They say that truth is often stranger than fiction and here at Cracked we can definitely confirm that to be the case. We specialize in truths so strange, you'd swear they were lies. In fact, those facts are our favorites. Not only are they handy for winning bets with skeptical pals (Ed note: no Googling before the handshake!) they also stretch the limits of what we think we know about the world.

The thing about the truth is that it's frequently extremely weird. You might think we made a few of these up, but we promise they're actually 100% true.

For example, before alarm clocks were invented in Britain, people used to literally hire human alarm clocks to wake them up by knocking on their window with a stick. Here's our question: who woke up the waker uppers? 

We bet you didn't know that turtles can breathe out their butts (look it up!) This uh, versatile ability comes in seriously handy during hibernation.

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