Random Revelations: Article #12 – 40 Essential Random Facts

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1James Kelly

James Kelly

James "Shanghai" Kelly, who in the 1800s kidnapped men and forced them to work on ships. One year on his birthday he announced he was hosting a free "booze cruise" to celebrate, served opium-laced whiskey to the attendees, then offloaded them onto waiting ships and got 100 men in one night


2. People used to think the kidneys governed one's conscience, and several Bible verses say God inspects the kidneys of the dead. Jewish tradition holds that one kidney counsels what is good, and the other what is evil.


3. In 2013, Robert Downey Jr. beat out George Clooney in a bidding war for movie rights to Black Mirror (UK) episode 'The Entire History of You' because they loved it so much.


4. Snoop Dogg has a charity to stop young kids from getting hooked on drugs or getting mixed up with gangs.


5. When Einstein died his brain went missing which was found 23 years later in the basement of a pathologist, stored in tupperware containers.


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6Low-background steel

Low-background steel

Low-background steel is steel made before the first nuclear bomb tests in the 40's because modern steel is contaminated with radionuclides because its production used atmospheric air


7. Two-thirds of McDonald's total revenue in Europe comes from collecting rent


8. Rats, dolphins and humans, are thought to have metacognition, the awareness of your ability to think.


9. When Governor Len Small of Illinois was acquitted of embezzlement, eight of the jurors who made the decision received state jobs


10. During New Zealand's first rugby match vs England, an English player's shorts got ripped off. The NZ players formed a circle so he could change. Another Englishman picked up the ball and scored. Later the English demanded an apology after NZ criticized the referee, which was "unsportsmanlike".


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11Anastasia Nikolaevna

Anastasia Nikolaevna

At the age of 13, the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II was one of the first known teenagers to take a mirror selfie.


12. Steve Jobs and Shirley Temple are buried in unmarked graves in a Palo Alto Cemetery.


13. 19th-century physicists couldn’t explain cats always landing on their feet because it’s impossible for a rigid body to gain angular momentum. The solution is that cats are not rigid bodies.


14. Left-handed sugar exists. It is an artificial, mirrored variant of regular glucose which tastes exactly the same but can't be metabolized as normal. As a result, it contains very few calories, can be eaten by diabetics and doesn't promote any tooth decay.


15. Blue Smarties were not removed from circulation for making kids hyper, but instead because when Nestle was replacing artificial dyes with natural ones, no natural dye could be found which would make smarties blue


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16Rope trick effect

Rope trick effect

The jets extending from slow-motion Nuclear Explosions are the tower's support cables being vaporized by x-rays before the shockwave even hits.


17. The first recipient (Hal Finney) of a bitcoin transaction was using his amassed fortune from the cryptocurrency to fund the cryogenic preservation of his body. He died in 2014 from ALS.


18. The Eternal September is a term that refers to the month when Usenet experienced a large influx of AOL users... the network's existing culture couldn't integrate the sheer number of new users, and according to pre-1993 users, never fully recovered


19. There was a renowned deaf-mute baseball player in the early 20th century named "Dummy" Taylor. He was the highest paid deaf person of the 1900's and was also known as the comedian of the Giants, coaching at third base in rubber boots when an umpire refused to call a game due to rain.


20. India writes 1,00,00,000 instead of 10,000,000 when counting currency.


21Cyclist

Cyclist

A 2014 Canadian study showed that cyclists were actually more likely to be involved in an accident if they were wearing reflective clothing at night


22. Al Capone helped start the trend of expiration dates on bottles of milk.


23. The film 'Vanilla Sky' is a remake of a film made only four years earlier, 'Open Your Eyes'. Penélope Cruz plays the same character is both versions too.


24. Isaac Newton believed colors of the rainbow were analogous to notes on the 7note musical scale. In his diagrams of colors and equivalent notes, he added orange & indigo as half steps on the scale. It is unclear if those colors had been observed or if Newton added them to better fit his analogy.


25. Idaho has no real etymology, it was just randomly made up by this guy named George M. Willing

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