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611. April Ludgate-The role of April Ludgate was specifically created for Aubrey Plaza after the casting director met her and felt she was, ‘weirdest girl I’ve ever met in my life.’

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612. Daylight saving-Losing an hour of sleep when daylight savings put the clocks forward causes a 25% increase in heart attacks on the following Monday. They reduce by 21% when clocks go back.

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613. Angus Young-When AC/DC was accused of backmasking Satanic messages in ‘Highway To Hell’, guitarist Angus Young said ‘you didn't need to play [the album] backwards, because we never hid [the messages]. We'd call an album Highway To Hell, there it was right in front of them.’

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614. John Draper-In 1971, phone phreaker John Draper discovered a way to gain free minutes for long-distance, AT&T calls. He would blow a toy, ‘Captain Crunch’ whistle, which had the same 2600-hertz tone that indicated a trunk line was ready to be put through, and gain access to additional minutes.

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615. Black mamba bite-In 2012, Mark Laita, a wildlife photographer was able to survive a black mamba bite without antivenom, as the bite hit an artery in his leg and caused a torrent of blood to come spurting out, expelling the venom from the wound.

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616. Cholera londan-It was a physician named John Snow who deduced that the cause of spread of Cholera in London in the mid-nineteenth century, was contaminated water. His evidence included the 70 workers in the local brewery who only drank beer and all survived.

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617. Hugh Hefner playboy-After Esquire rejected a story about straight men being persecuted in a world where homosexuality was the norm, Hugh Hefner published it in Playboy. In response to angry letters, Hefner wrote: ‘If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society then the reverse was wrong, too.’

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618. Northern Elephant Seals-Northern Elephant Seals were thought to be extinct until eight were discovered on Guadalupe Island in 1874 by a Smithsonian expedition. They then killed seven for their collections.

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619. Romans daylight-Since Romans used daylight and darkness to determine the time, an hour was 45 minutes in the winter and 75 in the summer.

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620. Sue Aikens-A grandmother named Sue Aikens was attacked by a bear. After the attack, she sewed her scalp, re-set her dislocated legs and then killed the bear...and ate it.

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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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