50 Random & Interesting Facts
Here are 50 Random & Interesting Facts About Literally Everything
#1. (exploding) No suspect was ever caught or charged for the 1982 Tylenol murders in Chicago that killed seven people.
#2. The last time that all the planets in the solar system were aligned was 561 BC, and the next alignment won’t happen until 2854.
#3. The Battle of Cherbourg in 1864 was a single ship battle between the Union warship USS Kearsarge and the Confederate warship CSS Alabama during the U.S. Civil War. However, the location of the battle was off the coast of France, on the English Channel. The CSS Alabama eventually lost the battle and sank.
#4. The ancient Greek statue, the Colossus of Rhodes, was about the same height as the Statue of Liberty in New York City, according to various descriptions.
#5. The most disliked music video on the internet is Justin Bieber’s “Baby” on YouTube, with over 9.9 million dislikes. It also has over two billion views.
#6. The Oregon duck mascot from the University of Oregon is based on Disney’s Donald Duck through a special license agreement between the school and the company.
#7. On October 6th, 1909, Vancouver unveiled its first ambulance and took it for a test drive around town. The ambulance ended running over and instantly killing a wealthy man from Austin, Texas. He was the first person the ambulance picked up.
#8. 6,000 of the world’s modern languages can be traced back to a single mother tongue that was spoken in Africa 50,0 to 70,0 years ago.
#9. Actress Drew Barrymore became a regular at the nightclub Studio 54 when she was still a child. She started smoking cigarettes at the age of nine, drinking alcohol at the age of 11, smoking marijuana at the age of 12, and snorted cocaine at 13. Where the parents at, though?
#10. The sailfish changes the color of its skin based on the mood that it’s experiencing. They become darker when they hunt for prey and become neon and copper-colored when they are excited or tired.
#11. The Walt Disney Company trademarked the phrase Hakuna Matata for clothing, headgear, and footwear.
#12. The most expensive painting ever sold was Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, when it sold for $450.3 million dollars in 2017 at an auction to a prince from Abu Dhabi.
#13. The teeth of marine snails are made from the strongest natural material on Earth. They’re able to clamp onto rocks and grind them down as they feed.
#14. President Abraham Lincoln was a fan of the assassin John Wilkes Booth during his years as a stage actor and singer.
#15. New York was the first state in America to create a law against drunk driving in 1910. After California was the next to create a law, every other state followed and legislated drinking and driving.
#16. When Apple’s Steve Jobs died in 2011, Microsoft lowered their flags to half staff as a sign of respect to him.
#17. NBA all-star Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers is a nephew of Beach Boys drummer Mike Love.
#18. According to AIDSVu, there are about 35,402 people living with HIV in Atlanta, Georgia, as of 2016, with most of them being male.
#19. The original voice of Porky Pig was provided by Joe Dougherty, who also had a stutter familiar to the character on screen. However, he was fired when he was unable to get his own stuttering under control and missed cues, causing delays. That’s when legendary voice actor Mel Blanc took over the role in 1937 and continued with it for 52 years.
#20. In Malay, “orang” means “person” and “human” means forest. This means that the orangutan means “person of the forest.”
#21. The original voice actor of Charlie Brown is Peter Robbins, and he’s currently in prison for threatening the manager of a mobile home park that he lived in.
#22. Preside Theodore Roosevelt was against putting “in God, we trust” on U.S. currency because he thought it would be unwise to cheapen such a motto by using it on coins, just as it would be to cheapen it by using on postage stamps or in advertisements.
#23. The average U.S. citizen eats around 45.8 pints of ice cream per year, more than any other citizen in the world.
#24. The United States does eat the most ice cream in the world, but Australia and Norway are second and third, respectively.
#25. The New York Mets are still paying Bobby Bonilla $1.19 million a year, even though he retired in 20. When the team wanted to cut him and pay him the rest of his contract, Bonilla’s manager made a deal with them to pay him $1.19 million for 25 years, starting in 2011.
#26. When San Diego experienced a severe drought in 1915, the city took an extreme measure to make it rain. They hired a rainmaker named Charles Hatfield, who referred to himself as a moisture accelerator, to solve the problem. He claimed to have concocted a chemical cocktail that would be released into the air and cause rainfall. And on January 1st, 1916, heavy spots of rain arrived and didn’t stop for over a month, which caused flood damage and almost 50 deaths. Hatfield was never paid for the job because the city declared the rain and floods were an act of God, not Hatfield.
#27. Naturalist Sir David Attenborough always wears a blue shirt and khaki pants in his specials to help with the continuity, because they can sometimes film thousands of miles and months apart.
#28. Frankenstein’s monster never actually had a name, but he tells his creator, Victor Frankenstein, that he should be called Adam. This is based on Adam in the bible. Victor does not refer to the monster as Adam, however, but various insulting names, such as the devil, the demon, specter, thing, being, and ogre.
#29. Honeybees pollinate 30% of all the food that Americans eat and 85% of all flowering plants. They’re also responsible for 90% of the pollen that’s transferred to and from our orchard crops, and 70% of the feral honeybee population has disappeared or died.
#30. Canadian special forces sniper broke the record for the longest confirmed kill shot in history by shooting an IS militant dead from 3,540 meters away.
#31. Weird Al Yankovic’s song “Eat It” reached number one on the music charts in Australia, but Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” only went as high as number three.
#32. Sherlock Holmes never says the phrase “elementary, my dear Watson” in any of the books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The line was actually spoken by Basil Rathorn in the 1939 film The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
#33. The United States does not have an official language at the federal level. However, English is considered the official language in 32 states.
#34. Women were the ones who originally brewed the majority of the ale in Medieval England before the Black Death. Women in brewing can also be dated back to ancient Mesopotamia. Some of the titles these women were called were alewife and brewster.
#35. The Catholic church bought the land in Atlanta, Georgia, that was the headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan and turned it into a church called the Cathedral of Christ the King.
#36. If you cook food in a microwave with a small amount of water inside, it becomes one of the best ways to retain all of the vitamins and nutrients in your food.
#37. One of the biggest reasons why the police use horses still are because they offer a significant height advantage. The officers have the ability to overlook large crowds of people and move easily through them than if they were to be on foot or in a car.
#38. Actress Geena Davis is a talented archer and even made it to the semifinals of the United States Olympic trials in ’99. The event gathered a large amount of media attention because a famous movie star was participating.
#39. Actor Mark Hamill did the military channel voiceovers for the 25 video game Call of Duty 2, the Big Red One. The game also featured several actors from the successful HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.
#40. The holiday favorite, mistletoe, is actually a parasite that lives by sucking the nutrients from trees. If it spreads to the branches, then the tree will die. It’s not completely terrible, though, because the parasite feeds birds, may treat cancer, and inspires kissing, of course!
#41. Actor Tom Hanks auditioned for the role of Mario in the film adaptation of the video game Super Mario Bros.
#42. Dr. Hannibal Lecter never says the line “Hello, Clarice,” in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. Instead, he says, “Good evening,
#43. Clarice.” (slurping) President Abraham Lincoln suffered from heavy depression and refused to carry a knife because he was afraid that he would harm himself. He also had a major depressing episode in the summer of 1835 and again in the winter of 1840.
#44. In 2012, a chain of 228 people paid for the customer behind them at a Tim Hortons in Winnipeg. The act of kindness and generosity lasted for three hours. Someone eventually broke the chain by paying only for their coffee and not the customers behind them.
#45. The Truman Show director, Peter Weir, wanted to have cameras secretly installed behind the scenes in movie theaters so that the projectionist could cut the film at some point during the movie and have the audience watch themselves. Then he would cut back to the movie.
#46. When Andre the Giant left home at the age of 14 years old to find work, he grew so much that when he returned home at 19, his parents didn’t recognize him. They did recognize him from wrestling on television, however, but did not know that he was their son.
#47. To combat tourists from stealing their beer glasses, the Dulle Griet in Belgium requires customers to give the bar one of their shoes if they want to drink any of their house beer. The shoes are then placed in a basket and raised up to the ceiling, which is now a popular attraction.
#48. In the film Django Unchained, Calvin Candie, who is played by Leonardo DiCaprio, smashes his hand on a dinner table and accidentally crushes a stemmed glass with his palm. Even though his hand started actually to bleed, the actor finished the scene and gave an amazing performance. Director Quentin Tarantino decided to put the scene in the movie.
#49. First-time stagehands in Carnegie Hall get paid an average of $4,0 a year.
#50. Woodpeckers have tongues that are made up of bone and cartilage that wrap around their skulls to protect their heads. Whenever they peck wood, their tongues absorb the shock that’s given to the brain and skull.
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