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Sand from the Sahara to Amazon-Random Facts List

1. Sand from the Sahara is blown by the wind all the way to the Amazon, recharging its minerals. The desert literally fertilizes the rainforest. – Source

2. NASA has a radio station, and all they play is alternative rock. – Source

3. In 1524, a statue of Virgin Mary was charged as being a witch and was sent to a trial by water, when the statue floated they denounced it as a witch and burnt it. – Source

4. When a paper couldn’t think of a name for an article about Chris Hadfield they rang the Air Force who said “Just call it ‘Canadian Wins Top Test Pilot’ or something to that effect.” A friend sent Chris a copy of the article, it read “Canadian Wins Top Test Pilot or Something to that Effect” – Source

5. On April Fool’s Day, 1976, the BBC convinced many listeners that a special alignment of the planets would temporarily decrease gravity on Earth. Phone lines were flooded with callers who claimed they felt the effects. – Source

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6. Canada abruptly cancelled the development of its own fighter jet (Avro Arrow) in the 1950s in favor of nuclear missiles (Bomarcs). All the engineers left for NASA thereafter. – Source

7. The first and the last British soldiers to die in WWI are coincidentally buried only 15 feet apart. In the 4 year period between their deaths, nearly a million other British/Commonwealth troops died. – Source

8. Movie popcorn costs more per ounce than filet mignon. – Source

9. After seeing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the astronauts of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to leave Earth’s orbit, were tempted to radio back reporting the appearance of a black monolith. –Source

10. Neil deGrasse Tyson criticized the scene in “Titanic” where Rose looks at the night sky after the ship sank, saying the placement of the stars was inaccurate. After speaking with Tyson, Cameron corrected the scene for the DVD- it was the only scene to be completely redone for the re-release. – Source