Random #368 – 50 Unusual Random Facts

1Subtitles: Streaming's Secret

Subtitles: Streaming's Secret

The majority of Millennials and Gen Z use subtitles when streaming TV.

2. Mike Brown, the astronomer most responsible for Pluto's reclassification as a dwarf planet, titled his memoir "How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming."

3. Evangelista Torricelli, an Italian physicist and mathematician, is renowned for his groundbreaking creation of a vacuum. In 1643, he invented the barometer, an instrument used to measure atmospheric pressure, which led to his famous observation that "we live submerged at the bottom of an ocean of air."

4. The Spanish secret service gave Juan Carlos I, a former king of Spain, hormones to lessen his sex drive because it was considered a state issue.

5. Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, holds the distinction of being the city with the highest cost of living in the world. The cost of living is 47.42% higher than that of New York City.

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6Bill Gates' Praise Phrase

Bill Gates' Praise Phrase

If Bill Gates told a Microsoft employee, "You're full of sh*t, That's the stupidest fu*king thing I've ever heard," it meant that the software mogul was genuinely amazed and impressed. An employee remarked, "In Microsoft lore, if Bill says that to you, you're golden."

7. In 2021, Walmart withdrew an educational toy from shelves after a bilingual grandmother recognized that the item contained Polish profanity and featured songs in Polish about suicide, depression, drug abuse, and cocaine.

8. Nikola Tesla attempted to persuade several governments to invest in a "death ray" capable of destroying armies and planes from a distance of 200 miles.

9. When director James Gunn cast actor David Dastmalchian as the supervillain Polka-Dot Man for "The Suicide Squad," he had no knowledge that the actor had vitiligo. As a child, people teased Dastmalchian with names like "polka dots" and "Dalmatian" because of the skin condition that caused him to have polka dots on his skin.

10. In 2023, Ford filed a patent for technology that could remotely disable a car's radio or air conditioner, lock someone out of a vehicle, or cause a car to emit a continuous beep if a car payment is missed.