Random Fact Sheet #7 – 40 Super Interesting Random Facts

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26Ministry of Defence

Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence is one of UK's largest landowners, owning 227,300 hectares valued at £20 billion. In total, the MoD owns or has rights of access to 1.8% of the UK land mass.

27. Dolphins are used to treat Ukrainian soldiers with PTSD

28. There are so many laws in the United States that no one actually knows the number of laws.

29. Wyoming is the only state to tax wind farms

30. Almost 100% of bees in southern California are Africanized

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31Origin of Mediterranean sea

Origin of Mediterranean sea

The Mediterranean sea was empty of water until a huge chunk of Gibraltar collapsed and waterfalls thousands of times larger than the size of Niagara Falls 'filled it up'.

32. There is a species of predator snail known as a Dogwhelk which feeds by drilling a hole in a mussel and then inserting digestive enzymes in the shell. This liquefies the flesh and they literally slurp it up like soup.

33. The crew of an RAF Nimrod used a teapot to block a hatch gap in their plane after a mid-air fault.

34. The Ancient Greek Painter Zeuxis is said to have died laughing at the humorous way he painted the goddess Aphrodite after the old woman who commissioned it insisted on modeling for the portrait.

35. Organic farming is significantly worse for the environment than conventional farming due to lower crop yields and toxic 'natural' pesticides, among other things

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36Leicester Hemingway

Leicester Hemingway

Leicester Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's younger brother, founded a micro-nation off the coast of Jamaica in 1964 and called it New Atlantis. The micronation was destroyed by a tropical storm in 1966 and ransacked by fishermen.

37. The cast of the 1979 science fiction horror film 'Alien' was never told about the chest burster scene in order to capture the authentic fear of the actors

38. IN 1997, the US bought Russian MIG-29's fighter jets from Moldova so Iran couldn't get the technology.

39. There is a chess variant that uses a 16×16 board called 'Chess on a Really Big Board'

40. During WW2, Time Magazine was the first to use the term "World War 2" in an issue released on September 11, 1939, 10 days after the war started. It had also used the term previously in a June 1939 issue in response to the events in Europe.


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