Fact Cards

851. Helen Mirren-While playing Queen Elizabeth in a stage play, Helen Mirren stayed in character after the show to fulfill a 10 year old boy's dying wish to meet the Queen. They had tea together, and he thought he was with Her Majesty the entire time.


852. Magazine Printed Programs-In the 1980’s some computer magazines contained code for programs and games printed in them. If you wanted to play these programs you had to type the programs into the computers by hand. Another method was to play the program on the radio. Listeners would record the metallic noise to cassettes and load those programs into their computers.


853. Solitaire-Microsoft included Solitaire in their operating systems to ‘to soothe people intimidated by the operating system’ and introduce users to graphic user interfaces and taught them how to use a mouse.


854. Sunken Ships Stolen-Wrecks of many sunken WW2 warships are disappearing right down to the bolts because steel produced before the nuclear age is in huge demand, which is used to manufacture sensitive medical and scientific equipments. Submarine USS Perch has been completely stolen and USS Houston was partially gutted before there was crackdown on wreck diving.


855. Fat Finger Error-In 2001, a trader at a Swiss financial firm sold 610,000 shares at 6 yen, instead of 6 shares at 610,000 yen, which resulted in a $100 million loss for his company.


856. Saint Nicholas-One of Saint Nicholas' most famous gifts was giving a poor man enough money for each of his three daughters to have a proper dowry. This allowed the three girls to avoid a lifetime of prostitution to make ends meet.


857. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter-Prior to his death, American film critic Roger Ebert enjoyed the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, calling it ‘without a doubt the best film we are ever likely to see on the subject’.


858. Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act-In 1996, the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was created by U.S. Congress to encourage food donation by protecting food vendors from liability for giving unused food to the needy instead of throwing it away.


859. Korean Truce Talk Flags-During truce talks between North and South Korea, both parties would try to bring a bigger national flag than the other to each meeting. This went on until a special meeting was called to address the size of the flags, as they could no longer fit in the room.


860. Shackleton Antarctic Expedition-In 1914, Ernest Shackleton led a team to Antarctica, ended up marooned on floating ice for more than a year, sailed 920 miles on a lifeboat through force 9 winds, landed on the wrong side of an inhabited island, trekked through unchartered mountainous terrain for days to reach a settlement. Then he went back to Elephant Island with supplies to rescue the rest of his crew. Everyone survived.





  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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