The world is full of a wide variety of intriguing, mysterious, and funny facts about events and people.Often times these facts are surround by particular occurrences and geological phenomenon.I
have compiled a list of 10 interesting world facts.
10. Michael Jackson co-wrote and was a strong inspiration for Bart Simpson’s
hit single Do the Bartman. Jackson starred in the Simpsons 1991 third season
premiere episode Stark Raving Dad.He provides Leon Kompowsky's speaking voice, but for contractual
reasons, Jackson was credited as John Jay Smith and his role in the episode was not officially confirmed until later.Michael was a fan of the show and offered to be a guest star and wanted to give Bart a number one hit singe. Do the Bartman was an international success and it reached #1 in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and the UK.
It also reached the top ten in Sweden and the Netherlands, but was not officially released in the U.S. Michael Jackson’s
contributions are clearly evident in the lyrics and the official video.
Before the year 1990, only 11 players had hit 50 or more home runs in a MLB season, a total of 18 times in seventy years.Babe Ruth did it four times, Jimmie Foxx (2), Ralph Kiner
(2), Mickey Mantle (2), and Willie Mays (2). From 1995 through 2002, ten players combined to hit a total of 1,051 bombs, reaching the 50 home run plateau 18 times, matching a seventy year mark in only eight seasons.
Jacob de Gheyn III has been taken four times, making it the world's most stolen painting.
This painting is a masterpiece that was created by Rembrandt in 1632.The portrait is of
Dutch engraver Jacob de Gheyn III.The painting is smaller than most of Rembrandt's works, measuring
only 29.9 by 24.9 centimeters (11.8 by 9.8 inches).This has contributed to the numerous thefts.
Tammet is a high functioning autistic savant who has the ability to remember 22,514 continuous
He was born with congenital childhood epilepsy.Experiencing numbers as colors or sensations is a common form of synesthesia, but Tammet’s case is extremely unique.He visualizes every number 1-10,000 as having its own unique shape and feel.He can "see" results of calculations.He can “sense” whether a number
is prime or composite.He can also speak eleven different languages.
6. The only expansive
sunken city in the New World is portions of Port Royal, Jamaica.
In the past this area was labeled as the “wickedest
city on earth," for its sheer concentration of pirates, prostitutes, and rum.On the morning
of June 7, 1692 a massive earthquake sent 33 acres of the cities building, streets, houses, and citizens tumbling
into Kingston Harbor.Today the underwater metropolis spans roughly thirteen acres and reaches depths
ranging from 1-40 feet.
5. Twice a year,
between the months of February and March, the Atlantic Ocean waters roll up the Amazon River in
Brazil, generating the longest wave on earth.
phenomenon, known as the Pororoca, is caused by the tides of the Atlantic Ocean which meet
the mouth of the Amazon.It generates waves up to 12 ft. tall that can
last for half an hour.The wave can be heard 30 minutes before arrival and are extremely destructive.The wave has become popular with surfers. Since 1999, an annual championship has been held in São
Domingos do Capim. Surfing the Pororoca is especially dangerous, as the water contains a significant amount of debris
from the shores and surrounding area.A never ending wave is a surfer’s delight and in
2003 Brazilian surfer Picuruta Salazar managed to ride the wave for 37 straight minutes traveling 12.5 kilometers.
4. In 1983, the Atari
video game company disposed of and buried thousands of video game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.
This was an infamous event in gaming
history and was one of the consequences of the North American video game crash of 1983, which almost destroyed the industry.The crash was the result of oversaturation of the market, with many systems and low quality
games.During the burial, hundreds of thousands of unsold E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
cartridges were buried.This E.T. game is widely considered the biggest commercial failure in video
gaming history, as well as the worst video game ever.
3. Over 500 uninhabited islands exist in the Nagasaki Prefecture of Japan, which
is a prefecture located on the island of Kyūshū.
The capital of this area of Japan is Nagasaki.Nagasaki borders Saga
Prefecture on the east, and is otherwise surrounded by water, including Ariake Bay, the Tsushima Straits, and the
East China Sea.Nagasaki Prefecture contains thirteen cities, four districts, ten towns, and many
islands.Many of the uninhabited islands have a long and storied history of civilization and war.One of the most intriguing is Gunkanjima, an island that was populated from 1887- 1974 as a coal mining
facility.Buildings and apartments were built on the island in the early 20th century, but when petroleum
replaced coal in the 1960’s the island was closed.It remains closed to the public and has gained
the title of Ghost Island, as strange and unsettling screams can often be heard and felt by the locals.
2. One of
the biggest mysteries of World War II is the missing treasures of The Amber Room.
The Amber Room is an 11-foot-square
hall consisting of large wall panels inlaid with several tons of superbly designed amber, large gold-leaf-edged mirrors,
and four magnificent Florentine mosaics. Arranged in three tiers, the amber contained precious jewels, and glass
display cases housed one of the most valuable collections of Prussian and Russian artwork ever assembled.Created for Prussia's King Friedrich I and given to Russian czar Peter the Great in 1716, it was located
at Catherine Palace, near St. Petersburg.In 1941, the Nazis stormed Leningrad and stole the artifact.They put it on display in Königsberg Castle during the remainder of the war.However,
in April of 1945, after the German’s surrendered, the treasure was nowhere to be found.It has
not been seen since.Although, recently evidence has surfaced that suggests the underground site
of the treasure might have been discovered.Watch this news report.
raining is a rare meteorological phenomenon, in which certain animals fall from the sky by the
It has been reported in many
countries throughout history.Fish, frogs, and birds are the most likely animals to fall.Several eye-witnesses of the phenomenon describe the animals as startled at first, but healthy and exhibiting
relatively normal behavior after the event.However, in some instances the animals are frozen
to death or even enclosed in blocks of ice.In Honduras, between the months of May and July, hundreds
of fish rain down in the Departamento de Yoro.People wait for the fish to fall and then take
then home for dinner. During these occurrences the fish and animals are usually small and there is no scientific
explanation for this phenomenon. One theory is that strong winds travelling over water sometimes pick up creatures such as fish or frogs, and carry them for
up to several miles, although wind is not always present.
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