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25 Kickass Random Facts List #116

Here is 25 Kickass Random Facts List #116.

1-5 Kickass Random Facts

Leo Szilard --- Image by © CORBIS

1. Physicist Leo Szilard conceived the nuclear chain reaction, the nuclear reactor, and wrote the letter suggesting the Manhattan Project, which Einstein signed. After being diagnosed with bladder cancer, he designed his own radiation therapy which led to a full recovery. – Source

2. A Nepalese doctor named Sanduk Ruit has restored the sight of over 100,000 poverty-stricken people in the last thirty years across Asia and Africa using a 5 minute procedure and an inexpensive artificial lens – Source

3. In 2010, an amateur bowler named Bill Fong almost killed himself trying to bowl the perfect match – 36 straight strikes. He grew increasingly dizzy and sweaty but got 35. In the final frame, he left the last pin standing. A doctor said he had bowled through a stroke and required heart surgery. – Source

4. Istanbul has a vending machine that releases food and water for the city’s stray dogs in exchange for recycled plastic bottles. – Source

5. Napoleon demanded a method of communication that would not require light or sound. Therefore ‘Night Writing’ was developed as a tactile military code, but proved too difficult for Napoleon’s troops to learn and was rejected. Night writing became the basis for braille. – Source

6-10 Kickass Random Facts

King Louie

6. The producers of The Jungle Book film originally considered Louis Armstrong for the voice of King Louie, but were worried that choosing a black actor to voice an ape would cause controversy. – Source

7. The farthest distance from Earth an astronaut has traveled was 401,056 km (249,205 mi), when Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise went around the Moon during the Apollo 13 emergency. – Source

8. A US company cannot legally forbid you to talk about pay with your coworkers. – Source

9. You can tell identical twin babies apart from their navels, since navel is a scar and thus they’re different. – Source

10. A Chicago reporter once asked Frank Sinatra’s first wife what she saw in him, calling him “a 119 pound has-been.” She told him, “Well, I’ll tell you – nineteen pounds is cock.” – Source


11-15 Kickass Random Facts

Nien Nunb

11. Nien Nunb, a minor character in the movie Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi caused Kenyan audiences to burst into laughter after they realized he spoke Kikuyu, the language of Kenya’s majority tribe. – Source

12. The fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” does not increase the likelihood of honesty in children. However, the story that rewards honesty, “George Washington and the Cherry Tree”, does. – Source

13. The people of Moken tribe in Southeast Asia can control their pupil dilation and see clearly underwater. – Source

14. Bill Nye went from an engineering position at Boeing to a job as a comedian before ultimately becoming the Science Guy. – Source

15. Owsley Stanley singlehandedly ignited the psychedelic scene in the 1960s by producing over one million doses of LSD from a makeshift bathroom laboratory in Berkeley between 1965 and 1967. – Source

16-20 Kickass Random Facts

Daniel Hess

16. In 1914, a man named Daniel Hess refused to sell the last bit of his property to the city of New York after the rest of his property had been seized via eminent domain. Today it remains on the sidewalk with a tile that reads “PROPERTY OF THE HESS ESTATE WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN DEDICATED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES.” – Source

17. An elephant-sized sloth existed and went extinct 10,000 years ago. It was one of the largest land mammals, measuring up to 6 meters (20 feet) and weighing 4 tons – Source

18. Tommy Prince a Native American who served in WW2 was so quiet because of his pair of moccasins that sometimes instead of killing Germans, he would steal something from them. Other times, he would slit their throats and not make a sound. – Source

19. In the early 1900s, 6-day long bicycle races were quite popular. The winner was whoever rode the greatest distance in 6 days. Almost all the participant got extremely little sleep and hallucinated on the track. – Source

20. A group of developers spent eight years recreating Streets Of Rage in their free time. The game had over 100 levels, 19 playable characters, and 76 remixed songs. Sega shut it down a week after it was released citing infringement of intellectual property rights. – Source

21-25 Kickass Random Facts

Hawaii

21. The only two states in USA to have never recorded a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit are Alaska, and Hawaii. – Source

22. Wright brothers flew together just one time because of a promise they made to their father, who feared losing both his sons in an airplane accident.- Source

23. Before the Terracotta army, when Chinese emperors died, all their servants were killed to aid them in the afterlife. Building the terracotta army spared Emperor Qin from killing more than 8000 people. – Source

24. Heroin derives its name from “heroic”, as it was originally marketed as a non-addictive wonder cure to morphine addiction. – Source

25. The shortest St Patrick’s Day parade in the world takes place in the Irish village of Dripsey, Cork. The parade lasts just 100 yards and travels between the village’s two pubs. – Source

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  • #18 Tommy Prince isn’t Native American he’s from Canada and was a member of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation in Manitoba.

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