Random #310 – 50 Amazing Random Facts

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26No Tickets for Fans

No Tickets for Fans

In 2016, “Live Nation” admitted that less than 1/3 of the tickets for a popular tour were available to fans. When “The Tragically Hip” announced their final tour, 2/3 of tickets were sold to brokers and more were held for industry guests.

27. For centuries, Poland was home to the largest and most significant Jewish community in the world. Poland sheltered Jews persecuted and expelled from various European countries. About three-quarters of the world’s Jews lived in Poland by the middle of the 16th century.

28. Thomas Jefferson said that his Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom was “meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew, the Gentile, the Christian, and the Mahometan, the Hindoo, and Infidel of every denomination.” It’s on his grave as 1 of his 3 great accomplishments.

29. In 1915, a man named Charles Hatfield convinced the town of San Diego that he could create rainfall using a secret mix of chemicals. The city offered to pay him $10,000 if he could end their drought. A few days later, the town experienced the worst flood of the 20th century. Hatfield never got his money. The city council claimed the floods were an act of God, not an act of Hatfield.

30. Hummingbirds are one of the fastest animals on Earth relative to their body size. They can cover more body lengths per second than any other vertebrate and for their size can outpace fighter jets and the space shuttle, all while withstanding G-forces that would make a fighter pilot blackout.

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31Martin Luther

Martin Luther

German professor Martin Luther enrolled at the University of Erfurt at the age of 17 to study law which he described as a “beerhouse and whorehouse.” He gave up law for philosophy but eventually left university altogether, sold his books, and became a monk.

32. There are ancient languages that are considered untranslatable or ‘extinct’ because we have no descendant languages to use as a frame of reference for translation. One example is the Etruscan language of Italy that belonged to people who lived in Italy before the Romans.

33. Teddy Roosevelt enjoyed boxing while he was president. His sparring partner once punched him so hard he lost vision in his eye for the rest of his life. Roosevelt never told the other man what had happened.

34. Alcatraz’s prison guards created the myths about man-eating sharks and the deadly waters of San Francisco to discourage prisoners from escaping. There is only one recorded shark fatality in San Francisco which was back in 1959.

35. Before Terry Crews was a football player or actor, he was a courtroom sketch artist. He covered the worst murder case in Flint, Michigan’s history.

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36Cucuteni–Trypillia Culture

Cucuteni–Trypillia Culture

There was a mysterious culture in Eastern Europe between 5500 to 2700 B.C. which constructed sophisticated, organized, densely-populated settlements, only to burn them to the ground every 60-80 years and rebuild the same settlement as before.

37. After an obese umpire died during a game, Major League Baseball decided to enforce weight limits. In 1999 under this policy, umpire Eric Gregg was fined $5,000 for exceeding 300lbs.

38. In the 1980s and 19990s, the Los Angeles Police Department set up a task force to look into the possibility of an active serial killer they dubbed the “Southside Slayer.” In reality, they had 4 or 5 active serial killers.

39. The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool began during the industrial revolution when Manchester built a canal to circumvent Liverpool to avoid paying fees for importing/exporting goods through their port.

40. The only copies of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” and “Beowulf” are unique manuscripts that came from the same private library. Both were nearly destroyed in a fire in 1731.

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41Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick

Famous computer hacker Kevin Mitnick only wound up in jail originally because a “friend” was pissed that Mitnick beat him at a $150 bet. After being bested, Mitnick’s then-friend was so angry about losing that he called the FBI and told them about everything Mitnick had ever hacked.

42. Alfred Wintle was a British officer in World War 1, who once tried to escape a hospital disguised as a nurse. Although he successfully attended a women-only dance in the nurses' quarters, he was caught as he forgot to take off his monocle.

43. Actors were not looked upon highly in the Roman Empire and were considered to be on the same social level as prostitutes.

44. After Peter the Great mandated that all officers in his army must have started their career as privates, noble families began to register newborn boys as privates. First reporting for service at the age of 15, the boys were then promoted through seniority to junior lieutenant or equivalent rank.

45. Many public libraries in the US participate in Inter Library Loan (ILL). That means you have access to virtually any book, journal, magazine, or DVD held by any public library in the country.

46Anti-Alcohol Stamp

Anti-Alcohol Stamp

In 1981, the US Post Office issued an anti-alcohol stamp that said “Alcoholism: You can beat it!” Though well-intentioned, it was a huge flop mainly because it could look like the sender was sending a specific message to the recipient.

47. The man who invented the modern theory about oxygen and combustion, Antoine Lavoisier, was guillotined in 1794 during the French Revolution.

48. The white rind of a watermelon, between the pink flesh and green skin, is loaded with nutrients and just as healthy as the commonly eaten pink flesh.

49. A decapitated flatworm can regrow not only its head back entirely but also all of its old memories back with it.

50. Captain Morgan, the face of the well-loved rum brand was a real guy. He was a Welsh privateer who fought alongside the English against the Spanish in the Caribbean in the 1660s and 1670s.

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