Random Fact Sheet #179 – Unlock the Unknown With These 40 Facts

1Erica Pratt

Erica Pratt

In 2002, a 7-year-old Philadelphia girl name Erica Pratt was abducted and locked in a basement. She managed to escape her kidnappers in less than 24 hours by gnawing through the duct tape binding her hands and feet, kicking out a panel on the basement door, punching out a window, and then screaming for help.

2. Kit Kat in Japanese roughly translates to "Sure Winner." As a result, they are considered good luck to Japanese high school students.

3. In 1784, Great Britain imposed a tax on bricks to pay for the war in America. In response, people started using larger bricks and now buildings in UK can be dated based on the brick size.

4. Stephen King, one of the greatest horror novelists of all time, has to sleep with the lights on.

5. The State of Hawaii has an "Aloha Spirit" law requiring business and government officials to act with kindness, harmoniousness, agreeability, humility, and patience.

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6Rapper BoB

Rapper BoB

After Neil deGrasse Tyson tried to persuade rapper BoB that the Earth isn't flat, the rapper released a diss song against him called "Flatline" in which he expands his views on the Earth being flat. In response, Tyson and his rapper nephew responded with their own diss track titled "Flat to Fact." 

7. A small group of developers behind Medal of Honor video game broke away from that series due to the increasing control of EA. They instead created a new game and called it Call of Duty.

8. In 1920s Paris, Irish novelist James Joyce would get drunk, start fights, and then hide behind Ernest Hemingway for protection, screaming, "Deal with him, Hemingway!"

9. In Norse mythology at the end of the world (Ragnarok) the gods--Odin, Thor, Loki, and the others--as well as all humans, will die. Evil triumphs over good and the world will be engulfed in water.

10. All airplanes must have a green light on their right wing, and a red light on their left wing, to indicate the direction of travel to other planes.