Random Revelations: Article #51- 33 Phenomenal Random Facts

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1Donkey Xote

Donkey Xote

Donkey Xote is a Spanish-Italian knockoff of the Shrek films released in 2007. They promoted it’s DVD with a caption legitimately reading “From the producers who SAW Shrek”.

2. A "white elephant gift exchange" takes its name from the legend of the King of Siam gifting rare albino elephants to those who displeased him because the upkeep costs would financially ruin them.

3. Viagra was invented by accident: "It was originally developed as a medication used for lowering high blood pressure. It failed to achieve this purpose and was discontinued. When test subjects were asked to return their unused medicine, however, they all refused".

4. A Chinese man named Lei Jingxiong was almost cremated alive after being beaten by police and left for dead. The cremation process was stopped when a medical worker noticed he was still breathing. He was then taken to a hospital where he was beaten again by the police and arrested.

5. Despite his immense wealth, John D. Rockefeller always took the train from his mansion to his downtown New York office every day. He was often harassed by beggars and other passengers but refused to travel with bodyguards or use private transportation.

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There are more public libraries than McDonald's in the U.S.

7. NBA player Shaquille O’Neal requested to be (and now is) the spokesperson for The General car insurance because he was a customer while in College and remains a customer to this day

8. Blu-Ray discs are called blue and can hold more storage because the laser it uses is blue, which has a shorter wavelength than red and hence can read more accurately, allowing for more data to be stored.

9. To be legal, prop money for films in the U.S. must be one-sided and less than 75% or more than 150% of the size of a real banknote.

10. The United States Airforce maintains a fleet of Boeing E4-B "Doomsday" planes. They are capable of being airborne for a week. They cost nearly $160,000 per hour for the Air Force to operate, and have a 5 mile long trailing wire antenna to communicate with nuclear submarines.

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11Rocky 4

Rocky 4

The reason there was a talking robot in Rocky 4 was because Stallone used that robot at home to help his autistic son. So he wrote it into the script so that he could have his son on set with his robot and care worker.

12. "Pee paint" is a special paint that repels pee back on the pee-er. Cities use it in an attempt to reduce public urination on walls.

13. Snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan was accused of disrespect by an opponent for using his opposite hand to take a shot. To prove he wasn't bringing the game into disrepute, he played 3 frames with his left-hand against a former world championship runner-up (Alain Robidoux), winning all 3.

14. Rum-Running is smuggling alcohol over water. Boot-Legging is smuggling alcohol over land.

15. Charlie Chaplin was into young girls. He fired an underaged girl (Lita Grey) from his movie after refusing to abort his child and narrowly escaped a sex scandal by marrying her in secret.

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16USS Johnston

USS Johnston

The USS Johnston was saluted by a Japanese destroyer captain as it was sinking, after spending nearly 3 hours squaring off against 23 Japanese ships, including 4 Battleships, 8 Cruisers, and 11 destroyers.

17. The graphics company Nvidia is named after the Latin 'Invidia', which means 'envy'. This is also the reason why they use the color green, as in "green with envy".

18. Dolphins and whales can die under their own weight if on land. Without water to support their size, they can end up crushing their own organs.

19. 1920s ‘Little Albert experiment.’ Johns Hopkins University chose a nine-month-old infant from a hospital and attempted to ‘condition a phobia in an emotionally stable child.’ They successfully made him fear Santa, rabbits, and other furry animals.

20. Monowi is a town in Nebraska which has a population of one person (Elsie Eiler). She is the Mayor, pays taxes to herself and acts as bartender and librarian.

21Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan sings the Cantonese version of "I'll Make a Man Out of You" on the DVD for the Disney movie Mulan.

22. In 1940, 75% of Americans dreamt almost always in black and white, and today over 12% of people still dream in only black and white.

23. The Chinese takeout box was an American invention originally designed to hold oysters and is rarely used for food in Asian countries.

24. In former US President Gerald Ford's senior year as a football player at the University of Michigan, when Georgia Tech refused to play if a black player named Willis Ward (and Ford's best friend on the team) took the field, Ford threatened to quit the team in response.

25. “The Compton Cowboys” is a group of young African-American men that have found peace and turned their backs on gang violence through the care and riding of horses in urban Los Angeles.

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