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811. Singer Lorde Synesthesia-Singer Lorde has sound-to-color synesthesia, a unique condition where sound blends with sight to create certain colors. This greatly contributed to the creative process on ‘Melodrama’, where she wrote music to the ‘violets and blues’ that appear on the album's cover.

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812. Barbed wire fence telephone-In the 1880s, many farmers communicated by connecting their phones to barbed wire fences. This process often allowed for up to 20 people to be connected at once, everyone’s phone would ring regardless of who called, and the invention helped many farmers overcome depression and loneliness.

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813. Sir Ian McKellen-Sir Ian McKellen broke down on the set of the Hobbit, announcing 'This is not why I became an actor', due to filming the entire movie alone with the dwarves edited in afterwards.

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814. Jolly Roger Submarine-British Submarines carry the Jolly Roger because a First Lord Sea Admiral once said that submarines are ‘underhanded, unfair, and damned un-English’ and their sailors should be hanged as Pirates.

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815. Babe Ruth-Babe Ruth's daughter says that her father was never allowed to be a manager because he would have hired black players.

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816. Apple Grafting-If you planted the seeds of a Granny Smith apple, you wouldn’t get Granny Smith apple trees. Apples aren’t 'true to seed'. This is why many fruit trees are grafted.

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817. Dolly Parton-When Dolly Parton went to a Dolly Parton lookalike contest she lost to a man dressed like her.

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818. Romance in Marriage-Frequent sex in a relationship isn't associated with self-reported happiness in couples, but is associated with an increase in instinctive, positive emotions towards your partner.

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819. Hatpin Self Defense-In the early 1900s, women used hatpins to fend off sexual harassers in the streets. These pins were so effective in fending off assaulters that legislation was proposed to curb these 'accessories to assault.' Men would often come away with wounds that were 'not serious, but very painful.'

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820. Carrie Fisher-Carrie Fisher delivered a cow tongue inside a Tiffany box to a predatory producer who had assaulted her friend. She said, ‘The next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!’

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18 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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