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Bios Urn-Random Facts List

1. Bios Urn turns the ashes from a person’s cremation into a tree by using them as a nutrient source for a seed – Source

2. The smell of “Freshly cut grass” is caused by cis-3-Hexen-1-ol, A leaf Alcohol – Source

3. The average infantryman in the South Pacific during World War II saw about 8 days of combat in a year. The average infantryman in Vietnam saw about 240 days of combat in one year. – Source

4. 1,311 people live in Verkhoyansk, Russia. A town with an average temperature of -45 °C (-50 °F) in January. It was also attacked by a pack of 400 wolves last year. The sun currently rises at 2pm and sets at 3:30pm. – Source

5. In 1922, Americans were consuming 1 million Eskimo Pies a day that resulted in the rise of the cost of cocoa beans by 50%. This single handedly lifted Ecuador’s economy out of a depression – Source

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SuperComputer-Random Facts List

6. The “cost per GFLOPS” (the cost for a computer that would operate at one billion floating-point operations per second) in 1997 was of USD $42,000, while nowadays it is of merely $0.12. – Source

7. While serving in the Army, Clint Eastwood survived a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean by swimming 3 miles (5km) to shore. The crash kept him from being deployed to Korea. – Source

8. Japanese honey bees can ‘bake’ and thus kill hive invading wasps, by having multiple bees form a ball around the invader and vibrating their wings to create heat. – Source

9. The most expensive divorce ever cost the husband (Alec N. Wildenstein) 2.5 billion dollars – Source

10. In 1575, a German mass murderer nicknamed Puschpeter is reported to have kept his wits after being impaled. The stake hit his spine and he berated the executioner. Puschpeter commanded the executioner to draw the stake out of him and gave instructions for how to make the impalement properly. – Source

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La Rinconada, Peru-Random Facts List

11. Rinconada, Peru is the world’s highest elevated city at 16,732 ft above sea level and its economy is based around a gold mine. The mine operates on a unique system where employees work for 30 days without payment, and on the 31st day they are allowed to take as much ore as they can carry. – Source

12. In 2002, a soccer team scored 149 own goals in one match protesting a controversial referee decision in previous game – Source

13. The United States Gold Reserve Act of 1934 outlawed most private possessions of gold, forcing US citizens to sell it to the Treasury. Americans were not able to freely own and trade gold again until 1975. –Source

14. Brazil participated in WW2, the only independent South American country to do so. The 25,000-troop Brazilian Expeditionary Force worked alongside the Allies, and managed to take 20,573 Axis prisoners, consisting of two generals, 892 officers and 19,679 other ranks. – Source

15. When Michael Jackson died, Google mistook millions of searches for a DDoS attack and blocked related searches for 30 minutes. – Source