Random #261 – Random 50 Facts You Need to Know

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26Aryan Brotherhood

Despite making up less than 0.1% of the prison population, The Aryan Brotherhood is responsible for between 18-25% of all murders in the US federal prison system.


27. Napoleon Bonaparte had a healthy obsession with Australia his whole life. Had he won at Waterloo he intended to name part of Australia “Terre Napoléon” (Napoleon Land) and brought back more than 200 species of Australian flora and fauna to France, making Josephiné the first person in history to breed black swans.


28. In old Nokia phones, the notification tone for an SMS was simply 'SMS' in Morse.


29. After Attila the Hun died, his soldiers plucked out the hair of their heads and made their faces hideous with deep wounds, so that the great warrior should not be mourned by effeminate wailings and tears, but by the blood of men.


30. During the carving of Mount Rushmore, there were zero fatalities as a result of accidents. That is 14 years (1927-1941) of carving and dynamite blasts without a death.


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31Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower grows in summer. When it gets hot, the iron expands due to the heat and shrinks again in the winter. It grows by 6 inches each summer. 


32. Veery, a small bird in the Thrush family, is better at predicting upcoming Atlantic hurricane seasons than our best meteorological models.


33. The orbit of Mercury follows a unique pattern different from other planets which remained unexplained until Einstein’s theory of bending space-time due to large nearby gravitation. Previous theory was there was another planet between mercury and the sun, Vulcan.


34. Tom Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 6 and he graduated high school as a functional illiterate, relying on his sister for help with schoolwork. He was in movies like Taps and Risky Business before learning to read in 1986 when he became a Scientologist, the year Top Gun was released.


35. Children can have permanent neurological damages from neglect and abuse caused by the constant increased cortisol and adrenaline in their bloodstreams in those states. It is called Toxic Stress Syndrome.


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36Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein didn't know how to swim, but he refused to wear a lifejacket. He was always running his boat aground because he was so busy relaxing that he didn’t look to see where he was going. His family was convinced that if he didn’t drown, he’d get his head smashed by the masts and spars.


37. The Cottingley Fairies were two girls who convinced the world in the 1920s that Fairies existed with staged photographs. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the least-foolable detective Sherlock Holmes was convinced they were real and promoted the findings for years.


38. The severe pain from platypus venom can be felt for years, sometimes decades, and does not always respond to painkillers such as morphine.


39. Honey doesn’t spoil. You could feasibly eat 3000-year-old honey.


40. Many ancient Romans loved their dogs and would not only have them depicted in jewelry, but also make graves for them with personal epitaphs. One read, "To Helena, foster child, soul without comparison and deserving of praise."⁣


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41Soyuz 23

The Soyuz 23 Soviet spacecraft had an unlucky voyage in that it unintentionally “splashed-down” in a frozen lake. The crew of two spent 9 hours in the cabin waiting to be lifted out of the water, and an additional two hours before the responders realized they were alive inside.


42. Paul Revere was one of America's first orthodontists and used walrus teeth as dental implants. The walrus teeth were later helpful for identifying the corpses of his patients that were killed in the Revolutionary war.


43. Boxer Tony Galento would avoid bathing before a fight so he could distract opponents with his body odor. 


44. In 1969, Carl Sagan authored an essay detailing his personal experience with cannabis under the pseudonym "Mr. X". The identity of Mr. X wasn't revealed until after Sagan's death in 1996.


45. Moths don't like light at all. They use moonlight to navigate by night. By keeping the moon at a constant angle, they could ensure they traveled in a straight line. Unfortunately, they now confuse electric lights with the moon and try to navigate by them so they keep going around it, confused.


46Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Inc. sold his HP scientific calculator while Steve Jobs sold his Volkswagen van to raise the money they needed to build the first batch of circuit boards for Apple-1 computers. They got $500 (About $2,300 today) and $1,500 (About $6,900 today) each.


47. Weapons manufacturer Remington produces an 8-gauge shotgun called the Master Blaster. It's classified as an "industrial tool" rather than a firearm, being used to blast away built-up materials within rotary kilns from a distance.


48. Queen Victoria's first language was German, and she required two tutors to somehow reduce her German accent in English. Her children all spoke German too and they switched between English and German within the family.


49. In 2014, after Instagram cracked down on spam, Rapper Mase lost so many followers he decided to delete his account entirely after dropping to just 100,000 followers from 1.6 million in 20 minutes.


50. Newgrange is a massive prehistoric tomb in Ireland built around 3200 B.C., making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids.

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