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1401. Christina Hendricks-After Christina Hendricks got her role of Joan Holloway in Mad Men, he agency said, “It’s a period piece, it’s never going to go anywhere. We need you to make money and this isn’t going to make money.” They ended up firing her from the agency when she took the role.

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1402. Prince William and Harry Prank-Prince William and Prince Harry once pulled a prank on their grandmother the Queen, by changing her voicemail answering message to say, “Hey wassup! This is Liz. Sorry, I’m away from the throne. For a hotline to Philip, press one. For Charles, press two. And for the corgis, press three.”

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1403. Moon Size-Earth is the only known planet to experience total solar eclipses and it’s entirely coincidental because the sun just happens to be 400 times larger than the moon while also being 400 times farther away, making them appear the same size in the sky.

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1404. Crystal Pepsi-When Crystal Pepsi was released, Coca-Cola released a competitor called Tab Clear. However, Tab Clear was intentionally marketed poorly in order to hurt Crystal Pepsi's image by product association. The “born to die” strategy was successful and both campaigns were dead 6 months later.

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1405. Bamboo-World Record for the fastest growing plant belongs to a certain species of bamboo. They have been found to grow up to 35 inches per day at a rate of 0.00002 mph. That’s nearly 1.5 inches an hour. You can literally watch bamboo grow before your eyes.

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1406. Trap Street-Cartographers protect their intellectual property by slipping fake streets, or even entire towns, into their maps. If the street/town shows up on another map, they know it was stolen. Dictionary writers have been known to do the same thing with fake words.

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1407. White Monkey jobs-There are “white monkey” jobs in China, in which Caucasian foreigners are hired to stand around and pretend to be an employee of the Chinese company or representative of an international company to increase the value of the Chinese company.

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1408. Williams Syndrome-The “friendliness” gene mutation that distinguishes dogs from wolves causes Williams syndrome in humans, which results in hypersociality and reduced intelligence.

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1409. Brooklyn Bridge-When the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883, the public doubted the stability of the bridge. Six days later, a pedestrian fell, causing a woman to scream, which led to a stampede that killed 12. Public concern was only dispelled a year later when P.T. Barnum marched 21 elephants across it.

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1410. Donnie Yen-Donnie Yen (Star of the Ip Man films) was once leaving a Hong Kong nightclub with his girlfriend when they were attacked by a gang who had been bothering them earlier in the night. Donnie hospitalized 8 of them.

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17 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?

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