Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films) lost so much weight in the three year gap between the fifth and seventh films that he was nearly recast due to being "unrecognizable". He had to wear a fat suit for his final appearance as the character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Babies dream for about half of the time they sleep, while the elderly dream less than a fifth. time.com/5925206/why-do-w…
During World War II, the US Navy’s Third Fleet and Fifth Fleet were largely composed of the same ships. The change in Fleet numbers was used to designate which Admiral was in command at the time ( Halsey or Spruance) and to make the Japanese think there were twice as many ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Musician Ben Folds married and subsequently divorced four times between 1987 and 2011. In 2012, he was quoted as saying, "As much as I love the idea of being married, it's not for me." By July 2020, he was married for the fifth time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were actually fifth cousins, once removed. Furthermore, Teddy was Eleanor's uncle, making Teddy and FDR fifth cousins as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roo…
Elbridge Gerry, before becoming the fifth Vice President of the United States, argued against the establishment of a large standing army by comparing it to a penis. He claimed that it was "An excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
A single invasive tree species, the Chinese Tallowtree, accounts for nearly a fifth of all trees in the Houston area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Peter Davison, the fifth doctor from the original Doctor Who TV series is the father-in-law of David Tennant, the tenth doctor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Nasa named its fifth space shuttle Endeavour and not Endeavor, the American spelling for the same word. wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_…
An estimated 650 million people watched the live global broadcast of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, constituting around one fifth of total population of the world at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1956 a woman wandered off from a tour group in White House, and proceeded to set a series of fires within the White House. She was only apprehended after the fifth fire was set. ginandtacos.com/2017/02/1…
Central Park is only the fifth-largest park in New York City. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
The average Brit has 28 Second cousins, 175 Third cousins, 1,570 Fourth cousins, 17,300 Fifth cousins, and 174,000 Sixth cousins. isogg.org/wiki/Cousin_sta…
The cast of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (the fifth in the series) were not aware they were in a Friday the 13th movie until after they were cast. The movie's fake title was called "Repetition". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Only five Olympians have ever won more than eight gold medals. Four of them have nine golds each. Michael Phelps is the fifth, with an unbelievable 23. wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o…
When Adolf Hitler joined the DAP, the predecessor of the Nazi Party, he was member number 555. However, he was only the fifty-fifth member of the party as they started counting membership at 500 to give the impression they were a much larger party. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
The Aztecs believed our current world was the fifth in a series of creation cycles, and the previous four worlds were destroyed in a variety of ways from flooding to raining flames. According to the Aztecs, the world we currently live in will be destroyed by earthquakes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiv…
Today I learned about Mir Osman Ali Khan, an Indian man who is considered to be one of the 5 richest people ever. He owned the world's only diamond mine at the time, and he used the Jacob Diamond, the fifth largest in the world, as a paperweight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Ronald Townson of the music group The Fifth Dimension, started his singing career at the age of 6, singing professionally with church and other choirs. He worked his way through college actually directing two choirs and organized a new one after he graduated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
At the turn of the 19th century the United States had to pay the Barbary states so much money for protection from corsair attacks that in 1800 the corsair protection spending made up for a fifth of the federal budget. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
One parking spot in front Hong Kong's fifth tallest building, The Center, was purchased for $969,000. people.com/travel/parking…
FDR's first vice-president said the vice-presidency "isn't worth a pitcher of warm piss." His second VP, Harry Truman, said it was as "useful as a cow's fifth teat." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
, of the 5 largest cities by land area in the US, 4 are in Alaska and the fifth is Jacksonville FL en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Sugar Cane accounts for more than one-fifth of global food production by volume. drovers.com/article/ranki…
Today I learned about Mir Osman Ali Khan, the fifth richest man in the history of mankind - donated 5tons gold to National Defence Funds of India and was using the Jacob Diamond as a paperweight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Thor Christiansen, a Serial Killer who was only caught because his fifth would-be victim survived a shot to the head. She recognised him months later in a bar and reported him to police. Law enforcement then linked him with four other then-unsolved murders that had a similar MO. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned about Mabel Ping-Hua Lee (1896-1966), a Chinese-American suffragist. At the age of 16, she was invited to help lead a march of 10,000 people up Fifth Avenue. womensvote100.org/the-suf…
Norway formally annexed about one-fifth of Antarctica in 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
The newspaper article headlined BILL SKINS FIFTH in Silence of the Lambs Isn't About Buffalo Bill, it's About Hannibal Lecter β€” and it says Hannibal killed a museum curator. Lecter kills a museum curator in both the movie Hannibal and TV series Hannibal. moviemaker.com/11-silence…
Deer antlers grow more like bone cancer cells than like regular cells. However, deer have one-fifth the cancer rate of other mammals. This could lead to new ways to fight cancer. sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
To celebrate selling it's one billionth song sold, Steve Jobs personally called the Customer to inform him he'd won 20" iMac, 10 fifth generation iPods, and a $10,000 iTunes gift card. geek.com/apple/itunes-rea…
Over a fifth of all Kinects sold were sold in the first 60 days; 8 out of all 35 million shipped were bought in that period, making the Kinect the fastest-ever selling consumer electronics device at that time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
The Hubble Space Telescope has already required 4 servicing missions (1993, 1997, 1999, 2002). The fifth mission, that was scheduled in 2005, was canceled following the Columbia disaster (2003). Hubble's problems began when it was discovered that its optical system had a flawed mirror. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
RenΓ©e L'EspΓ©rance, the face of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, was not a typing instructor at all, but rather a perfume saleswoman at Saks Fifth Avenue. Mavis Beacon was named after one of the developer’s favorite musicians. curioushistorian.com/did-…
, the reason why US has quarters instead of some coin acting as fifths of the US Dollar is because the US currency was based off the Spanish Dollar which had 8 reals per peso, "pieces of eight". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
A rare 400-year-old shimpaku tree, which was due to be entered in a Japanese beauty competition, was stolen from a roughly 5,000 hectare park run by a fifth generation bonsai master whose family practice dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868) cnn.com/2019/02/11/asia/j…
Rapper Coolio's cameo in Batman & Robin was an Easter Egg setting up a fifth movie in the series. Coolio is uncredited as playing Dr. Jonathan Crane aka The Scarcrow who would've been the main villain in Batman Unchained. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Mavis Beacon is not a real person. She was played by RenΓ©e L'EspΓ©rance, who worked at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mav…
After Velocity, Acceleration, and Jerk, the fourth, fifth, and sixth derivatives of position vector are Snap, Crackle, and Pop, respectively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Today I learned about the Three-Fifths Compromise, where slaves were counted as 3/5 of a citizen. The Southern states wanted more seats in Congress than they might achieve with only white people, but counting them as equal would be plainly hypocritical, since slaves did no have the rights of free people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
In fourth and fifth century BC Athens, a possible punishment for adultery was Rhaphanidosis: sodomy with a large black radish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rha…
That, if it were an independent country, California would have the fifth-largest economy in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…
Today I learned about the β€œfifth basic taste”, umami. It is described as the deep, meaty, savory flavor found in cooked meats, tomatoes, and mushrooms. The only form of pure, isolated umami is MSG. vox.com/the-goods/2018/12…
Rush has released 24 gold records and 14 platinum records (including 3 multi-platinum), placing them fifth behind The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Kiss and Aerosmith for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Today I learned about the Eastern-European pilots that fought in the Battle of Britain during WW2. Apparently, almost a fifth of the British aviation at the time was made up of Czech, Polish and various other Eastern European soldiers. youtube.com/watch?v=Rx1AG…
After "Rocky IV," a joke circulated around Hollywood that Rocky had run out of earthly opponents and would have to fight an alien if a fifth film was made. That joke inspired the script for "Predator." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
In 1969 the case Leary v. United States ruled that the Marihuana Tax Act required self-incrimination, thus violating the Fifth Amendment of Constitution. Congress responded in 1970 by replacing the Marihuana Tax Act with the new Controlled Substances Act and continuing the prohibition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Tom Hanks is ranked as the fifth-highest all-time box office star in North America, with a total gross of over $4.9 billion at the North American box office, an average of $100.8 million per film. Worldwide, his films have grossed over $9.96 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The State of Qatar owns almost a fifth (17%) of Volkswagen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qat…
The three organs that give electric eels the ability to generate electricity take up four fifths of its body. They can also control their victim's nervous system and muscles via electrical pulses, so they can keep prey from escaping or force it to move so they can locate its position en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…

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