15 Facts About Movies, Presidents, and Which Sea Creatures The Queen Owns

15 Facts About Movies, Presidents, and Which Sea Creatures The Queen Owns

Pop quiz, valued reader: where is Scooby Doo’s Shaggy from??

We’ll give you this one (he was born in “Coolsville”!), but you’re going to have to read the rest of this article to pack these other answers into your noggin. You never know when someone’s gonna pop quiz on you on the following:

What’s Mexico’s full name? What is Kentucky’s official state drink? How is it possible that Scary Movie actually predated Scream? Which American President was the nakedest? Which holiday candy was originally “hand-squirted”? Which of Galileo’s appendages can you see in person if you find yourself in Florence, Italy? Which wild beasts does Queen Elizabeth technically own? What’s the tallest uninhabited building in the world (and why is it in North Korea)? How much is an actual bunch, and what is it used to measure? 

Read on, lest you find  yourself flat footed on the wrong end of another pop quiz:

Milk is the official drink of Kentucky.

The official drink of Kentucky is milk. CRACKED.COM Despite producing 95 percent of the world's bourbon supply, a bill in 2005 was passed to make milk the official beverage.

Source: Food and Wine

"Scream" was going to be called "Scary Movie."

The original title for Scream was Scary Movie. CRACKED.COM The 1996 horror film would be parodied in 2000s Scary Movie, starring Anna Faris and Marlon Wayans.

Source: Indiewire

Monopoly started as a cautionary tale against capitalism.

The original version of Monopoly was a cautionary tale against capitalism. CCADIL WA TER WORKS CRACKED.COM Over 300 different versions of Monopoly have since been created, including Star Wars, Pokemon, and Game of Thrones.

Source: BBC

H2: You could only get three pairs of new shoes a year in 1943.

During World War II, the United States began rationing shoes. CRACKED.COM Effective February 9, 1943, Americans needed a special coupon to buy a pair of shoes, of which they were given three for the year.

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

PEEPS used to be made by hand.

It used to take 27 hours to create one PEEPS Marshmallow Chick. CRACKED.COM PEEPS used to be made by hand, by squirting them through a pastry tube, but when Just Born, Inc. bought the candy factory in 1953, they shortened that time to just 6 minutes in one year.

Source: USA Today

Galileo's finger is on display in Italy.

Galileo's middle finger is on display at the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy. CRACKED COM The finger was removed from Galileo's person by Anton Francesco Gori on March 12, 1737, 95 years after Galileo's death.

Source: NY Times

The Queen owns all the whales and dolphins in the UK.

Queen Elizabeth II owns all the dolphins in UK waters. CRACKED.COM The Queen owns all whales within three miles of the shores of the UK thanks to a statement by King Edward II issued in 1324, claiming the king shall have wreck of the sea throughout the realm.

Source: Express

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein as part of a contest.

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein on a dare. CRACKED.COM Stuck inside on a rainy day in 1816, writers Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and John Polidori challenged each other to a scary story writing contest.

Source: History

North Korea has the tallest, empty building in the world.

The 105-story Ryugyong Hotel is the world's tallest unoccupied building. CRACKED.COM Nicknamed The Hotel of Doom, the North Korean hotel has been clad in metal and glass, and was later fitted with LED lights to turn it into a colorful night time spectacle.

Source: CNN

A buttload is a real thing.

A butt is a real unit of measurement. CRACKED COM Coming from botte, a Medieval French and Italian word for boot, a buttload is about 108 Imperial gallons, which was used for casks of whiskey or wine.

Source: Gizmodo

A wanted man sent the police a better photo to use.

A fugitive sent law enforcement a selfie to replace his mugshot. NO RKING E POLICE PO CRACKED.COM After seeing the picture being used in his arrest warrant that made him look like a Thundercat, Donald Pugh sent Lima police a better shot to use.

Source: BBC

Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't tough enough for Predator when filming began.

The actors in Predator didn't look tough enough at first. CRACKED.COM Gary Goldman, an officer during the Vietnam war, was brought in to run the actors through military simulations. Director John McTiernan had told Goldman that these guys look like a bunch of ballerinas.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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