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1301. Nikki Reed-Actress Nikki Reed moved out of her mother's house and began living on her own at the age of 14. After the success of her movie “Thirteen”, Reed returned to high school but dropped out again after a year because of “mothers who were sneaking into the school at lunchtime to confront and harass her about the film.”

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1302. Bam Margera-Bam Margera, while being sponsored by Nike, hated wearing their shoes to skate so much that he used shoes from other brands and just cut out the Nike symbol from the original shoes to paste over them, so that he could skateboard properly.

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1303. Martin Luther King Jr.-Martin Luther King Jr. said he experienced far more hatred in Chicago than he ever did in Alabama or Mississippi. When King took part in the Chicago Housing Movement in August 1966, thousands of local whites jeered, threw bricks, and displayed Confederate and Nazi signs all over the city.

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1304. Chicago Uni Scavenger Hunt-In 1999, the University of Chicago's annual scavenger hunt included the impossible task of building a working nuclear reactor and one team was able to gather some spare junk from their physics lab and dorm rooms and build a plutonium-producing reactor.

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1305. Typhoid Mary-Typhoid Mary was the first asymptomatic carrier of typhoid. In her job as a cook, she infected 51 people. The bacteria which causes typoid fever is spread through the fecal-oral route. She probably didn't wash her hands after taking a sh*t. She was forcibly isolated for 3 years; being released on the promise that she shouldn’t return to cooking. She did return, was caught and confined for the remainder of her life (23 years).

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1306. Winthrop Niles Kellogg Chimp-A psychologist named Winthrop Niles Kellogg attempted to “humanize” a baby chimpanzee by raising it alongside his infant son. The experiment had to be halted when, instead of humanizing the chimp, the young boy became more chimp-like.

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1307. Pimp Gold-When pimps get arrested, their cash can legally be confiscated but not their jewelry. This is why pimps wear lots of jewelry so that they can “re-pawn” it for bail money.

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1308. Pat Smear Darby Crash Germs-Pat Smear and Darby Crash, two of the founders of the punk band “The Germs,” were classmates at an alternative high school, in which they were allowed to create their own class. They created a class for themselves called Fruit Eating in which they would go to market; eat fruit for an hour and then return to school.

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1309. Coca Cola McDonald’s-At the founding of the first McDonald’s, Ray Kroc and a Coca-Cola executive named Waddy Pratt entered into a “Gentleman's Handshake,” agreement that thereafter all McDonald’s outlets would exclusively offer Coca-Cola. Both companies continue to honor this agreement.

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1310. Eddie 'Zigzag' Chapman-During the Second World War, British double agent Eddie “Zigzag” Chapman and his MI5 colleagues faked a sabotage attack on an airplane factory in North London. German reconnaissance aircraft photographed the site, and the faked damage convinced Chapman's German controllers that the attack had been successful. Chapman was awarded the Iron Cross by Germany for his action.

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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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