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1041. Natalie Portman-Natalie Portman missed the premiere party of ‘Star Wars: Episode I -The Phantom Menace’ because she had to go home to study for her high school final exams.

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1042. Planet Fitness-The gym chain Planet Fitness, which charges between $10 and $20 per month, has, on average, 6,500 members per gym. Most of its gyms can hold around 300 people. Planet Fitness can do this because it knows that most members won't show up.

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1043. Sleep Loss in Women-A single night of sleep loss impairs working memory in women, but not men. In contrast to males who were unaffected, females not only had impaired working memory, but they were also unaware of it. Sleep-deprived young women are at particular risk for overestimating their working memory performance.

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1044. Female Menopause-Female humans, pilot whales and killer whales are unique among animals: they are the only three mammals known to undergo menopause. This allows them to help their children survive into adulthood and if they’re lucky, to act as grandmothers to the next generation.

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1045. William the Conqueror Death-When William the Conqueror died his funeral was delayed for several days. By the time they laid him to rest his body was too bloated from decay to fit in his tomb. They tried to force it in and he exploded.

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1046. Leslie Lemke-A man named Leslie Lemke was born premature with cerebral palsy and blindness. He was unable to swallow on his own until the age of 1 and was unable to speak or walk until the age of 16. He began playing Tchaikovsky's Concerto No.1 on piano in the middle of the night at age 16. He now can play any song after hearing it only once.

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1047. Godfather-There was a campaign of intimidation against the making of the Godfather by the mafia, including warnings to ‘Get the F*** out of town’, the theft of $1 million worth of film, and forced edits. This is why we never hear the word ‘mafia’ in the film despite being in earlier drafts. This was all spearheaded by the Gambino crime family.

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1048. The Kissing Case-In 1958, a white girl kissed two African American boys aged 9 (James Thompson) and 7 (David Simpson) on the cheeks. The two boys were arrested, detained for 6 days without access to their parents or legal counsel, and were severely beaten by the police. The boys were detained for a total of 3 months.

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1049. Trinity nuclear test-Following the Trinity nuclear test in New Mexico, a blind woman 150 miles from the site asked, ‘What's that brilliant light?’

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1050. Heroic Afghan Dogs-Three stray dogs saved nearly 50 soldiers' lives in Afghanistan in 2010 after they fought off a suicide bomber. Two of the dogs survived and were taken to the U.S. to be reunited with the soldiers after $21,000 was raised on Facebook.

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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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