Like Blink-182 said: School sucks (we know). Yea, there's the whole getting up early thing, bullies, homework and lame teachers. On top of that though, it's all the things that DON'T happen at school that really bum us out. For example think of all the radical now you know facts that they NEVER teach you in the hallowed halls of the public school system.

For example, you've probably wondered why all the Greek and Roman statues don't have any color – it's because the pigments faded over time, not because people in ancient times hated colors. 

We bet you didn't know about our boy Ken Allen, the orangutan (Ed note: hands down coolest of the great apes) who not only escaped multiple times from his zoo enclosure, but actually taught other animals how to escape as well.

Here's more about that and 29 other interesting tidbits about pop culture, art, science, and more: 

Composer Alex North didn't know his music was cut from 2001: A Space Odyssey until he saw the premiere. Stanley Kubrick used classical music (which was originally just a placeholder), and never bothered telling North that he dropped his soundtrack. North was shocked, and always believed Kubrick had totally undervalued him. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


The Flintstones was groundbreaking for its time. x HOME It was the first show to depict a couple sleeping in the same bed, and also dealt with heavy issues like suicide and infertility. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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When asked to be in a 2012 Olympic sketch with Daniel Craig as James Bond, Queen Elizabeth agreed immediately. Her only condition was to choose her line, which was, Good evening, Mr. Bond. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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It's possible that we got the stock image of the witch from medieval beer makers. Women beer makers wore pointy hats to stand out, made beer in cauldrons, and used broomstick-like signposts. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


Back in the day, Jamaica used to be the base of operations for Jewish pirates. Today, if you go to Kingston's Hunts Bay Cemetery, you can find tombstones that have the skull and crossbones sign plus Hebrew text. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


Ed Sheeran's childhood friend was financially struggling so he wrote Thinking Out Loud with her The song has since been streamed almost 2 billion times on Spotify and has gone triple platinum in the UK. She never has to worry about money again. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


Pluto was a planet for less than one of its own years Pluto's orbit takes 248 Earth years. It was only considered a planet for 76 years. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


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