Random #311 – 50 Amazing Random Facts

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26Full House and Friends

Full House and Friends

Full House and Friends were shot on the exact same stage. When Full house wrapped production it was almost immediately redesigned for Friends.

27. When a plane was hijacked over Switzerland in 2014, the neighboring countries of Italy and France had to send their own fighter jets to the scene because the incident happened outside of the Swiss Air Force’s business hours, and even hijackings weren’t important enough to pay for overtime.

28. A legend goes that during the Thirty Years’ War, a Catholic army wanted to destroy Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany for resisting the Count of Tilly. Tilly declared that if anyone could drink 3.25 liters of wine in one go, he would spare the town. The local mayor saved the town that day.

29. When a male fruit fly is sexually rejected by a female fruit fly, it will seek out more alcohol than those that have successfully mated.

30. The first Soviet citizen to visit the White House was Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a female World War 2 sniper who had 309 confirmed kills, one of which was a sniper she dueled for 3 days.

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31UK Energy Consumption

UK Energy Consumption

Energy consumption in the United Kingdom has remained the same as in the 1970s, due to more efficient appliances and domestic solar technology.

32. The reason the rainbow has indigo/violet and not just purple is because Isaac Newton was obsessed with the number 7 for occult reasons. He had to have 7 colors.

33. There are no commercial king crab farming operations because, in part, these crabs go through a violently cannibalistic adolescence and have to be housed individually to survive it, which is too expensive large scale.

34. In order for the British Army to legally exist, the British Parliament must pass an act every 5 years. This stems from the Bill of Rights 1689, which forbade a standing army in time of peace without Parliamentary approval.

35. Graça Machel was married to the President of Mozambique until he died in a plane crash. She later married Nelson Mandela while he was President of South Africa. She is the only person in modern history to be the First Lady of two different countries.

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36Marco Polo

Marco Polo

Marco Polo became Kublai Khan’s diplomat at the age of 21. One of his journeys included a 2-year voyage from China to the Persian Gulf where of 600 men, only 18 survived. Altogether, throughout his life, he traveled almost 15,000 miles or 24,000 km.

37. Acclimatization Societies were voluntary associations in the 19th and 20th centuries who purposely introduced exotic species to new places. They are responsible for massive ecological disasters.

38. Baseball player Lenny Dykstra’s Reputation is so bad that it is legally impossible to libel him.

39. The Ford Model T, of which Henry Ford famously said “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black,” was not painted black because it was cheaper, but because black paint dried quicker, speeding up the manufacturing process.

40. One study has found that job seekers are more likely to be hired if they wear glasses to their interview. Several studies have shown that people who wear glasses are typically perceived as more intelligent, more competent, and more industrious than those without spectacles.

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41Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Prior to making the movie Clerks, Kevin Smith would see how many credit cards he could be approved for, competing for the most active cards against his friends. Those credit cards stayed mostly unused until production of Clerks had begun, and would end up being maxed out for the production.

42. During the final months of World War 2, Japan planned to use the Black Plague as a biological weapon against San Diego, California. The attack was scheduled for September 22, 1945, but Japan surrendered just five weeks before it could happen.

43. The Brothers Grimm, being from a lower class were excluded from university admission and tuition aid due to being poor. After they published their 1st volume of 86 folk tales, they received honorary doctorate degrees from the Universities in Berlin, Marburg, and Wrocław.

44. Our solar system is the only one appropriately called a solar system because it is centered around Sol. The general name is a planetary system.

45. Mikhail Devyataev was a Soviet fighter pilot who in February 1945 escaped a Nazi concentration camp near Peenemünde with 9 other POWs by taking over the commandant's Heinkel He 111 bomber. The NKVD (Soviet Federal agency) didn’t believe his story and classified him as a criminal, but in 1957 he became a Hero of the Soviet Union.

46T. Rex

T. Rex

Scientists estimate that around 2.5 billion T. Rex lived over the species’ approximately 127,000 generations. At any given time, around 20,000 individuals walked the earth.

47. In 1965, a Ukrainian farmer dug up the lower jawbone of a mammoth. Further excavations revealed the presence of 4 huts made up of a total of 149 mammoth bones. These 'Mammoth Bone Huts' dating back some 15,000 years were determined to have been some of the oldest shelters ever built by humans.

48. Seagrass can convert 20 times more carbon per acre than land forests.

49. The Crusaders planned to finance the Fourth Crusade by stopping first in Constantinople, to assist in a coup. When they were not fairly compensated by the new Byzantine Emperor, they seized control of the city and surrounding territory, establishing the short-lived Latin Empire (1204-1261).

50. When crowds get as dense as 6 or 7 people per square meter, they begin taking on the characteristics of fluids. This can lead to “crowd crushes,” where waves propagate through the group and push people into tight spaces, crushing them to death.

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