Random Fact Sheet #74 – 40 Amazing Facts to Feed Your Curiosity

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26Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat

In 2014, Youtube star Grumpy Cat earned more money than Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

27. The Texas state prison rodeo was the only integrated sporting event in the South in the 1930s, and all state prisoners were bussed in to attend.

28. The skunk's primary natural predator is the great horned owl since owls have little to no sense of smell.

29. In Ancient Egypt, onions were worshipped as they were considered a symbol of eternity. Many Pharaohs were actually buried with onions. Paintings of onions have also been found on the inner walls of pyramids and tombs.

30. The name "jaguar" comes from a Native American word meaning "he who kills with one leap."

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31Terry Crews

Terry Crews

Terry Crews went broke after football and then worked as a security guard right outside Ice Cube's Trailer on the set of Next Friday, guarding his car and stuff.

32. In the middle ages, priests treated rabies by sticking red-hot religious ornaments (Saint Hubert's key) onto bite wounds. This actually worked because they were unknowingly cauterizing and sterilizing the wound.

33. The 1939 Michelin Guide to France was reprinted in 1944 for Allied military use, as its maps of the country were regarded as the best and most up-to-date of all available.

34. Mississippi set a speed limit of 80 miles per hour on toll roads. There are no toll roads in Mississippi.

35. Daniel David Palmer, the father of chiropractic treatment, maintained the notion that basic principles of chiropractic treatment were passed along to him during a seance by a long-dead doctor. Before learning of spinal adjustment from a supernatural entity, he was also a magnetic healer.

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36William Langer

William Langer

Convicted of a felony in 1934, the Governor of North Dakota (William Langer) barricaded himself in the Governor's Mansion, declared Martial Law, and declared North Dakota an Independent State.

37. Cork is made from the bark of Quercus suber or the cork oak. These trees have thick, rugged bark from which cork is made. In cork cultivation you don’t have to chop down a tree to make corks, you can harvest the bark without harming the tree, and repeat it again in another 7-10 years.

38. Upon learning of Bill Paxton’s death, storm chasers across Oklahoma and Kansas arranged a massive virtual tribute in homage to his character in Twister.

39. The record for the fastest voyage from Hong Kong to New York by sailing ship (Sea Witch) was set at 74 days in 1849 and remained unbroken for 154 years. The record was beaten in 2003 by 2 days.

40. Socrates condemned the use of the written word because he thought it would cause people to be forgetful.


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