Random Fact Sheet #14 – 45 Mind-Boggling Facts 2



During the Prohibition era, the US Government made an exception for Whiskey to be sold through pharmacies. As a result, the Walgreens pharmacy chain grew from 20 retail stores to almost 400.

27. An Irish Antartic explorer Tom Crean along with Ernest Shackleton and two other men, sailed 1,500km in a lifeboat across the Drake Passage to save the lives of 22 men stranded on Elephant Island. It was known as one of the most extraordinary feats of seamanship and navigation in recorded history.

28. In August 2010, there was a traffic jam in China that was 100 kilometers long and lasted for ten days.

29. Boba Fett was almost Luke's uncle, but Lucas decided that'd be too "hokey."

30. Hannibal Lecter was inspired by grotesque serial killings between 1974 and 1985 where seven couples were murdered while making love in parked cars in the hills of Florence, Italian. The case was never solved. Thomas Harris borrowed elements for his Hannibal Lecter novels.

31Turing's Sunflowers

Turing's Sunflowers

Manchester University ran "Turing's Sunflowers", a community project to finish Alan Turing's work on plant morphology

32. In 1985, Freddy Mercury released an album dedicated to his cats, with liner notes: “..to my cat Jerry - also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe. Screw everybody else!”

33. Park Jee Young was a young woman who sacrificed her life to save others during the Sinking of MV Sewol in 2014.

34. Kim Dotcom was the number one player of Modern Warfare 3 in the world prior to his arrest in 2012

35. Kenny G holds the Guinness Book of World Records award for the longest-held musical note, at 45 minutes and 47 seconds. He used a technique known as circular breathing.

36Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket

The opening scene of Full Metal Jacket was almost entirely improv and filmed in one take.

37. Phil Morgese, a single dad who was given full custody of his young daughter, taught himself how to do her hair, and started a free bi-weekly class to teach other dads and daughters how to do everything from detangling long locks to coil hair into buns.

38. Genders of articles affect the way users perceive objects. When asked to describe a "key" (a masculine word in Deutch and feminine in Spanish) Deutch speakers used words like "hard," "jagged," "metal," and Spanish speakers used words like "little," "lovely," "shiny," All testing was in English

39. Teller started the practice of being silent during performances to avoid being heckled at frats while in college.

40. The kilogram is the only unit of measurement that is still based on a physical object, a Platinum-Iridium cylinder.

41Power Girl

Power Girl

The reason for Power Girl's enormous breasts is due to the artist believing his editors were not paying attention to anything he did. Eight issues later, they noticed.

42. The Pillars of Creation, in Eagle Nebula, might already have been destroyed by a supernova around 6000 years ago. We can know the exact events that occurred when the light reaches us around 1000 years later

43. Californian scientists have spent a decade tweaking an algae genome so that it produces more than twice as much fat than wild versions of the same species. They believe that fattened, genetically engineered algae could one day become the world's most efficient source of fuel.

44. When you hold a buttercup flower under your chin, it doesn't light up because you like butter, rather because of the petal’s unique epidermal layers, which contain a pigment that absorbs light in the blue-green region, it reflects back yellow.

45. The NYPD has detectives stationed in foreign cities around the world, and the local PD aren't big fans.