50 Did You Know Facts | Random Fun Facts 

50 Did You Know Facts | Random Fun Facts 

Did You Know Facts | Random Fun Facts 

 

1. Proof sheets are a system for displaying an entire roll of 35 mm film to make it easier to choose photos for an enlargement.

2. Nathan Pritikin, the advocate of a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, was the subject of the book The Man Who Healed America’s Heart.

3. Alfred Dreyfus was a French Jewish artillery officer in the late-19th and early- 20th centuries who was wrongly convicted as a spy for Germany and ultimately exonerated in a scandal that echoed across Europe.

4. The capacity of an adult human stomach is about a quart.

5. When Katie the Carrot was introduced to the Mr. Potato Head line of toys in 1964, Mrs. Potato Head was temporarily discontinued.

6. There have been five different versions of Space Mountain since the ride first opened at Walt Disney World in 1975.

7. The narrowest bone in the leg, the fibula, is Latin for “clasp.”

8. A kanabō was a type of heavy, knobbed war club used by samurai in feudal Japan.

9. The three Midwestern state capitals named for U.S. Presidents are Lincoln, Jefferson City, and Madison.

10. During the English Civil War the Roundheads, members of the Puritan religious group, closed the theaters.

11. For Sense and Sensibility, Emma Thompson became the first actress to be nominated for both Best Actress and Best Screenplay in 1995.

12. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an agency of this department Health and Human Services.

13. Nashville, Tennesee was named for General Francis Nash and ancestor of 20th-century poet Ogden Nash.

14. Astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer first conceived of the idea of a space-based telescope, which would ultimately result in the Hubble Telescope, in 1946, 11 years before Sputnik was launched.

15. Josephine Cochrane was the inventor of the first commercially successful dishwasher which she built in her shed, along with mechanic George Butters, in 1886.

16. Angelo Siciliano became better known as Charles Atlas, and was billed as “the world’s most perfectly developed man.”

17. Babe Didrikson Zaharias, who won two track and field gold medals at the 1932 Summer Olympics and 10 LPGA major championships, was the Associated Press female athlete of the year for 1932, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, and 1954.

18. The Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona completely surrounds the reservation of another tribe, the Hopi.

19. Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie called life a “long lesson in humility.”

20. Better Homes and Gardens magazine was first launched in 1922 as Fruit, Garden, and Home.

21. The master gland of the body, the pituitary, is controlled by a small area at the base of the brain known as the hypothalamus.

22. The title character’s full name in The Wizard of Oz is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmanuel Ambroise Digg.

23. Often misused, the Greek term “hoi polloi” means the common people or the masses.

24. Since it was unable to prevent the use of the word spam to refer to unwanted emails, Hormel began referring to its meat product in all capital letters.

25. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

26. Solar, lunar, equinoctial, and sidereal are all types of years in astronomy.

27. The park bench that Tom Hanks sits on for much of Forrest Gump was in Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia.

28. 18th-century British agriculturalist Jethro Tull perfected the seed drill.

29. The Whitehouse Press Briefing Room is built over a swimming pool constructed for FDR.

30. The Harlem Globetrotters was actually formed in Chicago in the 1920s and didn’t play a game in Harlem until 1968.

31. The collective noun for a group of jellyfish is a smack.

32. In the 2003 movie Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, the eponymous hero is seeking Pandora’s Box.

33. St. Louis, Missouri boasted the world’s first purpose-built gas station in 1905. Gasoline was originally sold by pharmacies and other establishments as a side business.

34. A perambulator, or pram, was invented in 1733 by William Kent for the children of the Duke of Devonshire.

35. The Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake Tabernacle, Salt Lake Assembly Hall, and the Seagull Monument are all in the area known as Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.

36. The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan is the longest suspension bridge in the world and contains enough cable to circle the globe 7 ½ times if laid end-to-end.

37. William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp were the authors of the Dick and Jane books which taught reading to schoolchildren throughout the United States from the 1930s through the 1970s.

38. “In Flanders Fields” was a famous WWI memorial poem written by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.

39. The northernmost point of South America is Santa Catalina Island, Colombia.

40. A modern airplane’s “black box” is actually colored bright orange to make it easier to find among the wreckage.

41. The first commercial telefax system between London and Paris began 11 years before the invention of the telephone.

42. Alicia Keys received five Grammy Awards for 2001 including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for her hit “Fallin’”.

43. The Rocky Mountain Columbine is the state flower of Colorado

44. The tomb at the center of the Taj Mahal contains the remains of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan.

45. The shell of cashew, which is actually a seed, is toxic and must be removed for consumption.

46. On April 4, 1964, The Beatles held all of the top five spots on the Billboard pop charts, a feat which has never been repeated.

47. 2012 was the first year in which 60 million passenger cars were produced in the world, about 165,000 new cars every day.

48. Director Gore Verbinski who is known for directing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films as well as winning an Oscar for his animated film Rango is the ninth highest-grossing director of all time.

49. Washington state has the only state flag that includes the image of a U.S. president.

50. The role of Rudy on The Cosby Show was originally intended to be for a boy.

 

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