Random Revelations: Article #83- 40 Strangely Fascinating Random Facts

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1Proverb

Proverb

The Russian language has a proverb similar to "Necessity is the Mother of Invention" that literally translates to "poor people are crafty".


2. There was a Roman priesthood named Salii whose job was to perform a specific dance and chant around sacred shields. Since this ritual was unchanged for centuries, later Romans had no idea what the ritual actually meant while still continuing the tradition.


3. Cows have different 'moo' accents depending on what region in the world they live in.


4. Due to a long-standing disagreement within the Versace family, Gianni Versace (Italian fashion designer) willed 50% ownership of his fashion company to his favorite niece Allegra. She was 11 years old upon his death. On her 18th birthday, Allegra instantly became worth hundreds of millions of dollars.


5. Ireland’s population still hasn’t recovered from the potato famine 160 years ago. It is still 2 million lower than it was before the famine.


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6Airplane food

Airplane food

Airplane food is heavily seasoned but your sense of taste is dulled when you're on an airplane.


7. Serial killer Ted Bundy put a woman on the stand and then asked her to marry him; she said yes. There was a loophole in Florida law where a marriage proposal accepted under oath was legally binding.


8. Silicone oil leaches out of remote control buttons and gradually makes the controller less responsive.


9. In 1857, Mormon militia members ambushed a wagon train in Utah which was heading to California. They killed 120 people after offering safety from the siege, leaving only a few young children alive.


10. A man named Robert McGee survived scalping at the age of 14. He lived the rest of his life with most of his skull exposed.


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11Star Wars

Star Wars

The iconic font for "Star Wars" was derived from Helvetica Black because designer Suzy Rice thought that it was the most Fascist typeface she could think of.


12. Venona Project revealed that there was not a single agency of the American Government that Soviet espionage had not thoroughly infiltrated, and stole secrets concerned with national security.


13. Emperor Hirohito (Showa), the Emperor of World War 2 Japan, was the only “axis power” leader to not have died during the war. He only just died in 1989.


14. Breathing in Delhi air is equivalent to smoking 44 cigarettes a day.


15. The smell of infants triggers a physiological response in mothers similar to that experienced by hungry people presented with a delicious meal. This is the reason behind the urge to nibble newborn babies.


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16Sakae Menda

Sakae Menda

Sakae Menda is the first Japanese man ever released from death row. After three weeks of starvation, thirst, and beatings during interrogation in order to force out a confession, he spent 34 years in jail for a crime he did not commit.


17. Israel merged the front half of a damaged rare 2 seat F-15 with the back half of an obsolete retired single seat F15. When they asked Boeing for advice Boeing never responded thinking the Israeli Air Force was joking.


18. The infamous car decal of Calvin peeing on the Ford logo wasn’t sanctioned by the “Calvin and Hobbes” syndicate and when asked about it, Bill Watterson said, “he clearly miscalculated how popular it would be to show Calvin urinating on a Ford logo.”


19. The 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" was funded by Quaker Oats to coincide with the launch of their new line of Wonka candy. It wasn't until years later that they sold the candy line to Nestle and the movie rights to Warner Bros.


20. DEFCON 5 is actually the lowest level of nuclear alert, and DEFCON 1 means imminent nuclear war.


21John Nash

John Nash

John Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, and subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, earned a Ph.D. thesis in 1950 with a 26-page dissertation. It had 2 citations, one being an article that Nash had written.


22. Rob McElhenney (Mac from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) intentionally got fatter as the show progressed as a way of fighting the trend of actors on TV shows getting more attractive over time.


23. Buddy Holly's wife, Maria Elena, did not attend his funeral and has never visited his grave site. She blames herself for his passing and said that had she gone on tour with him (she stayed home as she was pregnant), Buddy would never have gotten into that airplane.


24. A 54-year-old German x-ray technician named Carl Tanzler fell in love with a dying 20-year-old Tuberculosis patient named Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos. After she died, he exhumed her body and began a romantic relationship with her corpse. He kept the corpse in his broken “airship” while he tried bringing her back from the dead.


25. Despite China spanning five different time zones, the entire country uses the same time: Beijing Time (UTC+8:00). This causes sunrise to come as late as 9 am, during winter, and sunset to come as late as 9 pm, during summer, in certain parts of China.

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