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1531. Daniel Radcliffe-Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry Potter in the film series was allergic to his own glasses. He had a nickel allergy and suffered for weeks with mysterious bumps around his eyes, where the glasses touched his face. The nickel glasses were then quickly replaced with hypoallergenic specs. His allergies are also the reason why he couldn’t wear contact lenses and this is why his eye color is different from the book.

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1532. Marilyn Monroe-Years after her death, an archive of Marilyn Monroe’s poems, letters, notes, recipes, and diary entries surfaced. The archive included Monroe admitting that her first marriage, at the age of 16, was to keep her out of the orphanage when her caretaker was in the psychiatric hospital.

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1533. Madoff Scandal-The operation of the largest fraud in US history was fairly simple. Bernie Madoff deposited all his investors’ money into his Chase bank account and paid them off as necessary. At its height, his account balance was over $5 billion. The scheme collapsed when he ran out of money.

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1534. Social Gospel-Social Gospel was an early 20th-century Christian movement dedicated to unionization, homing everyone, feeding the poor, solving economic inequality, and social justice. They believed the second coming couldn’t happen until humans solved these problems.

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1535. Paddington Bear-The first Paddington Bear toy was designed by Shirley and Eddie Clarkson in 1972 and given to their son Jeremy, the future presenter of Top Gear & The Grand Tour.

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1536. Ejection Seat Trauma-Although using the ejection seat of a fighter jet in an emergency situation is not a punishable action, it often means the end of a pilot’s career due to spinal fractures or head trauma.

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1537. Glacier Mice-Glacier Mice are colonies of mosses found on some glaciers. It’s not well understood how they move, as they move in “herds,” and don't seem to follow wind or slope direction. They can move about an inch a day and they roll, not slide. They have been observed in Alaska, Chile, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, and Venezuela.

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1538. Derinkuyu City-The underground city of Derinkuyu, located in Turkey was large enough to hold 20,000 people. It was re-discovered accidentally when a Turkish man was trying to expand his home and knocked down a wall leading into the tunnel complex. It contains chapels, storage rooms, and stables.

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1539. First Bicycle-The first proto-bicycle was invented because a huge volcanic eruption sent ash around the world, changed the climate, led to famine and disease, and ultimately resulted in the slaughtering of horses for food. Therefore a new mode of transportation was needed to fill the void.

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1540. Zinaida Portnova-In 1941, when Nazis invaded USSR, Zinaida Portnova was a 15-year-old girl away at summer camp who couldn’t reach her home in Leningrad. She joined Belarus underground unit named Young Avengers. When she turned 17, she was responsible for venturing out into the field to look for possible targets. She was finally caught one day by Gestapo. While she was being questioned, she took the interrogator’s pistol and killed him, two other soldiers and managed to escape. Unfortunately, she was captured again and executed a year later. She was made a hero of the Soviet Union.

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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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