15 Now-You-Know Facts That Leveled Up Our Gray Matter

15 Now-You-Know Facts That Leveled Up Our Gray Matter

Two young women named Eri and Riko joined the army at the outbreak of the war with China (which started when I was still an undergraduate student). One day while on the battlefield, both girls are captured by enemies who were trying to attack them. They take them with them into a cave where they find something mysterious. After escaping from the enemy, the girls return home and decide to go see the old shrine one more time. While walking through the village, they meet up with an old friend. The friend decides to join them and, soon, all three set off to the ancient shrine in the cave.

Eventually, they make their way to the very heart of the shrine, a cave wall with timeless eldritch runes carved into it by unholy means. The language is one which is no longer spoken except by a handful of local scholars -- and, luckily, their friend is one of them. He deciphers the runes and reads them out: it's a list of fifteen facts, starting with ...

Most of the world lives in the Northern Hemisphere.

Only 15% of the world's population lives below the equator. GRACKED.COM As of 2015, the Northern Hemisphere is home to approximately 6.4 billion people, which is around 87% of the earth's total human population of 7.3 billion people.

Business Insider 

Waffle Houses are a good weather vane.

FEMA uses whether Waffle Houses are open to gauge the severity of a disaster. WAFFLE HOUSE CRACKED.COM Known as the Waffle House Index, it is an informal metric used to determine the effect of a storm and the likely scale of assistance required for disaster recovery. It was coined by former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate.

USA Today 

It actually IS all about the notes you don’t play.

A piece named 4'33 involves the musicians quietly holding their instruments. CRACKED.COM Conceived around 1947-48, while the composer, John Cage, was working on Sonatas and Interludes, 4'33 became for Cage the epitome of his idea that any auditory experience may constitute music.

Classical Notes 

A tick can make you allergic to red meat.

Alpha-gal isn't another term for girl boss, it's a red meat allergy you get from a tick. CRACKED.COM The bite transmits a sugar molecule called alpha-gal into the person's body. In some people, this triggers an immune system reaction that later produces mild to severe allergic reactions to red meat.

Mayo Clinic 

You control your fingers without finger muscles.

All muscles that control finger movement are in your forearm and palm. CRACKED.COM You have no major muscles in your fingers, and you can see the tendons used to control your fingers move under the skin in your wrist and the back of your hand. You also can't move one finger without affecting others, which is called finger enslaving.


A bittersweet confirmation of his website's utility.

The founder of Match.com lost his girlfriend to another man she met on Match.com. CRACKED.COM Match founder Gary Kremen says he designed the site with women in mind, and he really knew his venture was a success when his own girlfriend left him for another man she met on Match.

The Week 

Halley’s Comet was there for the birth and death of Mark Twain.

Mark Twain was born on the arrival of Halley's Comet, and died when it returned. CRACKED.COM Mark Twain was born on the same day Halley's Comet flew by the earth. Не said I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. Halley's Comet appeared on April 21, 1910, which is the day Mark Twain died.

Stanford University 

Sand is sent to the middle east from around the world.

Australia exports sand to Saudi Arabia. B CRACKED.COM The region has become a new export destination for Australian businesses as the construction in the desert nations of the Middle East has boomed and created a demand for raw materials.

Daily Telegraph 

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