50 Random Facts List #2


1Joe Medicine Crow

Joe Medicine Crow

During WW2 Joe Medicine Crow, a native American completed all four feats required to be a war chief: touching an enemy without killing him, taking an enemy's weapon, leading a war party and stealing 50 horses from the SS, singing a Crow honor song as he rode away.

2. Johnny Cash's family refused to allow "Ring of Fire" to be used in an advertisement for hemorrhoid-relief

3. Raccoons were able to open 11 of 13 complex locks in fewer than 10 tries and had no problems repeating the action when the locks were rearranged or turned upside down. They can also remember the solutions to tasks for up to 3 years.

4. The CIA is supposed to release the JFK assassination records to the public no later than 10/26/2017

5. Cincinnati Freedom was a cow that jumped a 6-foot fence at a slaughterhouse in Cincinnati, only to evade police officers for 11 days, making national news headlines, and eventually living out the rest of its life in NY.



An ox is just a steer (or bull) that has been trained to pull a plow, not a separate species from cattle (cows).

7. During the Vietnam War Hugh Thompson Jr. order his men to turn their guns on American soldiers to protect Vietnamese civilians and helped put a stop to the My Lai Massacre.

8. The Rice Bucket Challenge is a variant of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which involves donating a bucket of rice to a poor person or family.

9. In 41 states, parents without high school diplomas or GEDs are permitted to homeschool their children

10. Stephen King's formula on writing is "Read and write four to six hours a day. If you cannot find the time for that, you can't expect to become a good writer." He sets out each day with a quota of 2000 words and will not stop writing until it is met.

11PXL-2000 camcorder

PXL-2000 camcorder

In 1987, Fisher-Price manufactured and sold a camcorder (PXL-2000 camcorder) capable of recording video footage to standard audio cassettes.

12. In the late 60s, a group of imposters from Texas pretended to be the British rock band the Zombies and toured throughout the U.S to sold out shows. Two of those imposters (Dusty Hill and Frank Beard) would go on to form ZZ Top.

13. Marvel sued City of Heroes (a superhero based online game) because their users were making heroes based on Marvel characters. It later turned out that Marvel's own investigators had made many of the characters cited in the lawsuit.

14. Oliver Sipple, who saved then President Gerald Ford's life from an assassin, was subsequently outed as gay by the press, disowned by his family and ultimately died regretting saving the President

15. The "Stranger Things" font is the same one used in the Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook from the late '80s.

16Grise Fiord

Grise Fiord

The Canadian government established one of the most northern settlements in the world (Grise Fiord) by tricking 8 families into living there and then not allowing them to leave.

17. American outlaw Billy the Kid was fluent in Gaeilge (the Irish language) and he once acted as a translator for the daughter of an Irish ranch owner when she needed to converse with American ranch hands because she was only fluent in Irish

18. In old U.S elections, the President could not choose his vice president, instead, it was the candidate with the second most vote

19. Even though he was a teenager during the Great Depression, John F. Kennedy confessed he really didn't know about it until he read about it at Harvard.

20. The last Emperor of Brazil Pedro II became ruler aged 5. He had a grim, lonely childhood studying for duty. He won 3 wars, turned Brazil into a global power & abolished slavery. After 58 years he grew weary, accepting a military coup. He lived his last days alone in Europe on very little money.

21Jorge Arantes

Jorge Arantes

JK Rowling's first husband named Jorge Arantes was a 23-year-old student who claimed that he was the first to read Harry Potter. Their marriage fell apart less than a year later after he forced her out of the apartment with their baby daughter at 5 in the morning

22. There are mysterious tunnels in South America, some thousands of feet long, thought to have been dug by extinct giant sloths.

23. Tesla became a gambling addict, lost all his tuition money, dropped out of school and suffered a nervous breakdown.

24. The modern English word phoenix derives from the Middle English word phenix, itself from the Old English Fenix, which was borrowed from Medieval Latin phenix, which is derived from Classic Latin phoenix

25. There is a reply to "Liar, liar, pants are on fire", it's "I don't care, I don't care, I can buy another pair"