Random Fact Sheet #318 – Unveiling Wonders: 35 Facts That Will Leave You Astonished

26CPR Study

CPR Study

In a 2010 Japanese study of more than 95,000 cases of CPR, researchers found that only 8 percent of patients survived more than 1 month. Only about 3% of the survivors could lead a mostly normal life, 3% were in a vegetative state, and 2% were alive but had a “poor outcome”. 

27. Cat food and water bowls should be shallow enough that their whiskers don't touch the sides to avoid whisker fatigue. Whisker fatigue is often the source for picky eaters as well as added stress for cats.

28. While men only need 8 mg of iron a day, women need about 18mg of it a day. This is to compensate for the amount of iron women lose during menstruation. About 1mg of iron is lost for each day of a women's period.

29. Willie Nelson has a fifth-degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul. Nelson got into martial arts by buying self-defense manuals out the back of comic books when he was a kid. Because of his schedule, Nelson videotapes himself training while on tour and sends the videos to his master for review.

30. After losing her husband and four children to yellow fever, and her job to the great Chicago fire, Mary "Mother" Jones became a labor organizer. She organized a march of working children from Philadelphia to New York, and her speeches provoked workers to organize during the Coal Wars.

31Giant Lemurs

Giant Lemurs

Prior to humans settling in Madagascar about 1,300 years ago, there were lemurs as big as apes, weighing 350lbs.

32. When Atlanta was awarded the 1996 Olympics over Athens, Greek media blamed a conspiracy organized by Coca-Cola. Bottles of Coke were poured into the sewers of Athens in protest, and Coke's Greek market share took years to recover.

33. The secret service successfully foiled the assassination of President Bill Clinton by Al-Qaeda in 1996 because they overheard the words “wedding” and “bridge” on the radio. Later they found a bomb under a bridge.

34. Osama bin Laden had 53 siblings. His father, Mohammed, died in a private plane crash in the 60s, leaving behind more than 20 wives.

35. During World War 2, Japan had its own nuclear weapons project named Ni-go and F-go. The initial conclusion was that an atomic bomb was theoretically, but not technically, feasible. They then concluded that the US was probably working on a bomb, but that neither it nor Germany could complete one during wartime.