50 Random Facts List #25

1German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake is named after an American baker by the name of Samuel German and has no affiliation with the country of Germany.

2. In 2010, the RIKEN institute in Japan created mutant cherry blossom trees by firing ion beams at them in a particle accelerator. The mutated trees now bloom 4 times a year and produce more flowers.

3. In feudal Japan lords purposely built homes with squeaky floors as a defensive measure against ninjas.

4. Billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty installed a pay phone at his mansion for guests to use so that he would not be billed for their calls.

5. Eye of Newt in Macbeth is actually just an archaic term for mustard seed.

6Jack Black

Jack Black

Jack Black used to put wires up his sleeves when he was a kid in the hopes that other kids would notice them poking out and think he was bionic.

7. Spaghetti is a plural for Spaghetto.

8. A 6-year study of the D.A.R.E. program showed that a “small but significant number” of suburban students were more likely to use drugs after participating in it than those who didn’t.

9. There is such an expansive collection of books at the British Library in their archive, that if a person could read 5 books per day it would take the 80,000 years to complete.

10. The inventor Denis Papan who first powered a vehicle using steam had his designs stolen from him, died destitutely, and was buried in a pauper's pit.

11Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson was addicted to coke and alcohol, getting high before some of his major fights. He used a fake p*nis with another person's urine to avoid detection.

12. Airedale Terriers carried messages for soldiers during World War 1 and were very dedicated to their duties. One named 'Jack' ran through half a mile of enemy fire. He made it to headquarters with his jaw broken and one leg badly splintered and died just after delivering his message.

13. Out of eleven cases of blood alcohol content higher than 1%, Poland holds five.

14. Instead of an agent, Bill Murray uses a 1-800 number where you can leave a message for him if you want to cast him for a movie or event.

15. Comedian Mitch Hedberg never passed on a job, having been told “No” so often early in his career that he felt like if he didn’t say “Yes,” he might not be given the opportunity to perform again.

16Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox was one of four cast members on the set of Leo and Me who was diagnosed with Parkinson's. The event was improbable enough that an investigation was launched.

17. Agreeableness is the best personality indicator for sustaining a loving relationship.

18. The word "Barbarian" originally referred to people who don't speak Greek, because the Greeks thought people who spoke a foreign tongue sounded like they were saying "bar bar bar" all the time.

19. In 1949 at Wimbledon, "Gorgeous Gussie" Moran wore a skirt that exposed her knees, causing Wimbledon officials to complain that she was "bringing vulgarity and sin into tennis."

20. In Pompeii around 2000 years ago, "Beware Of The Dog" mosaics were used near the entrances to houses, much like modern day signs serving the same purpose.

21IMAX lamps

IMAX lamps

IMAX projectionists wear body armor when handling IMAX lamps; if dropped, they can explode resulting in quartz shrapnel.

22. A man named Eugene Aserinsky who was a pioneer in sleep research died when he slammed his car into a tree north of San Diego in 1998. An autopsy suggested he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

23. A man running from a police helicopter using thermal imaging tried to fool the TI cameras by hiding in fresh manure. It didn't work.

24. Mustard will never go bad due to its antibacterial nature, although it can dry out.

25. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the technology to make concrete was lost for 1000 years.