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100 Totally Random Facts – Part 7

51Honduran White Bats

Not all bats live in caves. These thumb-sized Honduran White Bats sleep in leaves in the rainforest. They are polygamous. Each leaf-tent houses a single male and his harem of up to six females. - Source


52. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith first met his doppelganger, actor Will Ferrell, at the premiere of the film The Ladies Man. After the two finally met, Ferrell looked at Smith and said, completely deadpan, "You are very handsome" before walking away.


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53. Gordie Howe (Canadian ice hockey player) personally provided the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" a copy of his #9 Red Wings jersey. - Source


54. After a ticker-tape parade to celebrate his Olympic medals, Jesse Owens was not permitted to enter through the main doors of the Waldorf Astoria and instead forced to travel up to the event in a freight elevator to reach the reception honoring him. - Source


55. Approximately once every 18 months (on average) a total solar eclipse is visible from some place on the Earth’s surface. - Source


56Wild Bison

The wild bison of Yellowstone National Park has adapted to utilize the local hot springs as bidets to clean the thick fur of their nether regions before mating. - Source


57. The Aztecs followed Spaniards around with incense burners when they came to the Americas. The Spaniards believed this to be a divine honor, however, it was actually a necessity due to the wide gap in hygiene between the two peoples. The Aztec found their stench unbearable. - Source


58. There is a severe shortage of 'spitter apples' which are preferred for making ciders because during prohibition the FBI went around chopping down huge swaths of orchards, effectively erasing much of the nation's stock of spitter apple trees that initially take 20-30 years to grow. - Source


59. First Lady Betty Ford was a supporter of the equal rights amendment (ERA), publicly pro-choice, and a breast cancer survivor who raised awareness about breast cancer as well as alcohol addiction as a result of her own struggle with both conditions. - Source


60. NASA accidentally recorded over the original moon landing tapes and lost a critical piece of human history forever.


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61Mushroom

Portobello, cremini and button mushrooms are all the same type of mushroom, but at different stages of maturity. - Source


62. Studio directors knew to film John Wayne's scenes before noon because by the afternoon he was a 'real mean drunk'. - Source


63. In 1945, Hitler created the Nero Decree (destruction of German infrastructure), and ordered German General Dietrich von Choltitz to destroy Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower. He didn't. - Source


64. The original Obi-Wan Kenobi cloak, worn by Alec Guinness in ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope', was misplaced after filming and discovered 30 years later in at a costume shop in London having been rented out for fancy dress parties. - Source


65. The city of London is still paying rent of a sharp axe, a billhook, 6 horseshoes, and 61 nails to the Queen on a property leased in 1211.


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66ChildLine

ChildLine has spent more than 25 years in making sure that an adult is at the end of a phone to help children tackle all kinds of serious issues, including bullying, neglect, and violence at home to alcohol and drug problems. - Source


67. Katherine Johnson calculated rockets trajectories by hand. Buzz Aldrin trusted no one else. Not even their computers. - Source


68. Breast milk saved 16 people lost at sea. 2 days after their food ran out a woman told her sister to try her milk. She felt better and offered it to everyone else. The 8 men and 7 women took turns sucking her breasts and were able to survive for 7 more days until currents pushed the boat to shore. - Source


69. Marco Polo makes no mention of the Great Wall in any of his writings on China, which some people believe proves he never visited the country. This type of conclusion is called "argument from silence" and is a common logical fallacy. - Source


70. The phajaan process used to train elephants for tourism. They're routinely beaten with whips, sticks, and hooks, kept in cramped cages with feet tied together and pierced with a long bullhook to remove any sense of wild in them. - Source


71Bird's nest custody

Bird's nest custody is a specific form of joint custody in which, rather than having the children go from one parent's house to the other parent's house, the parents move in and out of the house that the children constantly reside in. - Source


72. In 1981, a 27-year-old James Cameron was working as a director on Pirhana II, when he was fired for failing to get a close-up of the lead actress. He then got food poisoning and during his illness had a nightmare about a robot sent from the future to kill him - the idea for The Terminator. - Source


73. Due to the limited number of different names on Norfolk Island, the island's telephone directory lists people with common names by their nickname. There are entries for Cane Toad, Lettuce Leaf, Goof, Diddles, Rubber Duck, Carrots, and Tarzan. - Source


74. The lottery winner Jack Whittaker was once robbed of $545,000 in cash. When asked why he would carry around that much money, he responded with "because I can". He was later robbed for $200,000 cash. - Source


75. In an effort to reduce the high number of suicides on South Korea's Mapo Bridge, it was unofficially renamed the Bridge of Life. It was decorated with positive affirmations and even sympathetic sculptures. Suicides increased sixfold the following year. - Source

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