Fact Cards

771. 004 Superbowl Halftime Show-After the infamous 'Nipplegate' controversy at the 2004 Superbowl halftime show, the FCC received about 540,000 complaints. In Canada, where the Superbowl was also broadcast, only 50 complaints were received.

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772. Autistic spectrum-The autistic spectrum and the distinction between ‘high functioning’ and ‘low functioning’ autism was discovered by Hans Asperger in an attempt to save children in his clinic from the Gestapo during World War 2, who killed disabled children in preparation for the Holocaust.

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773. Deja Reve 1-Deja Reve is the same as Deja Vu but instead of feeling that you've experienced an event once before, you instead feel you've dreamt of this event once before.

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774. Lyrebird-In the 1930's a flute player released his pet lyrebird into the wild, which was able to mimic certain phrases of the man's music. The bird has shared the music with other lyrebirds and the same melodies are still sung by these birds today.

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775. Nuclear Bomb Blueprint-During Operation Merlin, the CIA carried out a plan to send Iran flawed blueprints to a nuclear bomb in order to delay their nuclear program. They sent the blueprints by way of a defected Russian nuclear scientist who noticed the flaws and included proposed corrections to Iran.

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776. Chef Boyardee-Chef Boyardee of canned Ravioli fame was awarded both the Gold Star order of excellence from the US War Department & the Order of Lenin from Russia for supplying rations to allied troops during World War 2.

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777. Proximity Torpedo-Not all torpedoes are designed to pierce hulls then explode. Some detonate below the target ship without making contact. This creates a gas bubble that causes the ship to be thrust out of the water then dropped back into the resulting void, often breaking the vessel in half and sinking it.

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778. Planet Earth Audio-Planet Earth series has almost no authentic audio. Most of the sounds you hear are audio library effects or tailor-made studio sounds added on the editing table.

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779. Anthony Hopkins-After seeing Breaking Bad, Anthony Hopkins wrote Bryan Cranston a fan letter, saying (among other things) ‘Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen - ever.’

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780. Sudan Scuba Resort Mossad-In order to rescue Ethiopian Jews, the Mossad bought and ran a profitable scuba diving resort in Sudan between 1982 and 1984. 8,000 people were safely smuggled to Israel.

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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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