Random Revelations: Article #15 – 39 Deep Random Facts

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1Pepsi Perfect

Pepsi Perfect

Pepsi released a limited edition "Pepsi Perfect" soft drink that was used in "Back to the Future Part II" to commemorate the trilogy's 30th anniversary. Only 6,500 bottles were produced costing $20.15 each. At Comic-Con they were given to people dressed as Marty McFly.

2. When David Bowie died his ashes were scattered in Bali in accordance with Buddhist ritual.

3. U.S. courts have ruled that inmates, parolees, and probationers cannot be ordered to attend AA. Though AA itself was not deemed a religion, it was ruled that it contained enough religious components to make coerced AA attendance a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

4. Many male spiders tie up the legs of females with silk in a preemptive attempt to avoid being eaten by her during or after sex.

5. The Roman civilization technically lasted for 2,200 years. It was founded as a monarchy in 753 BC, became a republic in 509 BC, turned into an empire in 27 BC, shifted capital to Constantinople in 330 AD, and finally fell only in 1453 AD.

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6Oxford Comma

Oxford Comma

In 2017, a dairy company in Maine lost a lawsuit about overtime pay due to the absence of the Oxford comma.

7. IKEA Food is one of the largest food chains in the world. In 2016. IKEA served some 650 million diners a year, across 48 countries around the world. IKEA Food had annual sales of about $1.8 billion in 2016.

8. Between 1941-44, Turkish diplomats saved thousands of Jews by issuing them Turkish passports and sometimes pulling them off trains headed for the death camps. Among these diplomats was Necdet Kent, whose son Muhtar Kent, is the current chairman and former chief executive of Coca-Cola.

9. Iranians still use the ancient form of air conditioning called the badgir. It is a tower with vents on top and allows cool air to accelerate down into a building. Zion National Park in Utah has a modern example of this, where temps reach over 100 F, the visitors center stays at cool 73 F.

10. After a 1946 plane crash, Howard Hughes decided he did not like the design of the hospital bed he was laying in. He called in his engineers and had them design a new bed that would allow someone with severe burns to move freely. It became the prototype for the modern hospital bed.

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11Chicken nugget invention

Chicken nugget invention

The chicken nugget was invented by a Cornell University food science professor named Robert C. Baker who published the results academically instead of patenting them.

12. Chicago, "The Windy City", got that nickname not because of its weather, but because of its politicians bragging about the city to win the 1893 World's Fair. Its average wind speed of 10.3 mph is not even exceptional relative to other American cities: Boston- 12.4mph, and NYC- 9.3mph.

13. David Glasheen, having lost millions in the 1987 stock market crash, went to live on an island 1500 miles off the coast of Brisbane. He grows veggies, brews beer, and had a go at finding a wife to join him via online dating using the solar powered internet.

14. In 2001, BMW released a series of short films called "The Hire" that featured famous filmmakers, starred Clive Owen as the “Driver”, and highlighted the performance aspects of BMW cars. It was a huge success and helped increase car sales 12% over the previous year.

15. In 1984, Warner Bros. almost closed down the DC Comics publishing imprint and licensed the characters to Marvel. Marvel apparently declined, thinking that the reason DC was failing was the characters, not the management and did not consider the characters profitable.

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The United States has a town entirely in Canada

17. In 2004, the 276 member studio audience of the Oprah Show were each given a Pontiac G-6 sedan. Oprah told producers to fill the crowd with people who "desperately needed" cars. On average each person was slapped with a $6000 tax bill.

18. There are roughly 60 people in the world that have HSAM (Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory), which makes them unable to forget any day of their life.

19. There was a torture device called Brazen Bull in Ancient Greece which was basically a hollow bull made of bronze. The condemned was locked inside and a fire was set under it, heating the metal until the person inside was roasted to death.

20. In 2004, a great white shark attacked a swimmer named Rob Howes while he was surfing off the coast of New Zealand. While clinging for his life on his surfboard, a pod of dolphins swam up to him and formed a protective wall that effectively blocked out the shark and ended up saving his life.

21Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Actress Nicole Kidman suffers from lepidopterophobia (fear of butterflies).

22. Bhutan is the only country with a negative carbon footprint.

23. Columbus, Ohio has a larger population than Cincinnati and Cleveland combined and yet they have no NFL, NBA or MLB teams. Cleveland and Cincinnati have 5.

24. Panda bears poop 40 times a day.

25. At the Walt Disney theme parks there are merchandise stores hidden from the public and open to Disney cast members only. These sell exclusive collector's items that are only available to Disney employees.

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