If you read an interesting story or see a picture, and the information seems incredible at first, do you assume it's made up, or at least embellished? Do you ever feel guilty that you can't fully believe anything that you learn, but then later realize it must be true after a few more articles or stories come to light? Does it bother you that you've always been skeptical of everything and now have no clue whether it is possible for someone to have a real talent in something that sounds impossible to believe? Do you wish there was some kind of way that could prove to everyone that the things we hear are not lies and they can be trusted? Would this change how much trust you put on everything that comes to your attention?

Look, we wish we could help, but all we've got is this list of facts. Hope you enjoy them.

Rome had the first mall, probably the first Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.

The first shopping mall was built in ancient Rome. CRACKED.COM In Rome, Emperor Trajan built the first traditional shopping mall at around 100 AD.

Source: The Culture Trip 

Men’s undies didn’t catch on until the 8th century.

Men only started wearing underwear in the 17th century. GRAGKED.COM It mostly consisted of an extra part of the shirt tucked under the pants. It was not until the 18th century that men began to wear what we commonly think of as 'men's underwear.'

Source: National Clothing 

The real Granny Smith was from down under.

Granny Smith apples originate from 1800s Australia. CRACKED.COM Maria Ann (Granny) Smith found a seedling growing by a creek on her property in 1868 where she would toss French crab apples grown in Tasmania.

Source: BBC

The first alarm clock was just for one specific time.

The first alarm clock could only ring at one time. 9 10 8 7 Sta 12 6 5 I 4 2 3 CRACKED.COM Created by Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire, the alarm clock was made specifically to wake him up for his job.

Source: New Hampshire Magazine

These slippers were actually ruby red.

The most expensive pair of shoes were inspired by Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. CRACKED.COM The shoes, inspired by the ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz, cost $3 million and took two months, 4,600 rubies and 50 karats of diamonds to create.

Source: NWI Times 

The ice cream machine at the Pompeii McDonald’s never worked.

Scientists have found evidence of take-out restaurants in the remains of Pompeii. GRACKED.COM While digging through the remains of Pompeii in 2019, they found the remains of what they think made up over 150 different fast-food and takeout restaurants.

Source: BBC

There might be a lot of people allergic to moon dust that will never know.

One of the Apollo 17 astronauts was allergic to moon dust. CRACKED.COM Harrison Schmitt realized he was allergic after his first space walk, saying First time I smelled the dust I had an allergic reaction, the inside of my nose became swollen.

Source: Newsweek

Imagine getting stuck at the train crossing.

The longest train in the world was 4.5 miles long. Ministry GRACKED COM The Australian BHP Iron Ore train consisted of 682 loaded iron ore wagons and 8 GE AC6000 locomotives, giving a gross weight of almost 110,000 tons.

Source: Medium

A Kindergarten aged Michael Kors had thoughts about his mother’s wedding dress.

Michael Kors redesigned his mother's wedding dress when he was just 5 years old. CRACKED.COM The toddler, before he would become a renowned fashion designer, said that the original dress that his mother planned to wear had too many ornaments.

Source: ABC News 

No Love lost in this match.

The longest point in tennis history took 29 minutes. GRACKED.COM There is no time limit in tennis. In a match between Vicki Nelson and Jean Hepner in 1984, the ball was hit back and forth 643 times before a single point was awarded.

Source: NY Times 

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