Random Fact Sheet #112 – 40 Facts That Will Make You Wonder About The World

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26Pope Tawadros II

Pope Tawadros II

There is a second Pope in Egypt. Pope Tawadros II was selected as the 118th pope for the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria on November 4, 2012.

27. The U.S. Air Force successfully deployed a reconnaissance drone (Lockheed D-21) capable of Mach 3.3 almost 50 years ago.

28. Most places in the Southern United States named Lincoln are named after the Revolutionary War general Benjamin Lincoln rather than Abraham Lincoln.

29. In order to open a Taco Bell franchise, Taco Bell requires you to have a minimum net worth of $1.5 million and at least $750,000 in liquid assets.

30. The pansy is quite a durable flower. It can survive with little water and freezing temperatures, despite the derogatory use of its name as an “unmanly” or spineless person.

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31Crow's nest key

Crow's nest key

An officer named David Blair was transferred off the Titanic shortly before she sailed. He packed his quarters quickly and accidentally left the ship with a key in his pocket, the key to the crow's nest cabinet where they kept the lookout's binoculars.

32. Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on February 12, 1809. Both lost their mother at a young age and, despite their differences in upbringing, both men saw themselves as autodidacts (education without the guidance of masters such as teachers and professors or institutions such as schools).

33. China sends seeds into space, then uses the resulting mutated seeds to produce abnormally large crops.

34. In computing, half of a byte is called a nibble.

35. American Stunt performer Evel Knievel completed over 75 motorcycle jumps in his lifetime (including one in a steam powered rocket), broke his bones 433 times over the course of his career but ended up dying of diabetes and pulmonary disease.

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36Helicopter crash

Helicopter crash

The helicopter that crashed during the Bin Laden raid did so because in the training exercises, they used a chain fence, rather than a solid wall like what surrounded the real compound. The solid wall meant heat got trapped and rose up, causing the helicopter to have different flight properties.

37. A Chrysalis and a Cocoon aren't the same thing. A Butterfly Caterpillar makes a Chrysalis by hardening its own skin while a Moth Caterpillar makes a cocoon from debris and its own silk.

38. During the Hoover dam construction, the first worker to die was J. G. Tierney and the last person to die was Patrick William Tierney, J.G. Tierney’s only son who died 14 years later exactly on the same date (December 20) after his death.

39. There is a Newspaper Prop that has been used in different movies for over 50 years.

40. Yoga breathing and mindfulness has been shown to help victims of childhood trauma reduce emotional and physical symptoms.


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