Fact Cards

1351. Scarlett Johansson-Scarlett Johansson really did approach random men while filming Under the Skin (2013), asking them “Are you single? What are you doing tonight?” and offering them a lift. None of them were actors and some of the footage ended up in the film.

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1352. Jeremy Wade Delle-Pearl Jam's song Jeremy is based on the real-life classroom suicide of Jeremy Wade Delle of Texas, who was released from a mental hospital and sent back to school. Reportedly, once his insurance money ran out, he was deemed “cured.”

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1353. Slave Cottonpicking-Mill workers in Manchester, England refused to touch slave-picked cotton during the US Civil War. Lincoln wrote a letter of thanks, and relief shipments were sent to the workers. Today, a statue of Lincoln stands in Manchester's Lincoln Square.

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1354. Alaskan Salmon Trees-Trees near rivers with salmon grow three times faster than trees without them because bears leave their carcasses to decompose on the banks.

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1355. Darley Arabian-95% of all Thoroughbred racehorses can be traced back to a single 18th-century stallion named Darley Arabian.

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1356. Spiderman 2002-In 1998, Marvel offered the cinematic rights of almost all of its characters to Sony for a mere $25 million. Sony rejected the offer, and only purchased the rights to Spiderman for $10 million believing that movie audiences would only care about him.

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1357. Germany Schizophrenics -Although Nazi Germany sterilized or murdered 73%-100% of all schizophrenics in Germany (220,000-269,000 people), there were no long-term effects on subsequent rates of schizophrenia in Germany. In fact, rate of people diagnosed with schizophrenia after World War 2 were unexpectedly high.

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1358. Arigata-Meiwaku-The Japanese word “arigata-meiwaku” translates to the feeling you have when someone does you a favor you didn't want them to do, and which might have caused you trouble, but you have to act grateful anyway.

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1359. Minnie Cox-After a Black female postmaster named Minnie Cox was wrongly pressured out of her post in Mississippi in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt continued to pay her federal salary and punished the town by rerouting their mail to a city 30 miles away.

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1360. Constable Steve Hutton-A British police constable named Steve Hutton, on 2 separate occasions, barked at fleeing criminals to trick them into thinking he had a police dog with him and it worked.

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19 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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