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411. Natalie Dormer-Natalie Dormer actually shaved half of her hair when she played the role of Cressida in Hunger Games. In the book, the character of Cressida actually had her entire head shaved and covered with ivy tattoos. It was Natalie Dormer's idea to have only one-half (her left side) of her head shaved to be covered with (fake) ivy tattoos.

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412. Otis Howard-When Brig. Gen. Otis Howard had his right arm amputated after being wounded in battle, fellow Union Brig. Gen. Philip Kearny (who lost his left arm in the American-Mexican War) later remarked, ‘General, we will have to buy gloves together!’.

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413. German POWs-Many German POWs captured by the Allies in WW2 were so horrified by footage of the Holocaust that they burned their uniforms and called on Germany to surrender and even volunteered to join the fight against the Axis.

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414. Lottery-After a waitress at a pizzeria helped a customer choose the numbers for a winning lottery ticket in 1984, he 'tipped' her $3,000,000 - half of his $6,000,000 prize money.

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415. Doble Blind Study-A double-blind study which was published in Nature showed that experienced astrologers are no better at determining people’s psychological traits based on the location of the stars during their birth than someone who is randomly guessing them.

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416. Sacha Baron Cohen-The FBI started compiling a file on Sacha Baron Cohen while he was filming 'Borat' after receiving numerous complaints about a strange man traveling around the country in an ice cream truck.

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417. Superhero Name-A 19-year-old British teen has officially changed his name to ‘Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.’ His grandmother is no longer speaking to him.

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418. Hurricane Names-The reason hurricanes and cyclones have human names is that the original meteorologist to name them, Clement Wragge, began naming them after politicians he didn't like. This lets him say they were 'causing great distress' or 'wandering aimlessly'.

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419. Moe Berg-Moe Berg was a professional baseball player who served as a spy for the U.S. during WWII. He attended a lecture by Werner Heisenberg under the orders to shoot Heisenberg if he made any indication that the Germans were close to making an atomic bomb.

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420. Michael Holmes-In 2006, skydiver Michael Holmes jumped out of a plane at 15,000 ft. Wearing a helmet camera, his first chute failed, then his reserve, then he waved goodbye before landing in a blackberry bush and surviving. It is one of the highest falls on record.

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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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