Random Fact Sheet #104 – 45 Random Facts That Will Make You Laugh and Learn

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26Golden Hamsters

Golden Hamsters

All Golden Hamsters in captivity today descend from a single brother-sister pairing, found in Syria in 1930. The captured litter began with eleven, but the rest either escaped or ate each other.

27. Soviet Union had a program to dig a hole (Kola Superdeep Borehole) through to the Earth's crust in the 1970's. They reached 40,318 feet deep before they had to stop due to higher-than-expected temperatures of 356 degree Fahrenheit, making the project infeasible.

28. Sylvester Stallone was so broke while developing Rocky that he had to sell his dog (Butkus) because he couldn't afford dog food.

29. In Russian, "vodka" basically means "lil water." The word for water is "voda," and "ka" is a diminutive ending.

30. Candace Newmaker, a child with "behavioral problems," was taken from her birth parents, adopted, and placed in controversial "rebirth therapy." She was suffocated for 70 minutes and declared brain-dead afterward.

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31Victor Hugo Green

Victor Hugo Green

A man named Victor Hugo Green published a series of travel guides named ‘The Green Book’ between 1936 and 1966, which was mainly aimed at African-Americans. It listed Black-friendly hotels and restaurants across North America.

32. Anna Swan at 7 feet 11 inches (2.41 m) and Martin Bates at 7 feet 9 inches (2.36 m) are not only the tallest couple ever to have ever lived, but also to have given birth to the largest baby ever in 1878. The baby at birth weighed 23 pounds 9 ounces (10.7 kg) and nearly 30 inches tall (75 cm) and each of his feet were six inches (152 mm) long, but he only lived for 11 hours.

33. Cocktails such as Rum and Coke and Jack and Coke, use Coke, not Pepsi, because of the popularity of a song called “Rum and Coca-Cola.” Pepsi offered to pay to rename the song but was outbid. It became the second-highest grossing song of the 1940s, behind "White Christmas."

34. Fred Rogers (of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fame) after filming a segment on David Letterman, stopped by Eddie Murphy’s dressing room to give him his regards, and tell him how much he liked his portrayal.

35. Mummies are sometimes used in medicine to calibrate CAT scan machines.

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36Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger was the first choice for the major role of Peter Parker in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie that was released in 2002. He turned it down as he didn't want to take someone else's dream away from playing Spider-Man. The role then went to Tobey Maguire.

37. Despite his famous last name, before becoming president Franklin Delano Roosevelt inherited most of his wealth from his grandfather Warren Delano Jr., who made his fortune as a drug smuggler in China.

38. Dennis Wilson recorded a song for ‘The Beach Boys’ which was originally written by Charles Manson. After finding out he wasn't credited, he showed Wilson a bullet and said: “Every time you look at it, I want you to think how nice it is your kids are still safe.” Wilson proceeded to “beat the sh*t out of him.”

39. When presumed meteorites turn out to just be a normal rock, they are called “Meteorwrongs."

40. Mr. Rogers was a vegetarian on ethical grounds, stating "I don't want to eat anything that has a mother."

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41Li Ka-Shing

Li Ka-Shing

The richest person in Hong Kong named Li Ka-Shing is a high school dropout who first started a plastic flower company in 1950.

42. A “wave of death” occurs when a driver stops and waves another car through an intersection. This “kindness” can often lead to tragedy.

43. There's a giant donut island named Orona atoll in the middle of the Pacific ocean that has feral cats and a "sizeable lagoon" in the middle.

44. In 1954, the Green Feather Movement was started by college students to protest the proposed banning of "Robin Hood" from Indiana schools. The books were to be banned for promoting communist ideals (robbing the rich to give to the poor).

45. There is a programmable, autonomous writing robot that is 240 years old, made by a Swiss clockmaker named Pierre Jaquet Droz.

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