50 Random Facts List #57


26Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma is a Sanskrit honorific, like "Saint", and not the first name of "Mohandas" Gandhi.

27. The Green children of Woolpit are a boy and a girl with green skin who appeared in the town of Woolpit, England in the 12th century. They spoke in an unknown language and only ate raw beans.

28. In 2003, during a case involving stolen lunar samples, a federal court set the value of the moon rocks at $50,800 per gram based on how much it cost the U.S. government to retrieve the samples between 1969 and 1972.

29. Those who have been looking for work for half a year or more are more than 3 times as likely to be suffering from depression as those with jobs.

30. The members of the 1980s pop/rock band Toto were prolific session musicians. Their work includes Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'. Collectively, the members have been recorded on over 5,000 albums, selling over 500,000,000 albums.

31Samuel Beckett and Andre the Giant

Samuel Beckett and Andre the Giant

Irish avant-garde playwright Samuel Beckett used to drive a young Andre the Giant to school because he was too large for the bus.

32. In Oceans 11, Rusty (Brad Pitt) was eating in every scene he was in. This was Brad Pitt's idea.

33. Bill Gates (Net Worth $90 Billion) has donated roughly $50 Billion in his lifetime. And plans to give away most of his money to charity after death.

34. The 7-11 franchise in Japan was eventually able to buy out the entire brand due to its huge success in the country.

35. Prince wrote The Bangles 1986 hit single, ‘Manic Monday’ using a pseudonym.

36Walmart parking

Walmart parking

Most Walmart shops allow anyone to use their parking lots at night for free.

37. In 1991, Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse, married Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie.

38. American Comedian Johnny Carson once joked on The Tonight Show about a nonexistent toilet paper shortage which led to eventual panic buying leaving store shelves empty causing a real shortage that lasted weeks.

39. The iPhone (and smartphones in general) have negatively impacted the sale of gum because people are more consumed with their phones and are less inclined to impulse buy when waiting to check out at a store.

40. The Vatican broadcasted its public approval of Pokémon in April 2001 after Christian groups argued that it promoted Satanic themes.

41Despicable Me

Despicable Me

Despicable Me is the highest-grossing animated franchise ever, even beating Shrek.

42. In the 1800s, Paraguay’s first dictator, José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia, forbade colonial citizens from marrying one another and allowed them to marry only blacks, mulattoes or natives, in order to break the power of colonial-era elites and to create a mixed-race or mestizo society.

43. 39% of film industry professionals illegally download movies.

44. Ian McKellen was offered the role of Dumbledore after the death of Richard Harris. He turned it down because Harris once described McKellen as "technically brilliant, but passionless".

45. Keira Knightley was meant to be named "Kira", after the Russian ice skater, Kira Ivanova, but her mother misspelled the name when she went to register her.

46Emperor Valerian

Emperor Valerian

After Emperor Valerian and his army surrendered to Persia, the Persians had them do engineering and architecture as work while prisoners. As a result, The City of Shushtar is the most eastern Roman city, despite never being part of the Roman Empire.

47. Darko Milicic, who was drafted 2nd overall in the 2003 NBA draft (before Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh) is currently an apple farmer in Serbia.

48. In 1976, the Soviet Union developed keyloggers for IBM Selectric typewriters tracking the ball motion and transmitting content from American Embassy typewriters for years.

49. Irish singer Enya lives alone years now in a castle (Manderley Castle) she bought next to Bono.

50. Big Band musician Glenn Miller scored 23 number one hits in just 4 years which was more than Elvis Presley (18 No. 1 hits) or the Beatles (20 No. 1 hits) managed in their entire careers.