37 Amazing Lesser Known Random Facts About Everything – Part 221

26Haunted house attractions

Haunted house attractions

Haunted house attractions didn't really go mainstream in North America until the Great Depression when parents began organizing haunted houses or trails to keep young men from causing trouble on All Hallow's Eve.

27. Gerbils are illegal as pets in California due to its climate being so similar to the gerbil's natural desert habitat that state officials are concerned that gerbils who escape or are released into the wild could establish feral colonies.

28. After capturing Moscow, Napoleon expected Tsar Alexander to sue for peace. The Tsar procrastinated, then heard that Napoleon's army was suffering from lack of supplies: so the Tsar remained absent, and after a month Napoleon had to retreat through the winter, which destroyed his army.

29. In 1620, a Chinese emperor named Zhu Changluo reigned for just 29 days at the end of which he died. Apparently he fell ill from “excessive sexual indulgence after he was presented with eight maidens.” Shortly after falling ill, he experienced severe diarrhea after taking a laxative which ultimately led to his death.

30. Ketchup started as a Chinese fish-based sauce. Then it was picked up by the British and made into a mushroom-based sauce. Finally, it was picked up by the Americans who made it into a tomato-based sauce.

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31Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen

American actor Steve McQueen was demoted to private seven times by the Marines. He then saved the lives of other Marines by pulling them from a sinking tank, after which he was assigned to guard the presidential yacht of US President Harry Truman.

32. The ABC TV show Turn-On debuted in February 1969. The first episode was so bad, one affiliate refused to return to it after the commercial break. Several west coast affiliates refused to air the show at all. Before the first episode had finished playing, the show was canceled.

33. In 1973, a convicted child killer named Lester Eubanks was taken out shopping unescorted as a reward for good behavior. He did not return to his scheduled pick-up location and has been on the run ever since.

34. Tony Hawk runs a charity for building good community skateparks in low-income areas.

35. In 2001, the Mongolian Navy consisted of just 7 members, and only one knew how to swim.