Random Revelations: Article #27 – 32 Unusual Random Facts

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1Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett's Academy Award for playing Katherine Hepburn in "The Aviator" made her the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar-winning actor.

2. MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" contributed to a drop in teen birth rate.

3. Male infants show a stronger interest in the physical-mechanical objects while the female infants show a stronger interest in social objects.

4. 8 of the 14 vaccines that are routinely recommended today were developed by an American microbiologist named Maurice Hilleman.

5. A 4chan prank resulted in VH1’s Save the Music program donating $10,000 to buy musical instruments for Boston's Horace Mann School for the Deaf.

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6Reptilian heart

Reptilian heart

A 59-year-old man entered a hospital complaining of chest pains was found to have a three-chambered reptilian heart, as opposed to a four-chambered mammalian one.

7. OJ Simpson's father was a well-known drag queen in the San Francisco area and died of AIDS in 1986.

8. In the TV series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the governor of California was targeted for termination. At the time of filming, the governor in office was Arnold Schwarzenegger.

9. Launching a nuclear weapon in the Chicago city is punishable by a $1,000 fine.

10. For the first 35 years of his life, Jack Nicholson didn't know his sister was actually his mother. He didn't find out until 9 years after her death from cancer, thanks to a TIMES Journalist.

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11Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the Holocaust memoir "Night", started the Elie Wiesel Foundation For Humanity. The charity lost nearly $16 million in the Madoff Ponzi Scheme. Wiesel and his wife also lost their entire personal life savings.

12. The Soviet Union lasted long enough to be given its own internet domain name, .su, which it received only 15 months before dissolving.

13. Bliss, the default computer wallpaper of Microsoft's Windows XP, was taken by former NatGeo photographer, Charles O'Rear while he was on his way to his girlfriend in 1996.

14. Boba Fett was originally not introduced in Episode V, but in the infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday TV Special.

15. O.J. Simpson earned $3,000,000 just from signing autographs while in prison.

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16Emperor Caracalla

Emperor Caracalla

When emperor Caracalla visited Alexandria, he was greeted with satires of him and other insults. He responded by massacring the city's citizens and pillaging it afterward.

17. It's very common for people in Japan to peel grapes before eating them, due to a perception that the skins are dirty and/or bitter.

18. The Pebble Toad will throw itself down a cliff to avoid predators and will survive it by tucking in its legs and being light enough to bounce without being injured.

19. It can cost $289,500 a year just for the right to operate a single hot dog cart in Central Park.

20. A photon spends 40,000 years getting from the core of the Sun to the surface, but then only 8 minutes to get to Earth.

21Dodo bird

Dodo bird

In 1755, Oxford University burned a taxidermied Dodo bird, unaware that it was the last complete specimen in the world.

22. There are more Chinese restaurants in the United States than McDonald's, Burger Kings, Wendy's, Domino's, and Pizza Huts put together.

23. The girl in the red coat from Schindler's List played by Oliwia Dabrowska was told by Spielberg to not watch the film until she was 18. She watched it at 11 and was traumatized. She watched it again at 18 and understood "Spielberg was right: I had to grow up to watch the film."

24. Historians believe the fate of Christianity hinged on the Battle of Tours where an Arab invasion force was defeated by a Frankish force in present-day France, preventing the spread of Islam to all of Western Europe and preserving Christianity as the religion of Europe.

25. After 20 months of war and a 13-month siege, the Numantians (old Spanish civilization) chose to burn their city and die free rather than live and be slaves to the Roman Empire.

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