The planet is a strange and fascinating place. There are so many secret aspects of the world that are not immediately obvious when you first look around. We've put together a selection of interesting and entertaining facts to help you broaden your horizons.

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Apparently, SpongeBob Squarepants is messing with kids' brains. That's according to a 2011 University of Virginia study, which found that the show impairs kids' readiness for learning (the issue is that the frequent camera cuts disrupts their attention span). CRACKED.COM

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There was a Civil War veterans' reunion in 1938 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was the 75th anniversary of the battle, and about 1800 vets from both sides attended - the youngest was 88 years old, while the oldest was 118 (so he claimed, anyway). CRACKED.COM

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Richie Haven's iconic song Freedom came about by accident. Не just started playing it at Woodstock because he didn't have anything else he could play, but needed to stay on the stage. Later, to learn how to play it, he watched himself in the Woodstock movie. CRACKED.COM

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The Roman Colosseum had a cloth awning that weighed about 24 tons. It was supported by an elaborate network of ropes, and it was there to protect the people in the Colosseum from the sun. CRACKED.COM

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