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25 Kickass Random Facts List #231

Here is 25 Kickass Random Facts List #231.

1-5 Kickass Random Facts

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1. Ants enslaved by other ant species rebel against their masters by neglecting the work they’re assigned to do, and even killing the master species’ young. The slaves may not be able to save themselves, but by rebelling they can protect nearby relatives from the same fate. – Source

2. Adam Savage was once called by the FBI bomb squad because he left a voicemail on a wrong number about making a “thermal detonator.” – Source

3. In 2009, a hard ground ball hit Adrián Beltré in the crotch which landed him on the 15-day disabled list. In his first game back from the disabled list, teammate Ken Griffey Jr. conspired with those responsible for the PA system to have Beltré’s at-bat intro music be the waltz from The Nutcracker Suite. – Source

4. Out of 46,000 discovered species of spider, only a single one has been found to be an herbivore. – Source

5. Ben & Jerry’s creators, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield first met because they were the slowest kids in their gym class. – Source

6-10 Kickass Random Facts

Domesticated Foxes

6. A man in Russia domesticated foxes that now sell for $9000. Curiously, the friendly gene came attached to some other physical genes that made the foxes look like other domestic animals: curly tails, white faces, droopy ears. It took only about 35 years to completely domesticate the species. – Source

7. HBO, Showtime and FX all turned down Breaking Bad. – Source

8. Robin Williams was agreed to be paid $75,000 for voicing the Genie in Aladin, which went on to gross over $200 million domestically. Disney later sent him a late Picasso painting (estimated at the time to be worth $1 million) as a way of thanking him for his work. – Source

9. Elon Musk wanted Tesla’s Model lineup to spell SEX: Model S, Model E, Model X. However, Ford owns the term Model E, so Tesla opted for Model 3 to spell S3X. – Source

10. Consuming even 15 milligrams of elemental Tellurium can cause your sweat and breath to smell like garlic for eight months. – Source

11-15 Kickass Random Facts

Transistors

11. By 2004 humanity produced more transistors than it did grains of rice, and by 2010 you could buy 125,000 transistors for the price of a grain of rice. A 16GB drive contains more transistors than the number of neurons in your brain. – Source

12. Roman Emperor Caracalla slaughtered 20,000 Egyptians because they made a play mocking him – Source

13. C-4 is very stable and insensitive to most physical shocks. C-4 cannot be detonated by a gunshot or by dropping it onto a hard surface. – Source

14. The commander of the first “Flamethrower unit” used in WW1 was named “Bernhard” and before the war he was a firefighter. – Source

15. In order to read Marie Curie’s radioactive research papers, you have to sign a liability waiver. – Source

16-20 Kickass Random Facts

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16. “RPG”, when used in reference to the RPG-7 weapon, does not stand for rocket propelled grenade. Instead, it is a Russian acronym for Ruchnoy Protivotankovyy Granatomyot, roughly translated as “hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher.” – Source

17. At around 5PM EST, greatest proportion of the world is asleep (55-60%). – Source

18. Graphite bomb is a non-lethal weapon that can be delivered via warhead causing failure in electrical power systems by spreading a cloud of fine carbon particles that encourage arcing and short-circuiting between power lines. – Source

19. Two scientists proved time dilation by each flying around the world carrying four synchronized atomic clocks and then compared them to atomic clocks they’d left on the ground.- Source

20. Along with being accused of cannibalism, early Christians in the Roman Empire were considered atheists because they denied all the other gods. – Source

21-25 Kickass Random Facts

Kinetic Bombardment

21. The act of Kinetic Bombardment (firing large metal rods from a satellite into the Earth’s surface at terminal velocity as a weapon) remains legal. – Source

22. Poor neighborhoods in 60’s-era Washington D.C. suffered massive rat infestations until Julius Hobson began catching the “possum-sized” rats in a cage, strapping it to the roof of his car, driving them to the rich neighborhoods, and threatening to release them. – Source

23. Cognitive scientist Brian Butterworth diagnosed Ronald Reagan with Alzheimer’s purely on the basis of speech errors in his speeches 10 years before his disease was actually discovered – Source

24. There is an annual conference on boring things held in London. In the past people have given talks on barcodes, sneezing and the sounds of vending machines. – Source

25. Nikola Tesla created one of the world’s first wireless remote controls and unveiled it at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1898. – Source

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