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Top 50 Random Fun Facts

1.   The word 'quarantine' comes from the Italian words quaranta giorni, which means 4o days. The practice of quarantine began during the 14th century to protect coastal cities from plague epidemics. Ships arriving in Venice from infected ports were required to sit at anchor for 40 days before landing.

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2.   There's a sport called "Squirrel fishing" where participants try to lure, catch and lift squirrels into the air using a nut tied to a fishing line and pole.

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3.   A chicken once survived almost two years after having its head cut off, and his name is Mike, the Headless Chicken.

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4.   The first woman to go to the Moon is planned for 2024, as part of the Artemis program by the United States.

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5.   Rapper Lil Wayne was asked to leave after trying to fight a referee at an anti-violence charity basketball event.

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6.   Mammoths were surviving on Wrangel Island until 1650 BC, which is about 1000 years after they laid the last stone on the Great Pyramid of Giza.

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7.   Pangolin is the most widely trafficked mammal in the world. Why? Their scales are in high demand in traditional Chinese medicine despite there being no medical benefit for their use.

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8.   There's an existing health problem that affects thumb due to excessively playing video games. It's called Nintendo thumb, also known as Nintendonitis.

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9.   On April 18, 1930, BBC Radio news bulletin stated: "Good evening. Today is Good Friday. There is no news."

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10.   It’s illegal to own pet hamster in Hawaii.

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11.   Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin both married their cousins.

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12.   Ice Age Britons used human skulls as cups.

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13.   Decidophobia is a fear of making decisions.

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14.   Roundhay Garden Scene is an 1888 short silent film. It is believed to be the oldest surviving film in existence.

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15.   Bats are also important pest control agents, eating large amounts of insects each night.

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16.   Life expectancy in Ancient Rome was from 20 to 30 years.

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17.   The silent letters in words like 'knight' are called aphthongs.

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18.   Beaver butts secrete a goo called castoreum, which is used for vanilla flavouring.

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19.   You could fit all the planets in the solar system between the earth and the moon.

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20.   Breast cancer death rates declined 40% from 1989 to 2016 among women.

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21.   Condoms were used in D-Day to keep water out of gun barrels.

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22.   The desert grassland whiptail lizard is an all-female species of reptiles found in the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona.

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23.   Milan Fashion Week in 2018, Gucci models walked the catwalk carrying life-size replicas of their own heads.

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24.   Researchers in Sweden have developed transparent wood.

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25.   Limited edition Lego sets are a better investment than stocks and gold.

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26.   Christiaan Huygens was the first theoretical physicist and the founder of mathematical physics.

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27.   Tupac Shakur ashes were mixed with weed and smoked by the members of his hip hop band.

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28.   C-3PO and R2-D2 had their own 13-episode spin-off single-season animated series in 1985 called Star Wars Droids. It was a prequel of sorts and depicted their adventures before they teamed up with Luke Skywalker and the gang.

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29.   The longest-living insect is the queen termite, which can live up to 50 years.

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30.   World War 2 was the deadliest conflict in human history, with an estimated total of 70-85 million people perished.

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31.   Vaquita is the rarest marine mammal in the world that, in 2018 International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA) estimates that only between 6 and 22 individuals remained.

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32.   In order for Earth to become a black hole, it's entire mass would have to be compressed into a space less than an inch in diameter.

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33.   Shaquille O'Neal only made one three-point shot during his entire career on February 16, 1996.

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34.   The scientific term for toasting bread is the 'Maillard Reaction.'

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35.   In 1960, Paul McCartney once spent three hours in prison after lighting a condom on fire.

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36.   Some female sharks store sperm after mating, potentially holding on to it for years before they're ready to reproduce.

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37.   Vatican City is the smallest sovereign state in the world by both area and population.

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38.   Copyright laws can't prevent restaurant staff from singing "Happy Birthday." Judge George H. King ruled that the copyright filed in 1935 only covers specific piano arrangements and not the words themselves.

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39.   85% of plant life is found in the ocean.

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40.   Wearing high heels in Ancient Greek sites in Greece is a ban.

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41.   In northwestern Spain, the Tower of Hercules is probably the only ancient Roman lighthouse still in use and the oldest working lighthouse. It was built in the 2nd century by the Romans.

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42.   Audie Leon Murphy received the Medal of Honor at the age of 19.

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43.   The fastest land animal is the cheetah, which can run at speeds of up to 70 mph. It's so fast, it's like a sports car with fur!

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44.   In 2013, A suicidal man in South Carolina Ravenal Bridge was saved after being offered by a pizza.

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45.   The world's first Ferris wheel was designed by engineer George W. Ferris and opened at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Back then, it only cost 50 cents a ride.

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46.   Bill Gates bought Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester in 1994 for US $30,802,500 (equivalent to $52,068,300 in 2018).

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47.   The seeds from sunflowers can be used to make sunflower butter a substitute for peanut butter.

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48.   Plastic in coffee pods takes 500 years to break down while releasing harmful amounts of methane gas.

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49.   Pluviophile is someone who loves rainy days.

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50.   The Canadian mint created a silver coin with Superman's head on its side. Only 350,000 of the coins were made, and they are legal tender.

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