Random Fact Sheet #29 – A Collection of 35 Amazing Random Facts

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26Anne Hamilton-Byrne

Anne Hamilton-Byrne

In 1961, a yoga teacher named Anne Hamilton-Byrne was able to convince hundreds of people that she was the female reincarnation of Jesus creating a horrific cult in Australia called "The Family", one of the only known cults led by a woman.

27. It would take a person 59 days straight to count to one million. A man named Jeremy Harper counted up to it for charity in 2007. He counted for 16 hours a day and raised $10,000 (one penny per number).

28. The Roman Empire typically avoided using slave rowers, instead preferring freemen, because they were more motivated.

29. Dick Cheney shot Harry Whittington in 2006. He still has 30 birdshot pellets stuck inside him, which has led to heart issues and a change in voice.

30. Bots are more active on the internet than people. Only 48.2% of internet traffic is human, and bad bots outnumber good bots.

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31Black Garlic

Black Garlic

Black Garlic is made by heating whole bulbs of garlic over the course of several weeks, a process that results in black cloves. The taste is sweet and syrupy with hints of balsamic vinegar or tamarind.

32. British intelligence once executed "Operation Cupcake" to hack an online al-Qaeda magazine, replacing bomb making instructions with a recipe for cupcakes.

33. In 2010, Paul the Octopus, from a German aquarium in Oberhausen, correctly predicted every single World Cup match outcome for the German National Team that year. He received death threats when he accurately foresaw their semi-final loss.

34. In the 1980s, 92 high ranking officials (judges, lawyers, policemen, and a state legislator) were arrested and indicted in the Chicago area for corruption; including profiting from murder, bribery, racketeering, etc. Operation Greylord involved the first listening device ever placed in a judge's chambers.

35. Tom and Jerry's episode (The Cat Concerto) where Tom performs Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 1946.



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