Random Fact Sheet #333- Fact Fusion: 35 Facts That Will Spark Your Curiosity

26Nebraska's USPS

Nebraska's USPS

Nebraska's USPS abbreviation was original "NB". However, it was changed to "NE" at the request of Canada to avoid confusion with New Brunswick. It is the only time a state territory has changed its USPS abbreviation since the introduction of the system in 1963.

27. Ponytail headaches are a type of extracranial headache arising from pericranial muscle fascia and tendon traction. Essentially, if your hair is tied too tightly, you can get a nasty headache.

28. The US Navy was going to name a submarine, "USS Corpus Christi", after the city in Texas, but Catholic politicians objected to a navy ship which would translate to USS Body of Christ. It was instead named the USS City of Corpus Christi, a formulation that remains unique in the names of naval ships.

29. Under Article 28 of the Geneva Convention, canteens should be installed in all POW camps, where prisoners can procure foodstuffs, soap, tobacco, and other ordinary articles of daily use. The tariff should never be in excess of local market prices.

30. Naked mole rats can survive 18 minutes without oxygen by metabolizing fructose instead of glucose.

31The Bronx

The Bronx

The Bronx has 'the' in front of it because it's named after the Bronx River and was original "The Borough of The Bronx [River]."

32. A World War 2 artillery spotter named Charles Carpenter added bazookas to his unarmed plane. Thus the nickname 'Bazooka Charlie' came up and he scored six tank kills with his modified plane.

33. A star named "The Random Transiter" is considered to be one of the most mysterious stars in the galaxy, as it has 28 equal planet-sized objects orbiting it in random ways.

34. In 1915, Marie Marvingt became the first woman to fly combat missions. She even successfully bombed a military base in Germany. In her lifetime, she held four different pilot licenses, unofficially cycled the Tour de France, and was awarded a gold medal "for all sports" by the French Academy of Sports.

35. The Solomon Islands were named as such because the explorer who discovered them thought they were the mythical land of Ophir, mentioned in the Bible where King Solomon acquired his gold.