Random Fact Sheet #155 – 30 Fun and Quirky Random Facts to Share

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1Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was court-martialed for refusing to move to the back of an Army bus, 11 years before Rosa Parks.

2. The FDA did a study which found that most drugs are still safe and effective decades past the expiration date stamped on the package.

3. Krusty the Clown was originally Homer Simpson in disguise - with the joke being that Bart hated Homer but loved Krusty.

4. In France, a chemist named Pilatre de Rozier tested the flammability of hydrogen by gulping a mouthful and blowing across an open flame, proving at a stroke that hydrogen is indeed explosively combustible and that "eyebrows are not necessarily a permanent feature of one’s face."

5. “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” was nominated for an NAACP award because it featured such a diverse cast. Nickelodeon turned away kids for the show that were “too Disney.” Creator D.J. MacHale described “too Disney” as “apple pie, freckles, cute, over-the-top acting.”

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6Taylor Energy Oil Spill

Taylor Energy Oil Spill

The Taylor Energy Oil Spill has been going on for more than 12 years in the Gulf and will soon surpass the BP Spill in size.

7. The 2009 movie "Where the Wild Things Are" barely turned any profit despite having mostly positive reviews, making $100.1 million from a budget of $100 million.

8. On October 24, 1975, an estimated 90% of women of Iceland participated in a “women’s day off” to demonstrate the value of their work, both paid and unpaid. Fathers had little choice but to bring their children to work or stay home themselves, leading them to call it “the long Friday.”

9. The world's foremost expert (E.O. Wilson) on ants chose to study ants because when he began his entomology career in 1947, insect pins were hard to come by due to World War 2 metal shortages and unlike other insects, ants were and are still stored in vials, not pinned.

10. In Texas Hold 'em, an Ace-King of any suit combination is occasionally referred to as an Anna Kournikova, derived from the initials AK and because it "looks really good but rarely wins."

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The American Government tried to instill the values of home ownership in the American people with federal programs in 1917 to prevent the rise of communism as they believed people who owned their own homes had a stake in the capitalist system.

12. The Crypt Keeper has Chucky’s eyes. FX technician Kevin Yagher created both puppets and reused Chucky’s clear blue eyes for the show.

13. In 2002, Sega's president, Shiochiro Irimajiri, gifted all of the $695 million of his own company stock to save Sega from going bankrupt due to the Dreamcast. He died shortly afterwards following an arduous battle with cancer.

14. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry sold his prized 1959 Les Paul during his divorce and lost track of it until he found Slash in a magazine holding the same guitar. For years Slash refused to sell it back until he finally gave it to Perry as a gift on his 50th birthday.

15. In December 1969, a Korean Airlines plane was hijacked by a North Korean agent soon after taking off from Gangneung. The pilot was forced to fly to and land in North Korea. The crew, aircraft, and seven of the passengers have still not returned.

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16Sperm whale

Sperm whale

The world's sperm whale population consumes almost as much seafood, by weight, as humanity.

17. In 2013, Margit Arrobio bought a $360 million jackpot Powerball ticket and won the jackpot. The next day, she saw a media report that said that nobody won the Jackpot. When she called the store where she bought the ticket from, she found out that she bought the ticket an hour after the numbers were drawn.

18. Spielberg shot "E.T." in chronological sequence so that kids could mentally deal with the goodbye of a friend.

19. Dr. George Archibald spent 3 years with a highly endangered whooping crane named Tex, acting as a male crane – walking, calling, dancing – to shift her into reproductive condition. Through his dedication and the use of artificial insemination, Tex eventually laid a fertile egg.

20. Urgent Call for Unity was an appeal to defeat the Nazis. It was signed by German scientists, authors, and artists in advance of the German federal election in 1932. The appeal was unsuccessful, Adolf Hitler was appointed the chancellor, and the Nazis were able to consolidate power.

21Joachim Ronneberg

Joachim Ronneberg

At the age of 23, a Norwegian army officer named Joachim Ronneberg led a team of saboteurs on cross country skis on a mission to destroy Hitler’s chance at building an atomic bomb.

22. All border collies can be traced back to one dog named Old Hemp.

23. Many university athletes read at an 8th-grade level and the NCAA systematically hides this.

24. The company behind the infamous CueCat had a data breach back in 2000 revealing name, email address, age range, gender and zip code. They gave a $10 Radioshack gift card to everyone affected.

25. Even though Mikhail Gorbachev has been offered to have his notable wine stain birthmark removed, he opted against it as he believed it would be perceived as him being more concerned with his appearance than other more important issues.

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