25 Kickass Random Facts List #610

Here are 25 kickass random facts. For part 609, click here

1-5 Kickass Random Fact

1. Microsoft tried a 4-day workweek in Japan as part of a “Work Life Choice Challenge” by shutting down offices every Friday. Productivity, measured by sales per employee, increased by almost 40% compared to the same period the previous year. – Source

2. Samuel L. Jackson heard someone repeating his Ezekiel 25:17 speech to him, he turned to discover it was Marlon Brando who gave him his number. When Jackson called, it was a Chinese restaurant. But when he asked for Brando, he picked up. It was Brando’s way of screening calls. – Source

3. Raven the chimpanzee appeared in the 2009 Guinness World Records book as the most successful chimpanzee on Wall Street after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. She became the 22nd most successful money manager in the USA. – Source

4. American Humane, the organization which provides the “No animals were harmed” verification on Hollywood productions, was found to have colluded with studios to cover up major animal abuses on movie sets. – Source

5. Leonard Nimoy came up with the Vulcan neck pinch because he was tired of fight scenes and the Vulcan salute he created from his Jewish background. – Source

6-10 Kickass Random Facts

6. The average body temperature of a “healthy” human has actually dropped from 98.6 degrees to 97.5 degrees over the past 150 years. – Source

7. Physicist Brian Schmidt made a bet with his colleague Sean Carroll, betting that we wouldn’t know the value of the cosmological density parameter within 20 years. Brian lost the bet by figuring it out himself, which earned him a Nobel prize. – Source

8. Meerkats are the most murderous animals on earth. 20% of all meerkats die at the hands of another meerkat. – Source

9. Around 2.1 billion years ago, there existed several multicellular organisms, that were likely one of the first forays into multicellularity, they coincided with a brief moment of increased oxygen levels and went extinct after the levels dropped, they do not have any modern-day descendants. – Source

10. Max Yasgur, whose farm held the infamous 1969 Woodstock concert, was a Vietnam War-supporting Conservative Republican. Nonetheless, he saw the concert as a way to close the generation gap, as well as subsidize the cost of purchasing hay for his dairy farm. – Source

11-15 Kickass Random Facts

11. When filming the music video for ‘Beat It’, Michael Jackson worked with the LAPD to recruit members of the Bloods and Crips for the video to help foster peace between the two gangs. – Source

12. Michelangelo’s statue “David” has a bulging vein in his neck that only appears during certain types of heart disease or during extreme stress or excitement. – Source

13. Physicist Brian Schmidt made a bet with his colleague Sean Carroll, betting that we wouldn’t know the value of the cosmological density parameter within 20 years. Brian lost the bet by figuring it out himself, which earned him a Nobel prize. – Source

14. In 2010, Weezer began to perform Wheatus’ song “Teenage Dirtbag” during their shows because so many people believed that it was a Weezer song and they didn’t have the heart to tell them that they were wrong. – Source

15. In 1942, some scientists theorized that detonating a nuclear bomb could produce such intense heat that it would cause a chain reaction that would set the atmosphere itself on fire, killing all life on Earth. – Source

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