50 Random Facts List #99

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During World War 1, the Germans thought that the shotgun was too inhumane a weapon, and lodged a complaint against the US.

27. J.P. Morgan of JPMorgan Chase & Co and Milton Hershey of Hershey's Chocolate were both in Europe and planned to travel back to the US on Titanic's Maiden Voyage but later changed their plans.

28. Abraham Lincoln's corpse was sent on a two-week funeral tour across America to be shown openly to thousands of people. In the course of the trip, the body visibly decomposed, bloated, and darkened. In New York City alone, the body was seen by over 150,000 people and was exposed to the air for 23 hours straight.

29. Rumblestrutting is a guinea pig behavior in which they strut around each other shaking their butts low to emit a rumbling sound. It can sound a lot like purring, but it's part of their herd rituals to determine dominance.

30. The word 'Jehovah’ is a Latinized derivative of God's given name 'YHWH’. This translated abbreviation stemming from 4 Hebrew consonants called the ‘tetragrammaton’ is regarded too sacred to be uttered and the letters were replaced by Latin-speaking Christian scholars.

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31Garfield's assassination

Garfield's assassination

President Garfield’s cause of death wasn’t so much as the bullet wound from his assassination attempt as much as it was the treatment he received afterwards. His doctors’ clumsy, unsanitary attempts to heal him resulted in a severe, painful infection that killed him three months later.

32. Maple syrup and maple sugar were used during the American Civil War and by abolitionists in the years before the war because most cane sugar and molasses were produced by Southern slaves.

33. Giant tortoises on whaling voyages were stored helplessly on their backs for up to six months before being killed and eaten. While alive, they drank gallons of water at a time and kept it in a special bladder, making a properly-butchered tortoise a source of cool, perfectly drinkable water.

34. Ann Wilson of Heart wrote the song Barracuda after her recording company created a rumor that her sister and she were having an incestuous relationship for publicity. Following a concert, a fan asked how her “lover” was. Enraged, she went directly to her hotel room and began writing the lyrics.

35. Marilyn Monroe never intentionally posed for the first issue of Playboy. Hefner paid $500 to a Chicago calendar company for the photos which were taken 4 years earlier. Marilyn was paid $50 for the initial shoot and had to buy a copy of the magazine herself to see the photos.

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36Hairy panic

Hairy panic

In 2016, a rural city in Victoria, Australia had a tumbleweed outbreak so bad that they named it "hairy panic." Tumbleweed was piling up around homes, at times reportedly reaching roof height.

37. According to Zipf's Law, in almost every language, the most common word will occur 2 times as often as the second most common word, 3 times as often as the third most common word, and so on.

38. The Weather Channel released a compilation of the music used during their 'Local on the 8s' segment. It peaked #1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart for Contemporary Jazz.

39. After Nelson Mandela's death, NHL goalie Jonathan Bernier gave a TV interview in which he referred to Mandela as 'one of the most-known athletes' and 'a great guy off and on the ice'.

40. “The New Shadow” was a supposed sequel to Lord Of The Rings that told of the reign of Aragorn’s descendant, men turning back to evil, and a plot to oust the king of Gondor. Tolkien quickly abandoned it after writing only 13 pages.

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Most of the wasabi we eat in the US is fake. Real Wasabi is hard to cultivate and expensive to mass produce.

42. The do-not-call list does not work anymore which has allowed massive robocalls to happen.

43. In 2014, Singapore's anti-gambling agency, in a bid to leverage the world cup fever, published an advert that showed a worried kid telling his friend that his father had bet all their savings on Germany winning the world cup. Germany won.

44. The success of ‘Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure’ led to the creation of a cereal called “Bill & Ted's Excellent Cereal.”

45. Cavemen had tattoos. Ötzi the Iceman from 3250 B.C. had 61 tattoos on his body.

46Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor

In 1990, Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor refused to give a concert in New Jersey because the organizers insisted on playing the American National Anthem before her act. Frank Sinatra threatened to "kick her in the a*s" and New Jersey prohibited her from ever singing in that concert hall again.

47. The amount of time it would take Mount Rushmore to erode into unrecognizability (assuming that it is not maintained) is approximately 7.2 million years.

48. Mount Everest was named after George Everest, whose name is pronounced EVE-REST, not EVER-EST.

49. Akinetopsia is a neuropsychological disorder in which the patients are unable to perceive motion. Instead, they often view life as a series of photographs or frozen movie reels.

50. Laura Bridgman was the first deaf-blind American child to gain a significant education in the English language, 50 years before the more famous Helen Keller.


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