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171. jennifer aniston-Jennifer Aniston by 1994 had appeared in four failed TV sitcoms. The depressed actress approached Warren Littlefield of NBC at a gas station, wondering if she would ever succeed in Hollywood. The network executive encouraged her to continue, and later that year cast her in 'Friends'.

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172. The poison squad-The poison squad-From 1902-1907, a group of 12 scientists regularly ate dangerous, common food additives that had previously been untested, such as formaldehyde, and documented how they reacted to said additives. They were known as ‘The Poison Squad,’ and helped spur the creation of the FDA.

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173. Racist superhero DC-DC Comics' original candidate for its first headlining black superhero was the Black Bomber, a white racist who would turn into a black superhero under stress. Comics historian Don Markstein called it ‘An insult to practically everybody with any point of view at all.’

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174. US food pyramid-The original food pyramid given to the US govt by nutritionists was altered for the benefit of the food industry and grain growers.

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175. da vinci law of friction-Art historians dismissed some doodles in da Vinci’s notebooks as 'irrelevant.' But in 2016 a Cambridge professor Hutchings found that one page of these scribbles actually contained the first written records demonstrating the laws of friction.

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176. stan lee-Marvel pays Stan Lee $1 million a year for life just for being Stan Lee.

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177. MI6 spy williams-MI6 spy williams-In 2010 an MI6 spy Gareth Williams was found dead, his naked body inside a padlocked bag in his flat in London. The Metropolitan Police concluded that he had accidentally locked himself in the bag and died as a result.

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178. steve comisor solar dryer-A man named Steve Comisar sold a 'solar-powered clothes dryer' for $39.99. Once he received the money, customers were mailed a clothesline.

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179. star war kid ghyslain raza-The ‘Star Wars kid’ (Ghyslain Raza) is graduated from law school and since 2013 he's trying to help other who suffer bullying.

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180. Led zeppelin-In 2005, the BBC asked readers to vote for individual band members to create an ‘Ideal Supergroup.’ They voted for Led Zeppelin.

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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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