Fact Cards

781. Sarah McLachlan-‘Angel’ by Sarah McLachlan (the sad song in the ASPCA commercials), is actually about Jonathan Melvoin, the Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboard player who passed away from a heroin overdose in 1996.

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782. Pearl Jam vs Ticketmaster-When Pearl Jam discovered Ticketmaster was adding a service charge to all their concert tickets without informing the band, the band created their own outdoor stadium for the fans and testified against Ticketmaster to the United States Department of Justice. That 'outdoor stadium' was at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, which basically became Coachella.

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783. Apatheism-Apatheism is the belief that if a god exists, or not, it does not matter, because the effect is the same. Therefore there is no point engaging in worship or even positing the question of existence of the god at all.

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784. Summer of the cans-In 1987, a ship carrying 22 tons of marijuana in 3lb cans dumped all of it in the sea near Brazil after being chased by Brazilian authorities. The cans were carried to the coastline by the tides, and most ended up being found (and used) by locals. This event came to be known as ‘The Summer of the Cans’.

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785. Mask of Warka-The Mask of Warka is the oldest discovered accurate depiction of a human face (3100 B.C.). It disappeared from the National Museum of Iraq after the 2003 US invasion. A US military mission to recover lost artifacts found the mask, undamaged, buried in a farmer's backyard.

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786. ATT Kepad-AT&T only put the * and # buttons on the phone keypad because they had extra space, and they figured maybe someone someday will find some use for them.

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787. Norway UK Christmas Tree-Norway sends the UK Christmas trees every year as a symbol of gratitude for 'preserving Norwegian liberty' during World War 2.

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788. Usain Bolt-Usain Bolt's running gait is asymmetrical due to scoliosis, which has resulted in his left leg being longer than his right leg. Scientists aren't sure if his record-breaking sprint speeds are because of this or in spite of this.

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789. Brigid of Kildare-Brigid of Kildare is a Catholic Saint who is credited with the miracle of making a pregnant nun's fetus disappear ‘to preserve her chastity.’

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790. Anthony Curcio-In 2008, a man named Anthony Curcio hired unwitting decoys on Craigslist with an ad for road maintenance workers to orchestrate an elaborate and successful bank heist. He made away with $400,000 and escaped down a creek on an inner tube.

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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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