Random Fact Sheet #184 – A Celebration of Curiosity: 35 Facts

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26Alice in Wonderland syndrome

Alice in Wonderland syndrome

There's a neurological disorder called "Alice in Wonderland" syndrome. This affects patients' perception in a way that they may suddenly feel that they have become giants or the room around them has shrunk. It most commonly affects children.

27. Marvel has to publish a Captain Marvel comic at least once every two years to not lose their trademark on the name, leading to several different characters using the name as an alias.

28. Red is not the only color of blood in the animal kingdom. Several species of octopus have blue blood, ocellated icefish have clear blood, and the green-blooded skink has, well, green blood.

29. The level of difficulty of a mental task, from working on a complex calculus equation to completing a simple game of Sudoku, barely alters the amount of energy the brain consumes while completing the task.

30. The German city of Trier, the birthplace of Karl Marx, issued 0-Euro notes to celebrate his 200th birth anniversary. They cost 3 Euros.

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31Beam me up, Scotty

Beam me up, Scotty

Though the phrase "Beam me up, Scotty" is the most well-known quote from Star Trek, it does not appear in any movie or tv episode.

32. An autistic savant named Mark DeFriest was sentenced to 4 years in prison for ‘stealing’ his father’s tools. Able to memorize and reproduce keys by just looking at them, he's been imprisoned 36 years for multiple escapes.

33. Tokyo has its own superhero. He’s Mangetsu-Man, a self-made hero who’s taken up the responsibility of keeping the city clean. He wears a “full moon” head, purple bodysuit, oversized UGG boots with matching gloves and uses a voice dictation app to hide his voice.

34. Michael Caine only agreed to be in 'The Muppet Christmas Carol' because his 7-year-old daughter was too young to see his other films, and he wanted her to watch him in something.

35. During the filming of his show "Who is America?" Sacha Baron Cohen attempted to film at a Californian gun store, making up a fake story for his visit. However, as soon as he arrived, the owner yelled "You're Borat!", prompting Cohen to immediately walk back out.

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