Random Fact Sheet #151– Discover 40 Incredible Facts

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1Broccoli

Broccoli

Broccoli is a human innovation and a man-made food, being a result of the selective breeding of wild cabbage plants, which started around the 6th century B.C.


2. Astronaut Neil Armstrong took a piece of fabric from the left wing of the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and also a part of the propeller to the moon, aboard the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969.


3. Ham, the chimp who was the first hominid in space, was trained by NASA to operate a capsule in space. His trainer described the moment he was recovered from his capsule following the project as “I have never seen such terror on a chimp’s face.”


4. It costs less than a dollar to charge your phone all year.


5. A Spanish archives director named Carles Recio only showed up to work to sign-in and sign-out for 10 years. During the time that he was "working," he ran a male brothel and was an erotic comic book artist who created a busty superheroine named Fallarela "who hurls flaming Valencia oranges at her enemies."


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6LeBron James

LeBron James

Following LeBron James' decision to leave Cleveland and join the Miami Heat, the sports memorabilia company Fathead lowered the price of wall graphics depicting James from $99.99 to $17.41: the birth year of infamous American traitor Benedict Arnold.


7. The Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice is a London monument commemorating ordinary people who died saving the lives of others and who might otherwise have been forgotten.


8. The ‘Slow Movement’ advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life's pace, and “doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible.” It began with a protest against the opening of a McDonald’s in Rome in 1986. “It’s about quality over quantity in everything.”


9. Japanese Yakuza have a unique form of extortion known as sōkaiya. Instead of harassing small businesses for protection money, the yakuza harasses the stockholder meetings of large corporations.


10. Hasbro has trademarked the smell of Play-Doh. It is described as a “sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough.”


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11The Most Unwanted Song

The Most Unwanted Song

Three composers created "The Most Unwanted Song" based on an opinion poll of annoying musical elements in 1997. It includes bagpipes, a rapping opera singer, children singing about Christmas shopping at Walmart, and much more. It is twenty-two minutes long.


12. Lebron James was so hated back in 2012 that even a captured Al-Qaeda member wrote letters expressing his disgust at his decision to go to the Miami Heat. He told his lawyer that “LeBron James is a very bad man and should apologize to the city of Cleveland.”


13. Caterpillars don't "morph" into butterflies. Their bodies turn into a protein 'goop' within their chrysalis and rapid DNA-driven cell-division takes care of the rest.


14. In India, the police aren't allowed to handcuff prisoners unless they are at an extreme risk of escaping. The Supreme Court said that handcuffing is against the dignity of an unconvicted prisoner and thus violative of his fundamental rights. So policemen hold hands instead.


15. A Curaçao woman named Odette Doest rescued a flamingo that had crashed into a window. She named it Bob and nursed it back to health. When she realized Bob couldn’t be released back to the wild, she made it an ambassador for his species, visiting schools with him to teach children about island wildlife and the importance of conservation.


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16Carolyn Davidson

Carolyn Davidson

In 1971, Nike paid a college student named Carolyn Davidson $35 for the "swoosh" logo she designed.


17. Wax worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics, polyethylene. Their digestive process breaks the plastic's chemical bond, producing an organic compound.


18. Nintendo's character Mario is named after Mario Segale, who was the company's landlord in 1981. All Segale has publicly said about this is "I'm still waiting for my royalty checks".


19. William the Conqueror (also known as William The Bastard) was denied a marriage proposal by Matilda of Flanders who felt marrying a bastard was below her. He won her heart by reading the response and immediately riding more than 250 miles from Normandy to Bruges to grab her by the hair and throw her in the mud.


20. It is legal in New York to own a monkey if you are paralyzed and the monkey is trained to perform household tasks for you.


21Peace lilies and Chrysanthemums

Peace lilies and Chrysanthemums

In the late 80s, NASA studied houseplants as a means of providing cleaner and purer air for their space stations. They found Peace Lilies and Chrysanthemums to be the best all-rounders at air filtering.


22. Crew members of the Challenger space shuttle survived the “explosion,” manually activated their emergency breathing packs, and were very likely alive for the full 2 minute and 45 seconds, 65,000-foot free-fall until their crew cabin crashed into the ocean.


23. Actor Brian Blessed is a fully trained astronaut, having completed over 800 hours of 'space training' in Moscow, and "remains the number one civilian on the wait list for the International Space Station."


24. Since the 1300's, the pronoun “thou” was actually considered more informal and even derogatory than the pronoun “you.” This is also why its usage began declining in the 17th century because it was considered “impolite.”


25. The oldest surviving work (De Agri Cultura) of Latin prose is a guide to farmers by Cato the Elder. Along with detailed instructions on running a farm, it contains a guide to brewing wine and many cooking recipes, including one for cheesecake.

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