Random Fact Sheet #148 – Exploring 35 Quirky Random Facts

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26Survivor Tree

Survivor Tree

The Survivor Tree, the last living thing to come out of the rubble after 9/11, is still going strong. Seedlings of the tree are sent every year to communities that have suffered great tragedy and loss.

27. Deer can be very destructive to your garden and because they hate the smell of human hair, you can use it as a deterrent.

28. on 9/11, after both towers fell, the cricket-like chirping heard around ground zero each represented the PASS device of a fallen firefighter.

29. Elephants show a preference for tusk use, just as humans have a dominant hand. Research shows that the majority of elephants are righties.

30. On Sep 11, 1857, a group of Mormon militiamen persuaded a band of passing emigrants to march down a trail in Mountain Meadows, Utah. Under the pretense of protection and following the orders of their local Church leaders, these militiamen proceeded to execute 120 men, women, and children.

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31Jason Thomas

Jason Thomas

An ex-Marine named Jason Thomas saved two police officers who were stuck in the rubble of the World Trade Center during 9/11, with the help of another ex-Marine David Karnes. When his mom told him about the attack, Thomas retrieved his Marine uniform and sped to Ground Zero without hesitation.

32. You technically could stop a hurricane by shooting at it, if you had approximately 5000 machine guns firing constantly into the wind for 24 hours straight.

33. The territory of Nevada was rushing to become a state in time for the 1864 presidential election. After writing a state constitution with only days to spare, they sent all 16,543 words of it to Congress via telegram. Transmission took 2 full days and cost $4,303.27 (over $67,000 today.)

34. In 2008, Phoenix, Arizona reported itself to be the kidnapping capital of the US, with almost one kidnapping every single day. They received millions in federal funds and the report turned out to be a lie.

35. The Powerball drawing on March 30, 2005, produced 110 2nd-prize winners. The total payout was $19.4 million, 89 of them receiving $100,000 each, while the other 21 received $500,000 each. All 110 winners had played numbers from fortune cookies made by Wonton Food Inc.

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