Random Revelations: Article #18 – 42 Essential Random Facts

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1Butt unit

Butt unit

A butt load is an actual unit of measurement, equal to two hogsheads.

2. The New Caledonian Crow is better at toolmaking than any primate (other than humans) and invents new tools by modifying existing ones, then passing these innovations to other individuals and generations.

3. Australian Funnel-Web Spider fangs can penetrate fingernails and shoes

4. In a 2014 study of 3,000 married couples, Emory University discovered that couples who spent more than $20,000 on their wedding are roughly 46% more likely to get divorced than couples who spent $5,000-10,000.

5. In 2013, a 200-year-old law was removed in Paris that forbid women from wearing pants.

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6Space Adaptation Syndrome

Space Adaptation Syndrome

Space Adaptation Syndrome which involves nausea, vomiting, vertigo, headaches, lethargy, and overall malaise. 45-75% of all astronauts experience it. It has always resolved within 72 hours.

7. In the 1970s, over 700,000 tires, held together by steel, were dumped off the coast of Florida to create an artificial reef. The steel later rusted apart, detaching the tires and causing an environmental disaster.

8. Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham because his publisher bets him $50 that he couldn't write a book using only 50 words.

9. There is a group of wolves in British Columbia aptly called the "sea wolves" that gets most of its food from the sea, and will even swim up to 8 miles to reach islands for food.

10. Kathleen Kennedy, the sister of JFK, was disowned by her family especially her mother after marrying an Anglican. After being widowed during World War 2, she then chose to marry a divorcee but died in a plane crash. Only her father went to her funeral.

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11ZIP Code

ZIP Code

The "ZIP" in ZIP Code is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan, a name given because mail would not only travel more efficiently but also because the mail would comparatively zip right to your address.

12. In 1962, investor Warren Buffett agreed to sell shares of a failing company for $11.50 per share. The tender offer was for only $11.375, so Buffett decided to buy more stock, took control of the company and fired the man who made the offer.

13. An American (David Sneddon) who disappeared in China in 2004 is strongly suspected of having been kidnapped by North Korean agents and may still be alive in Pyongyang.

14. During the World War 2 invasion of Normandy, a new Canadian tank gunner destroyed 3 Tiger tanks with his first 5 shots in combat, including a famous German tank commander with over 130 kills. The Canadian tanker's only prior experience was firing a half dozen tank rounds during training.

15. Mr. Potato Head got its name because it was originally a set of plastic pieces that you were supposed to stick into a real vegetable

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16Windows NT 4.0

Windows NT 4.0

In 1998, a US Navy warship became dead in the water after the Navy opted to run the ship on Windows NT 4.0 instead of a more fitting OS. A sailor unknowingly divided by zero, causing an overflow error and killing the entire ship.

17. In 2016, China passed a new law that banned people from seductively eating bananas on the live stream.

18. North Dakota didn't technically qualify for statehood until 2012 when a constitutional error found by a 66-year-old man was corrected.

19. Whales, sturgeon, dolphins, and porpoises that wash up on the shore in the UK are "royal fish" and are the property of the Queen.

20. Shakespeare invented the name Jessica for the play 'The Merchant of Venice'



In Japan, young kids play a game called, "Kancho" in which they stick their fingers in the unsuspecting victim's anus for fun.

22. Anorexic people angle their bodies sideways even when passing through doorways that are much wider than themselves.

23. Dave Mirra was diagnosed with CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) after his suicide in February 2016. He was the first "action sports" star to be diagnosed with CTE.

24. A 2013 study showed that if you have an itch on the left side of your body, you can relieve it by looking into a mirror and scratching the right side of your body (and vice versa).

25. Three out of four of the longest recorded sniper kills were by Canadians

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