Random Revelations: Article #53- 32 Enigmatic Random Facts

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1Beaver

Beaver

Beaver's teeth are orange because they contain iron. This gives them strength and prevents against tooth decay.


2. There is a system where cows can choose when they are milked. The whole process is automated, customized for each cow, and has seen cows living 30% longer than those at farms that use traditional methods.


3. A drifter named Theodore Coneys, also Known as the Denver Spider-Man, broke into a man’s house and hid in the tiny attic, ended up murdering the man, then continued to hide in the attic for months during the murder investigation, while the murdered man’s wife still lived in the house.


4. Michael Jackson had an entire shopping mall closed down and had people he knew pretending to be customers, so he could go shopping like a normal person.


5. After the last bucardo (a wild goat species) died, scientists brought a clone to life, making the bucardo the first species to become de-extinct. The clone died after seven minutes, also making it the first species to go extinct twice.


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6ATMs

ATMs

There are 2 ATMs in Antartica and only one of them works at a time. The reason for this is so if the working one breaks down, the other can be cannibalized for parts. A repairman also stops by every 2 years to perform routine maintenance.


7. An American psychologist named Timothy Leary was able to get out of prison after he filled in a psych test which put him as low-risk which he himself designed.


8. 93% of all humans who have ever existed are dead.


9. The actors on Mad Men were smoking Ecstacy herbal cigarettes, that have no tobacco or nicotine in them, partly because actors smoking real cigarettes get agitated and nervous according to the show creator.


10. Every time a dog sees it's owner, its brain secretes those same chemicals as our brains when we are in love.


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11Elwood Edwards

Elwood Edwards

The voice of AOL (Elwood Edwards) (the guy who said "You've Got Mail!") was only ever paid $200.00 for his work and gets zero residuals or royalties. He now drives for Uber.


12. Over 3 million tons of asphalt pavement has been recycled and there is over 99% recycling rate for asphalt.


13. There's a spider (Portia) that is capable of insight, trial-and-error learning, and puzzle solving due to its source of food: other spiders.


14. J.K. Rowling was the youngest self-made female billionaire.


15. A Swedish man survived for two months in a car that had been snowed over. He ate only snow, and survived due to a "igloo effect".


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16Blind person

Blind person

The person who is blind or visually impaired listens to the flow of traffic, determines when it is safe to cross, and then signals the dog to go forward. However, if a car is coming, the dog is taught to refuse to obey the command.


17. The 5 largest power stations in the world are all hydroelectric.


18. Idlewild, Michigan which from 1912 until the end of segregation was known as 'The Black Eden' was one of the few places where black Americans could fish, hunt, vacation, party and buy land in peace, without interference.


19. The opposite of deja vu is jamais vu. It is most commonly experienced when a person momentarily does not recognize a word or, less commonly, a person or place, that she or he knows. This can be achieved by anyone by repeatedly writing or saying a specific word out loud.


20. Belgium has a Time Credit System that entitles employees to take a one-year secured absence to prevent burn-out and provide an opportunity to pursue other things in life.


21Medici Chapel

Medici Chapel

A secret room under the Medici Chapel is covered in charcoal sketches by Michelangelo, who lived there for three months while hiding from the Pope.


22. Despite the common misconception, in most countries ship captains, are not actually able to perform marriages, and the United States Navy had to make a rule specifically forbidding captains from doing so.


23. Julius Caesar once was reading about Alexander the Great when suddenly, he burst into tears. His friends asked him why, and he replied “Do you not think, it is a matter for sorrow that while Alexander, at my age, was already king of so many peoples, I have as yet achieved no brilliant success?


24. The name "Imogen" may well be a typo. Its first recorded use is in Shakespeare's Cymbeline. It is thought that he wrote "Innogen", a common Celtic name at the time. The printers misread the "nn" as "m" and thus a new name was born!


25. The original idea behind Marge Simpson's hair was to conceal large rabbit ears. The gag was intended to be revealed in the final episode of the series, but they weren't expecting the show to last 30 years.

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