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Here are 50 fun facts. Have fun!

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1. More than 1,000,000 Euros are thrown into the Trevi fountain every year. The money is used to subsidize a supermarket for the needy. – Source

2. London and NYC have “buildings” which are actually facades hiding subway ventilation/maintenance systems. – Source

3. When she was the First Lady, Barbara Bush called the Simpsons “the dumbest thing I had ever seen”. She received a letter from Marge Simpson which moved her so much, she wrote back apologizing. – Source

4. When Britain changed the packaging for Tylenol to blister packs instead of bottles, suicide deaths from Tylenol overdoses declined by 43 percent. Anyone who wanted 50 pills would have to push out the pills one by one but pills in bottles can be easily dumped out and swallowed. – Source

5. A 9000 member indigenous tribe in Guyana is fighting illegal logging of their land by filming the activity with a drone they built by watching DIY videos on YouTube and taking the footage to the Guyanese government. – Source

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6. Carrie Fisher told her fans: “No matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in the moonlight, strangled by my own bra.” – Source

7. The city of Dallas, Texas has lost every single one of 82 court cases against the same man, Robert Groden, over several decades. – Source

8. Chris Columbus was originally set to direct National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation but dropped out after difficult meetings with star Chevy Chase. Instead, Columbus made Home Alone; the highest grossing Christmas film of all time. – Source

9. The New Zealand town of Brightwater had 5 electric street lights in 1911 powered by a hydroelectric generator which was auto-controlled by a flock of chickens. At night, the chickens would go inside their coop and their weight would close an electric circuit, turning on the street lights. – Source

10. There was a 20 year patent on minigames during loading screens that recently expired last year. This is why all loading screens aren’t interactive and usually only contain flavor or lore text. – Source

 

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11. The Church of Scientology tried to frame Journalist Paulette Copper for a bomb threat she had nothing to do with because she spoke out against the church. – Source

12. During a worldwide hop shortage in 2008, Sam Adams brewing company sold craft brewers their hops at cost to keep them in business and has given over 3 million in loans to small breweries to spur competition. – Source

13. In Nordic mythology, Ratatoskr was a squirrel whose sole job was to carry insulting messages between a great eagle and a dragon at opposite ends of Yggdrasil, the great World Tree. – Source

14. In 1913, Hitler, Freud, Tito, Stalin, and Trotsky all lived within 2 square miles of each other in Vienna. – Source

15. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee would go to theaters to watch Looney Tunes cartoons together and were once kicked out for laughing too hard. – Source

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16. Vatican once invited Stephen Hawking to a conference where he had an audience with the Pope. Pope John Paul had trouble understanding Hawking and knelt down beside his wheelchair to hear him better, prompting one scientist to comment that “things certainly have changed since Galileo.” – Source

17. In 1963, San Francisco Giants Manager Alvin Dark joked, “they’ll put a man on the moon before [Giants pitcher] Gaylord Perry hits a home run.” On July 20, 1969, less than an hour after Neil Armstrong’s historic moon walk, Perry smacked his first career homer. – Source

18. “Surprise me” were the last words of the 100-year-old, legendary comedian Bob Hope, responding to his wife’s question regarding where he would like to be buried. – Source

19. There are only nine restaurants in the United States that are certified by the Kobe Beef Association in Japan to carry real Kobe Beef. Every other restaurant with the word “Kobe” in their menu is misleading their customers and serving a knock-off product. – Source

20. A California girl once sued the Boy Scouts of America after they wouldn’t let her join because of her gender. She lost. – Source

 

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21. The Christmas tree in London’s Trafalgar Square had been given by the country of Norway every year since 1947. It is a token of appreciation for the friendship of the British people during World War II. – Source

22. In 2007, Princes William and Harry asked Channel 4 not to broadcast a documentary featuring footage of their mother’s dying moments. Channel 4 broadcast the documentary anyway, then put out an additional program an hour later to debate whether it had been right for them to do so. – Source

23. Humans are the greatest endurance runners in the animal kingdom. Over a long enough distance a human can outrun any other animal on this planet. – Source

24.  In 2012 when Taylor Swift held a public vote for where she would visit and perform a free concert 4chan users voted for a children’s school for the deaf and won the vote. – Source

25. The record for most passengers ever carried by a commercial airliner is 1,088, by an El Al Boeing 747 during Operation Solomon, which involved the evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and started on 24 May 1991. This figure included two babies born on the flight. – Source

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26. All provinces in Canada have banned expiry dates on gift certificates. – Source

27.  In 2004, the Parisian police in an uncharted area of the Paris Catacombs found a secret room with a stocked bar and restaurant. They returned to trace the installed power and phone lines to discover they had been cut, with a note left behind reading, “Do not try and find us.” – Source

28. After the Italian Prime Minister complained about Finnish cuisine, the Finns entered an international pizza competition, named their entry (with marinated reindeer meat) after the PM, and came in first place. – Source

29. Watermelons originated in Africa and were first cultivated solely for their water content; their flavor was very bitter. – Source

30. In October 1994, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, The Lion King and Jurassic Park were all in theaters at the same time. – Source

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31. A framed photo of a 4chan post sold for $90,900 on Ebay. The post read: “Art used to be something to cherish / Now literally anything could be art/This post is art”. – Source

32. Tigers, jaguars and leopards love the smell of Calvin Klein’s ‘Obsession For Men’. This fragrance is used to lure the big cats to the cameras in the wild. – Source

33. Harrison Ford received $10,000 for his role in A New Hope and $20,000,000 for his role in The Force Awakens. – Source

34. Millionaire Michael O’Leary, CEO of airline Ryanair, has his own taxicab company with just one cab so he can legally use the bus lanes and avoid traffic jams. – Source

35. The mobile game “Send Me to Heaven” involves throwing your phone as high in the air as you can. the creator said he made it with the hope of destroying as many iPhones as possible, but Apple banned it from the App Store. – Source

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36. Usain Bolt demands his ad shoots to be done in Jamaica to bring money to his country. – Source

37. Romanian sewer workers accidentally discovered a cave which was sealed for 5.5 million years. Movile Cave is filled with evolutionary distinct exotic creatures (albino crabs, worms) which feed off sulfur-producing bacteria. – Source

38. Rice does not need to grow in water, but since it can survive it, is done so to control weeds and other pests- creating higher yields. – Source

39. “Inner speech” (the voice you hear inside your head when you’re reading or thinking) is accompanied by tiny muscular movements in the larynx. – Source

40. Engineers in Canada receive an Iron Ring to remind them to have humility. It is in memory of a bridge that collapsed twice due to incorrect calculations involving iron. – Source

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41. A Japanese farmer discovered a gold seal while repairing an irrigation ditch in 1784. The seal turned out to be 95% pure gold and was a gift from the Chinese Emperor to a Japanese envoy from 54 CE, the earliest recorded date of contact between the two countries. – Source

42. Because the concrete of the Hoover Dam was poured into individual, rectangular shaped sections – rather than with a single, continuous pour – the physical dam itself will survive up to 10,000 years and be one of the last remaining visible and recognizable monuments of humans on the planet. – Source

43. Scientists attached stilts to the legs of ants to prove that ants return to their nests by counting their steps. The ants with stilts overshot their nest by roughly 50% due to the new length of their steps. – Source

44. Most toilets in Hong Kong are flushed with seawater in order to conserve the city’s scarce freshwater resources. – Source

45. NASA has 2 satellites chasing each other around the Earth tracking the distance between themselves to measure gravitational anomalies. Their nicknames are Tom & Jerry! – Source

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46. Sergei Bubka repeatedly and deliberately broke the world pole vault record by the smallest possible height so he could cash in on a Nike bonus with each new record. In a two-year span, he broke his own world record 14 times. – Source

47. Wounded Viking warriors were given strong onion soup. After a few minutes, someone would smell the wounds and if onions could be detected it meant that there were serious abdominal injuries and that death was inevitable. – Source

48. One of the thirteen articles in the 1781 US Articles of Confederation states that if Canada wants to be admitted into the United States, it will automatically be accepted. – Source

49. FedEx uses several empty cargo planes that roam the country’s skies overnight in circuitous flight paths, ready to divert on demand in order to accommodate unexpected package volume. – Source

50. In 1898 Nikola Tesla once tricked an entire crowd into believing they could control a toy boat by shouting commands – he had in fact invented Radio Control and was piloting the boat himself. – Source

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