Random Revelations: Article #115- 46 Peculiar and Fascinating Random Facts to Blow Your Mind

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1Irukandji syndrome

Irukandji syndrome

The Irukandji syndrome is caused by venom from the irukandji jellyfish. The venom causes the victim to have a feeling of “impending doom.” The victim is so sure they are going to die that they ask the doctors to kill them.

2. International Chess Master Jeremy Silman created the Chess puzzle for “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” where Ron sacrifices himself, but wasn’t credited for his role, while everyone from the hairdressers to the donut delivery boy were credited.

3. The Ted Kaczyski a.k.a. the Unabomber was a math prodigy, who started at Harvard at the age of 16, and received his Masters and his Ph.D. in mathematics by the time he was 25. He also had an IQ of 167.

4. A lost African grey parrot named Yosuke was reunited with his owners after reciting their full address and his name to the veterinarian who found him. “I’m Mr. Yosuke Nakamura,” the bird told the veterinarian.

5. In 552 A.D., two monks successfully smuggled silkworm eggs in their walking sticks from China to the Byzantine Empire, essentially ending the silk monopolies of China and Persia, and bringing silk manufacturing to Europe.

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A very tired chemist once spilled UK’s entire supply of plutonium (which was 10mg) on a table, and in order to recover it, used a saw to cut out that section of the table and burned it. He recovered 9.5mg of the plutonium from the ashes.

7. Bottled water brands Perrier, S. Pellegrino and Vittel are all owned by the same company, Nestle. In total Nestle sells water under 50 different brands, including Poland Spring and Zephyrhills.

8. Actor Bob Odenkirk was fully trained as a Cinnabon employee to prepare for his role in “Better Call Saul.” He even refused a hand double, insisting on using his own hands in the bun-preparing montages.

9. In 2013, an Applebee’s Waitress named Brianna Priddy in Colorado had her ID stolen on her night off. Two weeks later while working, a woman ordered a drink, and handed the waitress her stolen ID card.

10. Officer John Parker who was Lincoln’s bodyguard had previously been reprimanded for drinking on the job and he was not at his post to protect POTUS the night Lincoln died. Instead, he was at the Star Saloon next door drinking; the same saloon where John Wilkes Booth was seeking the liquid courage to assassinate the President.

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11Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody

American actor Adrien Brody, in order to star as Wladyslaw Szpilman in 'The Pianist', withdrew for months, gave up his apartment and his car, broke up with his then-girlfriend, learned how to play Chopin on the piano, and lost 29 pounds. The movie earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor at the age of 29.

12. American actress Bea Arthur from the TV Show “Golden Girls” was a Marine truck driver during World War 2, serving in Marine Corps and Navy air stations in Virginia and North Carolina. She reached the rank of Staff Sergeant.

13. In ancient Ireland, sucking a king’s nipples was a gesture of submission. Failed kings would have their nipples brutally cut to dethrone them and make them incapable of holding kingship.

14. The slow-motion footage of the forest chase scene in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” was produced by Gavin Free, who is behind the popular YouTube series “The Slow Mo Guys.”

15. You would need 76 work days to read all the privacy policies you agree to each year.

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16Bluefin tuna

Bluefin tuna

Since 2011, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has required the use of thinner and weaker hooks for the recreational fishing of Bluefin tuna in Gulf of Mexico. The new hooks straighten to release large bluefin tuna before they die of exhaustion on the line, which has resulted in 75% less dead and discarded bluefins in the Gulf of Mexico.

17. The guy behind the infamous “Tipping Fedora” internet meme is American actor Jerry Messing. Before his internet stardom, he was the child actor who played Pugsley in ‘Addams Family Reunion’ as well as 'Gordon Crisp', the smelly kid in ‘Freaks and Geeks.’

18. Sensimilla is a female cannabis plant that has been prevented from being fertilized and thus grows without seeds. This plant produces flowers with a higher Tetrahydrocannabinol content since it is no longer putting energy into producing seeds.

19. Prince hated comparisons to Jimi Hendrix saying the only thing they had in common was being black.

20. During World War 2, Winston Churchill sometimes wandered off somewhere in London and had conversations with people to find out what they were thinking about the state of the war.

21Venus clockwork rover

Venus clockwork rover

NASA is developing a clockwork rover that uses no electricity to survive the harsh climate of Venus. It is going to be powered by wind turbine, springs, and gears and will transmit data via a Morse code shutter.

22. After Pearl Harbor was attacked, a Boeing 314 Clipper which was in New Zealand at the time, was told by Pan Am to return to San Francisco by flying westwards. The total flight time was 209 hours and the plane covered 31,500 miles becoming the first commercial airliner to fly around the world.

23. Robert Hohman, the CEO and co-founder of Glassdoor, quit his Hotwire job to do nothing but play World of Warcraft for a year and only founded the company after hitting the maximum level in the game.

24. In May 2006, over 300 Portuguese school children received medical attention for an illness which caused rashes and shortness of breath. The illness was later cited as being a case of mass hysteria caused by an episode of a soap opera which dealt with a deadly virus outbreak in a school.

25. Donkeys can be used to guard livestock from coyotes and wolves. They instinctively attack, by biting and kicking and if they get the chance they will even kill.

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