Random Fact Sheet #230 – 35 Facts to Impress Your Colleagues

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26Circumnavigation of Globe

Circumnavigation of Globe

Magellan didn’t circumnavigate the globe. Magellan only made it to the Philippines, where he started a battle and was killed by natives. It was one of his Captains, Juan Sebastián Elcano (1476 – 1526), who actually completed the journey, yet historically has not received credit for his journey.

27. Benny Medina created ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ after growing up poor in East LA. His life changed when he befriended a rich white teenager, whose family lived in Beverly Hills and allowed Medina to live with them. Medina decided to change the rich white family to a rich black family in the show.

28. Because of the availability of soda fountains in the Eastern US when soft drinks became popular, Easterners referred to the drink as soda. As the Midwest did not yet have them, the drink was called pop because of the sound a cork or cap makes when being removed from a bottle.

29. About 75%- 80% of Japan is made up of mountains, forcing 93% of the population to live in the cities, leading to the high population density in its cities.

30. Research shows that parents who want their children to cut back on screen-time must cut back on screen-time themselves.

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31Dr. Farid Fata

Dr. Farid Fata

A Michigan oncologist named Dr. Farid Fata falsely diagnosed 500+ patients with cancer they never had, subjected them to unnecessary treatments, including chemo, and then fraudulently billed over $30 million to their insurance. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2014.

32. A baker’s dozen is comprised of 13 because in medieval England there were laws that related the price of bread to the price of the wheat used to make it. Bakers caught cheating customers by overpricing undersized loaves were punished. For fear of coming up short, they would throw in an extra.

33. Penguins have a specialized organ that filters salt from their bloodstream, allowing them to drink salt water.

34. When Thomas Edison was 15 he sold newspapers to the railroads and saved the station master’s 2-year-old son from getting hit by a train. The Station Master repaid Edison by training him as a telegraph operator. Edison was adept and sold a better process to Western Union giving him the money needed to launch his lab.

35. All astronauts going to the International Space Station are required to learn Russian, which can take up to 1100 class hours for English language speakers.

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