Random Revelations: Article #73- 30 Mind-Twisting Random Facts

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1Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin

All male Astronauts going to the International Space Station from Russia are required to pee on a bus tire prior to launch, a tradition started by Yuri Gagarin.


2. The trippy patterns that you see when you shut your eyes tightly are called phosphenes. They are caused by electrical charge produced in the retina and/or mechanical stimuli such as rubbing your eyes.


3. In 532 A.D., 30,000 rioters were killed and half of Constantinople was destroyed in the Nika Riots, over a conflict with chariot racing.


4. You don’t forget things you did when you were drunk, your brain just never recorded the memories as the events happened.


5. In 2017, a Florida man shot neighbor's cat because it 'looked at him like he owned the place'.


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6Thomas Edison Jr.

Thomas Edison Jr.

Thomas Edison paid his son Thomas Edison Jr. an allowance of $35.00 a week ($925.25 in 2017) to not use the Edison name to sell his snake oil products.


7. In 1995, China set out to return a desert (Loess plateau) bigger than France back to a flourishing ecosystem after centuries of desertification to combat dust storms, flooding and boost the local economy.


8. The world's first ever half-hour, completely computer-animated TV series was the Canadian show ReBoot.


9. Humans can gain the ability to see ultraviolet light. We simply have a layer in our eyes which filters it out. Individuals who suffer eye damage from disease, injury or surgery have sometimes gained the ability to distinguish ultraviolet light.


10. James Smithson, the founding donor of the Smithsonian Institute, was English and never actually stepped foot in the United States. His reasoning behind leaving such a vast inheritance to a foreign country is unknown.


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111973 Heimaey volcano eruption

1973 Heimaey volcano eruption

In 1973, a volcano erupted on the Icelandic island of Heimaey. Rather than fleeing to safety, the residents of the island sprayed the advancing lava flow with seawater in order to form a wall and direct the lava into the sea.


12. The shaka or 'hang loose' gesture originated when a Hawaiian named Hamana Kalili lost his three middle fingers in a sugar mill accident.


13. A Melbourne woman posted a photo on Facebook of a "creep" she claimed was taking photos of her children in a shopping center, and it was shared thousands of times. The man had actually taken a selfie at a Star Wars store display set up for people to take selfies


14. The Church of Scientology had a prolific espionage group called the "Guardian's Office" that was dedicated to infiltrating the United States government to steal or destroy confidential records and spread propaganda.


15. The term "Boycott" came from the Irish Land War when absentee landlord Captain Charles Boycott was subject to social ostracism in 1880 when he attempted to evict eleven tenants from the land.


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16Mitsubishi car

Mitsubishi car

In Singapore, a $17,000 Mitsubishi car is sold at $104,000 due to taxes and fees imposed on the automotive industry by the Singaporean government, in an effort to limit traffic congestion and air pollution.


17. German chocolate cake was made by an American whose last name was "German".


18. The Library of Alexandria was one of the largest ancient stores of knowledge that was burned down, losing anywhere between 40,000 - 400,000 scrolls. It is said that even today, scholars still mourn its loss as one of the largest known scholarly losses of all time.


19. The TV show 'Black Mirror' derives its name from the reflection you see in a switched off screen or monitor.


20. When Ed Sheeran won a Grammy in 2013 for "The A-Team" he wasn't deemed famous enough to perform alone so Elton John insisted on a duet with him.


21Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein worked until a few hours before his death, and he left 12 pages on his bedside. The last line in those pages was the last equation he ever wrote.


22. Vin Diesel is a huge Dungeons and Dragons fan and has even written a D&D guide in the past.


23. On average, more than 6000 cell phones are lost in Walt Disney World every year.


24. In France, it is illegal to publish photographs of a handcuffed suspects, as they are not to appear guilty until proven so.


25. In 2000, "Take Me To The River" was used in the popular animatronic singing toy "Big Mouth Billy Bass". According to Teenie Hodges, he made more money in royalties from that version than from any previous versions.

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