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201. Ripley Alien-All the roles in 'Alien' (project formerly titled Starbeast) were written as unisex, able to be portrayed as male or female. Ripley only became a woman when Weaver was cast.

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202. Bea arthur-Bea Arthur (Dorothy from The Golden Girls) was a truck-driving Marine in World War II, before finding fame as an actress and singer.

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203. Margaret Dickson-In 1724, Margaret Dickson was hanged but later found still alive. She then was allowed to go free because under Scots Law her punishment had been carried out. Only later were the words ‘until dead’ added to the sentence of hanging.

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204. Freddie Mercury-Not long before his death, Freddie Mercury, confined to his bed, got to see an advance copy of the ‘Wayne's World’ scene with Wayne and Garth headbanging to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. He loved it and approved of the song's use in the film. The movie, in part, helped launch Queen's comeback in the USA.

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205. blind mans guide rossel-One of the unsung heroes of 9/11 was a guide dog, Roselle, a yellow Labrador who led her blind owner, Michael Hingson, down 78 storeys of the North Tower and to the home of a friend.

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206. wacky waving-Wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men are banned in Houston for being a ‘blight on the aesthetic environment’.

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207. billy joels daughter-In 2009, Billy Joel's daughter tried to commit suicide by taking a bunch of homeopathic pills. She survived.

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208. CANDU nucler-Canada's CANDU nuclear reactors are designed to use fuel from decommissioned nuclear weapons, can be refueled while running at full power, and are considered among the safest and most cost-effective in the world.

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209. Halo 2 multiplayer APACHE-When Microsoft shut down Halo 2 multiplayer, a player ‘Apache N4SIR’ kept his Xbox running for a month playing until he was booted from the game.

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210. Billy joel-Billy Joel never sells front row seats in order to see the real fans right in front of him. He gives them away to random people in the cheap seats so that front row isn't always just wealthy people.

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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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