It is raining again in Paris – rain that falls in drops rather than sheets and soaks everything it touches before falling on the other side of the road or disappearing altogether, leaving just an inch on the window. It is raining now and always. My father tells me the same story over and over as though each repetition will somehow change how I remember the past; the rain is the thing we have in common – or lack – but even if we could talk for hours about the rain or the streets of the city, there would never be the kind of intimacy my mother shared with another who died long ago.

My life has narrowed down to one room and three walls. There is no door; it doesn't open out and so I can see only one end. If it's raining again tomorrow and if I've had enough bread today, maybe, just maybe, I might step outside and close that door. And what happens after that? Perhaps nothing, perhaps everything; either way, that door is waiting. I'll cross that threshold when the time feels right and the words will come back to me: 'The first thing you do is walk to the end of the street.' And then what? What's behind the end of that street and why am I so certain that I need to go there?

No. This world is superfluous. I only need my list of facts, the one I have been faithfully re-reading for the last three months. Here it is:

You get brain-washed every night.

Sleep literally cleans your brain. CRACKED.COM During slumber, more cerebrospinal fluid flushes through the brain to wash away harmful proteins and toxins that build up during the day.

NPR 

One actor’s career spanned generations.

Hollywood's oldest actor worked with Charlie Chaplin and Amy Schumer. CRACKED.COM Norman Lloyd started his career with Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre troupe in 1937, working with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Buster Keaton, and Robin Williams until his death in 2021 at 106-years-old.

Deadline 

The “Grand Canyon” on Mars dwarfs the one on Earth.

Mariner Valley on Mars is many times larger than the Grand Canyon. CRACKED.COM Although Mars is about half the size of Earth, the huge rift called Valles Marineris (or Mariner Valley) is more than eight times the length of the Grand Canyon, and four times as deep.

NASA 

There is a word for the person that your mom compares you to.

There's a Korean word to describe a person who's better at everything than you. CRACKED.COM Coined in 2008 on the webcomic Golbanghwansanggok, Umchina is a Korean term meaning mom's friend's son, and is used to describe a person who's better at everything than you are.

Nate

Forget Goodyear and Firestone, Lego has the tire giants beat.

Lego is the largest tire manufacturer in the world. GRAGKED.COM Lego produces over 700 million tires for the millions of Lego cars and Lego trucks that Lego produces every month. That is over 200% more tires than their largest competitor.

Cnet

Nearly everything from the production of “200” is destroyed.

Stanley Kubrick destroyed almost all of his props and sets from 2001: A Space Odyssey. CRACKED.COM Kubrick did not want them to be used in any other works of art and did not want them to be placed in a museum, and therefore he thought the only course of action was to remove the props and sets from existence.

Artnet

It’s not just Pandora - blue people exist on Earth, too.

A family in Kentucky has a rare condition that makes their skin blue. CRACKED.COM The family was thought to just be a rumor at first, until a doctor located them in the 1960s. The Fugates are afflicted by Methemoglobinemia, which makes it difficult for the blood to carry and release oxygen.

ABC 

Metallica’s most popular song is probably not what you think.

Metallica's only Top 10 charting single was off Load. CRACKED.COM The '90s transition from thrash metal to hard rock didn't delight all of their fans, but Until It Sleeps, with its Soundgarden-like quality, was Metallica's first and (as of yet) only song to hit the top ten of the US Billboard charts.

Ultimate Classic Rock 

Pluto was demoted while the woman who named it was still alive.

The person who named Pluto lived long enough to see its planet status removed. CRACKED COM Venetia Burney, who at age 11 suggested the name Pluto for the ninth planet in our solar system, lived to see it demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006.

NASA

Bad art has an official museum.

The MOMA has a dark cousin, just for really bad art. CRACKED.COM The МОВА, or the Museum of Bad Art in Somerville, Massachusetts, is a collection of art that is too bad to be ignored.

Museum of Bad Art 

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