Random Fact Sheet #110 – 40 Facts That Will Make You Stop and Think

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26Jareth the Goblin King

Jareth the Goblin King

In the film Labyrinth, Jareth the Goblin King was originally going to be a puppet creature just like his goblin subjects, but Jim Henson wanted a huge star. He almost went with Sting, Prince, Mick Jagger, and Michael Jackson, but ultimately decided David Bowie best suited the character.

27. Actress Nikki Reed moved out of her mother's house and began living on her own at the age of 14. After the success of her movie “Thirteen”, Reed returned to high school but dropped out again after a year because of “mothers who were sneaking into the school at lunchtime to confront and harass her about the film.”

28. Early species of whales lived on land, had four legs and fur, and were the size of a raccoon or domestic cat. As they evolved, they were able to drink salt water and their nostrils gradually moved to the top of their head, forming the blowhole.

29. There was a 10-minute game called “Moirai”, in which the player’s character was affected by the choices made by other players. The game was ruined by a single hacker and is now lost forever.

30. India produces a surplus amount of electricity but it lacks the infrastructure to transmit the electricity produced. India is also the third largest producer and consumer of electricity.

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More land is used for opium in Afghanistan than it is used for coca (the basis of cocaine) in all of Latin America.

32. After Adolf Hitler terminated his Austrian citizenship in 1925, he was in Germany illegally for nearly 7 years, could not run for public office, and faced the risk of deportation.

33. Zookeepers make "bloodcicles" for big cats during the summer.

34. Nashville, Tennessee isn't referred to as the "Athens of the South" because of its full-size replica of the Parthenon, but because it was the first American southern city to establish a public school system in the 1850s.

35. The French Army has a program to train eagles from birth to spot and perform mid-air drone takedowns.

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36Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde

When news spread of Bonnie and Clyde’s (American criminals) death, a large crowd gathered around the car trying to steal souvenirs. Lockets of Bonnie's hair and strips of her dress were taken. There were also attempts to cut off Clyde’s fingers and ear.

37. Two rival churches in Greece hold a 'rocket war' annually during Easter, where tens of thousands of home-made rockets are fired at each other. This event was originally held with real cannons until their use was prohibited in 1889.

38. Pope Stephen VI once dug up the body of a previous Pope, put it on trial for bribery and rule-breaking and mocked him for being silent in front of the entire Vatican. The defendant lost the case.

39. Hitler practiced for speeches by taking photos of himself making speeches. Hitler was so obsessed with his image that he had photographer Heinrich Hoffman take photos of him making speeches. Despite being told to destroy the photos, Hoffman did not and included them in his memoir instead.

40. The Vatican, Yale University, and many libraries have had requests sent to reserve the book, “The Necronomicon”, a fictional book invented by H.P. Lovecraft.


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