Random Thursday

Let's see what random and obscure facts we will learn today with That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser!


(image borrowed from Plot and Theme)
For the candlelit scenes in his eighteenth-century epic Barry Lyndon (1975)m Stanley Kubrick invented his own camera. Using a lens borrowed from NASA, Kubrick built a camera whose shutter speed was beyond what is typical even today.


Wow! Considering this book is a few years old, that's still impressive!


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Edward Halley didn't just have a comet named after him. In 1693, the mathematician and astronomer wrote An Estimate of the Degrees of Morality of Mankind, which marked the beginning of actuarial science--the foundation of the modern life insurance industry.


He was a busy guy!


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Morphine was named after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.


Make sense!


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Lettuce contains two to ten parts of morphine per billion.


Wow.


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The Bayer Company introduced heroin as a nonaddictive substitute for morphine in 1898. Ironically, morphine was eventually used to treat heroin addiction.


Yeah, that's irony for you.





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