Fact Cards

291. Vera ralston-Hitler once asked 18-year-old figure skater and future actress Vera Ralston ‘would you like to skate for the swastika’, to which she replied, ‘I'd rather skate ON the swastika’.


292. Learned helplessness-‘Learned helplessness’ is a condition in which a person suffers from a sense of powerlessness, arising from a traumatic event or persistent failure to succeed. It is thought to be one of the underlying causes of depression.


293. Hacker-A hacker who went by the code name ‘w0rmer’ online hacked an FBI criminal database and replaced it with his trademark image. The image he left behind had GPS coordinates.


294. Mozart-The Vatican had music which was forbidden to be copied and was only played twice per year. The piece was kept secret for almost 150 years until a 14-year-old Mozart listened to it and transcribed it from memory.


295. Hot dog-The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council etiquette guide advises that any condiments remaining on your fingers should be licked away with the exception of ketchup, which has no business being on your hot dog at all if you are over 18.


296. Huichol-Huichol Indian men tie ropes around their testicles when their wives are giving birth. When she feels a painful contraction, she tugs on the rope so her husband will share some of the pain as part of their child's entrance into the world.


297. Sergeant bill-A goat called Sergeant Bill, who became a Canadian war hero during WWI when he head-butted three soldiers into a trench to avoid an exploding shell.


298. Steve irwin-After the death of Steve Irwin, in what was speculated to be a series of revenge killings, at least ten stingrays were found dead and mutilated on the coast of Queensland.


299. Dog-Due to the historically long bond between dogs and humans, dogs have evolved to understand human laughter.


300. Peter lemon-Medal of Honor recipient Peter Lemon was stoned when he single-handedly fought off two rounds of Vietcong forces. During the first wave of attacks, he eliminating all but 1 of the enemy soldiers with hand grenades and killed the remaining one in hand-to-hand combat. Despite being wounded by grenade shrapnel, he then carried a wounded comrade to an aid station, and when he came back was wounded again by enemy fire. He continued to hurl hand grenades and engaging in hand-to-hand combat when he was wounded the third time. He then secured a machine gun and fired upon the enemy until he collapsed from his wounds and exhaustion. He still refused medical evacuation until his more seriously wounded comrades were evacuated.





  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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