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2141. Jacopo de' Pazzi-Jacopo de' Pazzi was the head of the noble Pazzi family in Florence. In 1478, he conspired with some of his family members to overthrow the Medici family, who were the rulers of Florence. After a failed coup attempt, he was dragged from his home and hanged for the conspiracy. After being buried, his body was dug up, thrown in a ditch, and dragged around and propped on his front door, where his head was mockingly used as a door knocker. After that, his body was thrown into a river, where it was retrieved by children, hung from a tree, flogged, and thrown back into the river.

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2142. Hans Gruber-Hans Gruber, the villain of Die Hard, who appears on numerous

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2143. Earth’s 50% Larger Diameter-If Earth had a 50% larger diameter, humans would not have been able to venture into space using the chemical rockets we currently use. To get into orbit, we'd need nuclear thermal rockets, and something like an Orion drive (a big pusher plate on the back and you toss nukes out behind you) would have worked at even higher gravities if you didn't mind the nuclear fallout.

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2144. Salisbury Steak-Salisbury steak was invented as a result of a doctor, James Salisbury, wanting to cure diseases like diarrhea, which killed Civil War soldiers more than combat. He believed vegetables produced toxins and suggested the steak be eaten three times a day with water to cleanse the digestive system.

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2145. GPS Baby Jesus -Public nativity scenes are often the victims of baby Jesus theft. Some churches have had to chain their baby Jesus down to deter theft, while others have added GPS tracking to their baby Jesus.

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2146. Isopropyl Alcohol-Although you can buy different grades of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, 70% is actually most effective for disinfecting. The added water helps it to dissolve more slowly, penetrate cells, and kill bacteria.

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2147. Salvia Divinorum-Salvia divinorum is a plant in the mint family that produces the most potent naturally occurring hallucinogen by mass. The most intense peak is reached in roughly a minute and lasts for 1–5 minutes. Users usually return to a sense of the everyday and familiar, then to baseline, after about 15-20 minutes.

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2148. Steak and Eggs Breakfast-Astronauts eat steak and eggs before a flight because it's filling and low on dietary fiber, so they won't have to poop during the mission. Some of the Air Force squadrons that fly long flights in small planes do this too. Even Las Vegas used to offer deals on steak and eggs meals to keep people from getting up and walking to the bathroom while gambling and instead keeping them parked at the slots.

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2149. Frank Prentice-Frank Prentice was a survivor of the Titanic tragedy and later stated that the scent of the iceberg was detectable before the ship collided with it. This is because icebergs can have significant marine growth on them. If you’ve been at sea for a while, you can

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2150. Massive Volcanic Eruptions-There is clear evidence that one of the largest volcanic eruptions in human history took place in the mid-15th century, but scientists still have no idea where it happened.

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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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