Random Fact Sheet #109 – 45 Facts That Will Make You See The World In A New Light

26Gombe Chimpanzee War

Gombe Chimpanzee War

In 1974, a researcher named Jane Goodall observed a social rift in a community of chimpanzees turn into a violent 4 year civil war for territory which involved kidnapping, rape and murder. It changed her perception of chimpanzees. It is known as the “Gombe Chimpanzee War.”

27. There was a popular 1997 Russian TV Show named 'The Intercept' in which the contestant had to steal a car and avoid the police for 35 minutes. If the contestant successfully avoided the police, he won the car.

28. In 2016, 'Getty Images' sold some of the 100,000+ photos that had been donated, royalty-free, to the Library of Congress by the original photographer and Getty Images then demanded payment from the photographer, for using the photos she owned. She sued them (unsuccessfully) for over $1 billion.

29. The first chocolate bar was made in 1847. Before that, chocolate was exclusively a drink.

30. Until modern times, when artificial lighting allowed us to stay awake longer, most people would go to bed around sunset. The actual time spent sleeping was split into two phases known as first sleep and second sleep.

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31Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott had plans to adapt the dystopian novel Brave New World into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Ridley Scott ultimately had trouble doing the book justice and stated, “I don’t know what to do with Brave New World. It’s tough….when you reanalyze it, maybe it should stay a book".

32. In 1977, a woman named Maria Rubio in New Mexico saw a burn mark in her tortilla that looked like the face of Jesus. She then built and ran the "Shrine of the Miracle Tortilla" until 2006 when the tortilla was dropped and broken during show-and-tell at a local elementary school.

33. 'Home Alone’ was released in France as ‘Mum, I Missed the Plane’, and ‘Home Alone 2’ as ‘Mum, I Missed the Plane Again and This Time I Am Lost in New York.’

34. Because written Chinese uses characters to represent concepts rather than sounds, speakers of different languages such as Mandarin and Cantonese can communicate through writing, but not speech.

35. Because of the way bacon was being packaged layered so as to emphasize the meaty side of the bacon and make it seem less fatty, the federal government intervened in 1974 by enacting strict regulations requiring that a “representative slice” be made visible through a “transparent window.”