Random Fact Sheet #197 – 45 Unconventional Facts To Get You Excited

1Human Evolution

Human Evolution

Human Evolution solves the same problem in different ways. For example early natives adapted to high altitudes differently: In the Andes, their hearts got stronger and in Tibet their blood carries oxygen more efficiently.

2. Delia Bacon, the woman who first proposed the theory that Shakespeare wasn't the real author, didn't do any research for her book and was eventually sent to an insane asylum.

3. For the film Speed, Joss Whedon was brought in a week before shooting began, wrote "98.9% of the dialogue", added major plot points, and is credited with creating the "Pop quiz, hotshot" line.

4. Rob Lowe is uncredited in the film Tommy Boy because he was contractually obligated to another movie at the time, Steven King's The Stand. The reason he filmed Tommy Boy was due to his friendship with Chris Farley.

5. Peekaboo is universal to all cultures, and developmental psychologists believe it is important to infant development.

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The Pixar film Coco, which features the spirits of dead family members, got past China's censors with 0 cuts. In China, superstition is taboo due to the belief spiritual forces could undermine people’s faith in the communist party. The censors were so moved by the film, they gave it a full pass.

7. During World War 2, the German army used a radar system called Wotan. The British scientist R.V. Jones figured out how the system worked by assuming that it used a single beam based on the fact that the Germanic god Wotan had only one eye.

8. When Dwayne Johnson split with his now ex-wife Dany Garcia, he made her his manager and she has remained in that role to this day.

9. Anthony Ervin, a swimmer who won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics, retired at the age of 22, began abusing drugs and at one moment was hardly able to rise from a sofa for days on end. In 2011, he got back into swimming, and at the 2016 Olympics became the oldest swimmer to win a gold medal.

10. There are fake towns and roads (known as "paper towns") that mapmakers put in their maps so that if someone makes a map which has one of these paper towns, they could know it's a copy.