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1761. Los Angeles Traffic Lights-Los Angeles is the first major city in the world to synchronize all its traffic lights. Nearly 4,400 lights across 469 miles receive real-time updates about traffic flow to make second-by-second adjustments. The system limits congestion by up to 16% while also dramatically reducing idling time.

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1762. Maui-Maui in Maori Mythology, who influenced Maui from Disney's Moana, turned into a worm so that he could climb into the vagina of the Goddess of Night in order to grant immortality to humanity. He was killed when she woke up and crushed him with her obsidian vaginal teeth.

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1763. Wolf Population Recovery-By letting a wolf population recover, researchers found that traffic collisions in the area caused by deer, were reduced by nearly 25%. The reduction was not based on the decimation of the deer population but on the “landscape of fear” created by the wolves.

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1764. Uncut Gems-When his film Uncut Gems began to receive critical acclaim, Adam Sandler threatened the world with making “the worst movie ever” if he did not receive a nomination for Best Actor at the Oscars. He was not nominated.

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1765. Rodney Alcala Trial-When serial killer Rodney Alcala was on trial in 2010, he chose to act as his own attorney. He interrogated himself on the witness stand, asking questions in a deep authoritative voice and then answering in his own voice.

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1766. Ghengis Khan’s Legacy-Ghengis Khan who died nearly 800 years ago has more than 16 million living descendants today. That’s 0.5% of Asia's entire population and there are at least 10 other men who have left genetic legacies that rival Ghengis Khan’s. We only know the name of only one of them. He was Giocangga, a 16th-century ruler and ancestor of the Qing Dynasty.

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1767. Dan Saunders-In 2011, a 29-year-old Australian bartender named Dan Saunders found an ATM glitch that allowed him to withdraw way beyond his balance. In a bender that lasted 4.5 months, he managed to spend around $1.6 million of the bank’s money. He eventually turned himself in to the bank before they caught on. Cops took so long to do anything that anxiety drove him to do a media tour confessing to everything that finally got him arrested. He pleaded guilty and got a year in jail with 18 months of community service.

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1768. Outback Steakhouse-Outback Steakhouse was founded in Tampa, Florida by four Americans who had never visited Australia. They simply saw an opportunity to ride the wave of popularity of all things Australian following the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee. Their concept was “American food and Australian fun.”

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1769. Goldfish in Blender Exhibit-In 2000, an art exhibition in Denmark featured ten functional blenders containing live goldfish. Visitors were given the option of pressing the “on” button. At least one visitor did press the button, killing two goldfish. This led to the museum director being charged with and, later, acquitted of animal cruelty.

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1770. Teaser Stallion-The sole job of a “teaser” stallion is to tell if a mare is ready for mating. He never gets to do the actual mating, which is the job of a valuable stallion. Kind owners sometimes give him a “consolation mare” to mate so he doesn't get sexually frustrated with his job.

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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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