50 Random Facts List #69




At one point, 50% of all CDs worldwide had the AOL logo printed on them.

27. Emperor Hirohito offered to order all the Japanese to convert to Christianity to end the imperial religion, but general MacArthur refused, saying it would be wrong to force a whole nation to convert.

28. If we were given glasses that perfectly inverted our eyesight and turned everything upside-down, our brains would eventually figure it out and flip said things right-side-up again.

29. The copy of Charlie Hebdo magazine released after the terror attack, sold nearly 8 million copies, compared to their prior usual of 60,000 copies.

30. An individual red knot bird, tagged as B-95 (Moonbird), has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back over his lifetime.

31Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

In 1962, at the University of Texas at Austin, Janis Joplin (American rock singer) was voted "ugliest man on campus".

32. Ted Kaczynski (The UNABOMBER), Ramzi Yousef (The '93 WTC Bomber), and Timothy McVeigh (The Oklahoma City Bomber) all become friends in Federal Supermax prison, and would regularly discuss religion and politics to pass time.

33. The tallest cactus (Pachycerreus pringlei) ever recorded was over 6 stories tall.

34. There is a disaster scenario where North Korea starts blasting satellites out of the air just out of spite, ruining communications for the entire world.

35. Professional skateboarder Brandon Novak gives out his phone number on the internet to speak to strangers battling addiction. People have said he talked to them for an hour and then 20 more times over the next month.

36Chung Ju-Yung

Chung Ju-Yung

Chung Ju-Yung, the founder of Hyundai, originally wanted to become a school teacher, but his family's dire financial situation made him unable to get a higher education. Instead, he ran away from his family to Seoul, where he started a construction company, Hyundai, in 1947.

37. Germany has the most diverse selection and production of bread in the world with 200 types of bread.

38. Saddam Hussein purchased 4,000 PlayStation 2s in attempt to create a military supercomputer.

39. When somebody rings the doorbell on Fuller House, whoever is in the living room says "It's always open!", a reference to the Olsen twins, who have repeatedly rejected requests to appear on the show.

40. When parents view failure as debilitating and focus on their children’s performance rather on learning, their children tend to believe that intelligence is a fixed characteristic, rather than something malleable that they can improve.

41Santae Tribble

Santae Tribble

In 1978, 17-year-old Santae Tribble was wrongfully incarcerated after FBI analysts failed to distinguish between human and dog hair. He served a total of 32 years.

42. The U.S. Capitol building has its own subway system, with three lines moving Congressmen, Senators, and staffers between the various office complexes.

43. Dr. Seuss wrote a book about political tension, the arms race, the threat of nuclear weapons, and the Cold War in 1984.

44. Montana is the last state in the country without at-will employment. An employee there can't be fired without cause (following a probationary period).

45. Lady Gaga's stage name came from Queen's song "Radio Ga Ga". "One day when Fusari addressed a cell phone text to Germanotta under the moniker 'Radio Gaga' [and] his cell phone's spell check converted 'Radio' to 'Lady.' Germanotta loved it, and 'Lady Gaga' was born."

46Operation Epsilon

Operation Epsilon

The Allies detained Germany's nuclear scientists in an English farm estate after the war. Their conversations were secretly recorded, giving us clues about their opinions on the war and on nuclear weapons.

47. The hat shop (James Lock & Co.) that created the Bowler Hat in 1849 is still around today and was founded all the way back in 1676, making it the World's Oldest hat shop.

48. Karen Wetterhahn, a researcher at Dartmouth College, died within a year of exposure to merely 2 drops of dimethylmercury on her gloved hand.

49. Future U.S. President Franklin Pierce grew homesick while at school in another town and walked 12 miles (19 km) back to his home. His father fed him dinner, drove him part of the distance back to school, then ordered him to walk the rest of the way in a thunderstorm.

50. People who believe that obesity is caused by a lack of exercise are more likely to be overweight than those who believe it's caused by a poor diet because they tend to consume more food on average.