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Wojtek-Random Facts List

1. There was a bear, who was adopted by Polish soldiers during WW2. It carried ammunition, wrestled with soldiers and drank beer. – Source

2. Before the 20th century, the death of the pope used to be confirmed by striking him in the head with a silver hammer. – Source

3. Just one white European has ever run a 100 m race in under 10 seconds. All of the ~77 men to break that record were West African, except 5, and no one from either East or North Africa has ever achieved that record. – Source

4. The sister city of Boring, Oregon is Dull, Scotland. – Source

5. The reason they use a “Clapperboard” (the black board they clack at the begging of a movie scene) is to help sync the audio and video together later. – Source

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Bir Tawil-Random Facts List

6. About 795 sq miles of land, Bir Tawil, between Egypt and Sudan remains unclaimed by either nation. This is the only piece of unclaimed land outside of Antarctica. – Source

7. The demilitarized zone between the border of North and South Korea, with practically no human inhabitants, has become a refuge for multiple endangered animal species – Source

8. Cows never existed in the wild and were domesticated from wild ox some 10,500 years ago – Source

9. There is a road in Lancaster, California that has hundreds of grooves carved in it, so that when you drive over them, they play ‘The William Tell Overture.’ – Source

10. 70% of lotto winners run through their money within 5 years, and it doesn’t matter whether they won $1 million or $100 million – Source

 

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Zero gravity Candle Flame-Random Kickass Facts List

11. In zero gravity, a candle’s flame is round and blue – Source

12. “Rubber Duck Debugging” refers to a method of debugging when a programmer explains the code to a rubber duck in hopes of finding a bug. – Source

13. Dutch swear with diseases. One may wish a horrible or deadly disease on you (i.e. cancer, TB, smallpox, etc.) – Source

14. Sony after the 2012 security breaches changed PSN user agreement to require users to agree not to sue Sony over any future security breach. – Source

15. At Andrew Jackson’s funeral in 1845, his pet parrot had to be removed because it was swearing. –Source

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American Discovery Trail-Random Kickass Facts List

16. There’s a coast-to-coast hiking trail called The American Discovery Trail that connects Delaware and California – Source

17. Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Spongebob Squarepants, taught marine biology for three years before he pursued his dream of becoming an animator. – Source

18. In April, 2013, someone hacked the Associated Press’s Twitter account and tweeted that two bombs had exploded at the White House. The stock market crashed within seconds, only to recover the same day once the tweet was discovered to be a hoax. – Source

19. Volkswagen was sued by Czechoslovakian car maker Tatra before WWII because the original Beetle was so similar to the Tatra T97. After Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938, the lawsuit was cancelled by the Nazis – Source

20. USA recruited 1600 Nazi scientists and created false employment histories and expunged Nazi Party memberships and regime affiliations from the public record – Source