Weird Facts & Trivia 10
- When asked what was the speed of sound Albert Einstein said: “[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books.” Source
- 15% of the US population believes that the pharmaceutical industry invents diseases so they can sell a cure. Source
- Pollen can travel up to 500 miles in a day.
- There was once a doctor who performed a xenotransplantation on a baby that suffered from heart disease by transplanting a baboon heart. The baby died. When asked why he didn’t use a heart from an evolutionary closer animal, he replied “I do not believe in evolution”. Source
- A 1970s Canadian science experiment made drugs freely available to both caged rats and colony rats: The rats in cages developed drug habits. The rats in normal ‘society’ refused them. Source
- A teen secretly lived in AOL’s HQ for 2 months, eating free food, using gym & showers, sleeping in conference rooms while working on his start-up. Everyone assumed he worked there. Source
- A group of officers is called a mess.
- A quadriplegic man was sentenced to 10 days in jail for a first time offense of possession of marijuana, despite the prison not having sufficient medical equipment for him. The 27 year-old died after four days in custody. Source
- A Russian family of 6 lived alone in the harsh forests of the taiga for forty years before being discovered in 1978. One family member is still living out there, a region deemed uninhabitable by some of the fiercest and best equipped animals for surviving, yet this one girl manages. Source
- A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
- In 1971, a woman petitioned a Judge for permission to sterilize her “somewhat retarded” daughter. Without a hearing, evidence, or representation for the daughter, the judge granted permission. The daughter later tried to sue the judge, but the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to grant the judge immunity. Source
- Bob Marley was buried with his red Gibson guitar, a Bible opened to Psalm 23, and bud of marijuana. Source
- Club Direct, a travel insurance company in Britain, provides insurance plans for protection from falling coconuts.
- The Union ironclad, Monitor, was the first U.S. ship to have a flush toilet. Read More
- A man wore 70 items of clothing in a Chinese airport to avoid the bagging charge. Source
- The US federal income tax was first enacted in 1862 to support the Union's Civil War effort. It was eliminated in 1872, revived in 1894 then declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the following year. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the US tax system.
- The USSR set off the largest nuclear explosion in history, detonating a 50 megaton bomb (2600 times the Hiroshima bomb) in an atmospheric test over the Novaya Zemla Islands, October 30 1961. Verified
- The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
- There are many people who live in Hawaii that refuse to be US citizens. They believe that the USA is occupying their country, and that Hawaii is actually the property of the Hawaiian Kingdom, NOT the USA. Source
- The White House, in Washington DC, was originally gray, the color of the sandstone it was built out of. After the War of 1812, during which it had been burned by Canadian troops, the outside walls were painted white to hide the smoke stains.
- A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it. Source
- The worldwide "Spanish Flu" epidemic which broke out in 1918 killed more than 30 million people in less than a year's time.
- The makers of Sesame Street release a statement saying Bert and Ernie aren’t getting married, and don’t have any sexual orientation. Because they’re puppets. Source
- South Africa developed nuclear weapons and then dismantled them for the sake of peace. Source
- A man in the United States robbed a bank for $1 so he could be arrested and sent to jail for free medical health care. Source
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