Fact List

Interesting Facts of the Day

Here are interesting facts of the day.

 1-5 Facts of the day

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1. Because of an old superstition, several ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all times. These ravens are enlisted soldiers of the Kingdom, and have occasionally been dismissed for bad conduct. While wild ravens live for 10-15 years, Tower ravens can live past 40 years. – Source

2. In 1981, a Turkish man shot Pope John Paul II four times but didn’t kill him. After the Pope recovered, he visited the assassin in prison forgave him. The assassin was pardoned at the Pope’s request and 33 years after his crime, he visited Vatican City and laid flowers on the Pope’s tomb. – Source

3. If you microwave a sliced grape, it can explode in a fireball of super-heated plasma. – Source

4. Vladimir the Great of Russia was confronted with the choice of converting Russia to Christianity or to Islam. He eventually chose Christianity, because of Islamic teaching on alcohol, saying, “Drinking is the joy of all Rus’. We cannot exist without that pleasure.” – Source

5. A West Virginia man was charged with Battery for farting repeatedly and fanning the gas at police officers. Charges were eventually dropped. – Source


6-10 Facts of the day

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6. 4 US states have completely banned billboards. – Source

7. From 1757 to 1795, an anonymous writer published an annual directory of London prostitutes. It sold thousands of copies each year, and detailed everything from their specialities to the size of their breasts. – Source

8. During the Panic of 1893, JP Morgan used $60 million in bonds to bail out the United States government. – Source

9. After a Soviet doctor in Antarctica had to remove his own appendix, all Austrialian doctors must have theirs removed before allowed to stay there. – Source

10. People with red hair are more sensitive to thermal pain, are less sensitive to electrically induced pain, and require larger amounts of anesthetics than people without red hair due to a mutation in their melanocortin 1 receptor. – Source

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