic 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, who often accused others of being “phonies”.


21Lucille Clarke Dumbrill

A Wyoming woman named Lucille Clarke Dumbrill maintains and regularly uses a 122-year-old sourdough starter to make pancakes. The starter is older than the state of Wyoming itself.


22. Joseph Stalin’s real name was Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. He decided to change his name to Stalin in 1902, which meant “steel” in Russian. He believed it would make him appear tough.


23. 'The Lost Generation' is a sad poem about the society that ends with "all this will come true unless we choose to reverse it." If you read it backward, each line has an opposite meaning, and it becomes happy.


24. There are actually eight continents, with the eighth, being nearly 95% submerged, called Zealandia (southwest Pacific Ocean).


25. 74% of mothers and 70% of fathers reported preferential treatment toward one child.

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