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100 Totally Random Facts – Part 7

1Allen Klein

Allen Klein, Rolling Stones manager and owner of the song "Dead Flowers," which plays at the end of "The Big Lebowski," initially wanted $150,000 for it. He was then convinced to let them use it for free when he saw the scene in which The Dude says, "I hate the f*ckin' Eagles, man!" - Source


2. In 1504, Christopher Columbus scared the natives of Jamaica to continue to provision him and his hungry men by successfully predicting a total lunar eclipse. When the moon turned red, showing his God was 'inflamed with wrath", the frightened community quickly agreed to his request.


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3. According to top addiction experts, "Giving your child a smartphone is like giving them a gram of cocaine". - Source


4. Asians are more likely to die from heart failure on the 4th of the month than they are any other day of the month (7.3% death rate above expected), due to increased stress from Tetraphobia (their cultural fear of the number 4). This has been termed the Baskerville effect. - Source


5. In Japan, avid golfers buy insurance to protect themselves on the course. They purchase it because if they get a hole-in-one, they have to buy gifts and drinks for their friends. The policy covers them for a party worth up to $4,900. - Source


6Statue

One of the oldest statues in Bern, Switzerland is of a guy eating babies, and nobody really knows why it's there. - Source


7. The IRS uses 56-year-old software to receive taxpayer data and dispense refunds. - Source


8. In order to charge more for cinnamon Arab traders claimed that the sticks were used by deadly birds to build their nest. The only way to get it was to trick the bird into trying to fill its nest with heavy pieces of meat. The nest would fall and the cinnamon would be taken before the birds attacked. - Source


9. Cob in "cobweb" is actually an old and forgotten English word for "spiders". - Source


10. There are classes in Japan that teach kids how to use the Soroban Abacus to develop faster skills in arithmetic. After a few years they no longer even need to use a real abacus to perform fast mental calculations since they can already visualize an image of it.


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11Pope Francis

Pope Francis only has one lung. It was removed when he was a teenager due to an infection. - Source


12. Rapper T.I. not once, but twice has successfully intervened and talked someone down while they were mid suicide attempt. - Source


13. Halle Berry was the first woman to collect her Worst Actress award in person at the Razzie Awards, saying "I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh*t, god-awful movie." - Source


14. The final total solar eclipse will be in 600 million years time, as the moon will be around 30,400 km further from the Earth while the sun's diameter will be around 5% larger. - Source


15. The German Reichstag/parliament in 1933 voted to give Hitler absolute control. One person spoke against it: Social Democratic leader Otto Wels spoke the last free words in the Reichstag: "You can take our lives & our freedom, but you cannot take our honor. We are defenseless but not honorless."


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16Buried movie

While filming the movie Buried, Ryan Reynolds' acting was so good that on several occasions, the crew thought he was really in distress and losing consciousness so they rushed to remove the lid of the coffin to help him. - Source


17. A hitchhiking robot that relied on the kindness of strangers to travel the world was found with its head and arms ripped off, just two weeks into its first American tour. - Source


18. In Japan, '39' is common text speak for 'thank you', due to how 3 (san) and 9 (kyu) sound when spoken out loud. - Source


19. An explorer once found a compound, Calanolide A, in certain trees in the Malaysian rainforest. Researchers found out that it has anti-HIV properties, but they couldn’t find another sample for nine years as almost all the tree of that species had been cut down for firewood and building material. - Source


20. It's A Wonderful Life movie was a box office flop that caused the sale of its production company. It only became popular after the copyright holders forgot to file for a renewal and TV stations could play it all day and night without paying for it. - Source


21Rhino poaching

In 2016, rhino poaching-related arrests in South Africa doubled. 680 arrests reported in 2016 compared to that of 318 in 2015. - Source


22. The word for "the day after tomorrow" is "Overmorrow". - Source


23. Older U.S.A. presidential limousines are at the Henry Ford Museum, but after Sept. 11, 2001, the Secret Service adopted a policy to destroy the limos after they are taken out of service in order to protect their security secrets. - Source


24. The Gameboy had a sonar add-on for fishermen, that could locate fish up to 65 feet deep. It also included a fishing minigame. - Source


25. Knowing he was the slowest competitor, Australian speed skater Steven Bradbury won gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics by cruising behind and simply avoiding group crashes in both the semifinal and final. - Source

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