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751. Jyn Erso1-Wobani, the planet where Jyn Erso is imprisoned at the beginning of the StarWars film Rogue One, is an anagram for Obi-Wan, as in Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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752. Aldi 1-The German grocery store Aldi is actually two stores: Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud. In the US, Aldi Sud has been rebranded as Aldi, and Aldi Nord is what we now know as Trader Joe's.

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753. Bob Ebeling 1-Bob Ebeling, one of the main engineers behind NASA's Challenger rocket, which exploded in 1986, revealed that after NASA would not heed his warnings against launching in the cold weather, he told his wife the night before the launch, ‘It's going to blow up.’

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754. Cavalry River Fight 1-During the exceptionally cold winter of 1795, a French Hussar regiment captured the Dutch fleet on the frozen Zuiderzee, a bay to the northwest of the Netherlands. The French seized 14 warships and 850 guns. This is one of the only times in recorded history where calvary captured a fleet.

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755. Interview With The Vampire 1-During the making of ‘Interview With The Vampire’. Tom Cruise was the only person that read that entire Ann Rice's 'The Vampire Chronicles' series, while the director was too lazy to read the book and Brad Pitt stopped after one chapter because he thought the book was stupid.

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756. Star Wars Navajo 1-In 2013, Star Wars was dubbed in Navajo, making it the first major film to be dubbed in a Native American language.

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757. William Shatner 1-In 2006, William Shatner sold his kidney stone for US$25,000, which paid for the building of a house by Habitat for Humanity.

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758. John Barrowman 1-John Barrowman, who is gay, auditioned to play Will on ‘Will & Grace’ but was turned down for being ‘too straight’. The role went instead to Eric McCormack, who actually is straight.

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759. War Horse Memorial 1-There is a monument in Ascot, England that honors about a million (often forgotten) Allied horses who died during the First World War. Of one million horses drafted, only 62,000 returned in 1918.

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760. Colonel Charles Young 1-Colonel Charles Young was the first African American to reach the rank of Colonel in the US Army. After being denied promotion to brigadier general under the guise of fitness, he rode on horseback from Wilberforce, Ohio, to Washington, D.C. to disprove rumors of his poor health.

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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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