Random #358 – 50 Really Good Random Facts

1Casino Policy on Big Winners

Casino Policy on Big Winners

A casino can just kick you out if you win too much, even if you are not cheating or doing anything wrong. There is also nothing illegal about counting cards or using any other skill you have to beat the odds in a casino game. All they can do is kick you out and share that information with other casinos.

2. Snoop Dogg was excommunicated by the Rastafari Council after his attempt to rebrand himself as the Rastafarian "Snoop Lion."

3. Blackout cake, sometimes called Brooklyn Blackout cake, is a chocolate cake filled with chocolate pudding and topped with chocolate cake crumbs. It was invented during WWII by a Brooklyn bakery, Ebinger's, in recognition of the mandatory blackouts to protect the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

4. The Spanish Inquisition would write to you, giving 30 days' notice before arriving, and these were read out during Sunday Mass. Although these edicts were eventually phased out, people always expected the Spanish Inquisition.

5. Michael Caine changed his name legally by deed poll in 2016 from his birth name of Maurice Joseph Micklewhite because he was tired of being stopped at passport control. Everyone knew him by his showbiz name, but his legal documents had his birth name.

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6Simeon Stylites

Simeon Stylites

Christian ascetic Simeon Stylites lived on top of columns for 37 years as a form of asceticism. When he lived in a cave, people kept making pilgrimages to him and asking him religious questions. Ultimately, his column life drew even bigger crowds, who would climb ladders to talk to him.

7. In 1996, a 21-year-old man burst into New Zealand's Star FM radio station, took the manager hostage, threatened to detonate a bomb, and demanded that Kermit the Frog's rendition of "Rainbow Connection" be played.

8. Hawaii was a sovereign, self-governing kingdom until 1893, totally unassociated with the U.S., until a coup d'état that year by 13 businessmen and 162 U.S. troops, with the openly stated goal of annexing the islands. They succeeded.

9. As a child, Walt Disney's mom convinced his dad, Elias, to buy him a set of colored pencils and some drawing paper. Elias didn't like it because he thought the boy should work hard and do manual labor.Even after Walt became famous, Elias never considered animation a real job.

10. Mary Mallon, also known as "Typhoid Mary", lived in forced quarantine for the last twenty years of her life on an island just off the coast of New York called North Brother Island. This was forced upon her after she didn't stop working as a cook after she had already been repeatedly informed about the harm she had done to others by spreading typhoid.