Random Fact Sheet #132 – 40 Little-Known Truths to Wow You

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Zambia is the only country to have entered an Olympics as one country (Northern Rhodesia) and left the games as another. Zambia declared independence on the last day of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

2. Every time an armadillo gives birth, they have identical quadruplets.

3. The slogan "Make your wet dreams come true" was used by 1928 presidential candidate Alfred Smith in reference to repealing prohibition.

4. In 1996, a stray cat who’d given birth to a litter in an abandoned Brooklyn garage returned to the structure five times after a fire broke out to save her kittens, despite her eyes blistered shut and her paw pads burned from the flames. The mother and her babies all survived.

5. The official divorce complaint of Mary Louise Bell, wife of world-famous physicist Richard Feynman, was that "He begins working calculus problems in his head as soon as he awakens. He did calculus while driving in his car, while sitting in the living room, and while lying in bed at night."

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6Gaming industry

Gaming industry

The gaming industry makes more revenue than the film industry and music industry combined.

7. Real Madrid's president Florentino Pérez didn't want to sign Ronaldinho, saying "He's so ugly that he'd sink you as a brand". Instead, he signed Beckham, for he's handsome and marketable in Asia. Ronaldinho became Barcelona's star and got a standing ovation from Madrid fans for his performance in EL Clasico 2005.

8. In 2003, a high school football player set a new record for career passing yardage; he later found out that both teams' coaches had conspired in his last game to ensure he'd beat the record, and he requested that the yardage from that game be expunged from his record, relinquishing the record.

9. Bees can be blue. Xylocopa caerulea, the blue carpenter bee, is non-aggressive and semi-solitary. They do not build hives like honeybees but instead prefer to live inside the dead wood. They live in Southeast Asia, India, and Southern China.

10. Without bats, there would be no tequila. Tequila is made from the agave plant which is pollinated by bats.

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11Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan

Late actor Michael Clarke Duncan was assigned to protect Notorious B.I.G. on the night he was killed, but Duncan switched assignments at the last minute. The death caused Duncan to quit working as a bodyguard and pursue acting full-time.

12. In Stalingrad during World War 2, the average life expectancy of a Soviet soldier was 24 hours.

13. The Terminator's world-famous phrase "Hasta la vista, baby" is translated to "Sayonara, baby" in the Spanish version of the film, to preserve the humorous nature.

14. The Voyager engineers calculated over 10,000 launch windows so that encounters between the craft and the planets on its trajectory didn't happen during Thanksgiving or Christmas, allowing them to stay home for the holidays.

15. Americans, on average, work more hours than the workers of any developed nation, including Japan.

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16Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde

American criminals Bonnie and Clyde were so impressed by the 1934 Ford V-8 Model B, that they wrote a letter to Henry Ford expressing that the Model B was the perfect getaway car.

17. Polydactyl (having many fingers) in cats was seen by sailors as advantageous for catching mice aboard ships. Consequently, there is a high proportion of these cats in seaport areas such as Boston, Nova Scotia, and Great Britain.

18. Lidocaine is often added to cocaine as a diluent. This is why it numbs the gums when applied. This often gives users the impression of high-quality cocaine, while the user actually is receiving a diluted product.

19. Prior to British troops firing on civilians at the Boston Massacre in 1770, they were pelted with oyster shells, ice, stones, sticks, and beaten with clubs by an unruly mob. At the trial, the soldiers were successfully defended by none other than John Adams and all were acquitted of murder.

20. An average housefly lives for about a month, a lot longer than the commonly thought 2 or 3 days.

21Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On

The "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster from World War 2 Britain was never widely distributed during the war, and only became famous when a bookseller found an original poster in a box of old books in 2000 and commercialized it.

22. Approximately 90% of all gunpowder used by the Patriots during the American Revolution was supplied by France.

23. Nai Khanomtom was a Thai legend who was captured by the Burmese invading army. He fought and beat 10 people in a row without breaks to show the invading king how Muay Thai compared to Burmese boxing. The king set him free and offered him riches or two beautiful wives. He chose the wives.

24. Ignosticism or igtheism is the idea that the question of the existence of God is meaningless because the term God has no coherent and unambiguous definition and/or that every other theological position assumes too much about the concept of God and many other theological concepts.

25. In 1935, Senator Huey Long was assassinated by Carl Weiss in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Years later, when the case was reopened, it was found that he was accidentally shot to death by his own bodyguards, who had opened fire on Carl Weiss when he pulled out his gun.

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