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50 More Random Facts I Didn’t Know That I Didn’t Know

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I’m off on a little vacay getaway to Hershey, Pennsylvania with my kiddo and my girlfriend, so today I thought I’d share another random list of facts that I’ve come across in the past little bit. You know, to keep your brains busy while we’re gone.

I keep a list of all the random facts I learn that I feel like I should have known or that would have been awesome to know, but that for some reason I am just learning. When it gets long enough, I share it with you.

50 More Random Facts I Didn’t Know That I Didn’t Know

1. They were building a fake rip-off Disneyland in China called Wonderland but ran into financial problems and now it sits abandoned and half-built.
2. The technical term for a cat’s hairball is “bezoar.”
3. A guy named Greg who worked for Wired magazine bought the domain mcdonalds.com and told McDonald’s they could have it if they would make a large donation to a school in need.
4. There are more than 34,000 Christian denominations in the world.
5. Speed dating was invented by a Jewish rabbi from Los Angeles.
6. Some park ranger named Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning seven times and survived. He died at 71 after he shot himself over unrequited love.
7. 92% of single parents prefer dating other single parents.
8. Gin & tonic drinks glow under blacklights.
9. 40% of workplace dating relationships lead to marriage.
10. Japanese currency is actually pronounced “en” in Japan, not “yen.”
11. Immediately after Tiger Wood’s affairs became public, men looking for discreet relationships on BeNaughty.com dropped by 47.5%. Whatever the heck that website is.
12. A 94 year old Indian man fathered a child in 2010.
13. From randomhistory.com: “Due to jobs, kids, TV, the Internet, hobbies, and home and family responsibilities, the average married couple spends just four minutes a day alone together.”
14. The average married couple has sex 58 times per year, or slightly more than once a week.
15. A blind girl wrote Mr. Rogers a letter and asked him to please say out loud when he was feeding his fish and that is why he did it in every episode.
16. Certain Asian countries have passed laws that cell phone cameras have to always make a noise because pervert and voyer photos were becoming such a problem.
17. Lake Karachay in Russia is so radioactive that you can die in less than an hour of being near it.

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71 comments
TinaNelson
TinaNelson

I knew about #22. The Mall of America used to sell it.

MacieRMorrell
MacieRMorrell

A bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat, and it will heal most poisons. Brush up on your Potions, Dan.

Tiffani
Tiffani

Wow, #13 freaks me out. 

artlifefood
artlifefood

I beg to differ with 36. They make me officially throw up at that point haha
MY interpretation was if 44 is true. Then 48 must be the other 20% which is pretty messed up. All hail naked women and cats :)

Christine Hamilton
Christine Hamilton

Worcestershire sauce-desolved fish...yuck, awsome were the lady found her ring, good thing she never moved. peanut butter kind of sickens me now just the though, eww. the sky diving lady...how? but thats great. and have to remember the eggs trick might need it once a year lol.

tehjessi
tehjessi

#47 I learned from the movie "Who Am I"...

Kath Fisher
Kath Fisher

ONE the Kopi Luwak :poop: cat coffee...the rest nup!!

AllieWest
AllieWest

Bananas are berries- but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are not. Strawberries are complex aggregate fruit, and the others are aggregate fruit.

JamM
JamM

Most of these are randomly interesting! But I really could have done without learning about 27 & 32... :-P

Mourghan K. Bourque
Mourghan K. Bourque

I use worshestershire sauce in almost everything....I may change that. Maybe.

Sarah Seinen
Sarah Seinen

the one about peanut butter has scarred me a little..won't lie

Peeps Alive
Peeps Alive

Attaching buttons to the jacket sleeves was to deter soldiers from wiping their noses on their sleeves.

Nancy Fairweather
Nancy Fairweather

4 is just wrong.. read all verses on UNITY- heck, just read your Bible. 7 makes sense 12 Hurrah! 13 Above average :) 14 ... 15

Miriam Rubinoff
Miriam Rubinoff

I already knew #4, because I saw them all in a Tennesee phone book.

MirandaRibbingLundy
MirandaRibbingLundy

Did you know some Swan's will mate with a female, but then take half the eggs to nest with its homosexual male mate.

LJP
LJP

Hershey is about ten miles from where we live!  We use the Hershey library, doctors at Hershey, etc.  However, our county is Lancaster...home of the Pennsylvania Dutch and the Amish!  I could give you lots of tips of places to go/avoid!!!  It's a gorgeous area!

Jordan Towns
Jordan Towns

Full scientific name for a cat's hairball is actually a "trichobezoar" hahaha. There are also "phytobezoars" which are balls made of plant material, but we usually only see those in cattle

Crystal Rivers
Crystal Rivers

I knew the one about peanut butter... unfortunately.

MarileeFlowers
MarileeFlowers

I absolutely love these posts! Please keep posting random facts :)

Monica Sharma
Monica Sharma

I knew 2, 33, and 46! I feel well-read now :-D

Ravenous
Ravenous

Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones were roommates at Harvard!?!? WHAT! LMAO.

buschmiller
buschmiller

Cucumbers are fruit (#33) and melons and pumpkins are berries (#35)?  They are all members of the same family - cucurbits.  It stands to reason they are the same thing.

A quick search found the scientific definitions.  Fruit: The ripened ovary of a flowering plant that contains the seeds, sometimes fused with other parts of the plant. Fruits can be dry or fleshy. Berries, nuts, grains, pods, and drupes are fruits.

From the same source, Berry: A simple fruit that has many seeds in a fleshy pulp. Grapes, bananas, tomatoes, and blueberries are berries. Compare drupe, pome.

A true berry is a true fruit.

Amber Reed
Amber Reed

As a vet, I have to chime in here: a bezoar is a hard ball formed in the digestive system of undigestable materials - regardless of species of animal. A TRICHOBEZOAR is the same thing, but made of hair/fur. So if you want to be more specific, a cats hair ball is a trichobezoar. ;)

Brenda Ghezzi
Brenda Ghezzi

Glad that my hubby and I get 1-2 hours a night alone even with 2 kids under 3 years!

Allison King
Allison King

I had to look up the "and" vs "&" thing. Very cool.

Sparrowchild
Sparrowchild

Hey! I have some family here visiting From Pennsylvania. :)

MarkFisher
MarkFisher

I live in Hershey, PA and can give you some insider tips on some sights, some deals, things to see, things to skip, and the best places to eat in the area.     

talen7
talen7

44 and 48 seem to be in conflict. Unless 48 is counting naked pictures of female cats ..... wink, wink, nudge, nudge....

Roselee
Roselee

I read on a Snapple cap that in Venice Italy, it is illegal to flush the toilet after 6pm

Holly Seeger
Holly Seeger

Omg, Hershey? You're so close to me! :o Have fun!!

M.j.sayshey
M.j.sayshey

love #3.  Very creative and what a GREAT idea.  Wish I woulda thought of that...

M.j.sayshey
M.j.sayshey

47.  really ???  If thats true thats VERY cool and interesting. Heh, good to know...



MollySmith
MollySmith

@MacieRMorrell A bezoar is any foreign object in a mammal's stomach. People who suffer from trichotillomania often get large clumps of hair, or bezoars, stuck in their stomach, and they need to be removed surgically. 

Jennifer
Jennifer

@Allison King i couldn't find it any where

Ponden
Ponden

@Jennifer The ampersand is used by the Writers Guild of America to denote when two writers collaborated on a specific script, rather than having rewritten another writer's work. In screenplays, two authors joined with& collaborated on the script, while two authors joined with and worked on the script at different times and may not have consulted each other at all.[14][15] In the latter case, they both contributed enough significant material to the screenplay to receive credit but did not work together (more than likely one was hired to rewrite the previous writer's script). 

^From Wikipedia article on Ampersand (the name of &)