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Surgeon Washing Hand-Random Facts List

1. Dr. Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis dropped the mortality rate for childbirth from 12% to 2% after he insisted that doctors wash their hands in between handling cadavers and delivering babies. – Source

2. A full-time cashier at Costco makes about $49,000 annually. The average wage at Costco is nearly 20 dollars an hour and 89% of Costco employees are eligible for benefits. – Source

3. Mr. Ramon Artagaveytia survived the fire and sinking of a ship in 1871, leaving him emotionally scarred. About 41 years later, he was finally able to overcome his fears and nightmares and deciding to sail again, only to die in the sinking of that new ship, which was The Titanic. – Source

4. If a goose gets sick or is wounded while flying, a couple of other geese may drop out of formation to help and protect him. They will try to stay with the disabled goose until he dies or is able to fly again. – Source

5. NFL moved the 1993 Super Bowl from Arizona after residents there voted against recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day. – Source


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Lizard with Broken Tail-Random Facts List

6. Some lizards, in which the tail is a major storage organ for accumulating reserves, will return to a dropped tail after the threat has passed, and will eat it to recover part of the sacrificed supplies. – Source

7. The current heir to the former Ottoman Empire, Bayezid Osman, is a US citizen, WWII Veteran, and lives in New York City where he worked as a librarian before retiring. He is 89 years old. – Source

8. The Horror Frog, which lives in Central Africa, when threatened, breaks the bones in its toes and forces the ends through its skin to create claws for fighting – Source

9. In the 1920s and 30s, Procter & Gamble (originally known for soap and candles) sponsored several radio shows, with those shows becoming known as “soap operas” – Source

10. Neil DeGrasse Tyson considered becoming a male stripper to make money during graduate school. When he visited the club, the dancers came out with lighter fluid soaked jockstraps and set them ablaze while dancing to “Great Balls of Fire.” He chose math tutoring instead. – Source


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Squirrels Adopting Orphans-Random Facts List

11. Squirrels behave kindly and would adopt orphans if they notice that a relative does not come back to them. – Source

12. Researchers in Tokyo have developed a mirror that tweaks the viewer’s reflection in real-time to make it look like they’re smiling. The projected application for this tech is for use in shopping mall bathrooms, in hopes that happier shoppers will buy more. – Source

13. KGB defector Anatoli Golitsyn claimed in 1984 that USSR would intentionally collapse in order to lull the West into complacency. – Source

14. Over 50 WWE wrestlers that competed in 1990s are now dead. – Source

15. Robert Downey Jr. was allowed by his father to smoke marijuana at the age of six. – Source