Random Revelations: Article #71- 30 Mesmerizing and Unusual Random Facts

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1Alaska

Alaska

A man ran naked through Anchorage, Alaska, naked, climbed up a 30-foot flagpole, jumped off and died. 29-years later, he has still not been identified.


2. During the filming of Breaking Bad, actress Julia Minesci who played a meth-addicted prostitute was legitimately propositioned for sex during the shooting of a scene.


3. A wellness blogger named Belle Gibson who faked brain cancer was fined $410,000 for a scam involving her claims that her cancer was cured through nutrition and alternative therapies.


4. There is a position in the House of Lords called Black Rod. Their job is to summon the House of Commons and have a door slammed in their face, showing the people's power over the monarchy.


5. Studies suggest that top students are more likely to smoke pot and drink alcohol.


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6Furbys

Furbys

The Pentagon banned Furbys because they were worried they would repeat top secret information, even though Furbys had no means to do so.


7. In addition to being the NBA's leading scorer with 38,387 points, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is also a professional writer who contributes to Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and has also written books which are New York Times bestsellers.


8. Yea and Nay don't mean exactly the same as Yes and No. They were for questions posed in the positive whereas yes and no were for questions in the negative. So answering "yes" to "don't you like it?" always meant you did like it. This removes ambiguity.


9. Gulag is actually an acronym of "Glavnoye Upravleniye LAGerej" or "Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps and Settlements".


10. On Dec 26th, the aristocracy distributed presents (boxes) to servants and employees, who returned home, opened their boxes and had a second Christmas on what became known as "Boxing Day."


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11When my ship comes in idiom

When my ship comes in idiom

The idiom "When my ship comes in" originated with sailors' wives who promised to pay off debts when the sailors' ships returned to port.


12. In 1933, Stalin criminalized male homosexuality but left lesbianism untouched.


13. Actor Peter Capaldi chose a buttoned-to-the-top white shirt as his costume for Doctor Who, to be reachable so even poor kids could pretend to be the doctor.


14. The Philippine Tarsier is known to commit suicide in captivity by smashing its own head against rocks.


15. France won a war over China in 1885 resulting in the creation of French Indochina.


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16Egg

Egg

The egg that created you was formed inside of your mother’s fetus while she was inside of your grandmother’s womb.


17. Marlon Brando’s final film was a movie called “Big Bug Man”. The animated film, co-starring Brendan Fraser, still has not been released and likely never will be.


18. In 1854, the Mayor of Los Angeles (Stephen Clark Foster) resigned to lead a lynch mob and then was re-elected.


19. John Wayne's voice was heavily processed and edited from archive audio to be used for Garindan in 'Star Wars.'


20. The largest private landowner (John Malone) in the US owns 2.2 million acres which is about three times the size of Rhode Island.


21Pretzels

Pretzels

US State Pennsylvania makes 80% of US pretzels.


22. The slow loris is the only poisonous primate in existence. Its toxin can kill a human and may have evolved from trying to mimic a cobra.


23. Surplus jet engines were used to de-ice railroads in Soviet Russia.


24. The hottest thing in the known universe is actually on Earth: The Large Hadron Collider can reach temperatures of 4 trillion Kelvin.


25. Richard Dean Anderson and 80 other action stars turned down the role of John McClane in Die Hard before Bruce Willis was chosen for the role.

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