"During the filming of Ben-Hur, an extra turned blue when he fell into a pond that had dye poured into it. He was kept on the MGM payroll until the color wore off. "
"Since 2005, the Parents Television Council has deemed Family Guy the Worst TV Show of the Week on at least 40 occasions, and has filed many complaints to the FCC for “oblique sexual innuendo.” Seth MacFarlane responded “it was like getting hate mail from Hitler.”"
"During the First Opium War of 1839, 19,000 British troops fought against 200,000 Chinese. The Chinese had 20,000 casualties, the British just 69. The war marked the start of the “Century of Humiliation” in China."
"Chinchilla fur is so thick and soft that fleas will suffocate if they try to live there. "
"In order to keep the project a secret, the British army used the innocuous name “mobile water carriers” for a motorized weapons project, which is the reason we call them “tanks.”"
"Anchorage, Alaska covers nearly 2,000 square miles, making it about the size of the state of Delaware. "
"At the time of death, Cornelius Vanderbilt was the world’s richest man and left an estate larger than the US treasury. When 120 of his descendants gathered in 1973, there was not a single millionaire among them. '
"The Galileo probe experienced 230g of deceleration when entering Jupiter’s atmosphere. This is equivalent to a change in velocity from 5000 mph to 0 in one second. "
"The hip-hop artist MF Grimm was expelled from his high school for assaulting his school dean because the dean owed him drug money. "
"During the parade of nations at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, Greece always enters the stadium first due to its status as the birthplace of the Olympics."
"Adam Sandler’s 2011 movie “Jack and Jill” was nominated for all 10 Razzie Awards and won every single one. Adam Sandler actually won the Razzie for both worst actor and worst actress for that movie."
"When the band Korn played “Falling Away From Me” on the South Park episode entitled “Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery,” it was actually the debut of the single, which then went on to be one of their most popular singles."
"In order to advertise their services, prostitutes in ancient Greece wore sandals that left the words “follow me” imprinted in the dirt as they walked."
"Nissan used the number 23 in motorsport racing because the number 2 translates to ni and, the number 3 translates to san. 23 translates to ni-san. "
"Robin Williams attended Juilliard School, but dropped out in his junior year because his teacher, a renowned actor/producer, told him that there was nothing that he could learn from Juilliard that he didn’t already know. "
"Pumpkins, watermelons, avocados, and bananas are all berries while strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are not. "
"A project’s “Bus Factor” denotes the number of people in a company who need to be ‘run over by a bus’ to send the company into such disarray that it would not be able to proceed."
"Whale milk has 30-50% fat content and often has the consistency of a toothpaste."
"The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, stood for a mere 50 years before it was destroyed by an earthquake. Its ruins stood and attracted visitors for way longer than the original statue (reportedly hundreds of years) before it was finally recycled for scrap metal. "
"The highest temperature ever recorded in Canada, 45.0°C, is higher than any temperature ever recorded in either Brazil or Thailand."
"A giant American wasp called the tarantula wasp has a sting so painful, one peer-reviewed journal advises anyone who gets stung to “lie down and scream” to avoid further injury. "
"Five-time Tour de France winner, Miguel Indurain, had a resting heart rate of just 28 beats per minute. The average person has a resting heart rate of about 60 beats per minute."
"Austrian musical group called the Das erste Wiener Gemüseorchester uses instruments made entirely from vegetables and after the show they use the vegetables to make soup."
"In 2009, a Kansas City Car Dealer Offers gave away a voucher for a free AK-47 with each truck purchase during a sale. "
"Until 1993, the BT Tower was an official state secret despite being a 177-metre tall structure in the middle of central London that was open to the public. "
"Mushrooms can create a slight breeze even when the air is calm. They release water vapor, cooling the air and creating a convective current that gets the air moving, carrying spores away from the parent. "
"In 1961 James Monaghan, co-founder of Domino’s Pizza traded his 50% stake in the company to his brother Tom for a used Volkswagen. Tom went on to sell his 93% for 1 billion."