Random Fact Sheet #301 – 35 Striking Random Facts That Will Leave You Astounded

26Henry Frederick

Henry Frederick

In 1612, at the funeral of Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, a naked man ran through the crowd of mourners claiming he was the ghost of the recently deceased Prince.

27. Operation Pluto was an operation to lay submarine oil pipelines under the English Channel in support of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War 2. Two pipelines, “Bambi” and “Dumbo”, carried 180 million imperial gallons of petrol to the Allied Expeditionary Force in northwest Europe.

28. Some birds of prey (like kestrels and hawks) can see bands of UV light that other animals cannot. Because mouse and rat urine reflects UV light, birds have been observed following trails of rodents pee like a glow in the dark path to their prey.

29. A newly found wasp in the Amazon which has been named Acrotaphus Wasp has been observed to zombify spiders. It lays an egg on the spider’s back and makes the spider weave a web designed for the wasp pupa. After the eggs hatch, the wasp consumes the spider and lives on the web.

30. The deep ocean is heterogeneous and made up of discrete water masses, which can be tracked, measured. Some water masses are up to 1,500 years old.

31God Khepri

God Khepri

Ancient Egypt’s sun God Khepri was scarab-faced because they believed that in the same way as the beetle pushes large balls of dung along the ground, Khepri moved the newly-born sun across the sky.

32. The Cravat originated in Croatia. The French army enlisted Croatian mercenaries who tied/knotted cloth around their necks with linen, silks, or other fabric. The word comes from the French mispronunciation of the word "croate", meaning Croatian.

33. Yuri Gagarin did not land back in his Vostok Spacecraft. He ejected at 20,000 feet, parachuting safely to Earth, landing near the Volga River.

34. "Pistol" Pete Maravich, the greatest college basketball scorer of all time, and NBA all-star was born with one coronary artery, while the rest of us have two. He died while playing a pickup basketball game at the age of 40. At death, his heart was scarred and enlarged from oxygen deprivation.

35. The gravity at the International Space Station is approximately 90% as strong as on Earth. The reason why things and people float is that they are constantly falling down, the same way people in an elevator would float if it was falling too fast.