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681. Judy Garland-While filming The Wizard of Oz, 16-year-old Judy Garland was put on a strict diet that included smoking 80 cigarettes a day and barbiturates in her food to keep her weight down. She remained addicted for the rest of her life and died of an accidental amphetamine overdose. Also, the fake snow used in the movie was asbestos.

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682. FRIENDS-Although the show ended 14 years ago, FRIENDS still brings $1 billion for Warner Bros. every year in royalties. This means each of the six main cast member get $20 million every year doing absolutely nothing.

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683. Nauru 1-In 1980, the island nation of Nauru was considered the wealthiest nation on the planet. They primarily exported fossilized bird excrement. In 2017, it listed it as one of the five poorest countries in the world.

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684. Guams jungle Spiders-Guam's jungles have as many as 40 times the amount of spiders as nearby islands due to a lack of forest birds.

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685. Greenland-The United States tried to purchase Greenland for $100 million in 1946.

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686. Swaziland Flying Witches-In 2013, the country of Swaziland banned witches from flying above an altitude of 150 meters.

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687. Steamboat Sultana-The worst maritime disaster in US history was Steamboat Sultana, where 1192 souls perished after its boilers exploded just outside Memphis. Not very many people heard about it since news coverage focused on the killing of John Wilkes Booth the previous day.

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688. Cochlear implant-There are individuals actively advocating against cochlear implant surgery. They consider the possibility of curing deafness a form of ‘ethnic’ genocide as such an event would lead to the destruction of a unique population of people with a linguistic culture onto themselves.

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689. Andrew Haines-The Norwegian immigrant and WWII vet Andrew Haines requested and was granted a Viking funeral by the U.S. Coast Guard. Haines had built the boat used in his Viking Funeral himself with just one hand. He lost an arm in a 1975 boating accident.

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690. SGT Benavidez-SGT Benavidez flew into a gunfight with only a knife to save 12 soldiers from 1000 North Vietnamese soldiers. He suffered 7 gunshots, 28 shrapnel wounds, 2 bayonet slashes, a destroyed lung, and a clubbing while saving 8 lives. He was presumed dead until he spit in the face of the medic trying to put him in a body bag. Ronald Reagan said of him ‘if the story of his heroism were a movie script, you would not believe it’.

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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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