50 Interesting Facts about Dogs – Part 3

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76Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson proposed in 1784 to end slavery in all the territories, but his bill lost in Congress by one vote.


77. Seattle fans were cheering so loudly and jumping in celebration after Marshawn Lynch's 67-yard run in which he broke 9 tackles and scored the winning run that it registered earthquake activity on many nearby instruments.


78. Venus flytraps were believed to be an alien species because they seemed to grow in places where meteorites were found. It was thought they had been brought to Earth by meteors.


79. The diet of the bearded vulture is ~90% bones, allowing it to return to a carcass long after other scavengers have removed any soft tissues. Bones too large to swallow are dropped from a great height to crack them into smaller pieces.


80. "Greeble" is the name given to the texture applied to Sci-Fi spaceship models for the purpose of making them appear more complex.


81Hermann Göring

During the sentencing of his war crimes, Hermann Göring (one of Hitler's top officers) asked to be shot as a soldier and not hung as a common man. The court refused and instead he committed suicide with a potassium cyanide capsule smuggled into a fountain pen.


82. Victorian maid Kate Webster chopped up her mistress, boiled her and then assumed her identity. Her body was discovered in the garden of English naturalist David Attenborough 130 years later.


83. A 2004 study of 43 fruits and vegetables found that their nutritional value has decreased significantly over the past 50 years.


84. The Lambay Island, off the coast of Dublin, Ireland has a population of wallabies. They are the descendants of animals that Dublin Zoo could no longer care for due to overcrowding.


85. In order to become Governor of Kentucky, one must have never participated in a duel.


86Organ donation

If you are a Singaporean Citizen above 21, your organs will be automatically donated upon death.


87. People used to do their laundry in Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park. They would put their clothes in the geyser and it would erupt with clean clothes.


88. Before performing in Japan, the Beatles received an anonymous message: "Do not go to Tokyo. Your life is in danger." 35,000 police officers were tasked to protect the group. The Japanese audience was so polite and quiet that they were able to hear how bad the live performance really was.


89. Prairie dogs have such a complex means of communication that they can embed descriptions of predators within their calls, and even have a specific call to describe a man with a gun.


90. A 9-year-old girl in Australia who received a liver transplant does not need lifelong immunosuppressants because her blood type spontaneously changed from O negative to O positive to accommodate the donor's liver.


91Spongeboy Ahoy

Spongebob Squarepants was originally going to be called Spongeboy and the show was originally going to be called Spongeboy Ahoy, but they had to change his name after it turned out that Spongeboy was the copyrighted name of a mop.


92. The Alaskan Malamute became the state dog of Alaska after a 3-year campaign and legislative process that started with a kindergartner asking the question, “Why doesn't Alaska have a state dog.”


93. Zdeno Chára, the 6’ 9” tall captain of the Boston Bruins, speaks seven different languages, has a financial planning diploma from Algonquin College, and holds a license allowing him to sell real estate in the State of Massachusetts.


94. In 2004, police discovered a secret underground cinema with professionally installed electricity, phone lines, full bar, classic movies and recent thrillers, and more in the catacombs under Paris. Upon returning three days later, a note was found that read “Do not try to find us.”


95. Tenochtitlan was possibly the most populated city in the world before its fall, with 5 miles of aqueducts, a ten-mile levee, and one of the most complicated class systems in the world at the time. Cortés of Spain leveled the entire city in 75 days.


96Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies is based on the author’s own experiences as a child and was written as a personal apology for not being able to save his younger sister Keiko.


97. J. R. R. Tolkien began work on The Hobbit one day early in the 1930s, when he was marking School papers. He found a blank page. Suddenly inspired, he wrote the words, “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”


98. The Channel Tunnel, a rail tunnel with the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world, has full mobile phone coverage.


99. A small Japanese railway company (Chōshi Electric Railway Line) was so financially troubled that they started selling rice crackers, to the point that profits from selling rice crackers are now double those from its railway operations.


100. In 2014, a pregnant woman named Yellava in India swam nearly 1 kilometer across a swollen river to give birth in a hospital instead of her home.