Fact Cards

981. Melissa Benoist-Just as Stephen Amell (for the title role of Arrow) and Grant Gustin (for The Flash), Melissa Benoist was the very first of a thousand actors to audition for the role of Supergirl.


982. Lewis Pugh-Polar swimmer Lewis Pugh can raise his core body temperature from 98.6 to 102 degree Fahrenheit just before diving into freezing water. Researchers have called it 'anticipatory thermogenesis'.


983. Tattoo Regret-Almost 1 in 4 people with tattoos regret it, which is about 7.5 million Americans.


984. Metric system-USA may have adopted the metric system if pirates hadn’t kidnapped the French scientist Joseph Dombey, who was sent to help Thomas Jefferson persuade Congress to adopt the system.


985. Share a Coke-The 'Share a Coke' campaign, where Coca-Cola replaced its name on bottles with people’s first names, increased Coca-Cola's U.S. sales by more than 2% and, in doing so, helped reverse more than 10 years of declining Coke consumption in the U.S.


986. Basil Zaharoff-Arms dealer Basil Zaharoff sold the Greek government a submarine. He then told the Turks that Greece had a submarine, so they bought two. Then he told the Russians the Turks had two submarines, so they bought two as well. None of the submarines worked.


987. Bill Murray-Bill Murray auditioned for the role of Sulley in Monsters, Inc., but the director, Pete Docter, said that when they decided to offer it to Murray, they were unable track down the elusive actor because he had replaced his team of agents with a toll free 1-800 number. They took that to mean ‘no’.


988. John Williams-John Williams has been nominated for an Oscar 51 times, averaging one nomination a year since his first in 1967.


989. Pakistan Spiritual Healer-In 2014, a spiritual healer named Muhammad Sabir in Pakistan claimed he could resurrect the dead. A 40-year-old man named Muhammad Niaz volunteered to die and he was put on a table in a square with his hands and legs tied. Then Sabir cut his throat as bystanders looked on in amazement. Once everyone realized that the volunteer wasn't coming back to life, Sabir was taken into custody.


990. Iqbal Masih-Iqbal Masih was a bonded child labourer in Pakistan, who escaped the carpet factory at the age of 10, helped free over 3000 kids from slavery, helped bring down the Pakistani carpet exports by $34 million, before being murdered at the age of 13.





  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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