Random Fact Sheet #60 – A Treasure Trove of 35 Amazing and Bizarre Facts

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26Brain damage

Brain damage

Wealth and power cause brain damage that effects empathy and being able to see things from other's point of view.

27. A family's home was burned to the ground on Christmas Eve 1945. The parents and four children escaped unharmed. Five other children of theirs were trapped in upstairs bedrooms and presumably perished, but no remains were ever found and the search for the missing children continued for decades.

28. The traffic on the Arc de Triomphe roundabout in Paris is so chaotic, insurance companies will always split the liability of an accident 50/50.

29. The 'Red Ring of Death' cost Microsoft $1.15 billion to provide repairs for Xbox 360 owners, to which the Microsoft CEO said, "Do it."

30. Lee Lorch was a mathematician blacklisted in the 50s by most US universities for his civil rights activism. Before his death in 2014, he was asked if he would have done anything any differently. "More and better of the same," he replied.

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31Male fruit flies

Male fruit flies

Male fruit flies drink away the pain of rejection. Males who had been rejected and who'd gotten lucky had the option of eating normal food or food spiked with alcohol. While the happy/lucky fruit flies had no preference, the rejected fruit flys were far more likely to eat the alcohol-infused food.

32. Although the Person of the Year title is about biggest influence "for better or for worse", Time has shied away from naming controversial figures for commercial reasons since the public backlash after naming Ayatollah Khomeini ( Iranian Shia Muslim religious leader) in 1979. This is why in 2001 Osama bin Laden was not named.

33. Oslo city council decided to forbid cars from entering the city by 2019.

34. In 2007, the show Aqua Teen Hunger Force attempted to advertise their upcoming movie by planting Lite Brite devices of one of the show's characters all around Boston. The entire city of Boston went on lockdown thinking the devices were bombs in an attempted terror attack.

35. The oldest women in the world (now deceased) Jeanne Calment was "discovered" when she spoke in a documentary about meeting Vincent Van Gogh.

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