Random Fact Sheet #65 – 35 True Facts That Will Leave You Baffled

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26Market prices

Market prices

Big companies use price announcements as a way of coordinating prices with competitors to avoid antitrust regulations. The Airline, shipping, chemical, pharmaceutical and telecoms firms have all used price announcements as a way to ensure competitors maintain market prices.

27. The Great British Knot Experiment found that cords have a much smaller chance of tangling when their ends are tied together to form a loop. The result has also been used by pharmacologists to control microscopic loops in DNA and viruses.

28. The manga creator of Dragon Ball Z, Akira Toriyama, met Jackie Chan, who is a fan of Toriyama's previous works, Dr. Slump. Because of the meetup, Toriyama had the inspiration to create Dragon Balls, then incorporated Jackie Chan's stunts as Dragon Ball fighting moves.

29. The T. Rex could have been easily be outrun by a human given their maximum speed was only around 12 mph.

30. The largest living thing on earth is a humongous fungus.

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31Micheal Dorn

Micheal Dorn

Micheal Dorn, Worf from Star Trek, owned and flew an F-86 Sabre fighter jet.

32. In 1952, students at the University of Washington tricked their teacher by creating a false student named John Rainwater. It has now been used as a pseudonym by multiple renowned mathematicians.

33. William Shakespeare likely smoked weed and described it as the "journey in my head".

34. In 2016, there was an anthrax outbreak in western Siberia. The source was found to be a thawed 75-year-old reindeer carcass containing the spores.

35. In Australia, there is a season known as "Swooping Season" wherein Magpies will attack humans regularly. Steps must be taken to prevent this such as wearing helmets with eyes painted on the spikes, or using broad-brimmed hats.

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