Random Fact Sheet #280 – 40 Electrifying Facts That’ll Leave You Speechless

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In 1985, Wong-Staal became the first person to clone HIV and to generate a genetic mapping of the virus which would be used for the research and design of treatments for AIDS.

27. James Cameron originally wanted Billy Idol to play the T-1000 liquid metal Terminator in Terminator 2. Idol got into a serious motorcycle accident before filming and Robert Patrick was cast instead.

28. There are 7 primary keyholders of the Internet. Each keyholder is chosen for their geographical spread and Internet security background to ensure that no one country has more keyholders. The keyholders are a last resort option in case something catastrophic happens to the world's Internet.

29. In 1910, two boys, Louis and Temple Abernathy decided to cross America by horseback from Oklahoma to Manhattan to meet Theodore Roosevelt. They were 10 and 6 years old. While coming back home, they decided to buy a car, while their horses made the return by train.

30. Annie Murphy (Alexis from Schitt’s Creek) almost quit her acting career after her apartment burnt to the ground and she had $3 in her bank account. A couple of days later she secured her audition for Alexis.

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31Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great once built a half-mile causeway through the sea to capture the impregnable Tyre island. The island has remained a peninsula ever since.

32. Historians have estimated that from the years 1798 to 1848, the U.S. Navy lost two-thirds as many officers from dueling as from combat.

33. The Japanese Navy personnels always eat curry on Fridays to help sailors keep track of which day it is.

34. ‘The Whole Shabang’ is a brand of chips which was initially only sold at prison commissary stores. The chips became so popular amongst ex-inmates that it became a grey market commodity and finally was sold to the general public.

35. It is possible to raise bees in the desert, as they will collect pollen from many different desert plants. They also produce different types of desert honey at different times of the year. 

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36Stanisława Leszczyńska

Stanisława Leszczyńska

Polish Catholic midwife Stanisława Leszczyńska delivered 3,000 babies at the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust in occupied Poland. She also smuggled false documents and food to Jews inside the ghetto as part of growing Polish resistance.

37. The world's smallest playable guitar is 10 microns long (about the size of a red blood cell). It has six strings each about 100 atoms wide and is played by aiming lasers at the strings. Its tone is about 130,000 times higher than a regular guitar which is supposedly the highest pitch ever recorded.

38. The ancient Chinese emperor, Zhu Houzhao, had a fake shopping market built outside his palace so that he could pretend to shop like the commoners did. It was staffed by his servants who he ordered to dress up as merchants and commoners.

39. Consuming too much lean protein can cause symptoms similar to broad malnutrition in a condition known as protein poisoning, or more colloquially called "rabbit poisoning" due to the first observed cases in frontiersmen who ate nothing but wild rabbits over the winter and developed symptoms.

40. Red pandas, one of the most liked and famous animals aren't a single species but two. Chinese red pandas have redder fur and striped tail rings, while Himalayan pandas have whiter faces. This makes the efforts of their conservation a bit trickier.

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