Fact Dump for May 1st, 2012. Check out 5 random fun facts below:
60 Year Knuckle Cracking Experiment
When Dr. Donald L. Unger was a small child his mother warned him that cracking his knuckles would give him arthritis. In a 60 year experiment to prove her wrong, Dr. Unger cracked his knuckles at least twice a day on his left hand while never cracking the knuckles on his right. After 60 long years of testing he stated “I’m looking at my fingers, and there is not the slightest sign of arthritis in either hand”.
NASA Shows the Movie Armageddon As Part of It’s Training Program
Armageddon is a movie about a team of oil drillers launching into space, landing on an asteroid, and drilling down a nuclear weapon in an attempt to blow it up before it comes crashing down to Earth. So why does NASA show this far fetched movie as part of their management trainee program? It’s a game they play to see who can find the most scientific inaccuracies. Currently the record stands at 168.
Adrian Carton de Wiart: British Badass
Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart was a British officer who fought in both World Wars. During his career he was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear; survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn’t amputate them. He later said “frankly I had enjoyed the war.”
Gaston Glock Only Fired Prototypes With His Left Hand
Gaston Glock is the founder of the firearms company Glock and creator of one of the most well known pistols in the world. While working on prototypes at the start of his career, he would fire only with his left hand. That way, if the gun blew up, he could still use his right hand to draft up new designs.
There Are Over 200 Dead Bodies on Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest has claimed the lives of 216 known climbers attempting to conquer the world’s tallest mountain. Because of the danger, most bodies have to be left behind and are rarely gone back for. It is not uncommon for climbers to encounter several bodies that are still very well preserved in the snow while making the ascent to the top.