Interesting facts are always fun, whether you're learning something new or just expanding your current knowledge. They can also be a great conversation starter, giving you a way to break the ice with someone new. Whether you're looking to impress your friends or simply curious about the world around you, here are some interesting facts that are sure to amaze you. Did you know that the average human brain weighs about three pounds? Or that The Empire State Building in New York City has 103 floors? How about that the longest recorded lifespan belongs to a Frenchwoman who lived to be 122 years old? These are just a few of the many interesting facts out there, so next time you're looking for something to chat about, try one of these on for size. You're sure to impress anyone who hears it.

With Presidents' Day coming up, many people are curious about the presidents and their lives. Here are some facts about presidents, space, and Spider-Man's involvement in house arrest technology that you may not have known. Stay tuned for more fun Presidential facts tomorrow!

SPIDER-MAN INSPIRED REAL-LIFE ANKLE MONITORS. CRACKED COM Originally thought up by the Gable twins, the idea behind ankle monitors was to do away with prisons and allow prisoners to be released while being monitored, but the idea didn't take off. Years later, a New Mexico judge, Jack Love, saw a monitoring device in a Spider-Man comic and went to a computer company to replicate the idea, with the Gables' research. Police came up with an added benefit that made the idea instantly viable: they could charge inmates for their own bracelets.

SWEDEN'S MOST FAMOUS SERIAL KILLER DIDN'T KILL ANYONE. GRACKED COM While in a mental hospital after trying to rob a bank dressed as Santa, Thomas Quick confessed to killing 30 people in gruesome fashion, some of which were famous missing-persons cases of children. Quick was convicted of 8 of those murders, but one of the victims' family doubted his story, and investigators learned he had been convicted on his testomony alone, without any evidence. Quick confessed to lying about the murders, some of which were inspired by the book American Psycho, just to fit in with his fellow criminals.

A DRUG-THEMED SPIDER-MAN COMIC PERMANENTLY CHANGED THE COMICS CODE. VERBAL ABUSE YOU'RE SO OF CHILDREN! PRETTY... I HATE YOU! CRACKED COM Starting in 1954, the Comics Code banned certain topics from appearing in comic books, like drugs. In 1970, Stan Lee was contacted by the government to make an anti-drug PSA with Spider-Man, and Lee assumed the code wouldn't have an issue with it. The Comics Code Authority refused to approve the comic, so Marvel released it without the Code's stamp of approval on the cover. The comic sold fine, so the Code decided to make a bunch of changes

ONE TOWN CONSPIRED TO TOSS AN EX-PRESIDENT INTO PIG POOP, AND SUCCEEDED. CRACKED.COM In 1837, President Martin Van Buren moved to cut infrastructure spending, including spending on the National Road, U.S. 40. That majorly angered the people of Indiana, who now had to deal with a deteriorating road full of stumps and holes, one of which became a pig wallow. When Van Buren was gearing up for another presidential run in 1842, he made a trip down U.S. 40, and his stagecoach driver intentionally drove right to that pig patch, flipping the carriage and dumping the prospective nominee into the

A CASE OF ASTRONAUT BUTTER-FINGERS LEAD TO $100K WORTH OF TOOLS BURNING UP IN THE ATMOSPHERE. CRACKED COM On a spacewalk to lubricate a joint on the space station's solar wing in 2008, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper reached for a grease-gun, which had leaked in its bag. The bag of tools, worth $100,000, floated out of her reach and eventually joined the space station in its orbit around the Earth. As this orbit decayed, the backpack-sized bag of tools fell through the atmosphere, completely burning up. During her next spacewalk, Heidemarie lubricated components by dipping her glove in grease and applying it

THE FIRST MAN TO SPOT URANUS NAMED IT 'GEORGE.' CRACKED.COM William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781, and he wanted to break from the pattern of naming planets after gods, but not too many people liked his idea of naming the planet Georgium Sidus (George's star, or George's planet), after King George. Herschel was dead by the time his planet was given the Greek name, Uranus. While alive, King George rewarded him for the planet's name by moving him to a special observatory in Slough close to London, and guaranteeing him regular money for the rest of his life.

THE US MADE A MARTYR OF A COW KILLED IN A SATELLITE ACCIDENT OVER CUBA. CRACKED GOM In the 1960's, an American navigation satellite was self-destructed over Cuba after signaling trouble, spattering Cuba with bits of wreckage and killing one (1) cow named Ruhina. Castro called the incident further evidence of Yankee aggression, and (probably government organized) student protests for the cow appeared outside the American embassy. Forty years later, celebrating the anniversary of their satellite launching division, the CIA director solemnly recalled the Ruhina incident, saying it was the first-and last-time that a satellite has been used in the

NASA COVERED UP A HEART ATTACK ON THE MOON. CRACKED.COM During the Apollo 15 mission, mission control noticed astronaut James Irwin's vital signs showed he just experienced a heart . arrhythmia. Instead of immediately pulling the astronauts back, they allowed the mission (retrieving some floating space film) to continue, which was a success. Their rationale was that being in a space suit, which provides oxygen, in low gravity was about as good as any medical treatment Irwin could receive on Earth. Irwin continued to have heart attacks over the years, until a fatal one at age 61.

SPOT SOMETHING ON A DISTANT PLANET? IT MIGHT BE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. CRACKED.COM In the 1890s, Percival Lowell pointed his telescope toward Venus and saw what he called spokes, extending outward from a dark central spot. They looked the same no matter where Venus faced. No one else managed to see those spokes. When you shrink the aperture of a telescope really small, as Lowell liked to do, light hits your cornea at an angle you're not used to, which casts shadows of your own eyes' blood vessels onto your retina. Those vessels are always there and always visible

HUGH JACKMAN SAYS WOLVERINE WAS SUPPOSED TO CAMEO IN 'SPIDER-MAN.' GRACKED.COM While there were never plans for a total shared universe, Jackman was set to pop over to the 2002 Spider-Man shoot in New York for a cameo. This only fell apart late in the game when they realized they didn't have Wolverine's suit. There is also the fact that both movies were being made by two different studios, Fox and Sony, well before any deal Disney could manage to share IP. Jackman described his possible appearance as a gag or just to walk through the shot or something, so

THE MEDIA JUMPED ON A FAKE STORY ABOUT ASTRONAUTS GOING ON STRIKE. ONE BE WALLO JUD JOHN ONE ONE JOB 9 ONE JOI I SHOULD ONE ENOUGH SHOULD . ENOUGH ENOU JOB U BE - ENOUG BE SHOULD ONE ENOUGH ENOUGH H ENOUGH JOB VA ON SHOULD BE OR adidas ON UNITED ON EN ONE JOB ENOUGH EN W CNE UNITE - ENOUGH OF ARE O a РНОЛЬ ON ONE CRACKED COM JO SHOU JOB The three astronauts aboard Skylab 4 decided that when it came time to check in with mission control, just one of them would handle it.

THE WHITE HOUSE AND CAPITOL WERE ALMOST MOVED TO ST. LOUIS (BY TRAIN). CRACKED.COM After the Civil War, Congress was considering moving the nation's capital from Washington to St. Louis, since D.C. was no longer the center of the United States after westward expansion. St. Louis businessman Logan Uriah Reavis suggested loading the Capitol building, and others, onto a train in disassembled blocks and shipping them to Missouri. The plan actually made it to a vote in the House, only losing 77 to 97.

WE ALMOST SENT JOHN LENNON'S VOICE INTO SPACE. NEW YORK CRACKED COM In 1977, NASA sent the Voyager Golden Records into space, two discs engraved with messages for aliens. The records contained printed messages from the president and the UN, the words per aspera ad astra in Morse code, and a lot of music from different cultures. Producer Timothy Ferris tried to get John Lennon to do an original recording, but though Lennon was up for this, and helped with the project in other ways, he couldn't show up to record. Не had temporarily slipped out of the United States,

WE'VE FOUND HUNDREDS OF THESE WEIRD ARTIFACTS, AND NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE. CRACKED.COM Over 100 Roman dodecahedra have been found scattered over England, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany. These strange artifacts have been found in proximity to staffs made of bone, and the Greeks used to associate dodecahedrons with astronomy and math, but we haven't found any clues in art or writings from back then to say just what they are. They were definitely made with purpose, though, seeing as how they are so uniform and would have been difficult to produce.

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