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831. Sarah Michelle Gellar-During the casting for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar auditioned for the role of Cordelia, while Charisma Carpenter, the actress who played Cordelia, auditioned for Buffy. The show’s producers made them swap roles.

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832. Carboniferous Trees without Fungi-For the first 40 million years that trees were around, the dead trees did not rot as the fungus that could break it down hadn't evolved yet. Trees would be piled up so deep that when a wildfire broke out they would just burn for years. That's where most of our coal comes from.

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833. Double stuf Oreos-Double stuf Oreos are only stuffed 1.86x more than regular Oreos.

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834. WW1 Trench Guns Trap Shoot-During World War 1, trench guns were given to US soldiers skilled in trap shooting so that they could shoot incoming grenades out of the air.

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835. Phyllis Smith-Phyllis Smith who portrayed Phyllis on 'The Office' did not audition for the part. She was a member of the casting crew. The director liked her demeanor so much that he offered her a role in the show.

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836. The Manor Strip Bar Church-The Manor is a strip club in Ontario Canada that doubles as a church on Sunday.

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837. McDonnell Douglas F 15-15-The McDonnell Douglas F-15 can reach 30,000 ft (9,100m) in 60 seconds and has a thrust-to-weight ratio that allows the aircraft to accelerate while flying straight up. It is also the only aircraft to ever shoot down a satellite orbiting in space.

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838. Rotten Tomatoes-Comcast (NBC Universal) owns 70% of Rotten Tomatoes and Warner Bros the remaining 30%

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839. Santa School in Michigan-Since 1937, hundreds of Santas every year attend the Santa School in Michigan, with curriculum that includes Santa history, sign language, handling difficult present requests, sleigh flight lessons, and the habits of live reindeer.

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840. Ching Shih-The most successful pirate of all time was a Chinese prostitute called Ching Shih. She commanded the Red Flag Fleet of over 1,800 ships and up to 200,000 pirates. The British, Portuguese and the Qing dynasty were unable to defeat her. She instituted the Pirate Code. She was granted amnesty, retired with all her loot and opened a gambling house.

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34 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.

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  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…

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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  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?

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    • 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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  6. I’m sure it’s like asking a magician how his tricks are done, but I would love to know the workings of the research you have to go through to find/verify everything I’ve read on your site. To say they are entertaining would be an insult. I read several pages daily. I have found them to be fascinating, educational, informative, and downright important.

    When I was a child and went on long road trips with my parents, my Mom would would bring a box of Trivial Pursuit cards to read and ask questions to pass the time for everyone in the car…My Wife now reads these to our kids on our vacations.

    Do you take fact submissions, or do you rely on your own people to research and present them to your team/site? The only thing I can say about your site, is some click ads could be modified or even done away with. Political opinion polls, etc…I would sooner see and ad for shaving cream that some of those useless and probably biased ads (not you, just the people conducting them) But, I love what you do and am so glad that your site exists!

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    • Thank you Ryan. It’s the readers like you who keep us going. It gives us immense pleasure to know that you love reading facts on our site. We do take submissions. About 10% of our facts come from submissions. You too can submit facts by filling out this form Contact Us. The ads are what keeps the servers running. We don’t take any donations, use patreon or sell merch on our site so ads are how we generate income. Though, we will take your advice to tone down the ads (we can’t really see what kind of ad our readers see as it’s decided by Google).

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  7. 1454: She wasn’t found “shortly” after, which might imply that 911 had tried to help and just didn’t arrive in time; she was found HOURS after.

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  8. Each of these pages of facts should have its own page for commenting instead of many fact pages and only one place to comment. I’d also delete my post about each fact having its own page since the aforementioned idea is better, but I can’t.

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  9. I love this website I use it all the time and it allows me to attain info that I have been able to use irl all the time. Keep up the great work!

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  10. Also Rickinator for 610 killing bears is not a good thing due to most species of bears being endangered it is just a fact/statistic

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