"This? This is my whole life. Everything I have, I got by working day and night with nothing more than the hope of being able to provide for me and mine." The elderly man smiled broadly at me and gestured behind him.

There stood a woman of roughly 40 years old—a young mother who wore simple clothes on her body, with some threadbare patches showing where the material was starting to come apart. "Look at us here... We barely manage to scrape through our days thanks to your little gift. And if it wasn't for what you gave us, we'd all be dead from starvation by now."

I almost choked back tears. After the nuclear war that nearly ended all life on Earth years ago, I clung to any shred of hope I could.

"How can I ever repay you?" The old man said.

"Please ... I would like something to read from that vast trove of yours. It's been so long since I found out anything new."

The old man nodded solemnly, drew out a paper with a list of fifteen facts on it, and placed it in my hand. It read:

Goats pee on themselves to seem more desirable.

Male billy goats will pee all over themselves when they want to attract a mate. CRACKED.COM When billy goats get into the mood, they get stinky-this musky scent lets female goats know they are down to clown. To preserve all that smelly goodness, the male goats pee on their legs, their beards, and their faces. Romance!

Bangor Daily News 

One ant colony spans the entire globe.

Argentine ants form a global mega-colony, in six continents. GRAGKED.COM Argentine ant colonies have multiple egg-laying queens, which makes it easy for one to wander off and start a new colony with genetically identical ants. One colony stretches from San Diego to San Francisco and contains one trillion ants.

The Wire

Nutella was originally sliced like bread.

The first Nutella was a loaf that you could slice and put on bread. - F 10g HENAS - nutella FERRERO CRACKED.COM Cocoa was rare in Europe after WWII, so Italian pastry maker, Pietro Ferrero, combined his cocoa stock with hazelnut paste to make it go further. Не formed this new concoction into a loaf so that it could be cut and served on bread.

Forbes 

Singapore has the highest percentage of millionaires.

The highest percentage of millionaires on the planet live in Singapore. GRAGKED.COM Singapore has the world's highest percentage of millionaires, with one out of every six households having at least $1,000,000 US in disposable wealth.

Wall Street Journal 

A unique cave system was discovered by sewer workers.

Sewer workers accidentally discovered a cave that had been cut off from the outside. CRACKED.COM In 1986, Romanian sewer workers accidentally discovered a cave which had been sealed for 5.5 million years. Movile Cave is filled with exotic and evolutionarily distinct creatures, including albino crabs.

Britannica

60% of the time, it works every time.

Big cats go absolutely bonkers for a Calvin Klein cologne. CRACKED.COM Tigers, jaguars and leopards all love the smell of Calvin Klein's cologne Obsession For Men. In response to the cologne, the cats would start drooling, their eyes would half-close, almost like they were going into a trance.

The Cut

A pole vaulter broke the world record 4 times just to get a cash bonus.

A Ukrainian pole vaulter kept breaking his own world record to cash in. CRACKED.COM Ukrainian pole Vaulter Sergey Bubka repeatedly and deliberately broke the world pole vault record by the smallest possible height between 1991-1993 so he could cash in on a Nike bonus with each new world record.

Info Junkie 

Jefferson really wanted a mammoth.

Thomas Jefferson asked Lewis and Clark to find him a mammoth. CRACKED.COM Jefferson had a thing for American Mastodons. Не was completely enamored with the extinct behemoths, and held out hope that they continued to live many miles away in the west of America.

Vox 

The world’s tallest man helped clear the stomachs of two dolphins.

The world's tallest man got plastic out of the bellies of two dolphins, with his hands. CRACKED.COM An aquarium in China enlisted the help of Bao Xishun, a Mongolian herdsman, to save two dolphins that ate plastic that was around their pool. Standing at 7 feet 9 inches tall, Bao was the only person with arms long enough to reach in and help the animals.

NBC News

“Don’t mess with Texas” is hippie-talk.

The phrase don't mess with Texas was originally an anti-littering slogan. CRACKED.COM The slogan was used for a campaign aimed at reducing littering on Texas roadways by the Texas Department of Transportation. The phrase Don't Mess with Texas is prominently shown on road signs on major highways.

Smithsonian Magazine 

This is why you don’t use the first YouTube search result.

Medal ceremony organizers played a song from Borat thinking it was a real anthem. ВОЯ CRACKED.COM TOURI Gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko, from Kazakhstan, took the podium at a medal ceremony in Kuwait, and instead of her country's national anthem, the fictional Kazakh anthem from Borat played in its place.

BBC

A bear in the Polish army was made corporal.

The Polish army adopted a bear during WWII that loved beer. F Pne COcata Mont CRACKED.COM Wojtek the bear was given the official rank of private so that he could travel with the army, hauling equipment and boosting morale. The bear did this for years, learning to love drinking, smoking, and wrestling.

Time

Wyoming only has two escalators.

The entire state of Wyoming only has two escalators. 51 50 GRAGKED.COM Both moving staircases are located in the city of Casper, and Wyoming residents are so enthralled by the novelty of the installations that they visit the city just to take a ride on one, describing it as like riding a tilt-a-whirl, but only slower.

The Atlantic 

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