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1. Debbie Harry is considered the first rapper to chart at number one in
the United States. She turned 70 this year.
2. A day is longer than a year on Venus.
3. The term "nimrod" is often used as a synonym for a goofball. Wrongfully
so. Nimrod was a famous hunter in the Old Testament. The confusion
started from Bugs Bunny sarcastically calling Elmer Fudd, the goofy
hunter in the Looney Toons cartoons a "Nimrod."
4. It's legal to deny employment based on race in South Korea.
5. In the movie Die Hard, The Nakatomi building is actually the Fox Plaza.
6. Ilona Staller, a Hungarian porn star was elected to the Italian
Parliament in 1979 and since then became a successful politician.
7. Stephen King only charges $1 to adapt his short stories into films. He
calls them "dollar babies".
8. There is an English word for the scent that is produced during rainfall
on dry soil: "Petrichor"
9. That the country which drinks the most spirits is not Russia, but South
Korea. At 13.7 shots of hard liquor consumed in a week on average, it
is more than twice the amount consumed by Russians.
10. In 1942, Jack Woolams, a test pilot for the new top secret "Jet Engine"
aircraft, would surprise other unsuspecting propeller planes by flying
up along side them in his jet while wearing a gorilla suit and smoking
11. The Pakokku clan of Burma tattoo their bodies with cobra and viper
venom as a form of inoculation against the venom.
12. A Seattle businessman founded a sperm bank in 1980 which accepted sperm
only from Nobel laureates or 'accomplished men.' The intent was to
create genetically superior children. Of the 218 children born under
the program many are reportedly geniuses at various disciplines.
13. There was a group of actresses that were hired to lead fake lives for a
year and a half as the Dutch girlband ADAM for an elaborate plan to
make a reality TV show.
14. The majority of bee species (about 95%) are solitary and do not work in
a collective hive.
15. The Swedish national women's football (soccer) team was beaten in a
friendly match by a group of local teen boys.
16. The rock band 'The Eagles of Death Metal' were referred to as 'The
Pigeons of Shit Metal' by Axl Rose, and were subsequently kicked off of
their joint tour.
17. James Bond's adversaries were named after real people that Ian Fleming
knew and disliked.
18. Howard Hughes bought an entire casino just so he could tear down their
neon sign. Visible from Hughes' bedroom, it apparently had kept him up
19. One of the most popular Japanese hot-spring, 'Fudo no Yu', was closed
down because of people continuously starting orgies in and around it.
20. The guy in the Technoviking video successfully sued the guy who recorded the famous video and made it public, Matthias Fritsch, for infringement of personality rights.
21. Due to their similar protein composition, blood can be used as an egg substitute in baking and making ice cream.