37 Crazy Facts That’ll Make You Go ‘What The Fu*k’

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26Groom of the Stool

The Groom of the Stool was an English courtier who helped the king poop.


27. Konaki Sumo is a contest where sumo wrestlers compete to make babies cry.


28. During World War 2, the US military seriously considered strapping tiny bombs to Mexican Free-tailed Bats which would then be deployed over Japanese cities. The plan, called Project X-ray, was eventually abandoned, but not before a general's car was destroyed by explosive-laden bats.


29. In the German village of Fuggerei, the rent hasn’t been raised since 1520. It costs only 88 cents to live there for an entire year.


30. The Lizzie Borden murder house operates as a museum and bed & breakfast and you can spend the night there.


31Victor Lustig

A con man named Victor Lustig sold the Eiffel Tower twice to a French scrap metal dealer.


32. There is a Boot Monument in Saratoga National Park, New York. It is the only war memorial in the U.S. that doesn't name its honoree because he is the infamous American traitor Benedict Arnold.


33. Over 20,000 people have purchased Alien Abduction Insurance. The insurance policy is redeemed if the insured person can prove they were abducted by aliens and returned to Earth. Some companies offer policies for alien pregnancy, alien examinations, and death caused by aliens.


34. Back in 19th century Australia, a common cure for rheumatism was to sit inside a dead whale for 30 hours.


35. Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! in Québec is the only town in the world with two exclamation points in its name.


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36King Xerxes I

In 480 B.C., two Persian pontoon bridges across the Dardanelles were destroyed by a storm. Hot-tempered King Xerxes I punished the strait by throwing fetters into it, whipping it 300 times, and branding it with hot irons, while his soldiers were commanded to shout at the water.


37. The nurikabe is a spirit from Japanese folklore. It manifests as a wall that impedes or misdirects walking travelers at night.

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