It was an unusually hot spring day. I was eight years old, and I walked along the shoreline of the lake where my mom often took me. I passed by a park that I'd always played in before it fell into disrepair and now looked almost unrecognizable. I noticed that there were a bunch of other kids at play, and one caught my eye as she sat near what had once been a slide.

As I approached her, my heart leapt because there was something strange about her, but at the same time, it struck me like thunder through a clear blue sky. Her eyes were dark pools that looked like stormy oceans, or deep wells, yet they held no malice, just a kind of yearning sadness; they told a story only they understood; a tale of longing for a life long-since lived; an age that had faded into the history of our country's past, an era when things seemed simpler, a time where I might have been happier. I took her hand in mine, a moment that felt right to say hello. As we embraced, she began to whisper in my ear. She whispered these fifteen facts. I memorized them for twenty-seven years, and now I offer them here to you.

The Sun is warping space around Mercury.

Mercury has an unusual orbit because the Sun is warping space. CRACKED.COM Newton's law of motion explains the orbit of all the planets, except for Mercury. It wasn't until Einstein's theory of relativity that the answer became clear: the enormous mass of our Sun is warping the space around it.

Gizmodo 

Don’t sleep on starfish friends.

Starfish sleepers are great friends, and lovers. CRACKED COM People who sleep on their backs with their arms over their heads are known as starfish sleepers, who prefer not to be the center of attention, make great friends, and are generous lovers.

Bustle 

We all grow out of being a-holes.

We all start life out as a little butthole. GRACKED.COM In the first few weeks after fertilization, the tiny group of cells called a blastula opens up, creating the first of our proto-organs called a blastopore. This miniscule anus continues to grow until it is birthed and forced to pay taxes.

Science Direct 

A BBC camera crew had to fend off a bear.

The camera crew for BBC's Planet Earth had to shoot a flare gun at a polar bear. CRACKED.COM While the crew was cooking up some food in their arctic cabin, they caught the unfortunate attention of the world's largest land predator: a polar bear. One crew member found a gun with blanks and flares to scare it away.

BBC 

You, yes you, have face mites.

Everyone has mites on their face. CRACKED.COM Face mites, known as Demodex folliculorum, live on the human body. Looking like tiny worms with claws and scales, they can most commonly be found on the face and head where they have a large supply of food.

NPR

A moon in our solar system has a huge atmosphere.

Saturn's moon Titan has a higher atmosphere than Earth. CRACKED.COM Titan's robust atmosphere, composed of mostly nitrogen and methane, extends about 370 miles high, which makes it a lot higher than Earth's atmosphere (62 miles).

Space 

Grocery stores are tricking you to think things are cheap.

Grocery stores lower the price of food staples to make everything seem cheap. 2491 SAME A A THE لومات Lar Caulifi 2 .3 CRACKED COM People generally form an opinion on a store's value based on the price of staples like bread, milk, and eggs. Supermarkets make sure these items are competitively priced, but hike up costs on other items.

Daily Mail 

Carrier pigeons follow the rules of the road better than some BMW drivers.

Carrier pigeons fly around roundabouts before taking their exit. CRACKED.COM Carrier pigeons are trained by gradually taking them further and further away from their home to get them used to navigating their way back. They use man-made roads as a guide, sometimes so strictly that they use traffic circles.

Telegraph

Going under anesthesia is more terrifying than you actually remember.

Your body briefly panics as it goes under anesthesia. CRACKED.COM As the foreign substance starts to interfere with your normal bodily functions, your brain tries to save you by twitching, gagging, and rapidly changing your breathing and heart rate.

How Stuff Works 

The Creation Museum has interesting thoughts on Australia.

According to the Creation Museum, kangaroos floated to Australia on driftwood. CRACKED.COM After the Flood, kangaroos jumped off the ark, grabbed onto floating trees, and drifted to land.

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