Random Fact Sheet #192 – 35 Quirky Trivia Bits to Liven Up Your Day

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1Asbestos Cloth

Asbestos Cloth

Romans weaved asbestos fibers into a cloth-like material that was then sewn into tablecloths and napkins. These clothes were cleaned by throwing them into a blistering fire, from which they came out unharmed and whiter than when they went in.

2. Dr. Jane Goodall set herself apart from traditional conventions by naming the animals in her studies of primates instead of assigning each a number. This also led her to develop a close bond with the chimpanzees and to become, to this day, the only human ever accepted into chimpanzee society.

3. Breathing 100% pure oxygen for more than 16 hours can lead to irreversible lung damage, damage to the retinas, and eventually, death.

4. Legendary musician Prince passed away leaving no will detailing how to distribute his multi-million dollar estate. Within 3 weeks of his death, more than 700 people claimed to be his half-sibling or descendant.

5. Dennis Rodman started dying his hair blonde after seeing Wesley Snipes’ character in the movie Demolition Man.

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6The Stig

The Stig

Top Gear's "tame racing driver", The Stig, would often eat his lunch in the back of an ambulance to avoid being identified. He would also remain in his racing overalls and helmet throughout the day and would put on a French-like accent when talking.

7. Led Zeppelin had become so frustrated with reporters and interviewers that officials had to put down strict rules for anyone who went backstage. One of those rules stated "Do not make any sort of eye contact with John Bonham. This is for your own safety."

8. The human body, if eaten, would be 81,500 calories. Based on the recommend daily intake of 2,500 calories, one average human body would feed one person for about one month.

9. In 2002 paramedics in Poland were arrested for killing patients and selling their information to funeral homes who would contact their relatives to make funeral arrangements. The funeral homes then added the cost of the bribes they paid the killers to the funeral bills of the victims' families.

10. The word ‘bus’ is actually short for 'omnibus' meaning “To contain many things” and didn't originate until the early 19th century.

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Dandelions are not only completely edible raw and cooked but also packed with nutrients and may have many other benefits to their consumption.

12. A charity in the UK is ‘adopting’ red phone boxes, removing the phone and installing lifesaving defibrillators instead.

13. Sweden has a forest of oak trees planted 200 years ago because their Navy at the time needed them for ships.

14. Marie Curie was involved in a sex scandal when a newspaper published love letters between her and a former student of her deceased husband. Her lover later challenged the newspaper’s editors to a dual to defend Marie’s honor.

15. Giraffes sleep using their own butts as pillows

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16Chemo Pregnancy

Chemo Pregnancy

Men who are receiving chemo should avoid causing pregnancy during and for some time after treatment because chemo may damage the DNA in sperm cells. This could lead to birth defects.

17. The Battle of Hayes Pond was an armed confrontation between Lumbee Native Americans and the KKK in which the Lumbee were successful in disrupting the klan rally and ending significant KKK activity in the southern region of North Carolina.

18. Insects don't have lungs. They just kinda absorb oxygen and it is related to their size, i.e. why bugs got so big when the Earth had more oxygen.

19. Oily rags can spontaneously self-ignite because the oil reacts with oxygen in a reaction to produce heat, and a bunched up cloth can trap the heat enough to reach ignition temperatures.

20. Volkswagen sells more sausages than cars, sold under the "Volkswagen original parts" number 199398500a, the currywusrt has been available for 45 years now.

21Space Odyssey

Space Odyssey

"2001: A Space Odyssey" was initially very poorly received by audiences due to its slow pace and ambiguous plot. The movie became more successful when masses of people began flocking to watch the movie while stoned, with MGM even advertising it as "The ultimate trip".

22. Charles Bronson, one of the toughest men in Hollywood, was so poor growing up that at one time he had to wear his sister's dress to school for lack of clothing.

23. In 2018 the Sagrada Familia Church agreed to pay Barcelona $41 million as fine for lacking a building permit for 136 Years.

24. Ahmed Best, voice actor for Jar Jar Binks, became suicidal after the massive societal backlash against the character he played.

25. One of the reasons the Great Wall of China still stands after so many years is due to a secret binding agent in the mortar which was sticky rice.

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