Random Revelations: Article #69- 30 Bewildering Random Facts

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1Chinese population

Chinese population

The Chinese population census margin of error (26 million) is bigger than the population of 180 countries.

2. After the holidays, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree is milled into lumber and donated to Habitat For Humanity to be used for building homes.

3. After their famed snow run, Balto and his fellow sled dogs were sold to a freak show in Los Angeles. After over 2 years living in horrible conditions, they were rescued by the efforts of the entire city of Cleveland, Ohio.

4. The movie studio responsible for The Hangover halved director Todd Phillips' $6.5 million fee because no big actor was attached to the film. Instead, Phillips requested a cut of the profits which netted him close to $70 million.

5. Rubies and sapphires are scientifically the same minerals. Rubies are the red variety and sapphires encompass any other color, with blue being the most popular and common.

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6Walking Ghost

Walking Ghost

The term "Walking Ghost" refers to the period of time shortly after an individual is exposed to toxic radiation when the victim appears perfectly healthy.

7. At one point, 50% of all CDs worldwide had the AOL logo printed on them.

8. Emperor Hirohito offered to order all the Japanese to convert to Christianity to end the imperial religion, but general MacArthur refused, saying it would be wrong to force a whole nation to convert.

9. If we were given glasses that perfectly inverted our eyesight and turned everything upside-down, our brains would eventually figure it out and flip said things right-side-up again.

10. The copy of Charlie Hebdo magazine released after the terror attack, sold nearly 8 million copies, compared to their prior usual of 60,000 copies.

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An individual red knot bird, tagged as B-95 (Moonbird), has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back over his lifetime.

12. In 1962, at the University of Texas at Austin, Janis Joplin (American rock singer) was voted "ugliest man on campus".

13. Ted Kaczynski (The UNABOMBER), Ramzi Yousef (The '93 WTC Bomber), and Timothy McVeigh (The Oklahoma City Bomber) all become friends in Federal Supermax prison, and would regularly discuss religion and politics to pass time.

14. The tallest cactus (Pachycerreus pringlei) ever recorded was over 6 stories tall.

15. There is a disaster scenario where North Korea starts blasting satellites out of the air just out of spite, ruining communications for the entire world.

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16Brandon Novak

Brandon Novak

Professional skateboarder Brandon Novak gives out his phone number on the internet to speak to strangers battling addiction. People have said he talked to them for an hour and then 20 more times over the next month.

17. Chung Ju-Yung, the founder of Hyundai, originally wanted to become a school teacher, but his family's dire financial situation made him unable to get a higher education. Instead, he ran away from his family to Seoul, where he started a construction company, Hyundai, in 1947.

18. Germany has the most diverse selection and production of bread in the world with 200 types of bread.

19. Saddam Hussein purchased 4,000 PlayStation 2s in attempt to create a military supercomputer.

20. When somebody rings the doorbell on Fuller House, whoever is in the living room says "It's always open!", a reference to the Olsen twins, who have repeatedly rejected requests to appear on the show.



When parents view failure as debilitating and focus on their children’s performance rather on learning, their children tend to believe that intelligence is a fixed characteristic, rather than something malleable that they can improve.

22. In 1978, 17-year-old Santae Tribble was wrongfully incarcerated after FBI analysts failed to distinguish between human and dog hair. He served a total of 32 years.

23. The U.S. Capitol building has its own subway system, with three lines moving Congressmen, Senators, and staffers between the various office complexes.

24. Dr. Seuss wrote a book about political tension, the arms race, the threat of nuclear weapons, and the Cold War in 1984.

25. Montana is the last state in the country without at-will employment. An employee there can't be fired without cause (following a probationary period).

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