Fact Cards

711. Keira Knightley-Keira Knightley was meant to be named ‘Kira’, after the Russian ice skater, Kira Ivanova, but her mother misspelled the name when she went to register her name.


712. Vitaminwater-Vitaminwater is basically sugar-water, to which about a penny's worth of synthetic vitamins have been added. A bottle of vitaminwater contains 33 grams of sugar, making it more akin to a soft drink than to a healthy beverage. Even Coca-Cola argued in court that ‘no reasonable person could be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a ‘healthy drink.’’


713. Dogs WIlliams Syndrome-When humans domesticated wolves, we basically bred Williams syndrome into dogs, which is characterized by ‘cognitive difficulties and a tendency to love everyone.’


714. George Washington-By law, no United States officer can outrank George Washington. He was posthumously promoted to Six-Star General in 1976.


715. Master of Puppet-Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ was deemed ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’ enough for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the United States Library of Congress in 2016, the first metal recording to do so.


716. Draining Mediterranean Herman Sörgel-German architect Herman Sörgel devoted his whole life to promote his grand scheme of damming and draining the Mediterranean to create vast amounts of land and to unite Europe and Africa into one super continent.


717. Kirby-German architect Herman Sörgel devoted his whole life to promote his grand scheme of damming and draining the Mediterranean to create vast amounts of land and to unite Europe and Africa into one super continent.


718. Rotten Apple-The Nintendo character Kirby was named after John Kirby, the legal counsel for Nintendo who helped them win their lawsuit with Universal Studios in 1982. John Kirby was gifted a sailboat Christened the 'Donkey Kong' and given exclusive rights to name any boat he owned 'Donkey Kong.'


719. 11-On 9/11, despite security telling people to stay, Aon executives began evacuating their employees and thus saved 924 lives.


720. Shavarsh Karapetyan-Shavarsh Karapetyan was a professional swimmer who in 1976 saved 20 people that got trapped in frigid, sewage-infested waters. His career as a professional swimmer ended after this heroic act due to pneumonia and blood contamination that put him in a coma. Now he sells shoes for a living.





  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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