47 Wackiest Random Facts You’ll Learn Today | Random List #173

1Neanderthal

Neanderthal

The Neanderthal dental plaque shows that there was no such thing as a typical Paleo diet. Some ate mostly meat, while some others were entirely vegetarian.



2. Viking military tactics succeeded mainly because they disregarded the conventional battlefield tactics, methods, and customs of the time. They ignored unspoken rules, like not attacking holy sites. To the contrary Vikings intentionally targeted religious sites for their vulnerability and wealth.



3. A photographer took pictures of a street mime in Central Park in 1974 and 35 years later discovered it was Robin Williams before he was famous.



4. Someone stole Jim Thorpe's shoes just before he competed in the Olympic decathlon. Wearing mismatched shoes (one from the garbage), he went on to win the gold medal, setting a record that stood for almost 20 years.



5. Despite Mac and Dick McDonald having already franchised 6 restaurants before meeting Ray Kroc, Ray considers himself the founder. He even falsely claims in his autobiography that his franchise was the first McDonald’s ever opened.




6Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

In 1974, Elvis Presley expressed interest in covering Dolly Parton's “I will always love you”. She was initially thrilled about the proposal, however, when she found out she would have to sign over half of the royalties to Elvis, she refused.



7. There are grapes flavored like cotton candy. David Cain created the unique flavor through plant breeding in 2011. He bred 1,000 plants before perfecting the cotton candy flavor.



8. Pinhead actor Doug Bradley became so adept at applying and removing his prosthetic makeup that he was given an Assistant Make-up Artist credit on some Hellraiser films.



9. Mae C. Jemison is not only the first African-American woman to go to space, but she also served in the Peace Corps, appeared on Star Trek, is a dancer, and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities.



10. A man named James Richardson spent 21 years in jail after he was falsely convicted of murdering his 7 children who died after eating a poisoned lunch. Among the facts that were concealed by the prosecution; it was the babysitter who had served the poisoned meal and who was a convicted murderer on parole for poisoning her husband. James was exonerated in 1989.

11Tootsie

Tootsie

The founder of Tootsie Rolls, Leo Hirshfield, committed suicide after being ousted from his own company. He'd created it to be an affordable chocolate-tasting candy that would not melt in the heat. He named them after his daughter Clara "Tootsie" Hirshfield.



12. Jim Carrey had to be taught CIA torture coping techniques to endure the make-up process for How the Grinch Stole Christmas.



13. In 2011, a Philadelphia man named Steve Carter found out he was a missing child. Carter, who was adopted at the age of 4, found an age-progression image that looked similar to him, on a missing children’s website. He discovered he had been kidnapped by his birth mother and placed in an orphanage. His biological father had reported him missing over three decades earlier.



14. Macho Man Randy Savage's first wrestling character was called "The Spider", based off of Spider-Man. He would later star as the villain wrestler "Bone Saw" in The Amazing Spiderman movie.



15. In 1910, a Spanish shepherd named José María Grimaldos López went missing. Rumour spread he’d been murdered. Two men confessed to his murder under torture by the Civil Guard and served 12 years in prison before being pardoned in 1925. In 1926, it was discovered the shepherd had been living in a nearby town the entire time.