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Gunner-Random Facts List

1. During World War II in Australia, there was a dog whose hearing was so acute that it was able to warn Air Force personnel of incoming Japanese planes 20 minutes before they arrived, and before they showed up on radar. “Gunner” was able to differentiate the sounds of allied and enemy aircraft. – Source

2. If you post a funny video to YouTube and it starts to get popular, a producer from America’s Funniest Home Videos might ask you to take down the video and sign over exclusive rights in exchange for a chance at winning $100,000. The creator of “David after Dentist” turned down such an offer. – Source

3. In 1998, Serena and Venus Williams said they could beat any man ranked 200 or worse in a game of tennis. Karsten Braasch, ranked 203, accepted the challenge and easily beat them, 6-1, 6-2. – Source

4. There is a 2400 year old giant “honey mushroom” in Oregon, covering 2200 acres, slowly killing off the trees in the forest. It is the largest living organism on the planet. – Source

5. When Jai Singh, Maharaja of a princely state of India, visited the Rolls-Royce showroom in London, he was affronted when the salesman implied that he couldn’t afford to purchase the car. He purchased ten, shipped them to India, and ordered to use them for collecting and transporting garbage. – Source


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shorebird-Random Facts List

6. A female shorebird was recently found to have flown 7,145 miles nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand in nine days, without taking a break for food or drink. – Source

7. President Jimmy Carter was lowered into a nuclear reactor during a partial meltdown to disassemble the reactor of Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario. He was only able to stay in the reactor for seconds at a time because of radiation exposure. – Source

8. Before trees were common, the earth was covered in giant mushrooms – Source

9. Germany builds about twice as much cars as the U.S., while paying its workers twice as much – Source

10. An American former prisoner of war spotted a brutal Japanese official from the POW camp, shopping at Sears in Los Angeles in 1946. That official, a US citizen, was subsequently the last person convicted of treason in the US to date. – Source


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Hundred Dollar Bill-Random Facts List

11. The U.S. Government believes that very high quality counterfeit United States $100 bills have been made by unknown organizations or governments and they speculate that most likely these notes were produced in North Korea. – Source

12. Sex toys have been illegal in Alabama since 1998. However, you can legally buy them if you have a doctor’s note. – Source

13. Season Two of the TV series “24” featured a terrorist plot that originated from a London mosque. A few months after the season ended, authorities raided the mosque and found that it was indeed a terrorist hub. – Source

14. Once the Babylonians were able to predict when solar eclipses would occur, they would install a substitute king during this period. As they believed that these eclipses were an evil omen and this substitute king could be blamed. He usually was killed after, of course making the omen true. – Source

15. China’s pet markets make most of their money on ill animals. Vendors perform tabletop plastic surgery to make sickly mutts resemble more valuable breeds, then pump them full of new blood laced with painkillers and stimulants. The dogs are known as “week dogs,” because they die in seven days. – Source