As The Darkness encroaches, slowly surrounding you, attempting to cut you off from the world and everyone in it, you notice a small beacon of light in the distance. You run towards it, and your world brightens just a bit. Are you getting closer, or is it actually getting brighter? It’s illuminating your world, sure, but it almost seems that it, in turn, is fuelled by your presence. It gains power by merely being perceived. You approach the beacon, almost blinding in its luminescence now that you’re mere steps away. It’s… it’s a fact! No, it’s a whole swarm of facts! There have to be at least a dozen of them!

You lean in close, and hear a cacophony of whispers. “...average cumulus cloud weighs… …pounds…” That’s odd. “A man changed his name to… …to spite telemarketers.” To what? Changed his name to what?? “...is the most commonly misspelled word… …English language…” You have to know! You step into the heart of the swarm, and suddenly night turns to day. You’ve done it! You’ve beaten back The Darkness. Simply by consuming and pondering these 15 bits of trivia:

An average cloud is 551 tons.

The average cumulus cloud weighs 1.1 million pounds. CRACKED.COM A typical cumulus is about a kilometer across, and roughly cube shaped, fitting in 500 million grams of water droplets.

Source: USGS

A name change is a small price to pay to get back at spam callers.

A man changed his name to Tim Ppppppppppice to spite telemarketers. CRACKED.COM It's pronounced Tim Per-per-per-per-per-per-per-pe r-per-per-ice, the 49-year-old from Leicester said.

Source: Metro

Marie Curie's stuff is still radioactive.

Marie Curie's notebooks are still radioactive. CRACKED.COM The belongings of Curie, who discovered polonium and radium, will still be radioactive for another 1,500 years.

Source: Science Alert

The public is bad at spelling "publicly."

Publicly is the most commonly misspelled word in the English language. Eleonora ВПЕД Drimen and mit Schroefter drt S zen, mit roelines - CRACKED COM Public is the only word ending in ic that has ly added to the end as opposed to ally, like in logically.

Source. CNBC

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Braille was invented by a 12-year-old.

Braille was invented by a tween. GRACKED.COM Based on a method of silent communication used by the French military, Louis Braille was 12 years old when he created a language that allows blind people to read.

Source: Biography 

18th century landowners had living lawn gnomes.

British landowners used to hire ornamental hermits to live in their gardens. CRACKED.COM Wealthy landowners in the 18th century would place ads looking for individuals to dress as druids and live on their property, not bathe or talk to anyone for several years.

Source: Atlas Obscura

A stadium was so rowdy it had to have it's own courtroom.

There's a sports stadium that had its own courtroom and jail. د B 7 58 98 CRACKED.COM Veterans Stadium, former home of the Philadelphia Eagles, installed a courtroom and jail cells for processing rowdy fans in 1998.

Source: USA Today

Daylight Savings Time was moved because of capitalism

Daylight Savings Time was changed to sell more candy. CRACKED.COM Lobbyists in 2007 pushed to get an extra hour of daylight for trick-or-treaters, so Daylight Savings Time jumped from the last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in November.

Source: NPR

Coffee beans can have the caffeine washed off them.

Decaffeinated coffee is made by literally washing the caffeine off of the beans. GRACKED.COM The most-common methods of decaffeination involves steaming and then rinsing coffee beans repeatedly with a chemical solvent to flush away the caffeine.

Source: Britannica

Disney had to figure out what Cinderella's ears looked like.

Ralph Breaks The Internet animators had to have meetings about what certain Disneyprincesses-pars looked like. Fresh 2 CRACKED.COM Cinderella, for example, never showed her ears in her film. Another hurdle was determining how tall each princess was compared to each other.

Source: IGN 

Water boils at lower temperatures the higher you get.

Water boils at a different temperature at the top of Mt. Everest. CRACKED.COM The boiling point for water at the top of Mt. Everest is 162°F, about 50 degrees below the boiling point at sea level.

Source: Pew 

The word for a fear of long words is, well, long.

Hippopotomonstrosesquippe daliophobia is the fear of long words. CRACKED.COM The American Psychiatric Association doesn't officially recognize the phobia, which for some reason is one of the longest words in the dictionary.

Source: Healthline 

NASA is tracking lots of trash

14,000 pieces of space junk are being tracked in Earth's orbit. CRACKED.COM The U.S. Space Surveillance Network tracks pieces of floating debris larger than 4 inches in diameter, made up of defunct satellites and rocket stages.

Source: NASA

A thousand apples a day will keep more than the doctor away.

Ingesting enough apple seeds can kill you. CRACKED.COM When metabolized in the digestive system, the chemical contained in apple seeds degrades into highly poisonous hydrogen cyanide. Fortunately you would need to chew up thousands of seeds in one sitting to be at risk.

Source: USA Today 
 

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