Random Fact Sheet #41 – 35 Facts to Up Your Trivia Game

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1Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

At a 'The Who' concert in 1969, a man rushed the stage and tried to take the microphone. Roger Daltrey punched him in the face, and Pete Townshend kicked him in the crotch. The man was actually a plain-clothes policeman trying to warn of a large fire next door. Townshend was later arrested.

2. A woman’s professional and personal life was ruined with a single tweet that said: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” The woman, Justine Sacco, turned out to be a P.R. Chief for a large internet company.

3. The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" is often misheard in Japan as "Ahonahōnyōhan", meaning "Idiotic public urination".

4. McDonald's "Super-Sizing" started as a Jurassic Park merchandising tie-in.

5. President Lyndon B. Johnson often peed in public, even during his presidency. One time, a gust of wind blew his urine onto the leg of one of his Secret Service agents. When the agent informed him he was being peed on, President Johnson replied, "I know. That's my prerogative."

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6Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel was expelled from his high school for impersonating a member of the school board and signing a construction contract to make an addition to his school.

7. A good old-fashioned fistfight between consenting parties is legal in the state of Washington.

8. Rock & Roll pioneer Ritchie Valens had a fear of flying due to a freak accident where two airplanes collided over his school's playground, killing or injuring many of his friends. He got over this fear due to the demands of his career and subsequently died in a plane crash at the age of 17.

9. In 1962, Warren Buffett agreed to sell shares of a failing company for $11.50 per share. The written offer was for only $11.375, so Buffett decided to buy more of the stock, took control of the company and fired the man who made the offer.

10. Norway is the only national football team to beat Brazil and have never lost to them.

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11Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar was captured by pirates and laughed in their faces when the ransom wasn't large enough. Then, while sending his men for the silver, he won them over by patronizing them and threatening to have them all killed, which he did.

12. Men with noticeable bellies and higher BMIs last 7.3 minutes longer in bed than slimmer men.

13. Sony is primarily an insurance company in Japan and electronics are not their main source of income.

14. There's a temperate rainforest in Russia that's home to Leopards, Tigers, and Brown bears.

15. If a potato is exposed to light while growing, it will turn green and become poisonous.

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Planets "emit sounds" by pulsing with radio waves, which can be picked up by radio antennae. The Earth's noise is sometimes referred to as Earth's "chorus" because it sounds a bit like birds chirping.

17. Every known prime number above 3 is one more or less than a multiple of 6 (6n±1).

18. When PepsiCo entered India, the Indian government stipulated part of its local profits be used to purchase tomatoes. This requirement worked for PepsiCo, which also owned Pizza Hut at the time.

19. Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, starred in a Pizza Hut commercial.

20. Casey Neistat (American YouTuber) was commissioned by Nike to make a commercial with the theme "Make it Count". He took the budget and spent it on a spontaneous and fun trip for himself and a friend, filming himself running at each destination. Nike was pleased with the end result.

21Fiat S76

Fiat S76

Fiat produced a car (Fiat S76) in 1911 that did 180 mph (290 kph).

22. John Krasinski (Jim from The Office-US) shot the Scranton footage in the show's opening credits sequence on a research trip as he and his friends drove through the city.

23. Microbiologist Raul Cano successfully revived yeast that had been stuck in amber for 25 million years. He then co-founded a brewery that uses the same 45 million-year-old species of yeast to brew beer.

24. When the Lenni Lenape Indians agreed to give the amount of land that a man could walk in 36 hours to Pennsylvania, the governor hired a team of fast runners, resulting in Pennsylvania taking an area of 1,200,932 acres.

25. Jack Lucas joined the Marines at 13 to fight in World War 2, survived a blast after jumping on two grenades to save his team, and later survived a free fall from an airplane after both of his parachutes failed.





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