Random Revelations: Article #17 – 44 Unique Random Facts

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1Buttons on clothing

Buttons on clothing

Men's and women's clothes button on opposite sides due to historical tradition where men needed quick access to their weapon using their right hand, while wealthy women were dressed by servants with the button configuration being flipped for easier access by the servants

2. There are 30 kilometers of tunnel underneath downtown Toronto, connecting shops, subway stations and restaurants so people do not need to go outside into the heat and snow

3. The amount of electricity running the Bitcoin Network could power 1.3 million homes.

4. 90% of deaths in Autism Spectrum kids under 14 are from drowning.

5. The first recorded name in history wasn't that of a conqueror or prophet. It was an accountant named Kushim.

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6Sister Mary Kenneth Keller

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller was the first woman to get a Ph.D. in computer science

7. At a 1984 Queen gig, Freddie Mercury took a nasty fall and hurt his leg midway through the show. After convening with his bandmates, he decided it wouldn't be fair to fans to end it. In substantial pain, he performed Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You & We Are the Champions seated at his piano.

8. Russia's economy ($1.3T) is only 69% the size of Italy's economy ($1.9T).

9. The author of The Anarchist Cookbook, William Powell, was just 19 when he wrote the book in 1969. He later disavowed the violent ideology that he advocated in the book and wished to have the book "quickly and quietly go out of print”. He passed away in July 2016.

10. Brazil has replaced almost 42% of its gasoline needs with sugarcane ethanol making gasoline the alternative fuel in the country.

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11Kelli Garrett

Kelli Garrett

When Kelli Garrett, one of the only survivors of the Toy-Box Killer, escaped after two days of captivity, neither the police nor her husband believed her story. Her husband divorced her believing that she had been cheating on him the night she was attacked.

12. Astronaut Sunita Williams was the first person to run a marathon in space, finishing in 4 hours and 24 minutes on a treadmill aboard the International Space Station.

13. Heather Bresch, the CEO behind the increase in EpiPen costs, was awarded a master's degree she did not properly earn because she was the governor's daughter, leading to the dean at West Virginia resigning.

14. New York's underground gay bars of the 1960's (including the Stonewall Inn) were actually created and supported by the Mafia. It was illegal to be gay. The mob paid off local precincts to keep them from doing raids.

15. Benjamin Franklin was an advocate of “air baths”, during which he would spend up to an hour reading or writing in his house completely nude.

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16Cocaine and alcohol

Cocaine and alcohol

Cocaine and alcohol have nearly identical rates of addiction

17. Winston Churchill had an oxygen mask made for him for flying in high altitude airplanes during World War 2 that was customized to allow him to smoke cigars through a hole in the mask.

18. The last time a black man (Michael Donald) was lynched by the KKK was in 1981, and the police officers first on scene first presumed it was a drug deal gone wrong.

19. The Texas Capitol once held a poll to rename their waste disposal department. The winning entry was 'The Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts.'

20. After the US Airways Flight 1549 ditching on the Hudson (aka "Miracle on the Hudson"), officials captured and gassed 1,235 Canadian geese and destroyed 1,739 goose eggs across New York City.

21Indonesian joke

Indonesian joke

In Indonesian, there is a word for 'A joke told so poorly, and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.'

22. Cows with personal names like Betsy give 5% more milk than cows with no name or impersonal names like “cow 12345”

23. The reason we see stars/shapes when we rub our eyes is that our brain doesn't know the difference between light and pressure when either stimulates the cells in our eyes

24. Over 2000 large man-made tunnels, known as "Erdstall", have been discovered across Europe, and nobody knows who made them or why

25. Dog farts are silent but deadly because they have a horizontal rectum, making their sphincter looser, resulting in quieter farts.

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