Random Fact Sheet #25- 35 Facts to Add to Your Knowledge

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1Airedale Terriers

Airedale Terriers

Airedale Terriers carried messages for soldiers during World War 1 and were very dedicated to their duties. One named 'Jack' ran through half a mile of enemy fire. He made it to headquarters with his jaw broken and one leg badly splintered and died just after delivering his message.

2. Out of eleven cases of blood alcohol content higher than 1%, Poland holds five.

3. Instead of an agent, Bill Murray uses a 1-800 number where you can leave a message for him if you want to cast him for a movie or event.

4. Comedian Mitch Hedberg never passed on a job, having been told “No” so often early in his career that he felt like if he didn’t say “Yes,” he might not be given the opportunity to perform again.

5. Michael J. Fox was one of four cast members on the set of Leo and Me who was diagnosed with Parkinson's. The event was improbable enough that an investigation was launched.

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7. The word "Barbarian" originally referred to people who don't speak Greek, because the Greeks thought people who spoke a foreign tongue sounded like they were saying "bar bar bar" all the time.

8. In 1949 at Wimbledon, "Gorgeous Gussie" Moran wore a skirt that exposed her knees, causing Wimbledon officials to complain that she was "bringing vulgarity and sin into tennis."

9. In Pompeii around 2000 years ago, "Beware Of The Dog" mosaics were used near the entrances to houses, much like modern day signs serving the same purpose.

10. IMAX projectionists wear body armor when handling IMAX lamps; if dropped, they can explode resulting in quartz shrapnel.

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11Eugene Aserinsky

Eugene Aserinsky

A man named Eugene Aserinsky who was a pioneer in sleep research died when he slammed his car into a tree north of San Diego in 1998. An autopsy suggested he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

12. A man running from a police helicopter using thermal imaging tried to fool the TI cameras by hiding in fresh manure. It didn't work.

13. Mustard will never go bad due to its antibacterial nature, although it can dry out.

14. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the technology to make concrete was lost for 1000 years.

15. Jellyfish live in every ocean and have survived five mass extinctions, for possibly 700 million years or more, despite most of them lacking specialized digestive, osmoregulatory, central nervous, respiratory, or circulatory systems.

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16Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller

When Joseph Heller, author of the classic American novel 'Catch-22' was told that he had never written anything else as good as his book, he replied: "Who has?"

17. The Large Hadron Collider had to be shut down when a weasel fell into it.

18. Marilyn Monroe's mother was schizophrenic, which caused Marilyn to live in several foster homes and orphanages. In two of these, she was sexually assaulted by the foster father. When she was 16, her foster family married her off to keep her from going back to foster care when they moved.

19. The first firecrackers originated when Chinese villagers burned green bamboo, which grows so fast that air pockets get trapped inside of it and explode with a loud bang when heated.

20. Asbestos was used as fake snow in early Hollywood in films such as, "The Wizard of Oz."

21Beslan School Massacre

Beslan School Massacre

In 2004, the Beslan School Massacre took place in Russia where 1100 people were taken hostage by Muslim extremists. The extremists had a standoff with Russia for 3 days. It ended with 333 casualties.

22. The 'National Enquirer' was the most reliable news source during the O. J. Simpson murder trial. According to a Harvard law professor who gave the media an overall failing grade, the 'Enquirer' was the only publication that thoroughly followed every rumor and talked to every witness.

23. The drink called "Punch" has no relation to punching and instead comes from the Sanskrit for "Five", since it was made with five ingredients in India.

24. Long ago, people chewed on tree bark as a method of pain relief. Willow bark has a high amount of salicylic acid, an ingredient still used in aspirin today.

25. The selective admissions process at universities was originally designed during the early 20th century to discriminate against Jews.

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