44 Rare Random Facts You’ll Never Expect | Random List #204

1Lewis Fry Richardson

Lewis Fry Richardson

Lewis Fry Richardson derived many of the complex equations needed for weather prediction in the 1920s. However, the math to predict the weather six hours in advance was so difficult that it would take him six weeks to do the calculations.

2. Leonardo Da Vinci once conducted an experiment to understand the flow of blood through the valves of the heart, by pouring hot wax into one, making a mold of thin glass from the cast and then pumping water mixed with seeds through it. He saw how a heart actually regulates itself.

3. A woman named Angela adopted a cat and named her Missy. Missy pawed at Angela's chest and Angela felt that was not right and went to the doctor only to reveal that Angela had breast cancer. A year later Missy pawed Angela's chest again and tests revealed breast cancer again.

4. Redheads have a 25% higher pain threshold, can make their own supply of vitamin D (they need less UV exposure to synthesize larger amounts of vitamin D) and feel temperature changes better than the rest of us due to their 'redhead gene' MC1R.

5. Seinfeld, Mad About You, and Friends all exist in the same universe. Kramer is subletting his apartment from Paul; Jamie appeared in an episode of Friends and mistook Phoebe for Ursula; Ursula works as a waitress in Mad About You.

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6Judge Doom

Judge Doom

Judge Doom's scheme to dismantle the streetcars in favor of freeways in Who Framed Roger Rabbit was based on a real-life conspiracy from General Motors.

7. The American flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission was inserted only 7 inches deep and was placed about 27 feet from the Eagle landing craft. As a result, it was blown over by the blast of the rocket exhaust during the takeoff back to Earth.

8. J.R.R.Tolkien had a peculiar sense of humor. Along with his friend C.S. Lewis, he once dressed as a polar bear for a non-costume party and would chase neighbors away dressed as an Anglo-Saxon warrior.

9. The Catholic Church has a zero-tolerance policy on revealing confessions. If a Catholic priest reveals anything someone confessed to him, he is automatically excommunicated and can only be forgiven by the Pope.

10. Queen Elizabeth stopped breeding corgis in 2015. She doesn’t want to leave any young dogs behind when she dies.