Random Revelations: Article #11 – 35 Captivating Random Facts

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1Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't allowed to voice himself in the German dub of "The Terminator" because the producers thought that his Austrian accent wasn't tough enough for the Terminator. In fact, he's never dubbed himself in all of his movies since.


2. The postal code of the North Pole is H0H 0H0 in reference to Santa


3. A man faked his death to make his wife realize how much she missed him. He left his clothes on the beach and placed an anonymous call to police to say he'd just seen a naked man walk into the sea. But he was soon discovered and his wife filed for divorce after learning about the prank.


4. African elephants are being born without tusks due to poaching, according to researchers


5. Rolling luggage wasn't invented until 1970, and initially, stores didn't want to stock it.


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6Products in supermarkets

Products in supermarkets

Between 1975 and 2008, the number of products in the average supermarket swelled from an average of 8,948 to almost 47,000


7. In Puerto Rico, about two people die, and 25 more are injured due to falling bullets from celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve.


8. During World War 2, Dutch resistance leader Gerrit Kastein was captured, placed in an interrogation room and tied to a chair. Because he feared he would give up names under torture, while left alone he jumped through a closed second-floor window while still attached to the chair.


9. Nintendo tried to buy the rights to the Harry Potter series from JK Rowling


10. The Padmanabhaswamy Temple, which contains over $22 billion in gold and jewels is estimated to contain over $1 Trillion behind a mysterious sealed door.


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11Cod Wars

Cod Wars

Iceland's navy took on the UK, Germany, and Belgium in three "Cod Wars", and won all three times with only one death


12. American swimmer Michael Phelps holds the world record for most Olympic medals ever held but also holds the record for the longest putt ever televised.


13. A cubic mile of ocean water can contain up to 25lbs of gold


14. On February 9, 1964, almost half (45%) of all US television viewers tuned into The Ed Sullivan Show and The Beatles.


15. Aberdeen, Washington, the birthplace of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, changed their town motto in 2005 to "Come As You Are" as a tribute to Cobain


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16Dudeism

Dudeism

There is a religion formed around the Coen Brothers' film, "The Big Lebowski," called Dudeism. They have an official "church" and can hold weddings.


17. There were five failed assassination plots on Lincoln including one where a bullet went through his top hat


18. Sweden ran a clandestine nuclear weapons program under the guise of civilian defense research between 1945 to 1972


19. King Goujian's army was known for scaring its enemies before battle because its front line consisted of criminals sentenced to death who committed suicide by decapitating themselves.


20. Urinals with Flies painted on them were introduced in 2009 and have reduced "spillage" by as much as 80%


21Gary Kremen

Gary Kremen

Gary Kremen, the founder of Match.com had a relationship end because she found another man on Match.com. He said that was when he knew the site was a success


22. Before toilet paper use came into play, ancient Romans opted for a sponge on the end of a long stick that was shared by everyone in the community. When not in use, that stick stayed in a bucket of heavily salted seawater in the communal bathroom.


23. Woody Allen refused Oscars saying, "The whole concept of awards is silly. I cannot abide by the judgment of other people, because if you accept it when they say you deserve an award, then you have to accept it when they say you don't."


24. JRR Tolkien’s great granddaughter, Ruth Tolkien, is the only blind person in the UK to be a competitive fencer. She is currently ranked the 186th best fencer in the country.


25. It's estimated around 40 people go over Niagara Falls every year, most of them suicides. Over 5000 bodies were found at the foot of the falls between 1850 and 2011. Most jumps happen on the Canadian side of the falls, and daredevil attempts have approximately a 75% success rate.

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