Now You Know – 32 Immersive Random Facts About Everything – Part 193

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26Hunter S. Thompson

After Hunter S. Thompson, the author best known for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, died, he was cremated and his ashes were fired out of a cannon. The cannon was placed on top of a 153-foot statue of a fist holding a peyote button, paid for by Johnny Depp.

27. CBS created a show called Kid Nation (2007), where 40 kids ages 8-15 spent 40 days without direct adult supervision in a ghost town where they had to create a sustainable community.

28. President George W. Bush was almost assassinated in 2005 after Vladimir Arutyunian threw a live RGD-5 hand grenade wrapped in a handkerchief at him. Miraculously it failed to detonate because the handkerchief remained around the grenade preventing the striker lever from releasing.

29. Central Park in New York is home to a 3500-year-old Egyptian obelisk named Cleopatra's Needle. Weighing 200 tons, it was gifted to the US in 1877 in gratitude for the US not interfering in Egyptian politics.

30. NFL tried to sue rapper M.I.A. for 100% of her earnings for life (if she ever earned over $2 million) because she flipped a middle finger at the 2012 super bowl halftime show.

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31Stan Lee

In Deadpool, Stan Lee played a DJ at a Vancouver strip club. He later revealed that he actually filmed his part in a studio and was disappointed not to be in the vicinity of the topless dancers.

32. Rastafarians believed Haile Selassie, then king of Ethiopia to be the second coming of Jesus. Selassie refuted this and publicly denied his immorality. Rastafarians took this as proof he was in fact, Jesus. Selassie's subsequent death in 1975 resulted in a crisis of faith for many Rastafarians.


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