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25 Kickass Random Facts List #334

Here are 25 kickass random facts. For part 333, click here.

1-5 Kickass Random Facts

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1. The Rosenhan experiment was an experiment in which a Stanford psychologist and his associates faked hallucinations in order to be admitted to psychiatric hospitals. They then acted normally. All were forced to admit to having a mental illness and agree to take antipsychotic drugs in order to be released. – Source

2. In 2012, the world’s first lab grown burger cost $325,000. By 2015, a lab grown burger only cost $11.36. – Source

3. According to Navajo culture the weaver of a rug would deliberately put an imperfection, called a “ch’ihónít’i” (“spirit line”), believed to allow the release of the weaver’s spirit from the woven item, and also symbolizes the perfection-in-imperfection. – Source

4. Kelsey Grammer expected to play Sideshow Bob only once on ‘The Simpsons’. Although the actor does not like performing the character’s evil laugh, Grammer says that Bob is the most popular character he has ever played, even more than Frasier Crane. – Source

5. The ‘hysteria’ created by Orson Welles’ ‘War Of The Worlds’ was a myth created by newspapers to instil fear over the power of broadcast radio. – Source

6-10 Kickass Random Facts

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6. Billionaire pastor, Edir Macedo, is accused of using $2 billion in donations intended for charity overseas from his poor followers to buy jewelry, TV stations, and other businesses for himself. – Source

7. HP Lovecraft wrote nearly 100,000 letters in his lifetime, the second most number of letters written by anyone in recorded history; the first was French writer Voltaire. Lovecraft said, “I write [letters] exactly as easily and as rapidly as I would utter the same topics in conversation.” – Source

8.  the classic peace symbol is based on the semaphore signal for N and D, which stands for Nuclear Disarmament. – Source

9. During the 1912 Olympics, one of the Japanese athletes didn’t notify race officials during a marathon and technically didn’t finish. He later completed it when notified of this in 1967, making his time at 54 y, 8 m, 6 d, 8:32:20.3. – Source

10. In 2015, Spanish workers destroyed a 6,000-year-old Neolithic tomb, mistaking it for a broken picnic table. They replaced it with a ‘better’ picnic table. – Source

11-15 Kickass Random Facts

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11. Benjamin Lay was an 18th century Quaker vegetarian abolitionist who once kidnapped the child of slaveholders temporarily, to show them how Africans felt when their relatives were sold overseas. – Source

12. License plate sized tiles known as “Toynbee tiles” began appearing around the United States and South America in the 80’s that contained cryptic messages about resurrecting the dead on Jupiter. Over 300 have been found so far and has influenced copycat artists. – Source

13. The Big Mac Index helps explain purchasing power parity to the layman. You compare the price of a Big Mac in one country to the price in another to determine if exchange rates are overvalued. – Source

14. The “Punt gun” was eleven-foot rifle meant for killing roughly 50 birds in one shot, which was eventually banned due to it decimating wild bird numbers. – Source

15. The Gemini 3 astronauts smuggled a contraband corned beef sandwich on board and angered The House of Representatives. – Source

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