Random Revelations: Article #33 – 44 Awesome Random Facts

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A rat can squeeze through holes or gaps the size of a quarter because its skull is not plated together, so it can change the shape of its head and squeeze through a very small opening. They are able to leap 4 feet laterally, can fall 5 floors without any injuries, and tread water for 3 days.

2. In Germany, you are not allowed to skip your break if you are working more than 6 hours a day.

3. Elvis Presley once flew from Graceland to Denver and back in one night just for a sandwich. 'The Fool's Gold Loaf' is a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with peanut butter, jelly, and a pound of bacon. It has an estimated 8,000 calories.

4. Usain Bolt got offered track scholarships from many American colleges, but turned them down to train in his homeland, Jamaica.

5. Ultra-pasteurized milk like Organic Horizon and Stonyfield do not need to be refrigerated. They are put into the cooling section at the store because people don't trust un-refrigerated milk, especially in the US.

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6Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Some sections of "Bohemian Rhapsody" have up to 180 separate tracks, which required the vocal parts to be sung 10-12 hours per day. Record studios of the era only offered 24-track recording, requiring constant overdubs. The same tapes were reused so much, they could be seen through.

7. JFK took numerous medications during his time in office prescribed by a doctor nicknamed "Dr. Feelgood" (Max Jacobson). He was forced to stop administering Kennedy drugs by White House officials, and JFK's leadership notably improved, leading to successes such as the Cuban Missile Crisis.

8. A sound produced on Earth sounds very different if produced on Mars. The composition and pressure of the Martian atmosphere distort sounds to a lower pitch, and planetary.org has samples for you to hear.

9. Eminem created Slim Shady when D12 (short for the dirty dozen) was formed. It included 6 rappers and their 6 alter egos.

10. Orville Wright lived until 1948, and his last flight was in a Lockheed Constellation. He witnessed the creation of the first rocket and jet propulsion.

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While 71% of Americans believe in hell, only half of 1% think that they are likely to end up there.

12. There are only 6 people left on the planet who can still ‘speak’ the whistled language known as sfyria.

13. Poorly designed doors (doors that aren't obvious if you push, pull, turn a handle, etc to open) are called "Norman Doors" and are named after Don Norman who writes about how it should be obvious as to how everyday items function.

14. Hollywood father-son duo Sean Connery and Harrison Ford are only 12 years apart in age.

15. Edvard Grieg, the composer of "In the Hall of the Mountain King," hated the song. He intended it to be a parody of bad music from that time and it ended up becoming iconic.

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16Insurance companies

Insurance companies

Over 50 of the largest life insurance companies in the US are being sued for not paying claims on millions of policies. In many cases, the insurers knew the client was deceased and continued collected premiums via policy loans which would cause them to lapse over time.

17. A soldier named Major Hunter Reinburg posted on Peleliu in 1944 craved ice-cream so much that he together with aircraft engineers put a can filled with milk onto the underside of each wing tip of their planes, attaching a stirring shaft to a wind-driven propeller and then taking off. They made 100 portions of ice every day.

18. The biggest cashew tree in the world named Maior cajueiro do mundo covers an area of about 80,000 square feet and produces over 60,000 fruits each year. The tree gets its size from two genetic issues, which allow branches to grow outwards instead of upwards, taking new roots when touching the ground.

19. Across all the European countries fighting in World War 2, only three national capitals were never occupied: Moscow, London, and Helsinki.

20. MIT puts almost all of its course materials online for anyone to access for free.



Motorcyclists are almost 30 times more likely to die than other motorists.

22. The current Empress of Japan, Empress Michiko is a Hibernophile and has a keen interest in Irish mythology most notably ''The Children of Lir'' and recites I See His Blood Upon The Rose by Joseph Plunkett as a party piece and even speaks passable Irish.

23. A 2005 research by the University of Miami on lethal injections in the U.S. found that the post mortem blood concentration of anesthetic (Sodium thiopental) in 43 out of 49 executed inmates were lower than that required for surgery. 21 inmates had concentrations consistent with awareness.

24. In 1919, a dog named Tang saved 92 people after their boat capsized in stormy seas. The dog jumped into the stormy seas with the boat's tow rope in his mouth and swam to shore, where the rope was used to tow the boat in.

25. The Trachtenberg speed math system can be used to multiply large numbers in your head. It was developed by a jew named Jakow Trachtenberg while being held in a Nazi concentration camp. He developed this technique as a distraction from the horrors surrounding him.

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