Random Fact Sheet #203 – 30 Wacky and Wonderful Facts

26Vampire killing kits

Vampire killing kits

Many “Vampire killing kits”, allegedly from the 19th century, are sold in auction houses such as Sotheby’s, for upwards of $12,000. However, their authenticity is debatable as they contain materials that place them as being made in the 1930s or later. There is also no historical basis for them.

27. The Hindenburg had a grand piano on it; but because they can weigh up to 1000 pounds, the ship had a specially-made aluminum piano which only weighed 350 pounds.

28. In children lack of exposure to infections is likely a cause of cancer.

29. Cashew trees are in the same family as poison ivy and poison sumac. They are usually sold shelled and roasted because if not, the shell oil may cause a skin reaction similar to poison ivy.

30. About 40% of the calls that come into the emergency hotline (911) in San Francisco are deemed non-emergencies. Examples include people complaining about rap music next door, car towing and, in one case, no internet.