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101. Aubrey Plaza-Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Rec, Scott Pilgrim vs The World) suffered a stroke leaving her temporarily paralyzed and aphasic (unable to speak) in 2004. Since then she has fully recovered.

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102. Beethovan Challenge-When Beethoven was challenged to an improvisation duel by one of his rivals named Steibelt, Beethoven took a piece of Steibelt's music, turned it upside down, played it, then improvised on that theme for over an hour. Steibelt simply left halfway through.

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103. Sikh Langar-Anybody can walk into a Sikh temple after prayers and partake of the free communal meal called Langar. The meal, a symbol of equality and community is given to anybody who wishes to partake, without any expectation of payment.

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104. Fart Contamination-A nurse wanted to know if her farts were contaminating equipment in the lab. The doctor and a microbiologist tested the hypothesis by having a colleague fart clothed then naked onto two Petri dishes. The conclusion was that clothing acts as a filter, but naked farts can cause contamination.

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105. Pregnancy Stem Cells-If a pregnant mother suffers organ damage during the pregnancy the fetus can send stem cells to help repair the damage.

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106. Ossip Bernstein -Ossip Bernstein was a famous chess grandmaster, who was sentenced to death by the Bolsheviks in 1918. While he was facing the firing squad, a Russian officer that heard his name offered him the chance to prove his identity in a game of chess. He beat the officer and was released.

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107. Maya Lin-Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Wall, got a ‘B’ in her architecture class for her design from her professor who also submitted a design for the wall, losing to his student.

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108. Bryan Cranston-The writers of Malcom in the Middle had a game called ‘What won't Bryan [Cranston] do?’ that culminated in him wearing the infamous suit of bees. They gave up and changed it to ‘What can't Bryan do?’ which saw Hal disco-skating, washing a car in Daisy Dukes, and painting with his full body.

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109. LOTR Party-After sweeping the 2004 Oscars, Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood skipped all official celebrations in favor of attending a LOTR fan party.

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110. Abraham Lincoln-Abraham Lincoln was an elite wrestler in his days before politics. He once challenged a crowd, saying, ‘I’m the big buck of this lick. If any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns.' The challenge went unanswered.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Would you mind if I started to post these facts on iFunny? I really think people would love them and I would of course credit and link your website.

  2. Your page (re)numbering makes it almost impossible to find something on your site. The search option doesn’t seem very helpful.. I tried to search for Harris Rosen or Fact #62 after seeing it on Bored Panda, but had to do a brute force search to find this page…

  3. I just went through all the facts pages. A few things I’ve noticed:
    1. #451-#470 (pgs 46 & 47) have images that are broken.
    2. #841-#1140 (pgs 85-114) are complete duplicates of earlier pages.

    • Thank you for your valuable feedback. Last night we implemented a new page numbering system for our fact cards. I really messed up with facts #451-#470 which I have fixed now. I have fixed the other problem too.

  4. Just stumbled onto your site via an Imgur post. Cool stuff.

    Re. one of the citations above: “The oldest D20 dice was uncovered in Egypt…”

    One “die,” many “dice.” The headline in the source given had it right; “Ancient d20 die emerges from the ashes of time.”

    Credibility is always enhanced by proper grammar.

  5. I really enjoy your site. I visit it regularly at this period of my life to use up time, while entertaining myself, and increase my awareness of life through the amazing insights into stories behind what we often overlook. It is almost therapeutic I would think! For one thing, I feel grateful not to be one of the warped personalities you often report on, but on the other hand, I feel sorry for the suffering that is really behind so many people you note through our shared history, who have the apparency of many successes, but are in fact imperfect and suffering souls like all of us, on the road to something better we hope eh?

    • History gives us an opportunity to look into the mistake our ancestors made, but also the feats they achieved. The lives they suffered, so that the future generations could have the freedom. I am happy to have been part of such an important part of your life, Stuart.

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