Random Fact Sheet #42 – 35 Facts to Keep Your Brain Buzzing

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1David Bowie

David Bowie

David Bowie played a huge role in Chris Hadfield's 'Space Oddity' cover from orbit being re-uploaded to YouTube after it was removed by the site for copyright reasons.


2. Edward VIII held the title of King of England for just 11 months. He abdicated the throne so that he could marry a woman the British government did not approve of as she had been divorced. They remained married until his death.


3. Robin William's son, Zak Williams, has an MBA from Columbia and uses it to help educate inmates at San Quentin prison about finance.


4. During World War 2, more than 200,000 Polish soldiers fought for the UK, but Poland wansn’t invited to the Victory Celebrations that were held in London for fear of upsetting Stalin.


5. The International Dark-Sky Association is an organization dedicated to fighting light pollution and preserving the night sky in areas around the planet called dark sky reserves.


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6Doctor Doom

Doctor Doom

In Marvel Comics, Doctor Doom's armor contains splinters of the True Cross in order to protect himself from vampires.


7. A man was charged for threatening to kill his wife and newborn son with a knife. The woman remarried and her son legally changed his name to that of his step-father. The boy went on to become the President of the United States. His name was Gerald Ford and he was the 38th President of the United States.


8. In Japan, some watermelons are grown into cubes for storing efficiency. This practice was invented by graphic designer Tomoyuki Ono in 1978.


9. The word "Goodbye", an English parting phrase used in the West, is a contraction of "God be by ye".


10. Small plastic spheres (shade balls) are floated on top of reservoirs to help stop evaporation during droughts.


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11Helmuth Hübener

Helmuth Hübener

Helmuth Hübener was the youngest Nazis opponent to have been sentenced to death. Upon receiving his sentence, he told the judges “Now I must die, even though I have committed no crime. So now it's my turn, but your turn will come.” He was 17 when he was beheaded.


12. Joan Rivers was a regular guest host who was banned from The Tonight Show after a falling out with Johnny Carson after Rivers accepted a hosting gig on FOX. In 2014, Fallon invited her back to "Tonight", 49 years to the day after her first appearance. She died 6 months later.


13. A recalled obesity drug, fenfluramine, had a remarkable effect on a boy with autism. Before taking fenfluramine, Joshua's I.Q. was so low it could not be measured. After, he was able to read and do maths at a 4th-grade level.


14. When Carl Jung (Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst) and Sigmund Freud (Austrian neurologist) met for the first time, they talked for 13 hours straight.


15. Adolf Hitler was nicknamed "Teppichfresser", behind his back by party leaders. He would have nervous breakdowns over Czechoslovakia and hurl himself onto the ground to start chewing on his carpet.


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16Douglas Pitt

Douglas Pitt

Brad Pitt's younger brother, Douglas Pitt, is the first American to have scaled Mount Kilimanjaro and descended on a mountain bike.


17. The Iranian Embassy in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s was an extravagant nonstop party-house that attracted movie stars, politicians, and socialites alike to partake in endless decadence and hedonism, from champagne and caviar to sexual favors and recreational drugs.


18. Empty skies after 9/11 caused a measured change in temperatures due to lack of jet contrails in the sky.


19. Tom Berenger once owned a restaurant called Twins, where the waitstaff consisted of 29 sets of identical twins.


20. There is a reason for peeling stripes on a cucumber beside making it look fancy. The skin is slightly bitter and can overwhelm the mellow flesh part. Removing a portion of it, reduces the bitterness without taking away all the flavor and nutrients.


21Mountain lions

Mountain lions

Los Angeles and its suburbs, home to 19 million people, is the only megacity in the world where mountain lions live side by side with humans.


22. Ultrapure water is so pure that it will take minerals out of your body and can possibly kill you if you drink enough.


23. The French dip sandwich originated from Los Angeles, United States, where French refers to the style of bread and not the birthplace.


24. The song "Monster Mash" was banned by the BBC in 1962 for "being too morbid".


25. Stephen King novels "IT" and "The Shining" are set in the same universe. The character Dick Hallorann that is the head chef of the Overlook hotel in The Shining, very briefly appears as a character in IT.

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