Random Fact Sheet #155 – 30 Fun and Quirky Random Facts to Share

26Bolivia politicians

Bolivia politicians

Bolivia became landlocked in 1904 after losing the War of the Pacific. However, the country still observes the Day of the Sea, "where politicians give speeches and people listen to the recorded sound of seagulls."

27. Air Force One has one more takeoff than landing because President Nixon was aboard when his resignation letter was released by Secretary of State Kissinger. The pilot called to change the call sign to SAM 27000 mid-flight over Missouri.

28. The game Rock Paper Scissors is as old as the Han dynasty (206 B.C. – 220 A.D.). It was also known in Japan as Slug Frog Snake.

29. Due to the popularity of the song “Hey Ya” by OutKast, specifically the line “shake it like a Polaroid picture,” the Polaroid company had to issue a statement informing consumers that shaking the Polaroid picture will not assist in developing the photo and can actually ruin it.

30. A low-tech medical centrifuge was designed out of paper by a physical biologist named Manu Prakash at Stanford University in California in 2016. He based his invention on spinning toy, whirligig. It can reach 20,000 rotations per minute and can be used to separate plasma from blood and malarial parasites. It can be operated with hands without electricity and just costs 20 cents.