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100 Totally Random Facts – Part 8

76Battletoads

NES games like Battletoads were made so hard because Nintendo was losing money on video game rentals. If they took a long time to beat, people would have to buy the games instead. - Source


77. Eclipses can be mathematically calculated. The eclipse of May 28, 585 BC, which stopped a battle in Greece, was said by Isaac Asimov to be the earliest human event known to the exact date and time.


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78. Tom Green won five Razzies for Freddy Got Fingered and accepted the awards in person. He had to be dragged off the stage because he wouldn't stop playing the harmonica. - Source


79. In 2010, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake and provided the island with 200,000 gallons a day of fresh drinking water from its desalination plants. - Source


80. President Carter's son (Chip Carter) and Willie Nelson once got high together on the roof of the White House. - Source


81Mr. Rogers

In 1981, Mr. Rogers had a segment on his TV series where a disabled boy named Jeffrey Erlanger described to the audience what it was like to be handicapped and in a wheelchair. 18 years later, Jeff surprised Mr. Rogers with an appearance during his induction into the Television Hall Of Fame. - Source


82. Patsy Cline was offered a car ride back to Nashville with singer Dottie West. Cline refused, telling West, "Don't worry about me, Hoss. When it's my time to go, it's my time." Patsy Cline died in a plane crash later that same day. - Source


83. There are hypothesized planets better suited for life than Earth, or Superhabitable Planets. - Source


84. There was a prison warden named John Whitley so loved that when he retired, 100 inmates pooled together their money to throw him a party. - Source


85. In 1981, a man named Marcus Sarjeant fired blanks at Queen Elizabeth II, said he did it for fame, showed no mental issues, spent 3 years in jail, then changed his name and continued on with his life at age 20 once released.


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86Bill Murray

Bill Murray said of Kung Fu Hustle: "There should have been a day of mourning for American comedy the day that movie came out," because it was the "supreme achievement" of modern comedy. - Source


87. Iceland is extremely protective of their language. Instead of loaning words from other languages, they repurpose old ones. The telephone is 'Simi', meaning thread, a jet plane is 'Thota', meaning to zoom and the word for computer, 'tölva' translates to number priestess or numbers witch. - Source


88. The Walt Disney Company is the largest consumer of fireworks in the world and the second largest purchaser of explosive devices, right behind the U.S. military. - Source


89. Babies have accents. For example, French babies' cry will end with a rising note, while German babies' have a dropping note at the end of theirs. They pick up on this in the womb. - Source


90. In 2002, a fake sequel to Harry Potter appeared in China with the title "Harry Potter and Bao Zuolong." The book consists of the text of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit with names changed to those of Harry Potter characters.


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91Edna Krabappel

The Simpsons character "Edna Krabappel" was retired after Emmy Award-winning voice actress Marcia Wallace died in 2013. To acknowledged her death, the chalkboard in the opening sequence was changed to read a single "We'll really miss you Mrs. K". - Source


92. After surviving a year-long experiment on an isolated island for a British reality TV show (Eden[2016]), 10 contestants learned that the show had been canceled 4 months into production. - Source


93. Heroin use among US adults went from 0.33% to 1.6% from 2001 to 2013. - Source


94. Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China, spent his last years as a commoner in Beijing under the communist regime. On his first day of work as a street sweeper, he was lost and told passersby, "I'm Puyi, the last Emperor of the Qing dynasty. I'm staying with relatives and can't find my way home." - Source


95. Conan O'Brien credited "The Simpsons" with saving him. Prior to being hired on it, he was experiencing a personal and professional slump. He abruptly quit his SNL writing job with no plans other than aimlessly walking the streets of NYC for inspiration. - Source


96Franceska Mann

Jewish ballerina Franceska Mann in 1943 while being forced to disrobe at Auschwitz for delousing, distracted an SS guard, stole his pistol and shot him dead. - Source


97. In 2012, Drake had his security team threaten a tattoo artist in his shop, while Drake sat in the car outside. - Source


98. The Native American "Shame Pole" is a totem pole erected to embarrass people for non payment of debts or ridicule misdeeds. In 2007, one such pole was erected in Alaska depicting the CEO of Exxon to highlight an unpaid debt of $5 million owed from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. - Source


99. The apples you buy in the grocery store are 5-12 months old. They are stored in a special low temperature, low oxygen (2%) environment, which preserves the nutritional content of the fruit. - Source


100. A Roman Mile was defined as 1,000 paces. Armies would leave mile markers every 1,000 steps as they marched. As a result, well-fed armies marching at a fast pace marked longer miles. - Source

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