Everyone knows ground level facts. For example, the temperature that water freezes at, that Greenland is actually icy and Iceland is actually green, blah blah blah.

No sir, we're not here to waste your time with basic tid bits everyone already knows. We want to take things up a notch with obscure, next level, now-you-know facts about movies, animals and more.

For example, Ernest Hemingway was a badass, we all know that. However, surviving two plane crashes in 24 hours is some next-level badassery. 

We couldn't believe there's a parasite fungus that literally dissolves cicada butts and makes them super horny. Sometimes we're sure nature is really just being run by an actual thirteen year old. 

It turns out the first woman in space was sent up in a ship that wasn't programmed to descend. Fortunately, ground control was able to get her back home safely.

Here's more about that and 29 other interesting facts about art, movies, history, and more: 

Vincent van Gogh's gun sold for $182,000 The weapon believed to be used in his suicide sold for double what was expected. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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We've only known that other galaxies exist for 100 years. Before 1920, we just figured the Milky Way contained every star in the universe. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


Ernest Hemingway survived two plane crashes 24 hours apart. Presumed dead after the second, he emerged from the jungle with a bottle of gin & some bananas. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


Generally, guns were more strictly regulated in the Old West than they are today. For example, you usually couldn't openly carry guns in towns - you could only do that if you were outside town limits or inside your home. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


The London Necropolis Railway used to carry dead bodies. SOUTHERN RAILWAY. LONDON NECROPOLIS COFFIN TICKET WATERLOO to BROOKWOOD From 1854 to 1941, the train ran from London to the Brookwood Cemetery. Family and friends of the departed could also ride. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


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