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761. Kaley Cuoco-The Big Bang Theory actors Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Kunal Nayyar (Raj) and Simon Helberg (Howard) each took a $100,000-per-episode pay cut from the $1 million that each had been earning in order to free up additional money for Bialik (Amy) and Rauch’s (Bernadette) raises.

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762. A 10 Warthog-The GAU-8 gun on the A10 Warthog fighter plane produces so much recoil that, if you pointed the firing gun backwards and never ran out of ammo, you could use the thrust generated to fly the plane.

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763. Listerine 1800s-The company that makes Listerine marketed it as a cure for gonorrhea in the late 1800s; however, no one scientifically tested this claim until now. Lab studies show Listerine inhibits bacterial growth and that infected men are less likely to test positive for gonorrhea after gargling with it.

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764. The Interview-South Korean bootleggers made a plan to balloon drop Sony's ‘The Interview’ to North Koreans, en masse. They had to cancel plans when North Korea learned of this and labeled such an action as ‘a declaration of war’.

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765. Great Famine-During the Great Irish Famine, the Ottoman Sultan ‘Abdulmejid I’ couldn't donate more than £1,000, in order not to embarrass Queen Victoria's £2,000 donation. Wanting to donate more, he sent up to 3 ships filled with wheat and Indian Corn as a ‘hushed-up’ gesture, not wanting to upset the Queen.

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766. Japanese War Readiness-Only 11% of Japanese people are willing to fight for their country, the lowest in the world. In both Morocco and Fiji, it is 94%.

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767. Moscow Theatre Hostage Crisis Fentanyl-Russian Spetsnaz forces used an aerosolized fentanyl derivative to incapacitate Chechen separatists in the Moscow Theatre Hostage Crisis of 2002. About 130 of the 850 total hostages died partly due to the Russian government refusing to tell doctors what the chemical agent was.

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768. Mrs. Doubtfire-While filming Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin Williams would walk through the streets of San Francisco in his full Mrs. Doubtfire makeup and costume, and on one occasion he visited a sex shop to buy a large dildo and other toys.

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769. Its Raining Falafel-The Movie ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ title was translated in Israel to ‘It's Raining Falafel’.

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770. Silas Soule-Silas Soule was an abolitionist who, among other accomplishments, was present at the Sandy Creek Massacre where he refused to order his men to fire. He testified at Congress against his commanding officer and was murdered soon after, likely as a result of his testimony.

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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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