Random Fact Generator

  • 4023 Jurassic Park-Steven Spielberg beat James Cameron to the film rights to Jurassic Park by “a few hours” and Cameron’s version of the movie would have been “nastier, much nastier”.
    4023 Jurassic Park-Steven Spielberg beat James Cameron to the film rights to Jurassic Park by “a few hours” and Cameron’s version of the movie would have been “nastier, much nastier”.
  • “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin still uses WordStar 4.0, a word processor application that was released in the mid-80s and runs on DOS to write all his novels.
     “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin still uses WordStar 4.0, a word processor application that was released in the mid-80s and runs on DOS to write all his novels.
  • 3884 Ed Sheeran-When childhood friend, Amy Wadge, couldn’t afford to pay her mortgage, Ed Sheeran let her co-write “Thinking Out Loud,” so she could get paid for it. The song has been streamed more than half a billion times on Spotify alone, and it eventually went three times platinum in the UK.
    3884 Ed Sheeran-When childhood friend, Amy Wadge, couldn’t afford to pay her mortgage, Ed Sheeran let her co-write “Thinking Out Loud,” so she could get paid for it. The song has been streamed more than half a billion times on Spotify alone, and it eventually went three times platinum in the UK.
  • 3684 Star of the South-The “Star of the South” is one of the largest diamonds in the world. It was discovered on a river bank in Brazil in 1853 by a slave girl named Rosa. She turned the diamond over to her master. He rewarded her by granting her freedom and giving her a pension for life.
    3684 Star of the South-The “Star of the South” is one of the largest diamonds in the world. It was discovered on a river bank in Brazil in 1853 by a slave girl named Rosa. She turned the diamond over to her master. He rewarded her by granting her freedom and giving her a pension for life.
  • 3613 Time Faster-As we age, we perceive time faster because “adulthood is accompanied by fewer and fewer memorable events” (firsts).
    3613 Time Faster-As we age, we perceive time faster because “adulthood is accompanied by fewer and fewer memorable events” (firsts).
  • 3163 Skyhook-A trial run of the “skyhook” (method of retrieving a stranded person using a plane without landing) used a live pig, which spun in the air uncontrollably during test. After regaining its bearings on the plane, it attacked the crew.
    3163 Skyhook-A trial run of the “skyhook” (method of retrieving a stranded person using a plane without landing) used a live pig, which spun in the air uncontrollably during test. After regaining its bearings on the plane, it attacked the crew.
  • 2724 Charlie Chaplin-The X-Files episode ‘Home’ which was about a murderous inbred family was loosely based on a story from Charlie Chaplin’s autobiography where a family introduced him to their quadruple amputee son by pulling him out from under a bed after which he “flopp[ed] around” while they sang and danced.
    2724 Charlie Chaplin-The X-Files episode ‘Home’ which was about a murderous inbred family was loosely based on a story from Charlie Chaplin’s autobiography where a family introduced him to their quadruple amputee son by pulling him out from under a bed after which he “flopp[ed] around” while they sang and danced.
  • 3944 Mr. Rogers-Mr. Rogers always kept these words from a social worker in his pocket: “Frankly, there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story.”
    3944 Mr. Rogers-Mr. Rogers always kept these words from a social worker in his pocket: “Frankly, there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story.”
  • 3444 Yitang Zhang-Chinese mathematician Yitang Zhang was not able to get an academic job upon graduating and had to work as an accountant and a delivery worker for a New York City restaurant. He went on to solve a math problem that was unsolved for 150 years and won a MacArthur Genius Grant.
    3444 Yitang Zhang-Chinese mathematician Yitang Zhang was not able to get an academic job upon graduating and had to work as an accountant and a delivery worker for a New York City restaurant. He went on to solve a math problem that was unsolved for 150 years and won a MacArthur Genius Grant.
  • 3198 Patrice Lumumba-In 1961 Belgians, with CIA involvement, ordered the murder of Patrice Lumumba, a democratically elected Prime Minister of Congo who just wanted for the Congolese to regain the natural resources that were still under foreign control since the colonial times.
    3198 Patrice Lumumba-In 1961 Belgians, with CIA involvement, ordered the murder of Patrice Lumumba, a democratically elected Prime Minister of Congo who just wanted for the Congolese to regain the natural resources that were still under foreign control since the colonial times.