Random #267 – 50 Awesome Random Facts You Got to Know

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26Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

In 1790, Thomas Jefferson proposed a decimal-based system for weight, length, and volume that predates the metric system. If it had been adopted, 1 mile would equal 10,000 ft, an inch would be divisible by 10, and 1 cubic foot would equal exactly 1,000 ounces.

27. 67% of the prisoners in India have not had a trial due largely in part to the 25+ million backlogged cases. It is estimated that with the current amount of judges it would take at least 12 years to clear the pending cases.

28. Jim Carrey was the first actor to have three films go straight to number one in the same year. The year was 1994, and the films were The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and Dumb and Dumber.

29. Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo fame, who also composed the themes for many Hollywood hits like Back To School, Beetlejuice, Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Men in Black, & Edward Scissorhands, was rejected from his elementary school orchestra "for having no propensity for music."

30. Disney tried unsuccessfully to trademark "SEAL Team 6" the day after the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

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The name "Dracula", used by Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler (and later by Bram Stoker), means "son of the Dragon". His father, Vlad Dracul, was a member of the Order of the Dragon, a Christian chivalric order (named after St. George and his legendary defeat of a dragon) that fought the Ottomans

32. Boston's debut album was initially rejected because band founder Tom Scholz had recorded and produced it entirely in his basement. In order to appease/fool the label, Scholz hired someone to pretend to produce the album while he rerecorded and reproduced the same album from his basement again.

33. There are 500 varieties of mangoes, and they are related to the cashew and pistachio family and are one of the most consumed fruits in the world.

34. Bats can breathe through their wings. Wings make up 85% of a bat's surface area and can contribute up to 10% of its gas exchange.

35. It was once popular to name your children after the President of the United States. Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is an example of this phenomenon. The trend fell out of style during Nixon’s term.

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36Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

When Academy Award-winning actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco - becoming Princess Grace of Monaco - the religious ceremony took only 15 minutes, but the following recitation of the 142 royal titles acquired by Kelly took another 25 minutes.

37. There is a Portuguese messianic mystic belief called Sebastianism in which a child King from the 16th century that vanished in battle will come back to save Portugal in its darkest hour.

38. Physicist Wallace Sabine was assigned the impossible task of fixing the sound quality of a poorly designed lecture hall. Despite having no background in acoustics, he discovered a relationship between chamber size, absorption surface, and sound quality, thus founding the field of acoustics.

39. During her wedding in 1981, Princess Diana deviated from tradition and omitted the line in which she promised to "obey" Prince Charles.

40. In 1950, Edith Sampson became the first African-American to represent the U.S. at the United Nations. She later became the first Black U.S. representative to NATO and became the first Black woman to be elected judge in the state of Illinois.

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41Power Out

Power Out

When the power goes out in an area, the majority of people who utilize rooftop solar panels (the form most commonly used by the public) will lose power along with everyone else; even when still in direct sunlight. A solar battery can be installed to use this power later but isn't the "norm".

42. Sandra Perron was the first female infantry officer in the Canadian Army. Viewed as a threat by the male officers, she was beaten, tied to a tree, and left in the snow for two hours without boots. Her experience forced the army to revise its procedures to prevent harassment.

43. Bob Marley was buried with his Gibson "Les Paul" guitar, a soccer ball, a marijuana bud, a ring that had been given to him by the Prince Asfa Wossen of Ethiopia, and a Bible. A month before his death, he was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit.

44. Beethoven wanted to dedicate his third symphony to Napolean. But when Napolean crowned himself the Emperor of France, Beethoven was outraged and changed the name of the symphony to Sinfonia Eroica (Heroic Symphony).

45. Almost all mammals except for primates are red-green colorblind. This is because all living mammals descend from a small shrew-like species that lived in burrows and mostly came out at night, which had partially lost its sense of vision due to its dark habitat.

46Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy

While on death row, Ted Bundy reached out to a detective investigating the Green River Killer offering to help get inside the mind of a murderer. His insight helped lead to an arrest. 

47. One of the symptoms of getting a blood transfusion with the wrong blood type is ‘an impending sense of doom’.

48. It would take 176 hours to charge an iPhone 11 Pro with the electricity generated by the average human brain. On average, at any given moment, your brain is outputting roughly 0.085 Watts of power.

49. Despite having some of the top physicists in the world, including Werner Heisenberg, Nazi Germany was unable to build a nuclear weapon partly because they did not want to affiliate with "Jewish Physics" causing many scientists to defect to the US to help with the Manhattan Project.

50. Forest fires are essential for the continuation of giant California Sequoia trees. Its seeds will break open during intense heat.

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