32 Weird Urban Myths That Are Actually True. Your Friends Need To Know About #17.
The world is full of random facts and trivia, just waiting to be tossed about at a dinner party or to win you money in the final round of Jeopardy.
Thanks to the Internet, we have unprecedented access to these random facts. Here, we have compiled 33 of these facts for your reading pleasure. Be prepared to impress your friends with these - #23 really made me smile.
#1. Safe sex in Venezuela is ridiculously expensive.
In the last few years, inflation in Venezuela has increased by nearly 60%. That increase, (combined with a general shortage of condoms in the country) has meant that a box of condoms on the free market could cost up to $750.
#2. Auroville, India has residents from over 50 different countries.
Auroville, or the City of Dawn, is an experimental community located in southern India that is meant to be a diverse, modern-day utopia. Founded in 1968, the town was intended to have over 50,000 residents, but now there are only about 2,300 people living there - but they are from all over the world.
#3. Pablo Picasso actually has 14 names.
Painter Pablo Picasso wanted to keep his name short and simple, but his real name is a mouthful: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.
#4. Someone safely landed a plane in the middle of Manhattan. Twice.
In 1956, a drunk pilot named Thomas Fitzpatrick stole an airplane and landed it safely on St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan. Two years later, he told the story in a bar. The bar patrons didn't believe him, so Fitzpatrick responded in the only reasonable way: He went out and did it again.
John Muravcki/The New York Times
#5. There's a building in Canada...that's also in the United States.
The Haskell Free Library and Opera House sits between Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby Line, Vermont. The stage of the opera house is in Canada, while the seating is in the USA.
#6. Albert Einstein had a plan B.
"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician," Einstein said. "I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music."
Of course, Einstein succeeded as a physicist - but he still played a mean violin.
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