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Top 50 Random Fun Facts

1.   Mary Mallon was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever.

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2.   There's an eel flavoured ice cream in Japan you can buy.

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3.   Snail teeth found to be the strongest natural material.

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4.   Flamingos are not pink. They are born with grey feathers, which gradually turn pink in the wild because of a natural pink dye called canthaxanthin that they obtain from their diet of brine shrimp and blue-green algae.

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5.   The Ancient Olympic Games were originally a festival for the king of gods Zeus.

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6.   A dentist and confectioner created the first cotton candy machine in 1897.

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7.   There is a town in Canada called "Dildo."

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8.   In China, there is an elderly rights law that makes illegal not to visit their parents regularly.

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9.   In 2016, Deadly lightning killed 323 wild reindeer on Hardangervidda in central Norway.

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10.   Mobile phone throwing is a sport in Finland.

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11.   It’s illegal in Tennessee for an atheist to hold office in the civil department.

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12.   A group of frogs is called an army.

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13.   Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion offered Einstein the position of President of Israel in 1952 but declined.

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

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15.   The Bible doesn’t specify what fruit Adam and Eve ate.

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16.   The top five languages spoken in the U.S. are English, Spanish, Chinese, French, and Tagalog.

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17.   The lobster was also known as the poor man’s protein. These lobsters were fed to prisoners, apprentices and slaves during the colonial era.

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18.   Cerro Rico in Bolivia is known as the mountain that eats men because of a large number of men died in the mine. It is estimated that up to eight million have been killed in the Cerro Rico since the 16th century.

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19.   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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20.   The first eight-packs of Crayola in 1903 were sold door-to-door for a nickel.

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

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22.   At El Diablo restaurant in Lanzarote, uses geothermal heat from a dormant volcano to cook its food.

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23.   A group of pandas is called an embarrassment.

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24.   Alan Shepard was the first American astronaut to have played golf outside the earth in 1971 during the Apollo 14 space mission.

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25.   Mehran Karimi Nasseri is an Iranian refugee who lived in the departure lounge of Terminal One in Charles de Gaulle Airport from August 26, 1988, until July 2006.

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26.   Snakes smell with their tongue.

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27.   James Cameron sold the rights for 'The Terminator' back in the 80s to Gale Anne Hurd for $1 with the promise she would produce it only if Cameron were to direct it.

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28.   Leonardo Da Vinci is the first person who proposed contact lenses in 1508.

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29.   Foreign accent syndrome is a real condition, although it's extremely rare. It's most often caused by head injury, stroke, or some other type of damage to the brain. People who have this condition starts speaking in their native language with a foreign accent.

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30.   King Leonidas was approximately 60 years old during the famed battle of Thermopylae against Xerxes' Persian Empire.

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31.   George Gordon Byron was known simply as Lord Byron who kept a tame bear while he was a student at trinity.

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32.   Rhino horns are made of keratin, the same type of protein that makes up hair and fingernails.

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33.   There's an annual competition for telling lies called the World's Biggest Liar held in Cumbria, England. Competitors from around the world have five minutes to tell the biggest and most convincing lie they can. Believe it or not, politicians and lawyers are not allowed to enter the competition because they're thought to be too good at lying.

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34.   3.4 million people die each year from water-related causes.

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35.   In November of 2015, Pope Francis released an album called Wake Up that features his prayers and speeches set to pop, rock, and classical music.

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36.   Because they are such solitary animals, there is no collective noun for snow leopards (Panthera uncia).

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37.   Hippopotamus milk is pink.

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38.   On Scooby-Doo, Shaggy’s real name is Norville Rogers.

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39.   Aamir Khan was 45 years old when he played an 18-year-old engineering student in the movie "3 idiots". He said the only reason that he did the movie was that its subject was education.

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40.   Venus rotates in the opposite direction to the other planets.

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41.   Swansea Jack was a black retriever dog who rescued 27 people from docks and riverbanks of Swansea, Wales. Jack is the only dog to have been awarded two bronze medals by the National Canine Defence League. He also received a silver cup from the Lord Mayor of London, and in 1936 he had the prestigious 'Bravest Dog of the Year' award.

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42.   There are more doughnut shops per capita in Canada than anywhere else on the planet.

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43.   Audie Leon Murphy was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers and became a national hero during World War II. He received every military combat award for valour available from the U.S. Army.

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44.   The Twitter bird has a name – Larry.

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45.   Natural gas in its natural state is odourless. The rotten egg smell (tert-Butylthiol) is added for safety to help you detect gas leaks.

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46.   Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant in the world. It can grow 91 cm (36 in) within 24 hours.

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47.   Leif Erikson was the first known European to have set foot on continent North America before Christopher Columbus.

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48.   It’s illegal to feed pigeons on the streets or sidewalks of San Francisco.

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49.   Cotard's syndrome is a rare condition that believes themselves to be dead.

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50.   Epilepsy kills as many people per year as Breast Cancer.

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