100 Amazing Facts Around the World
40. In 2012, a teen secretly lived in AOL’s HQ for 2 months, eating free food, using gym & showers, sleeping in conference rooms while working for his start-up. Everyone assumed he worked there. Meet Eric Simons.
39. Lake Michigan gets so clear after winter’s ice melt that you can actually see shipwrecks in the depths from the air.
38. An Australian bushranger Josheph Johns escaped from prison so many times that the government had to build a special cell to hold him. Governor was so confident of the arrangements, he said “if you escape again, I’ll forgive you”. John escaped that as well.
37. During WWII, soldiers were known to take precious family photos and put them under clear grips on their 1911 pistols. They were called as Sweetheart Grips.
36. Laser tattoo removal doesn’t remove the tattoo. It just helps break it down so that the white blood cells can carry it away. Eventually, you poo out the tattoo.
35. There is a prison in Brazil that allows inmates to pedal stationary bicycles, providing electricity to a nearby city in exchange for reduced sentences.
34. 99% people backspace their whole password when they just mess up one letter in the password.
33. In 1961, a Russian doctor had to remove his own appendix after it burst because he was the only doctor stationed in a remote soviet research station in Antarctica and he survived.
32. Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the world without a river.
31. Dr. Barry J. Marshall was convinced that H. pylori bacteria caused stomach ulcers, but no one believed him. Since it was illegal to test his theory on humans, he drank the bacteria himself, developed ulcers within days, treated him with antibiotics, and he went on to win a Nobel Prize.
30. The longest continual train route can take you from Portuguese coast, through Russia, all the way to Southern Vietnam, covering over 10,700 miles and 17 countries in 13 days.
29. In 2007, Iran arrested 14 squirrels for spying.
28. “The Avengers” were a real team of Jewish assassins that tracked down and executed Nazi war criminals after WWII.
27. An SR-71 Blackbird once flew from LA to Washington DC in 64 minutes. Average speed was 2145 mph.
26. In 1978, pilot Frederick Valentich and his plane disappeared in Australia mysteriously. His last communication was “Melbourne that strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again.. (two seconds open microphone). It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft.