25 Kickass Random Facts List #784

Here are 25 kickass random facts. For part 783, click here

1-5 Kickass Random Fact

1. Brad Pitt, while starring as Achilles in the movie Troy, ruptured his Achilles tendon on set. – Source

2. The band Manic Street Preachers still put 25% of their royalty earnings into an account for missing guitarist Richey Edwards (disappeared in 1995). Even continuing to do so after he was legally declared “presumed dead” in 2008. – Source

3. William Jennens was considered Britain’s richest man of his time. He died in 1798 without signing his will, and the subsequent legal proceedings took over a century, from 1798 until 1915, without reaching a conclusion, because the legal costs exhausted the Jennen’s inheritance in the process. – Source

4. Panasonic software developed a computer program ‘Secret Writer’s Society’ to teach kids to write. Due to a bug in the code, double clicking ‘Read’ instead of reading back what you wrote, would instead read back the swear filter. – Source

5. There are places in England and Wales called “The Thankful Villages” – Where no men from the village died in the First World War. There are 41 of these villages. – Source

6-10 Kickass Random Fact

6. A study in the UK found that the number of CEOs of top companies with red hair was four times higher than the percentage of persons with red hair in the general population. – Source

7. Employees at N.A.S.A. smoked on average 29 cigarettes a day before the first moon landing. – Source

8. The reason why Kinder Surprise eggs are illegal in the U.S. is beacuse in 1937, over 100 people died due to highly toxic diethylene glycol in a new pharmacy drug. In response, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed, illegalizing food products that contain something inedible. – Source

9. Contrary to popular belief, sitting “straight” is bad for the back as it puts pressure on the spine, the position with the least pressure was found to be leaning 135 degrees backward. – Source

10. Genelle Guzman-McMillan was the last survivor to be pulled from the 9/11 wreckage at the Twin Towers. She was trapped for 27 hours. – Source

11-15 Kickass Random Fact

11. Some triathletes pee while riding their bike to minimize wasted time. – Source

12. There are microchips (RFID tags) in NFL footballs and uniforms that are used to measure, among many other things, how fast a ball or player moves. – Source

13. Over 5,000 dead fish, crabs, and other sea creatures were embedded in the ice skating rink at Space World in Japan. Some were arranged to spell “HELLO”. Visitors called it a waste of life, so a memorial service was held and the fish was repurposed as fertilizer. – Source

14. In 2019, some criminals were caught and 36 BTC were confiscated. The authorities valued the worth at €127,000 at the time and were sold 2 years later for €1.5 million. The criminals were returned €1.3 million due to the fact that the amount was expressed in Swedish Krona, not BTC. – Source

15. The fate of the Mayflower remains unknown. However, some historians argue that it was scrapped for its timber, then used to construct a barn in Jordans, England. – Source