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15 Random Facts To Expand Your Knowledge

MARCH 31, 2015  —  By Spencer Montgomery

1. According to a study done by National Geographic, 77% of Americans believe that aliens have visited Earth. 

 According to a study done by National Geographic, 77% of Americans believe that aliens have visited Earth. 

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According to a study done by National Geographic, 77% of Americans believe that aliens have visited Earth. 

2. Cleopatra was not an Egyptian. She was a Greek Macedonian and a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty.

Cleopatra was not an Egyptian. She was a Greek Macedonian and a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty.

3. Earth is the only planet that isn't named after a god. 

Earth is the only planet that isn't named after a god. 

4. Going 17 hours without sleep lowers performance as much as a 0.05% blood alcohol level. 

Going 17 hours without sleep lowers performance as much as a 0.05% blood alcohol level. 

5. Chocolate milk was brought to England from Jamaica and was manufactured by apothecaries for medicine. 

Chocolate milk was brought to England from Jamaica and was manufactured by apothecaries for medicine. 

6. A cockroach can survive for weeks without a head.

A cockroach can survive for weeks without a head.

7. Most wasabi is actually just colored horseradish, as wasabi is expensive to produce. 

Most wasabi is actually just colored horseradish, as wasabi is expensive to produce. 

8. Elvis was also a Sergeant in the United States Army. 

Elvis was also a Sergeant in the United States Army. 

9. Mel Blanc, who voiced many Looney Tunes cartoon characters, was in a coma after a near-fatal car crash. The doctor found that he could communicate with Mel by speaking to the characters he had voiced after asking, "How are you feeling today, Bugs Bunny?" Mel replied in Bugs Bunny's voice, "Eh, what's up Doc?"

Mel Blanc, who voiced many Looney Tunes cartoon characters, was in a coma after a near-fatal car crash. The doctor found that he could communicate with Mel by speaking to the characters he had voiced after asking, "How are you feeling today, Bugs Bunny?" Mel replied in Bugs Bunny's voice, "Eh, what's up Doc?"

10. Adolf Hitler actually preferred a longer mustache, but trimmed it during WWI so that he could wear a gas mask. 

Adolf Hitler actually preferred a longer mustache, but trimmed it during WWI so that he could wear a gas mask. 

11. Elvis Presley was a natural blond, and dyed his hair black starting in high school. 

Elvis Presley was a natural blond, and dyed his hair black starting in high school. 

12. Harriet Tubman was born Araminta Ross, and changed her name before escaping the Poplar Neck Plantation. 

Harriet Tubman was born Araminta Ross, and changed her name before escaping the Poplar Neck Plantation. 

13. The comb-like structure of an owl's feathers reduces turbulence and allows it to fly silently.

The comb-like structure of an owl's feathers reduces turbulence and allows it to fly silently.

14. A duck's quack doesn't echo. 

A duck's quack doesn't echo. 

15. Nicholas Cage had a pet octopus, claiming that it helped with his acting. 

Nicholas Cage had a pet octopus, claiming that it helped with his acting.