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Ming Clam-Kickass Random Facts List

1. Researchers discovered a clam estimated to be 507 years old, the oldest-ever living animal — and accidentally killed it. – Source

2. Tolkien considered languages the foundation of his work. He created the stories for his languages, not the other way around. – Source

3. The Higgs boson is nicknamed ‘the God particle’ not because of its fundamental role in the universe, but because Leon Lederman, a theoretical physicist who wrote a book about it in 1993, called it the ‘Goddamn particle’, as it was so difficult to observe – Source

4. Some police stations in China use geese instead of guard dogs to keep watch at night. Geese are very territorial and have better vision than humans. – Source

5. Autistic savant Daniel Tammet learned Icelandic in just one week, and then went through a live interview on national TV in the language – Source

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Venus Tornadoes-Kickass Random Facts List

6. There is a giant tornado the size of Europe, with two separate and independently-moving eyes at different altitudes, over the south pole of Venus. – Source

7. The first Native American who met the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony walked into their encampment and greeted them in English. – Source

8. Syphilis had been called the “French disease” in Italy, Poland and Germany, the “Italian disease” in France, the “Spanish disease” by the Dutch, the “Polish disease” by Russians, and the Turks called it the “Christian disease.” – Source

9. From 1946 to 1948, nearly 700 Guatemalans were deliberately infected by American doctors to study the effects of venereal disease. The US didn’t formally acknowledge the study or apologize till 2010. –Source

10. The first human cardiac catheterization was done by Werner Forssmann who, after failing to get permission from his department chief, anesthetized his arm, inserted a catheter into his vein and threaded it into his heart. He then walked down to the X-ray department and took a picture to prove it – Source