Random Revelations: Article #111- 31 Mind-Blowing and Unexpectedly True Random Facts

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Even though it's set in Detroit, the Robocop movie was actually filmed in Dallas. The only real shot of Detroit in the entire movie is the aerial shot in the opening, and that was a stock footage.

2. Cheese is high in tyramine, an amino acid linked to migraines. Monterey Jack and mozzarella have low tyramine, making them preferable substitutes for migraine sufferers.

3. In 1937, English novelist George Orwell fought in the Spanish civil war and was shot in the throat. There is now a square in Barcelona named after him called 'Plaça de George Orwell'. Ironically, the square was once one of the heaviest surveilled places in Spain.

4. Early Antarctic explorers used cocaine to cure snow blindness. Diarrhea was treated with "chalk ground up with opium." Colic (severe pain in abdomen) called for "tincture of cannabis" mixed with "tincture of chili pepper."

5. Big Bird is a Golden Condor. During an episode in the 11th season of Mr. Rogers, Big Bird was asked if he was related to a cassowary, and Big Bird noted to Mr. Rogers that he was a Golden Condor.

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6Northwest Airlines Flight 188

Northwest Airlines Flight 188

Once in 2009, a Northwest Airlines Flight 188 flew unresponsive for 100 miles past its destination because the pilots were busy with their laptops and didn’t hear air traffic controller’s radio calls.

7. In the Soviet Union, it was common for people to take their window wipers with them when they parked their car. Otherwise there was a chance of them being stolen because there were severe shortages of auto parts in USSR.

8. Small packets of beef jerky don’t have moisture absorbers, but are packed with iron particles which react with oxygen, removing the oxygen from the sealed jerky package, to prevent oxidation of fat.

9. Since February 23, 2016, the Bank of Canada has no gold reserves and is the only G7 nation that does not hold at least 100 tonnes of gold in its official reserves.

10. The Necco Wafers (formerly called ‘Hub Wafers’), are so old that they were carried by Union soldiers in the civil war as well as American soldiers in World War 2. Necco claims to be the oldest American candy company.

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11UY Scuti

UY Scuti

The largest known star in the existence of the universe, UY Scuti, is so big that if it swapped positions with our sun, it would easily engulf the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and Jupiter.

12. In 1983, before they were famous, John Goodman and Megan Mullally were both in the same McDonalds commercial.

13. Many of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of the female reproductive system are anatomically wrong. Due to the rarity of female cadavers, he extrapolated from animals, with the resulting drawings of the female reproductive organs resembling those of animals more than humans.

14. Donkey Kong was not developed by Nintendo but rather a subcontracting company named Ikegami Tsushinki that also made Sega's Congo Bongo and Zaxxon. They successfully sued after Nintendo used their source code later to create Donkey Kong Jr. without them.

15. Tiger Woods PGA Tour '99 was recalled because the entire South Park pilot was used as dummy data on the disc and players discovered they could watch the episode by simply putting the game disc into a PC.

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16The Dogs of War

The Dogs of War

Frederick Forsyth's novel, The Dogs of War, is considered a textbook for mercenaries. His novel, Day of the Jackal, is considered a guide for assassins.

17. Jimi Hendrix’s national anthem performance at Woodstock 1969 was meant to be a protest to the Vietnam war. In the song, he makes sounds that are supposed to symbolize bombs dropping and screams of people.

18. Sushi is the vinegared rice, not the raw fish (or other) it comes with when you order it. Slice of raw fish is called Sashimi when it isn't accompanied with rice. It is nigiri if there's rice under the raw slices of fish.

19. The world's most difficult word to translate has been identifed as 'ilunga' from the Tshiluba language spoken in south-eastern DR Congo. It means "a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time".

20. During the final hours of the "Woodstock 99," a peace promotion organization handed out candles to the audience to create a candlelight vigil for the final hours of the festival. The audience used the candles to set fire to an audio tower and start bonfires.



Women get more negatively affected from a breakup but make a much better recovery and come out stronger from the experience, while men take much longer to come to terms with the separation, never fully recover, and simply move on.

22. Ed Currie, the creator of the Carolina Reaper (one of the world's hottest pepper), donates half of his pepper harvest to cancer research as capsicum has proven to kill cancer cells.

23. The Australian school authorities once gave a standardized history exam asking students to analyze a painting of the Bolshevik Revolution that they had sourced from internet, not knowing that there was a giant robot photoshopped into the background. They later apologized, promising “new guidelines governing the use of the internet-sourced material in exams.”

24. Because of the musical "Hamilton", more people visited the grave of Alexander Hamilton in 2015 than in the previous 212 years since his death. Many of those visitors came having just seen the musical on Broadway, or en route to do so.

25. The Boltzmann Brain paradox is the idea that one day in the infinite age of the universe, a self aware entity will be created by thermal fluctuations that occur randomly in the universe.

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