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2081. James Washington’s Confession-In 2012, when a 50-year-old inmate named James Washington was on his deathbed, he confessed to murdering a Nashville woman way back in 1995. He did this as he thought he was about to die. He ended up surviving and was convicted for his confession, which he later tried to recant.

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2082. Niagara Falls-Since 1850, more than 5000 people have gone over Niagara Falls, either intentionally (as stunts or suicide attempts) or accidentally, but only 17 have survived the fall.

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2083. Alan Turing’s Treasure-Renowned mathematician Alan Turing, who is known for his contributions to computer science and code-breaking, converted his life savings into silver during World War 2 and buried it, fearing German invasion. He however was unable to break his own code describing where it was hidden, and never recovered it.

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2084. Poison Potato Plants-Potato plants are poisonous. The part that we eat is the only edible part of the whole plant. It's also a member of the nightshade family.

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2085. Flynn Effect-The Flynn Effect reveals that human intelligence increases with each generation. This is largely due to educational access as educated kids from non-educated parents show higher IQ scores.

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2086. 1054 Supernova-When a massive star goes supernova, it produces a flash of light so bright it can equal the combined light of every other star in the galaxy. One such event happened in 1054. It was so bright that its light was visible during the day for a month and was still visible for 2 years afterward. It was used to align calendars from all over the world since literally, every single civilization wrote about it.

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2087. Melanie Martinez-Melanie Martinez is a Louisiana native who has had five separate houses destroyed by five separate hurricanes: Betsy (1965), Juan (1985), George (1998), Katrina (2005), and Isaac (2012).

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2088. NASA Smokers-Employees at NASA smoked on average 29 cigarettes a day before the first moon landing.

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2089. William Jennens-William Jennens was considered Britain's richest man of his time. He died in 1798 without signing his will, and the subsequent legal proceedings took over a century, from 1798 until 1915, without concluding, because the legal costs exhausted the Jennens’ inheritance in the process.

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2090. Ice Cream Barge-US Navy sailors' love of ice cream during World War 2 was so great that in 1943 the US Navy purchased an 'ice cream barge' to act as a mobile ice-cream making factory for sailors and marines. The barge was capable of producing 10 gallons of ice cream every 7 minutes.

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34 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.

  6. I’m sure it’s like asking a magician how his tricks are done, but I would love to know the workings of the research you have to go through to find/verify everything I’ve read on your site. To say they are entertaining would be an insult. I read several pages daily. I have found them to be fascinating, educational, informative, and downright important.

    When I was a child and went on long road trips with my parents, my Mom would would bring a box of Trivial Pursuit cards to read and ask questions to pass the time for everyone in the car…My Wife now reads these to our kids on our vacations.

    Do you take fact submissions, or do you rely on your own people to research and present them to your team/site? The only thing I can say about your site, is some click ads could be modified or even done away with. Political opinion polls, etc…I would sooner see and ad for shaving cream that some of those useless and probably biased ads (not you, just the people conducting them) But, I love what you do and am so glad that your site exists!

    • Thank you Ryan. It’s the readers like you who keep us going. It gives us immense pleasure to know that you love reading facts on our site. We do take submissions. About 10% of our facts come from submissions. You too can submit facts by filling out this form Contact Us. The ads are what keeps the servers running. We don’t take any donations, use patreon or sell merch on our site so ads are how we generate income. Though, we will take your advice to tone down the ads (we can’t really see what kind of ad our readers see as it’s decided by Google).

  7. 1454: She wasn’t found “shortly” after, which might imply that 911 had tried to help and just didn’t arrive in time; she was found HOURS after.

  8. Each of these pages of facts should have its own page for commenting instead of many fact pages and only one place to comment. I’d also delete my post about each fact having its own page since the aforementioned idea is better, but I can’t.

  9. I love this website I use it all the time and it allows me to attain info that I have been able to use irl all the time. Keep up the great work!

  10. Also Rickinator for 610 killing bears is not a good thing due to most species of bears being endangered it is just a fact/statistic

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