Random Fact Sheet #160 – Uncover 35 Obscure Facts

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26Satoshi Tajiri

Satoshi Tajiri

Satoshi Tajiri, the creator, and father of Pokemon is a high-functioning autistic.

27. In 1935, a seaplane carrying two million rubles in cash vanished in a remote part of Siberia. The wreckage and remains of the crew were found 80 years later. There was no sign of the cash.

28. Certain antidepressants can actually increase the risk of suicide, especially in young adults. When a depressed person wants to commit suicide, they often lack the energy to do so. However, certain antidepressants can give the edge needed to move from plan to action.

29. Great Western train company apologized when passengers were shocked by an announcement made after a fatality on the line. "Someone couldn't be bothered to live anymore. Because of this, there are severe delays. Some of you have missed your connecting flights for the Bank Holiday."

30. There was a cat shot for treason in World War 1 because it went back and forth between the German and French trenches carrying friendly notes after the Christmas armistice.

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31Fire trucks

Fire trucks

If engulfed in flames in a forest fire, some fire trucks can go into 'burn over mode' when a sprinkler system keeps watering the truck (including each tire) while the firefighters hide behind heat shields.

32. A man named Gerald Mayo once sued Satan for all the obstacles in his life. The case was dismissed as the court found it did not have jurisdiction over a foreign prince.

33. Stirling Colgate, the heir to the Colgate toothpaste family fortune, was a physicist who proposed the use of satellites for detection of nuclear weapons testing. He went on to conduct research that helped American-Indian mathematician Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar win a Nobel Prize after realizing that the satellites were detecting supernovae.

34. President Roosevelt's dog, Fala, was so well known to Americans during his presidency that American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge would ask each other what the president's dog was named in order to prove that they weren't Germans in disguise.

35. An Arkansas man reportedly had his kidneys fail after drinking a gallon of black tea a day. This is the equivalent to 16 cups. Black tea contains Oxalate which is known to cause kidney stones at excessive amounts. 

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