50 Random Facts List #25

1German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake is named after an American baker by the name of Samuel German and has no affiliation with the country of Germany.

2. In 2010, the RIKEN institute in Japan created mutant cherry blossom trees by firing ion beams at them in a particle accelerator. The mutated trees now bloom 4 times a year and produce more flowers.

3. In feudal Japan lords purposely built homes with squeaky floors as a defensive measure against ninjas.

4. Billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty installed a pay phone at his mansion for guests to use so that he would not be billed for their calls.

5. Eye of Newt in Macbeth is actually just an archaic term for mustard seed.

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6Jack Black

Jack Black

Jack Black used to put wires up his sleeves when he was a kid in the hopes that other kids would notice them poking out and think he was bionic.

7. Spaghetti is a plural for Spaghetto.

8. A 6-year study of the D.A.R.E. program showed that a “small but significant number” of suburban students were more likely to use drugs after participating in it than those who didn’t.

9. There is such an expansive collection of books at the British Library in their archive, that if a person could read 5 books per day it would take the 80,000 years to complete.

10. The inventor Denis Papan who first powered a vehicle using steam had his designs stolen from him, died destitutely, and was buried in a pauper's pit.