Random Revelations: Article #92- 31 Jaw-Droppingly Interesting Random Facts

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1Norm MacDonald

Norm MacDonald

Before Norm MacDonald's first appearance on the Tonight Show, his dressing room was crashed by Robin Williams. While in the room, he pretended to be a Jewish Tailor, talked to Norm's friend on the phone pretending to be a Chinese Restaurant employee, dressed Norm, and then left.

2. When the World War 1 began, it was compulsory for all British officers to have a mustache. Poignantly, that edict was revoked in October 1916, because the new recruits were so young that some could not rustle up more than a thin, mousey streak.

3. President Teddy Roosevelt was given strong coffee and puffs of the cigar as a child to 'help' with his asthma. As an adult, his coffee drinking became legendary and he drank up to 40 cups per day. His son, Theodore Jr., remarked that his father's ideal coffee cup might be "more in the nature of a bathtub".

4. When Tater Tots first hit store shelves in 1956, people did not buy them because they were very inexpensive and there was no perceived value. When the price was raised by stores, people began buying the product.

5. NPR CarTalk co-host Tom Magliozzi's gravestone has "It's not hard work that killed him" inscribed in Latin.

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6Jack in the box

Jack in the box

In 1981, horse meat labeled as beef was discovered at a plant that supplied hamburger and taco meat to Jack in the Box. The meat was originally from Australia, and during their checks on location, inspectors discovered other shipments destined for the US that included kangaroo meat.

7. California is the 6th largest economy in the world behind the USA, China, Japan, Germany, UK. It's bigger than India, France, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Canada, Spain, Australia, South Korea, Mexico.

8. The apples in the phrase "how do you like them apples" refer to World War 1 trench mortars nicknamed "toffee apples" used by the British.

9. Arnold Schuster was a private citizen who appeared on television in 1952 to discuss how he assisted the police in catching a bank robber. He was later gunned down in the same year by an unrelated mobster who saw him on TV and hated "squealers" (informants).

10. American stand-up comedian George Carlin recorded a comedy album called "I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die" 2 days before 9/11. After 9/11, he decided not to release it. It was ultimately released in December 2016.

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11Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence is permanently banned from hosting SNL. The comedian hosted once in 1994 and performed a monologue where he criticized the vaginal hygiene of women. The rant, in which he went into detail about what he felt was a drop in feminine hygiene standards, will never be re-aired.

12. In 2011, a man suffered a fatal stab wound from a knife-wielding chicken while watching an illegal cockfight in California.

13. Dogs can become afflicted by Happy Tail, a syndrome where the tail is wagged so hard that it hits walls, furniture, and people until it begins bleeding. Because of the wagging, that blood is then flicked onto walls, ceilings, and anything else in the vicinity.

14. Chinese folklore's "Pixiu" was a creature that was banished from the heavens for being unruly. It was spanked by the Jade Emperor so hard that its butthole was sealed, leaving it cursed to a diet of gold, silver, and jewels but unable to expel any of it.

15. In the Sack of Rome in 390 B.C., after the Romans were routed and the city was all but destroyed, the Romans figured their only option was to pay the invaders to leave. It worked.

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16Sun Ra

Sun Ra

When American composer Sun Ra played a gig at a mental hospital, it prompted a patient to talk for the first time in years. She got up in the middle of the set, stood next to him at the piano, and a few minutes later leaned over and almost screamed, "Do you call that music?!"

17. Potato chips cause more weight gain than any other food.

18. Tiny ocean plants called phytoplankton contribute 50% to 85% of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere.

19. The Torch Lake which is often compared to the Caribbean is located in Michigan and is one of the clearest lakes in the world.

20. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and can grow roughly 0.9 meters in a day if presented with the appropriate conditions.



Like Smallpox, Polio is on its way out with only 22 cases worldwide in 2017.

22. The idea for the Tenacious D song "Tribute" came about after Jack Black showed Kyle Gass the Metallica song "One" and claimed it was the best song in the world.

23. Up to 1 billion birds are killed per year in collisions with buildings. It is the second greatest human-caused source of bird deaths (pet and feral cats kill more).

24. In 1997, a physics student demonstrating the Leidenfrost effect by holding liquid nitrogen in his mouth accidentally swallowed the substance, resulting in near-fatal injuries. This was the first case in the medical literature of liquid nitrogen ingestion.

25. In the "The Last of the Meheecans" episode of South Park, the couple that takes in Butters Scotch as an immigrant worker name him "Mantequilla", which means butter in Spanish.

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