Random Fact Sheet #224 – Revelations and Rarities: 35 Unique Facts

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26Inca Road System

Inca Road System

The Inca Road system was at least 40,000 kilometers (25,000 miles) long. The roads were carefully planned and maintained. They were paved where necessary, had stairways, bridges, and constructions such as retaining walls and a drainage system. Only 25% of the system remains visible today.

27. In 1984 a group of Australian Aboriginal people living a traditional nomadic life were discovered in the Gibson Desert in Western Australia. They had been unaware of the arrival of Europeans on the continent, let alone cars or even clothes.

28. Seneca Village, a community composed mainly of free black people, was destroyed in the 1850s to make way for New York City's Central Park.

29. When his friend Hephaestion died, Alexander the Great held such an expensive funeral that it has been estimated to have cost the modern equivalent of $2 billion.

30. When the Baltimore Colts tried to move to Indianapolis, the owner feared that the government would attempt to keep the team in the city by eminent domain. He secretly packed up everything in trucks in the middle of the night and was in Indiana before the government realized they were gone.

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31Maggie L. Walker

Maggie L. Walker

The first woman to establish a bank in the USA was an African-American named Maggie L. Walker in 1903. The St. Luke Penny Savings Bank was one of the few to survive the Great Depression and, after a merger, still exists today.

32. The Warty Comb Jelly Fish does not have an anus in a fixed location on its body. Instead, an anus develops when the jelly needs to defecate and disappears when it’s done.

33. A pair of Miami DJ’s prank called Fidel Castro in 2003. They pretended to be Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to get Castro on the line and had a brief chat before telling Castro he had been fooled. Castro responded with a brief verbal tirade. The radio station was later fined $4,000.

34. If you pay the full cash bail to the court, that money is required to be returned to you after all court appearances have been fulfilled and you were found not guilty. If you paid a bail bondsman, that money is not returned because it is deemed their fee for service.

35. During the Korean War, hundreds of American pilots fought and died in a hot aerial war with the Soviet Union, which flew 75% of all fighter missions in support of North Korea. This was kept secret by both countries until the end of the Cold War to avoid pressure for confrontation.

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