15 Absorbing Facts | Amazing Facts 4U
- 1,311 people live in Verkhoyansk, Russia , a town with an average temperature of -45 °C (-50 °F) in January. The sun currently rises at 2 pm and sets at 3:30 pm. It was also attacked by a pack of 400 wolves in 2012 which laid siege to the town in search of food.
- The “cost per GFLOPS” (the cost for a computer that would operate at one billion floating-point operations per second) in 1997 was of USD $42,000, while nowadays it is amazingly just $0.12.
- While serving in the Army, Clint Eastwood survived a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean by swimming 3 miles (5km) to shore. The crash kept him from being deployed to Korea.
- Amazing fact is Japanese honey bees can ‘bake’ and thus kill hive invading wasps, by having multiple bees form a ball around the invader and vibrating their wings to create heat.
- Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev is set to lose half his wealth after being ordered to pay his former wife $4.5 billion in a settlement in May 2014 dubbed as the “most expensive divorce in history.” The two had been battling over the settlement for six years, after Elena Rybolovleva, the oligarch’s wife of 23 years, filed for divorce.
- In 1575, a German mass murderer nicknamed Puschpeter is reported to have kept his wits after being impaled. The stake hit his spine and he berated the executioner. Puschpeter commanded the executioner to draw the stake out of him and gave instructions for how to make the impalement properly.
- Rinconada, Peru is the world’s highest elevated city at 16,732 ft above sea level and its economy is based around a gold mine. Amazing fact is that The mine operates on a unique system where employees work for 30 days without payment, and on the 31st day they are allowed to take as much ore as they can carry on their shoulders.
- In 2002, AS Adema 149–0 SO l’Emyrne scoreline resulted from a soccer match in Madagascar where a team scored 149 own goals in the match protesting a controversial referee decision in previous game setting a new World Record surpassing the previous record for the highest scoreline of 36–0, set in 1885.
- The United States Gold Reserve Act of 1934 outlawed most private possessions of gold, forcing US citizens to sell it to the Treasury. Amazingly Americans were not able to freely own and trade gold again until 1975.
- Brazil participated in WWII, the only independent South American country to do so. The 25,000-troop Brazilian Expeditionary Force worked alongside the Allies, and managed to take 20,573 Axis prisoners.
- Oskar Schindler, who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust, became virtually destitute after World War II. He became bankrupt after trying to raise chickens in Argentina. For the rest of his life, he survived off gifts and donations from the Jews he had saved during the war.
- In 2010, a man who was lost in the woods of Northern Saskatchewan, province in Canada chopped down some power lines so that workers from Crown Utility would have to come and rescue him.
- Back in 2006, Bank of America had someone jailed for inquiring about the legitimacy of a check. Matthew Shinnick got a check for $2000 after he sold his bike for $600 on Craigslist. Being suspicious, he expressed his concern to the cashier that this check might not be good. Bank authorities called the cops after inquiring with the business owner, who stated that no such check was written to Mr. Shinnick. Mr. Shinnick spent $14,000 and jail time to get out of this mess made by BoA. The public uproar cost BoA $50 million worth of withdrawals from irate customers.
- Los Angeles once in fact had the largest electric rail system in the world, until automobile, tire, and oil companies bought and dismantled it, along with mass transit systems in 44 other US cities. The mass transit systems were replaced with freeways and buses, thereby increasing the sales of cars, tires, and oil.
- In 2008, police in busted an amazing “Blood farm” holding 17 weak and malnourished “donors” in Uttar Pradesh India.
By Amazing Facts 4U Team