Random Revelations: Article #103- 34 Ridiculously Fascinating Random Facts That Defy Logic

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1Special pink lights

Special pink lights

Residents of a UK housing estate installed special pink lights that highlight skin blemishes and acne to discourage teenagers from gathering there and causing trouble.

2. There is a colony of ants with no queen, no males and no offspring, which is comprised entirely of non-reproductive females that live in a disused nuclear bunker in Poland. The colony is supplemented by ants falling through holes in the ventilation from which they cannot escape.

3. Salvador Dalí designed the Chupa Chups logo. He also suggested that rather than being placed on the side, the logo should be placed on top of the lollipop allowing it to always be seen when intact.

4. Humans have a negativity bias that makes us continuously look for bad news. The trait stems from early humans who developed it as a survival mechanism.

5. Ants have been found to care and treat other ants after raid on a termite nest and mortally wounded ants have been found to refuse treatment.

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6Jim Anixter

Jim Anixter

A 72-year-old man named Jim Anixter is nicknamed the “pink hat man” because he owns Cub’s tickets and sits behind the home plate, but wears a pink hat so that his wife knows that he is at the game and not cheating on her.

7. During World War 2, a German agent named Marius A. Langbein landed in Canada to observe and report shipping movements at Montreal and Halifax. Soon after landing, he abandoned his assigned task and moved to live in Ottawa, where he lived off his mission funds. He eventually surrendered to authorities and was found not guilty of espionage.

8. The Mir Russian space station that launched in 1986 lasted for 15 years. It hosted the first wheat grown in space, the longest human presence, and survived several fires. When it began falling apart, astronaut Mike Foale said it was “a bit like a frat house, but more organized and better kept.”

9. Sleeping under a weighted blanket can help reduce insomnia and anxiety.

10. Operation Popeye carried out by USA was the first example of weather warfare. During the Vietnam War, C-130 Hercules aircrafts and F-4 Phantoms were used to “seed” the clouds which would cause them to precipitate with an 82% success rate. The 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron carried out the operation using the slogan “make mud, not war.”

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The first thing we develop in the womb is an anus. For the first few seconds of life, we are floating anuses.

12. Japanese researchers have discovered that administering an electrical shock that simulates a lightning strike can increase mushroom yields leading to more and bigger mushrooms.

13. Commercials of American restaurant chain ‘Jack in the Box’ featuring its mascot ‘Jack Box’ was launched as a PR campaign after ‘Jack in the Box’ had one of the worst E. coli outbreaks in US History in 1993 due to which four children died.

14. A polar bear won't set off an infrared motion detector.

15. Green smarties are strawberry flavored.

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16Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein

The punishment for theft in Iraq under Saddam Hussein’s rule was amputation of the right hand and a branding on the forehead. Doctors who performed cosmetic procedures to hide the brand had their right hand amputated and their forehead branded.

17. The guns on the HMS Belfast, the battleship moored on the Thames, are aimed at a service station in North London.

18. In 1999, following the Russian apartment bombings, 3 FSB agents were arrested for planting a live bomb in an apartment building. They were later released after the head of the FSB claimed it was an exercise.

19. The reason that Dippin' Dots ice cream which is made by flash freezing ice cream mix in liquid nitrogen is rarely sold in supermarkets is that it requires storage at temperatures below −40°F (−40°C), and supermarkets generally cannot provide such extreme cooling requirements.

20. During the Attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese pilot named Shigenori Nishikaichi crash-landed on the island of Ni'ihau (an island in Hawaii). With the help of Japanese-speaking residents, he terrorized the island before being killed.

21Ted Kaczynski

Ted Kaczynski

In 2006, Judge Garland Ellis Burrell, Jr. ordered that items from Ted Kaczynski’s (Unabomber) cabin be sold at a “reasonably advertised Internet auction.” Bomb-making materials, such as diagrams for bombs, were excluded. The auction raised $232,000 which went towards restitution of Kaczynski’s victims.

22. The small pocket of blue jeans was originally designed to hold pocket watches. The pocket dates back to the old west. Cowboys kept their pocket watches on chains and they put the watch in the small pocket, to help protect it.

23. There is a military-only resort on Disney property in Florida that charges guests based on their rank.

24. A genetic condition named Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy gives people increased muscle strength and twice the usual amount of muscle mass. There are no known related health issues. Those affected from it are intellectually normal.

25. Many shoe stores in the U.S. during the 1940's-70's had shoe-fitting fluoroscopes, which were essentially X-ray machines for the feet to see how well a person’s foot fit in the shoes they were considering buying.

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