The place of your birth determines a lot about your life and what you might consider normal. If you grew up on the other side of the planet, would you be the same person? Most likely your beliefs, your language, the food you eat, and the things you truly value would seem alien to this alternate-you. Those things that you consider inseparable to the true you, that define the entirety of your life and the legacy you leave behind, are as fickle as the cosmic star dust that weaves the through fabric of our reality. There is no universal truth that connects us other than the randomness of the universe. 

All this is to say that they eat bugs in Colombia, and it’s weird to us because we’ve never had a bug. Ever hear of popcorn? But, to each their own. Keep reading for more deep insights into this crazy thing we call life. 

Two Founding Fathers died on the same Independence Day.

Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826. CRACKED.COM The Founding Fathers died within hours of each other, exactly 50 years after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

SSource: CNN

Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were besties.

Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt stole an airplane to fly to Baltimore. GRAGKED.COM The two, who were close friends, snuck out of a White House event and commandeered the airplane for a joyride.

SSource: Rare 

America’s first self-made Black woman millionaire sold beauty products.

America's first self-made Black woman millionaire made her fortune selling B beauty products. CRACKED.COM Born to sharecroppers in 1867, Madam C.J. Walker was inspired to create her hair products after an experience with hair loss, which led to the creation of the Walker system of hair care for Black women.

SSource: History

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Taft has a seat just for his double-wide behind at Yale.

William H. Taft has his own seat at the Woolsey Hall BE auditorium at Yale. CRACKED.COM The XXL seat was built to fit alumnus and former professor William Howard Taft's impressive dimensions in 1913. 27%

Source: Atlas Obscura 

Dried ants replaced popcorn in Colombia movie theaters.

People eat dried ants instead of popcorn at the movie B theater in Colombia. CRACKED.COM The roasted ants, known as hormiga culona, are eaten by the handful and are considered an aphrodisiac. 27%

SSource: The Daily Meal

The original Plant Moms had “fern madness.”

'Pteridomania' was the name of the fern collecting craze in the Victorian era. CRACKED.COM While it lasted, fern madness invaded all aspects of Victorian life. Ferns and fern motifs appeared in homes, gardens, art, and literature.

SSource: Historic UK

R. L. Stine wrote jokes for Bazooka Joe.

Before Goosebumps, R.L. Stine wrote the jokes for Bazooka Joe gum wrappers. CRACKED.COM Stine wrote joke books, coloring books, and Bazooka Joe comics before a friend told him she fired a YA novel writer she was working with, and that Stine could do his job.

SSource: NPR

Angelfire started out as more than just a website host.

Angelfire used to offer medical transcription BE services. x Angelfire Login Regaller Create a professional website and actually enjoy building it! It doesn't matter f you're . beginner or . polished web designer Angelier's webste builder gives Try It Now for Free! you the look to build . professional looking website within minutes Tour Our Website Bolder FREE to sign up Drag and drop webste builder interface 200 templates to suit your sylv View More of Our Services No need to learn HTM or other fancy coding Fully Seatured and hosting service included Jon Our Helpful Community Free domain name

SSource: Angelfire 

There are beetles with weaponized butts.

Bombardier beetles project hot, noxious chemicals from their anuses. GRACKED.COM If the beetle is caught by a toad, this defense mechanism forces the predator to puke them back up. 27%

SSSource: Wired

The Hass avocado was patented in 1935.

The Hass avocado was patented by a mailman from California. CRACKED.COM The mother tree was planted by Rudolph Hass in La Habra Heights in 1926, and patented in 1935. 27%

SSSource: LA Times

The guy who invented Pringles cans is buried in one.

The inventor of the Pringles can was buried in one. BE + x 5 adidas - RACE REAL - ring ringles Pringles Pringles Pringles SCRACKED - SO COM PIZZA When Fredric Baur, who invented the distinctive tube, passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one. 27%

SSSource: Time 

Strawberries aren’t fruit, they are dozens of fruit on fleshy tissue.

The seeds on the outside of a strawberry aren't seeds at all. x CRACKED COM Those seeds are actually the fruits, each of which contains a single seed. The red, fleshy part that we think of as the strawberry fruit is actually swollen receptacle tissue.

Source: NCSU 

Swearing is connected to the emotion center of the brain.

People fluent in multiple languages almost always swear in their native tongue. GRAGKED.COM While most language is stored in one part of the brain, swearing seems to be nestled into the limbic system, which is more closely connected with emotion.

Source: Babbel

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