Random Fact Sheet #27- 35 Interesting Tidbits to Impress Your Friends

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1Sausages and ketchup

Sausages and ketchup

Volkswagen sells sausages and ketchup. It is also their best selling product, selling millions more than their cars.


2. Many people who believe in the Flat Earth theory also believe that flat-top mountains are actually giant tree stumps.


3. Toyota's Tundra pickup is made of 70% Domestic parts, which ties the Ford F-150 for "Most American truck." RAM trucks came in 3rd at 61% domestic parts. Chevy and GMC trucks came in last behind Nissan with less than half of their parts made in America.


4. Cate Blanchett's Academy Award for playing Katherine Hepburn in "The Aviator" made her the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar-winning actor.


5. MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" contributed to a drop in teen birth rate.


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6Male infants

Male infants

Male infants show a stronger interest in the physical-mechanical objects while the female infants show a stronger interest in social objects.


7. 8 of the 14 vaccines that are routinely recommended today were developed by an American microbiologist named Maurice Hilleman.


8. A 4chan prank resulted in VH1’s Save the Music program donating $10,000 to buy musical instruments for Boston's Horace Mann School for the Deaf.


9. A 59-year-old man entered a hospital complaining of chest pains was found to have a three-chambered reptilian heart, as opposed to a four-chambered mammalian one.


10. OJ Simpson's father was a well-known drag queen in the San Francisco area and died of AIDS in 1986.


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11Sarah Connor Chronicles

Sarah Connor Chronicles

In the TV series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the governor of California was targeted for termination. At the time of filming, the governor in office was Arnold Schwarzenegger.


12. Launching a nuclear weapon in the Chicago city is punishable by a $1,000 fine.


13. For the first 35 years of his life, Jack Nicholson didn't know his sister was actually his mother. He didn't find out until 9 years after her death from cancer, thanks to a TIMES Journalist.


14. Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the Holocaust memoir "Night", started the Elie Wiesel Foundation For Humanity. The charity lost nearly $16 million in the Madoff Ponzi Scheme. Wiesel and his wife also lost their entire personal life savings.


15. The Soviet Union lasted long enough to be given its own internet domain name, .su, which it received only 15 months before dissolving.


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16Charles O'Rear

Charles O'Rear

Bliss, the default computer wallpaper of Microsoft's Windows XP, was taken by former NatGeo photographer, Charles O'Rear while he was on his way to his girlfriend in 1996.


17. Boba Fett was originally not introduced in Episode V, but in the infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday TV Special.


18. O.J. Simpson earned $3,000,000 just from signing autographs while in prison.


19. When emperor Caracalla visited Alexandria, he was greeted with satires of him and other insults. He responded by massacring the city's citizens and pillaging it afterward.


20. It's very common for people in Japan to peel grapes before eating them, due to a perception that the skins are dirty and/or bitter.


21Pebble Toad

Pebble Toad

The Pebble Toad will throw itself down a cliff to avoid predators and will survive it by tucking in its legs and being light enough to bounce without being injured.


22. It can cost $289,500 a year just for the right to operate a single hot dog cart in Central Park.


23. A photon spends 40,000 years getting from the core of the Sun to the surface, but then only 8 minutes to get to Earth.


24. In 1755, Oxford University burned a taxidermied Dodo bird, unaware that it was the last complete specimen in the world.


25. There are more Chinese restaurants in the United States than McDonald's, Burger Kings, Wendy's, Domino's, and Pizza Huts put together.

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