Random Revelations: Article #23 – 32 Mesmerizing Random Facts

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1Skinny Buddha

Skinny Buddha

The historical Buddha was not obese, and the image we commonly associate with Buddha is actually a completely different person.


2. In addition, Fire Department red and Police red and blue, some states reserve purple lights expressly for funeral procession escort vehicles.


3. In 1998, Nestle trademarked the tubular packaging of Smarties. It later sued Masterfoods Denmark which marketed M&Ms in a similar package. The Supreme Court of Denmark later ruled that a basic geometrical shape couldn't be trademarked, and ordered the trademark to be removed.


4. In 1842, Queen Victoria had a pistol aimed at her while she was riding a carriage, but the gun misfired and the assassin escaped. The next day she deliberately took the same route to bait the assassin, who subsequently caught.


5. A 2004 marketing study described Generation X as “the least parented, least nurtured generations in U.S. history.”


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6Chainmail

Chainmail

All of the chainmail in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was made by hand, link by link.


7. Iran's Air Force Flies American made F-14 Tomcats.


8. Mexico has succeeded in eliminating trachoma, a disease which is the leading cause of blindness worldwide.


9. Bruce Willis was forced to sign a three picture deal with Disney after he pulled out of 'The Broadway Brawler', a romantic comedy about a hockey player. The three movies he made were 'Armageddon', 'The Sixth Sense', and 'The Kid.' The movies combined to gross an estimated 1.3 billion worldwide.


10. The USSR sent so many scientists and engineers to the gulag prisons that the government set up labs for them. While workers in the 'Sharashka' facilities did not have to perform hard labor like other inmates, their work was published under the names of more famous Soviet scientists.


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11Edith Head

Edith Head

Edith Head has won 8 Oscars for best costume design and was the inspiration for Edna Mode in The Incredibles.


12. While developing the 1994 hit game "Donkey Kong Country," programmers found that real-life gorillas moved too slow for a fast-paced game. Instead, Donkey Kong's movements were based off a horse's gallop.


13. Red cup plungers are not toilet plungers; they are designed for use with sinks. Real toilet plungers have an additional flap that fits in the bottom of the toilet bowl.


14. More than 90% of Greenland sharks are blind, due to a parasite called ' Ommatokoita elongata' that lives exclusively in the eyes of the sharks, damaging their corneas.


15. Soviet scientists have been genetically breeding a species of fox since the 1950's and have created the only known tame species of fox in the world in just over 50 years.


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16Hay Bales

Hay Bales

Hay Bales that are too wet have a higher chance of spontaneously combusting, and "excessive moisture is the most common cause of hay fires."


17. In the 1940s, the Idaho Fish and Game Department relocated beavers into the wilderness by dropping them out of airplanes with parachutes.


18. If a submarine is downed and there is no submarine rescue vehicle nearby, the crew put on special pressurized suits which float them to the top and act as a one-man life raft.


19. Snow is actually considered a mineral, along with naturally occurring ice. Water, however, is not a mineral.


20. The Slinky was conceived of in 1943 by Richard James. While working at a shipbuilding company, he watched a torsion spring fall off a table and flip end over end. His wife came up with the name Slinky after looking through the dictionary for a word that described the motion of the spring.


21Korea

Korea

In Korea, everyone is 1 from the time they are born. And everyone gets a year older on New Year's day.


22. In 2008, Bebo the popular social network was bought from its creators by AOL for $850 million. It was then run into the ground and after 5 years the site filed for bankruptcy and was sold back to the original creators for $1 million.


23. Candy pumpkins were placed on the seat of every U.S. Senator by the candy industry in 1985 in hopes of extending U.S. daylight saving time to cover Halloween.


24. More than 30% of the calories and 60% of the fat in the BK Original Chicken Sandwich come from the Mayo alone.


25. Before the heart/lung machine was invented, a doctor oxygenated his patient's blood by routing it through another person. Parents often served this purpose while their children had heart surgery.

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