1. In ancient Rome during funerals, a person called an Archimime would walk behind the deceased and imitate the person like they were still alive. 2. Venice Island was built on a foundation of tree trunks. 1200 years later, those same trunks still support almost all of central Venice.
1. Alexander the Great once asked Diogenes, a homeless Greek philosopher who lived in a barrel, if there was something he could do for him. Diogenes replied, "yes, get out of my sun". Alexander left saying, "If I wasn't Alexander, I'd like to be Diogenes," to which some records say Diogenes replied, "If i wasn't Diogenes, I'd like to be Diogenes". 2. The Greek origin of the word "idiot" was used to mean someone who did not participate in politics and public affairs.
1. The East German secret police (Stasi) preferred not to arrest people, but rather use "biodegradation" to paralyze enemies of the state by organizing failures at their workplace, destroying their friendships, and ruining their reputation. 2. The "Tree That Owns Itself" is a white oak tree in Athens, Georgia, that has legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet (2.4 m) of its base.
1. In 1945, Barry Fitzgerald accidentally decapitated his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor while using it to practice his golf swing. The statute was particularly vulnerable because it was made of plaster and painted gold due to the shortage of metal during World War 2. 2. Candy Crush Saga had a daily revenue of $633,000 from the United States section of the iOS App Store alone back in 2013.
1. The 90s sketch comedy show “In Living Color” drew away 22% of Super Bowl XXVI’s viewers during its halftime show by doing a special live episode of their own, which is why subsequent Super Bowls got A-List performers and dropped the previous themed marching band format. 2. “Happy Birthday” is now in the public domain after Time Warner was sued in 2016.
1. In 2012, 146 girls were legally named Khaleesi after Daenerys’ nickname. 2. In the series, Charles Dance's character, Tywin Lannister, was previously married to a woman named Joanna before her death and had three children by her. In real life, Dance was previously married to a woman who was also named Joanna before their divorce and has three children.
1. Carrie Fisher wore no underwear in Star Wars because George Lucas convinced her "there is no underwear in outer space." 2. In Star Wars, the Jedi aren't necessarily the good guys, and the Sith aren’t necessarily the villains. They simply have competing ideas about how to use the force.
1. In 2007, Romanian-born Israeli and American scientist, engineer, professor, teacher, and a holocaust survivor named Liviu Librescu, held the door of his classroom during the Virginia Tech shootings sacrificing his life while the gunman continuously shot through the door saving 22 of his 23 students. 2. Bill Gates has given away $28 billion since 2007, saving 6 million lives
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Random Facts | 01. No alarms went off on the day of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion because they had been disabled to spare workers from being woken up by false alarms. | 02. The cafeteria scene in Spider-Man where Tobey Maguire catches falling food on a tray is actually real with no CGI involved. It took Tobey 156 takes to nail the shot.
1. Mr. T stopped wearing his trademark gold chains in 2005 after seeing people who had lost everything due to Hurricane Katrina. 2. Americans give more charitable donations than any other nation.
50 Interesting Facts about China | 01. For the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government announced that people could apply for permits to protest in designated areas. None of the permits were granted, and many of those who applied disappeared or were arrested. | 02. Basketball player Yao Ming's conservation campaigns have led to a 50% reduction in the consumption of shark fin soup in China.
25 Interesting and Valuable Facts about Currency | 01. For $45, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing will sell you a 5-lb bag with $10,000 worth of shredded U.S. currency. | 02. If you win the million dollar prize on the McDonald's monopoly game, they actually pay you $50,000 per year for 20 years.
1. In 2004, Juan, an Andean spectacled bear in Berlin zoo attempted to escape. He paddled across a moat using a log as a raft, scaled a wall and then finally appeared to commandeer a bicycle before being shot with a tranquilizer gun. 2.April 11, 1954, is considered the most boring day in history with no significant births or deaths occurring on that day.
1. Brandenn E. Bremmer was a musical prodigy who taught himself to read at 18 months and played the piano at the age of 3. He completed high school at the age of 10 and committed suicide at 14. 2. There are Penguins that live in rainforests of Stewart Island in New Zealand.
1. When a Pacific tribe watched the US military perform drills to prepare for supply planes during World War 2, the tribe believed it to be a religious ritual and after the war was over and the troops left, the tribesmen built their own runways, coconut headphones, wooden radio towers, and marched around like the soldiers, in hopes of having a plane drop supplies off. 2. The Miss Navajo Nation pageant requires contestants to butcher a sheep.