50 Interesting Facts about Dogs – Part 3

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26Courage the Cowardly Dog

The pilot episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog was nominated for an Oscar.


27. The Federal Trade Commission states that your eye care provider must give you a copy of your contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions, whether or not you ask for them.


28. During the production of Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas came into work one day with a cough and decided that it would be amusing to record it and use it on the new Episode III villain, General Grievous.


29. During the Vietnam War, a South Vietnamese air force pilot stole a Chinook helicopter to save his family and friends. He flew them to the American destroyer "Kirk" and found that the landing deck was too small for the Chinook. Therefore he hovered the Chinook just above the deck and dropped everyone aboard onto the ship's deck. He then rolled the Chinook onto its side and jumped into the sea. He and everyone onboard survived.


30. The only recorded instance of a cavalry capturing an enemy's ships occurred in the unusually cold winter of 1795 when most of the waterways in Northern Europe froze over. The French cavalry was able to charge out onto a frozen port to capture the Dutch fleet stranded there.


31Clothes

Astronauts discard their clothes after each use. Since it costs about $10,000 to get one pound of cargo to the ISS, it is more cost effective for them to discard their clothes when they get dirty instead of wasting water by washing them.


32. It is optimal for your lithium ion smartphone battery to "top it off" and keep its charge between 40-80%, rather than let it drain to 0% and charge it all the way up.


33. In 2008, Daniel Day-Lewis knelt down on stage for Hellen Mirren to "knight" him with his Oscar for "There Will Be Blood" claiming, "That's the closest I'll ever come to getting a knighthood." Lewis was officially bestowed Knighthood 6 years later for his contribution to the theater and cinema.


34. In 2002, USA passed a law allowing it to invade Netherlands in order to prevent US military personnel from being tried by the International Criminal Court.


35. Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev was in space when the Soviet Union was dissolved. He went up a Soviet citizen and returned a Russian citizen.


36Frederick II

In the 13th century, in order to discover which language humans would speak naturally, Frederick II, emperor of Germany, placed 50 newborns in the care of nurses who would only feed and bathe the babies but not speak or hold them. The emperor never got an answer because all of the infants died.


37. The burnt remains of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were destroyed in 1970 by order of KGB head Yuri Andropov except for a few fragments of bone and skull, which were rediscovered in 1993. In 2009, DNA testing by University of Connecticut on the fragments confirmed they didn't belong to Hitler or Braun.


38. The Webber Natural Swimming Pool in Minneapolis, Minnesota is a natural swimming pool. It is a self-contained swimming vessel that uses plants and natural microbes from a nearby regeneration pond to clarify and purify the water instead of chemicals for sterilization or disinfection.


39. The towns from "Ghost Whisperer", "Gremlins", "Bruce Almighty", "Back To The Future", "Falling Skies", and the first episode of "The Twilight Zone" (and many more) are all the same set, which is known as "Courthouse Square."


40. The word "honeymoon" originated from the tradition of giving newlyweds a month's supply of mead on their wedding night. Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops.


41Fingertip loss regeneration

If a child loses their fingertip, it may sometimes grow back (nail, bone and all), though without a fingerprint.


42. Coffee loses caffeine as it is roasted, so a dark, "bold" cup of coffee actually has less caffeine than a lighter roast.


43. In 2013, a researcher at University of Washington managed the first human to human brain interface through the Internet by wearing a cap and playing a video game. When he wanted to shoot a missile, he thought "fire" and another researcher's finger across the campus moved involuntarily and pressed the fire button.


44. The secret blend of 11 herbs and spices that made KFC famous is sold by Marion-Kay Spices under the name "99-X".


45. Capital letters were stored in the upper tray for typefaces used in letterpress printing. This is why they're called uppercase.


46Google

In August 2013, Google went down for 5 minutes and, as a result, took 40% of all internet traffic with it.


47. Midway through the Great Irish Famine (1845–1849), a group of Choctaw Indians collected $710 and sent it to help the starving Irish. It had been just 16 years since the Choctaw people had experienced the Trail of Tears and faced their own starvation.


48. New Zealand will deny people residency visas if they have too high of a BMI. There have been documented cases of individuals being denied entry due to their weight.


49. A Roman soldier who survived the three of Rome's greatest defeats at Ticinus, Trasimene, and Cannae went on to lead the army that defeated Hannibal. We know him as Scipio Africanus.


50. Amelia Dyer is one of the most prolific serial killers in history. She is estimated to have killed 200-400 children.