Fact List PicFacts

PicFacts (3501-4000)

Here is an archive of last 500 PicFacts.

4001 Anne Hathaway-Christopher Nolan and writer David Goyer originally believed Catwoman would be too campy to work in ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ It was Nolan’s brother Jonathan who convinced the director to add the character to the script.

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4002 Robert Klingman-American WWII fighter pilot Robert Klingman tried to open fire on a Japanese spy plane only to find his guns were jammed. So he used his propeller as a giant buzzsaw and chopped the tail off the enemy plane.

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4003 Lithuania Theme Park-A theme park in Lithuania recreates life as a USSR citizen. Visitors have their belongings confiscated, wear gas masks, experience interrogation, and must learn the Soviet anthem. Their reward is a shot of vodka.

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4004 3D Printed Shell-In 2016, a tortoise injured in a forest fire got a prosthetic 3D-printed shell. A Brazilian artist then hand-painted the shell to resemble the original.

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4005 Firing squads-Firing squads issue a blank cartridge to either all-but-one, or one-but-not-all, of the members. No member of the squad is told beforehand if he is using live ammunition. This is called the “conscience round” which allows each member to believe they did not personally fire the fatal shot.

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4006 Christopher Columbus-Christopher Columbus made the natives each bring him a specified amount of gold every three months. Those who didn’t collect enough gold in time had their hands amputated and were left to bleed to death.

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4007 Divorce Rates-The “50% of US marriages end in divorce” statistic is misleading. In reality, divorce rates peaked in the early 1980s and have been steadily decreasing since then. If current trends continue, only a third of today’s marriages will end in a divorce.

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4008 Nikola Tesla-In 1898 Nikola Tesla 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.

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4009 Pepsi Contest-In 1993 Pepsi ran a contest in the Philippines in which it promised 1 million pesos, roughly $40,000, to the person who found the number 349 inside his bottle cap. Pepsi went on to mistakenly print 800,000 winning caps, leading to outrage and death threats to Pepsi executives.

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Jaywalking-Jaywalking is not illegal in the UK, and that while pedestrian crossings are plentiful, they are not compulsory to use. Ultimately, it is seen as the personal responsibility of the individual to make a sound enough judgment to cross safely.

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