Today I learned of Cryme Tyme. A WWE wrestling duo from 2006 that consisted of two black men, dressed in "thug" outfits, that would show up in random broadcasts and steal items like the broadcasters laptop. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryme_…
"pareidolia" is the tendency to see something meaningful like a face or message in a random object or song or random beams of lights or shadows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In 2016, the Swedish Tourism Council created a single phone number that connected the caller to a random Swede for you to have a conversation with. In the 79 days it was open, almost 200,000 calls were made with a combined 367 days worth of conversations. theswedishnumber.com/
Many early roads were built by random associations of private car enthusiasts called "road boosters" until 1918 when WI created the 1st numbered highway system. 99percentinvisible.org/ar…
During Brazilian dictatorship, random cake recipes were used to replace censored articles on newspapers. vice.com/en/article/j57ex…
Joe Son from Austin Powers ("Random Task" "who throws a shoe?") Is in jail for torturing a woman, and then murdered his cellmate. bakersfield.com/news/aust…
Seemingly random word combos found in historical tavern names actually evolved via dialect shifts and even mistakes made by successive sign painters. For instance, "Cat and Wheel" refers to the martyrdom of St. Catherine ("Catherine's Wheel"). "Goat and Compass" stands for "God encompasseth us." cupola.gettysburg.edu/cgi…
Certain random number generators use internal thermometers for input as the small fluctuations in CPU temperatures is extremely unpredictable en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The Young Ones comedy had bands playing at random parts in episodes so it was classed as 'light entertainment' and not a sitcom, as the BBC has no budget for sitcoms at the time eightieskids.com/you-wont…
There are people who remember everyday of their lives. It's a condition called highly superior autobiographical memory, or HSAM. Given a random day, month and year, they can remember what they were doing, who they were with, where they were and even what day of the week it was. theguardian.com/science/2…
During a flight to America the 'Hindenburg' hovered over a random English town and dropped a bouquet of flowers, then ascended and continued its journey. A note attached to the bouquet read: please deposit these flowers and cross on the grave of my dear brother, POW [in the local cemetery]" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
In 2004 the computer worm "Slammer" almost took down the entire internet in 15 minutes. The malware was very small (404 bytes) and once it infected a server it would send millions of copies to random IP addresses. It caused over $1 billion in damages and the creator has never been identified. virus.wikidot.com/slammer
Human is not good at generating random number, so much so that a machine has the high ground when it tries to predict your inputs loper-os.org/bad-at-entro…
Today I learned of Sable Island, a small Island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. This tiny sand filled island (which only has a single tree) is famous for having caused over 350 shipwrecks. It’s also famous for having a random population of almost 500 free roaming horses. cbc.ca/amp/1.2755142
The 1959 film "The Tingler" was about a parasite that causes tingling sensations in victims. The films producers rigged surplus WWII aircraft motors to random theater seats, so viewers would "feel the tingler" when it attacked. Some viewers were also paid to pretend to scream and faint en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The 2002 D.C. sniper shootings were part of a plan by John Allen Muhammad to kill his ex wife. By the time he was caught, he had killed 17 random people, so she’d look like just one more random victim truecrimedaily.com/2016/0…
When quirky theatrical producer David Merrick got bad reviews for his 1961 musical, he found 7 random denizens of New York with names identical to those of 7 top theatre critics. He asked the civilians to talk ecstatically of the musical, then published an ad with their praises and names. masterworksbroadway.com/a…
Only 10% of wine 'experts' can consistently rate the wine from the same bottle in the same way, and they aren't consistent the next year. After analysing results across wine competitions in california, medals were found to be distributed at random. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
A random British captain was chosen by George Washington to be executed in response to a hanging by loyalists which itself was in retaliation for another death. The allied French got involved after the French mother of the captain petitioned and he was released en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir…
A man named beneficiaries in his will by picking 70 random names out of a phone book. His estate included a 12-room apartment in Lisbon, a house, a luxury car, two motorcycles, and money in bank accounts. Each beneficiary received several thousand euros. theguardian.com/world/200…
Columbo’s famous overcoat was not part of the wardrobe department’s clothing selection, but originally purchased and owned by actor Peter Falk himself. In 1966, Falk was walking in New York when it started to rain, he entered a random shop and bought a raincoat to stay dry. columbo-site.freeuk.com/r…
Today I learned about MDZhB, a Russian ghost radio station that has been broadcasting since 1982. No one claims it but it has continuously produced a buzz punctuated with someone making a short random statement once or twice a week since its inception. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The Rorschach test is just one of many standardized ink blot tests and ink blot tests can include colored ink as well. There are 10 standardized, not random ink blots in the Rorschach and the tests don't just measure what the subject sees but how they react to the test itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ror…
North Korean student Ri Song Mi is in the Guinness Book of World Records for memorizing 302 random words within 15 minutes at the 27th World Memory Championships held in Hong Kong pyongyangtimes.com.kp/?bb…
It's impossible to program truly random sequences, due to all software being completely deterministic, which results in all pseudorandom sequences ultimately being recursive thecodeboss.dev/2017/05/w…
An 18th century American businessman published a book in which he ranted about politicians, the clergy, and his wife. It had no punctuation and had random capitalization. In the 2nd edition, he added an extra page with 13 lines of punctuation marks, stating that readers could put them anywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Researchers modeled a system where the Peter Principle holds true and found that instead of promoting the best employees until they reach a level where they stop performing competently, it's more efficient for a company to promote employees at random. For this research they won an Ig Nobel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The opening track to Slipknot’s album β€œIowa” titled β€œ515” wasn’t just random screaming. Sid Wilson was having an emotional breakdown in the studio because he wasn’t able to make it home to tell his grandfather goodbye before he died. revolvermag.com/music/sli…
MLK's famous 'I Have A Dream' Speech was given to a random volunteer, who put in a book and forgot about it until 1984, not realising the significance of it. cbsnews.com/news/guardian…
47% of random numbers found in real life (restaurant prices, city populations, goals or touchdowns scored, etc.) begin with a 1 or a 2. This is Benford's law. It's used to detect tax fraud. mathworld.wolfram.com/Ben…
Gremlins were invented by the RAF as mythical creatures who break airplanes, as way to explain random mechanical failures in reports; an "investigation" was even conducted to make sure Gremlins didn't have nazi sympathies historynet.com/gremlins.h…
There is a guy who has been offering $200 to anyone who can tell him about this entirely random picture he found on the web in 2002 redpaperclip.com/whoareth…
Our species is continuing to evolve in 3 ways: natural selection (by which many are adapting to malaria and high altitudes), random mutations (increasingly likely as more older males become fathers), and a mysterious genetic repair tool that biases eggs and sperm to C and G bases over A or T. theconversation.com/human…
Today I learned about 'moral luck'. If two random drivers accidentally run a red light, but only one hits a person, we tend to think the latter is more guilty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
A rule was adopted in checkers tournaments compelling players to play random openings after an 1863 match of 40 games between the world's two leading players, in 21 of which they played the exact same sequence of moves leading to a draw. quadibloc.com/other/bo010…
Astronauts often see random flashes of light in space, even through closed eyes - this is caused by cosmic rays passing through their eyes or optical nerves. Scientists think the light is either generated by Cherenkov radiation or by the ray being powerful enough to activate the optical nerve. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
The Roman philosopher Lucretius used the random movement of dust particles in air (later known as Brownian motion) to deduce the existence of the atom in 60 BC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
The idea for white mystery airheads came via fanmail to the the airheads company from some random teen matthew-fenton.com/2019/0…
When a random raccoon died in Toronto, people started paying their respects to it and build a small memorial with flowers and candles, even a picture, until the city took away the raccoon corpse. boredpanda.com/dead-racco…
After author James Frey was caught fabricating parts of his memoir A Million Little Pieces, Random House offered purchasers of the book a refund. To get this refund, they had to send in page 163 of their book & a sworn statement that they purchased it under the assumption that it was a memoir. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_M…
If you mix 25 or more random pictures from the internet, you will get orange. theatlantic.com/technolog…
In 2014 the CDC once found a smallpox sample that they had lost and didn’t even know it. It was just laying around in some random storeroom. npr.org/2014/07/08/329884…
Some countries (Russia, Norway, Eastern Europe) clap in rhythmic unison to express approval and enjoyment, as opposed to random clapping regan.med.harvard.edu/pdf…
Ed Sheeran never sells front row seats in order to see the real fans right in front of him. He gives them away to random fans outside so the front row isn't always just wealthy people. news.com.au/entertainment…
Conan O'Brien won a charity auction for a walk-on cameo role of How I Met Your Mother... he plays a random dude in the background at the bar huffpost.com/entry/conan-…
In 1989 A Soviet Pilot Abandoned His Plane Due To A System Failure Only To Have It Fly 900KM Unassisted And Kill Some Poor Random 18 Year Old Sap Sitting In His House In Kortrijk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
The Infinite Monkey Theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter will produce, in an infinite amount of time, any finite text we can think of. This would include, as an example, the complete works of William Shakespeare. towardsdatascience.com/un…
Today I learned of the Circumcellions, a 4th century Christian sect. They believed that the greatest Christian virtue was martyrdom, so they attacked random people with clubs while praising God in the hopes that they would be killed by their victims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cir…
It's possible to buy random, assorted books "by the foot", for the sake of filling up and decorating otherwise empty bookshelves and libraries, a service typically used by filmmakers and decorators, but also rich people on occasion. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
Today I learned of the Berners Street hoax: In 1809, Theodore Hook bet his friend that he could make a random house the most famous house in London within a week. He did so by ordering chimney sweeps, piano deliveries, and priests to the address. The ensuing chaos brought London to a standstill. wikipedia.org/wiki/Berner…

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