50 Interesting Facts about Dogs – Part 3

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51Timothy Dalton

While writing Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright referred to the supermarket manager, Simon Skinner as being played by a "Timothy Dalton type" actor before thinking to ask Dalton himself to be in the film. To their surprise, Dalton had loved Shaun of the Dead and signed on for the role.


52. The sun emits more green visible light than any other color, but we still see the color mixture as white. It only appears yellow because shorter wavelength colors such as blue scatter in the atmosphere, making the sky blue.


53. Before the kale fad of 2013, Pizza Hut was one of the largest purchasers of kale. They used it ornamentally to decorate the salad bars.


54. In 1888, Alfred Nobel's brother died, but a newspaper published his obituary instead. It condemned him for inventing dynamite and stated, "The merchant of death is dead." Alfred was so disappointed with what he read that he used his wealth to celebrate humanity and created the Nobel Prize.


55. A fur trapper named Ben Cochrum was attacked by wolves in 1922. After shooting seven wolves and beating four to death with his gun, the stock broke and he succumbed to being "torn to shreds." His body was found surrounded by the remains of the 11 wolves he had killed fighting for his life.


56Graffiti in Pompeii

Graffiti from the walls of the ancient city of Pompeii have been unearthed and translated, showing that human behavior has remained unchanged in the past 2000 or so years.


57. In 2014, an animal rights activist was awarded $685,737 for the trauma she experienced after discovering that her baby's father was an undercover policeman charged with spying on her. He was with her for years, had a baby, and left when the son turned two. Almost 25 years of no contact and she (Jacqui) read about him in the paper.


58. On their trip across the continent, Lewis and Clark came across a tribe that knew how to say "son of a b*tch" in English.


59. After Boromir had a dream urging him to seek Rivendell to the north, it took him a hundred and ten days to arrive, just barely making it in time for Elrond's council. Tolkien wrote that the "courage and hardihood required was not fully recognized by the narrative."


60. Violent crime in the US and Europe was at its highest in areas with the most lead pollution. Violent crime peaked 20 years after lead additives in petrol and paint were banned, before declining thereafter.


61Strange law

In California and 13 other states, if injured by a drug dealer, the victim of harm and their employer may sue the drug dealer for the costs of medical rehabilitation and treatment.


62. On July 23, 1983, Air Canada's Flight 143, with 69 people on board, ran out of fuel at an altitude of 41,000 ft. The pilot managed to glide the plane down safely as he was a very experienced glider pilot. The mistake discovered, later on, was that 22,300 pounds of jet fuel had been put in instead of 22,300 kg.


63. In the aftermath of the Iranian Embassy Siege in London, an SAS trooper tried to take the only surviving gunman, Fowzi Nejad, back into the building to shoot him but changed his mind when he realized the raid was being broadcast on live television.


64. Teddy Roosevelt made a 2-hour speech shortly after an attempted assassination. He correctly concluded that since he was not coughing blood, the bullet had not completely penetrated the chest wall to his lung. He declined to go to the hospital immediately.


65. Young children biologically have a higher tolerance for sugar and there is virtually no limit on how much sugar they can handle.


66Starquake

In 2004, a starquake was detected, which was so powerful that if the star was located within 10 light years of Earth, it would have likely caused a mass extinction.


67. In 2001, the island country of Niue issued several Pokemon coins and is still the only country in the world that uses images of Pokemon on their currency.


68. A Michigan woman named Pia Farrenkopf died in 2009 in the back seat of her Jeep, which was parked in the garage of her home. Her body wasn't discovered until 2014, largely because she had auto-pay set up for her bills. Her mummified body was found in the garage of her newly foreclosed home only after her bank account finally ran dry.


69. Horror movie soundtracks sometimes include infrasound, which is below the range of human hearing. Even though we can't hear it, we can still feel it and infrasound has been shown to induce anxiety, heart palpitations, and shivering.


70. Philip Morris discovered that its new fire-safe cigarettes were instead much more apt to cause fires. Their response was to fire the scientist who told them this.


71William the Conqueror

Upon landing in England, William the Conqueror slipped and fell. To play it cool, he grasped two fistfuls of soil and proclaimed 'England is ours!'


72. Robert Hansen was a serial killer who was active in the early 1980s, would kidnap women and release them in Alaska's Knik River Valley. He would then hunt them, armed with a knife and a Ruger Mini-14 rifle. When the investigator contacted Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Roy Hazelwood and requested help with a criminal psychological profile, based on the three recovered bodies. Hazelwood thought that the killer would be an experienced hunter with low self-esteem, have a history of being rejected by women and would feel compelled to keep "souvenirs" of his murders, such as a victim's jewelry. He also suggested that the assailant might stutter. Using this profile, he investigated possible suspects until he reached Hansen, who fit the profile and owned a plane.


73. The prestigious Michelin Star, an award that the world's best chefs work their lives to attain, is awarded by Michelin Tires. For over 100 years, it's all been part of an advertising campaign to sell tires.


74. When asked if he deserved the death penalty Ted Bundy said "That's a very good question. I don't want to die; I won't kid you. I deserve, certainly, the most extreme punishment society has and I think society deserves to be protected from me and from others like me. That's for sure."


75. When German fighter pilot Manfred Von Richthofen (a.k.a the Red Baron) was shot down and killed, the allies gave him a full military funeral with honors.