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391. Cate Blanchett-Cate Blanchett's Academy Award for playing Katherine Hepburn in ‘The Aviator’ made her the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar-winning actor.

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392. Krakatoa-In 1883, the Eruption of Krakatoa was so loud, it was heard over 3000 miles away, the equivalent of hearing a sound from Ireland while you're in Boston. It also ruptured the eardrums of sailors over 40 miles away, killed over 36,000 due to the eruptions and subsequent tsunamis.

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393. Seinfeld-Seinfeld wasn't actually a ‘show about nothing,’ it was a show about how comedians get their material.

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394. Smuggling-In 2010, at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, two women tried to smuggle their dead relative's body onto a flight by putting him in a wheelchair and putting sunglasses on him. It was only when airport staff tried to check him in and he wouldn't respond that suspicions were raised.

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395. Cigarettes-A packet of cigarettes in Australia will cost $40 by 2020.

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396. Wimbeldon-You're not allowed to swear when playing in Wimbledon. As such, line judges have to learn curse words in every language.

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397. Mike-A scambaiter named Mike conned a 'Nigerian Prince' out of $80 by pretending to be Father Hector Barnett of ‘The Church of the Painted Breast’ and convincing the scammer to take part in the church's initiation process.

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398. William Brennan-In 1993, a man named William Brennan walked out of the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas with $500K in cash and chips and vanished, along with his cat. He has never been heard from since, making it one of the most successful casino robberies in history.

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399. Barbara Bush-In 1990, First Lady Barbara Bush criticized The Simpsons as 'the dumbest thing I've ever seen.

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400. James Doohan-James Doohan (Scotty on 'Star Trek') was among the armada of Allied troops, who landed at Normandy. He successfully led his men through a minefield and killed two German snipers. In the process, he got shot six times. Four times in the leg, once in the chest, and once in his right middle finger. He probably would have died had it not been for a cigarette case made out of silver in his chest pocket that his brother had given him. His right middle finger had to be amputated.

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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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