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10 Completely Random Facts

Published by R. Dereks in Random
June 26th, 2008

A selection of bizarre, unusual and funny pieces of trivia.

I’ve always felt a strange wonder for the humble piece of trivia. In recent times, they’ve been rebranded “Random Facts” and in some respects I find this a good thing, as they tend to be funnier and… well… more random. But I also slightly worry that this means they’re often dismissed as “random and irrelevant”. Well, yes, they are, but isn’t that the whole point?

The point here, however, is not to quibble pointlessly about the minor connotations of words. The point here is to supply the reader with a plethora of fascinating, pointless scraps of information that will, hopefully, lighten the mood of all and sundry present when you feel prepared to loosen a volley, or perhaps a shred, of glorious, gooey pointlessness.

The facts I present here have been garnered by me throughout my life, and each one comes with a link, which authenticates it. I have attempted to lay out these jewels of wisdom like a jeweller lays out diamonds, each with a certificate proving their worth.

I hope that after reading these you also become a collector of trivia, so if you do, remember this: The Truth is always stranger than Fiction.

Fact #1

Shakespeare was 46 when the King James Version of the bible was published .The 46th word from the beginning of the 46th Psalm is shake and the 46thword from the end of the 46th Psalm is spear.

Proof: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare, born 1564, died 1616)

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Version, published in 1611)

(http://onlinebibletalk.com/book-of-psalms-psalm-46, do a CTRL+F and search for shake, count from the beginning then search for spear and count from the end)

Fact #2

It is illegal to duel in Paraguay, unless both participants are registered blood donours.

Proof: I had trouble accessing Paraguay’s laws and constitutions, as the vast majority of all resources I can find are in Spanish! However, I did manage to find this link from a reputable source (http://www.blood.co.uk/visually_impaired/vi_secrets_in_blood.html)

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  1. R. Derkes
    Posted June 27, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Hi!

    I hope everyone enjoys my latest article, and I look forward to challenging all comers on their truth!

    Also, I’d love to write a sequel with facts sent in by readers, so please, post away!

  2. Chris Roberts
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Relating to fact #7, there are several me wors that can be written on the tp line of a key board:

    You,we, quite, quiet, pour, were, pot, type(r), write(r), to,too, quit, pie ect.

  3. Posted February 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Very entertaining facts. These facts are really stranger than fiction.

  4. Mahmoud
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    you can also spell tire

  5. Mahmoud
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    sorry for double commenting, but you could say typewriter is probably the longest word you can type

  6. bigGlambert
    Posted November 10, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    you can also spell tit

  7. Brandi
    Posted January 31, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    you, to, too, I, type, writer, wire, port, pot, quit, quite, quiet
    all with only the top line of letters

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