Random Revelations: Article #75- 45 Awe-Inspiring Random Facts

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1Victor Lustig

Victor Lustig

In 1935, a con man named Victor Lustig was arrested for selling his victims a "currency copier", purportedly capable of reproducing $100 bills. The day before his trial, he fashioned sheets into a rope and slipped out the window, pretending to be a window washer as he shimmied down the building.


2. The Ring Finders is a worldwide organization of metal-detection enthusiasts who recover lost items at little to no cost. Members have about an 80% success rate at finding lost keys, rings, cell phones, time capsules, burial urns and more.


3. Popeye muttered under his breath because his animation was done before the voices were recorded and the voice actor ad-libbed stuff to help his dialog synch up.


4. During season 4 of The Sopranos, James Gandolfini gave 16 of his co-stars $33,000 each, saying ‘‘Thanks for sticking by me.’’


5. One of the stated purposes of the US Interstate highway system was to provide access in order to defend the United States during an attack.


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6Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts “can't stand snakes [and is] scared to death of the damn things”, but he still carried around a 100 pounds python and later on a king cobra with him because “there were enough zeros on [his] contract to make him forget about his fear [of snakes]”.


7. There is a $1 million treasure chest waiting to be discovered in the Rocky Mountains if the 9 clues in a 24-line poem can be solved.


8. Leafy green vegetables account for more food born illnesses than meat. Researchers are especially worried about the "ready-to-eat" salads sold in many stores.


9. Grant Kirkhope, the composer of Donkey Kong 64, is still embarrassed by the DK Rap since he created it as a joke.


10. In 1992, financier Thomas H. Lee purchased Snapple from its founders for $140 million. Two years later he sold it to Quaker Oats for $1.7 billion. Less than 3 years later, after investing additional hundreds of millions on the brand, Quaker sold it for $300 million.


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11Cyc

Cyc

An Artificial Intelligent computer engine named Cyc became confused by a story of a man shaving. The AI understood that people do not contain any electronic parts, but considered the man holding the electric razor as one entity, and asked if he was still a person while he was shaving.


12. There are 5 parasitologists who wrote and are giving away a free textbook on the human parasite to everyone because they want to increase awareness/ help cure many preventable diseases.


13. Alberto Fujimori who was the president of Peru between 1990 and 2000 was a full-blooded Japanese.


14. When you love getting attention and hate it at the same time is called Hedgehog's dilemma.


15. Cyanide pills were distributed to audience members of the last Berlin Philharmonic concert on 12 April 1945 as Allied forces approached Berlin and the surrender of Germany seemed imminent.


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16Voyager

Voyager

The Voyager space message contains greetings in 55 languages but is missing Swahili because the person did not show up to the studio.


17. When Rudolph Hess, righthand man to Adolf Hitler, flew on an apparently unsanctioned peace mission to Great Britain in 1941, the German public was quickly told that Hess suffered from mental disturbance and hallucinations.


18. Eating late at night won't cause you to gain weight. As long as you're not exceeding your calorie needs for the entire day, it won't affect the scale.


19. Jack Daniel, the famous whiskey distiller, died due to complications from gangrene after kicking his safe when he couldn’t remember its combination.


20. The movie Starsky & Hutch was based on two real-life NYC cops, Lou Telano and John Sepe, who went undercover as Hasidic Jews, gay lovers, and female nurses in the 1960s and 1970s.


21Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle

American Comedian Dave Chappelle was offered the role of Bubba in Forrest Gump but turned it down because he thought the role would be demeaning and the movie would bomb.


22. Pope Francis and Pope John Paul the Second are honorary members of the Harlem Globetrotters.


23. The patent for the fire hydrant was lost in a patent office fire.


24. Staring into a mirror in a dim room for a long time can make you hallucinate.


25. Sea Otters have the densest hair in the world, with up to 140,000 hairs per square centimeter. Humans have about 300 per square centimeter on their head.

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