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371. Shakira-Shakira has been making music for more than 23 years and can play the guitar, drums, percussion and harmonica. She also speaks 7 different languages, is the founder of a charity called Pies Descalzos and is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

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372. Steve Jobs-Steve Jobs could have avoided a premature death from cancer by having it properly treated. He refused treatment for 9 months, believing an alternative-medicine diet would be better. It was one of Steve Jobs' most notable regrets.

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373. Blackbeard-When Blackbeard captured the ship that would become Queen Anne's Revenge, there were 455 African slaves on board. Many of the African slaves would go on to become pirates rather than continue to be slaves. At the time of Blackbeard's death, nearly one-third of his total crew were former slaves.

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374. First Class Air ticket-A man from China bought a first class ticket which came with access to a VIP lounge that had free food. He rescheduled over 300 times in a year to enjoy over 300 free meals. When investigated, he canceled the ticket and got a full refund.

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375. Hole digging-In 2016, Cards Against Humanity raised over $90,000 in donations to dig a hole for no reason.

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376. Disney-In 1989, Disney threatened to sue three daycare centers in Hallandale, Florida for the unauthorized use of their characters. Universal Studios responded by giving the daycares the permission to paint their licensed characters, including those from Hanna-Barbera.

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377. Gedhun Choekyi Nyima-In 1995, the Chinese government kidnapped a 6-year old Tibetan boy (Gedhun Choekyi Nyima) called the Panchen Lama and replaced him with a Han Chinese ‘fake Panchen’. The Panchen Lama is in charge of choosing the next Dalai Lama, and the real Panchen Lama has never been heard from since.

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378. Spatial recognition-Men have better spatial cognition than women and can put together IKEA furniture with or without the manual faster than women using the manual. Women's performance suffered greatly without the manual, but men's performance showed no major difference with or without the manual.

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379. Sitting Bull-After Sitting Bull was released from prison, he joined the Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show making $50 per week for riding once around the arena. Quickly getting annoyed with the audience, he quit and returned to his people saying ‘I would rather die an Indian than live a white man.’

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380. Thomas Durrant-Sgt. Thomas Durrant posthumously received the Victoria Cross following a recommendation by the commander of an enemy ship that he fought against. He repeatedly refused to leave his exposed Lewis gun, drawing enemy fire towards him, receiving severe injury until the enemies boarded his ship.

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19 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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