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31. Lyndon B. Johnson-President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, ‘If you can convince the lowest white he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on and he’ll empty his pockets for you’.

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32. Aldous Huxley-Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, took LSD on his deathbed and died tripping. One of the characters in Brave New World (Linda) died while high on soma, the hallucinogenic drug of choice.

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33. New York Yankees-In 1957, the NY Yankees beat up a drunk bowling team because they were hurling racial slurs at Sammy Davis Jr. as he played at the Copacabana.

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34. Mindful Exercise-Spending an average of 27 minutes each day practicing mindful exercise increases gray-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection over an 8-week period.

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35. Exercise Wheel-Researchers placed an exercise wheel in the wild and found it was used extensively by mice without any reward for using it. Other users included rats, shrews, and slugs.

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36. Potato Jesus-The woman responsible for the botched ‘potato Jesus’ restoration receives 49% of all church’s souvenir sales featuring the image, who uses the money to care for her 56-year-old son, who has cerebral palsy.

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37. Forrest Gump-When Forrest gets up to talk at the Vietnam rally in Washington, the microphone plug is pulled and you cannot hear him. According to Tom Hanks, he says, ‘Sometimes when some people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing.’

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38. Royal Birth-Royal women used to give birth in front of an audience to prove that the child was indeed the fruit of the royal woman's womb. Wedding consummations for royalty were public too with only a thin curtain around the bed for privacy.

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39. Georgian Warriors-Seven months after Russia declared war on Germany in 1914, a small band of Georgian warriors from a remote part of Georgia clad in medieval armor rode into the capital of Tiflis and up to the governor's palace, reporting for military duty, stating: ‘We hear there’s war’, ‘Where’s the war’.

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40. Piano SS Soldier-When the Soviet Union was pushing towards Berlin, an SS soldier was forced to play a piano for his captors. They made it clear in sign language that he would be executed the moment he stopped. He played for 22 hours, after which he collapsed in tears. They congratulated him and shot him.

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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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