I was born in this town, but my father was a soldier. He served for twenty-one years in the army, and he was a brave man. He was wounded twice, but not badly — once at Gettysburg in the American Civil War and once at the siege of Badajoz. I can still see him in my memory as he came home one evening from duty, in his blue uniform.

He had been on a long march, and was understandably quite tired out. When he got into the parlor he said to his wife (my mother, who died last year): 'You see, Mary — we shall never have a better son than that.' And she answered him with: 'Never? What are you talking about?' And he replied, with a sad smile that did not really become him — and I shall never forget this -— he replied by just recounting a list of facts, which went ...

NASA can email parts to astronauts in space.

Thanks to 3D printing, NASA can basically email tools to x astronauts. CRACKED.COM Getting new equipment to the Space Station used to take months or years, but with this new technology the tools are ready within hours. 27%

NASA

A famous poet wore green makeup and no one knows why.

Poet T. S. Eliot wore green makeup, for some unknown reason. x GRACKED COM No one is sure why the poet dusted his face with green powder, though some guess he was just trying to look more interesting. 27%

The Guardian

Kleenex was invented to be used in gas masks.

Kleenex tissues were originally intended for gas masks. x CRACKED.COM When there was a cotton shortage during World War I, Kimberly-Clark developed a thin, flat cotton substitute that the army tried to use as a filter in gas masks. The company redeveloped it to be smoother and softer, then marketed Kleenex as facial tissue instead.

CNN 

The apples Johnny Appleseed planted were for getting turnt up, not eating.

The real John Chapman planted thousands of apple trees on U.S. soil. CRACKED.COM But the apples on those trees were much more bitter than the ones you'd find in the supermarket today. Johnny Appleseed didn't expect his fruits to be eaten whole, but rather made into hard apple cider.

Smithsonian Magazine

Livestock have dental pads instead of front teeth.

Most livestock don't have upper front teeth. BE 00268 0026 CRACKED.COM They do have molars in the top back of their mouths though. Where you'd expect upper incisors, cows, sheep, and goats have a thick layer of tissue called a dental pad. They use that with their bottom teeth to pull out grass.

Science Direct 

Blue whales can eat half a million calories in one gulp.

Blue whales eat half a million calories in one mouthful. x CRACKED.COM Those 457,000 calories are more than 240 times the energy the whale uses to scoop those krill into its mouth. 27%

Live Science

If avocados are reproductive organs, what does that make guacamole?

Avocados were named after reproductive organs. B CRACKED.COM Indigenous people of Mexico and Central America used the Nahuatl word ãhuacatl to mean both testicles and avocado. The fruits were originally marketed as alligator pears in the United States until the current name stuck.

Etym Online

Who do we pay for the Samsung bot to sit on us?

Samsung tests phone durability with a butt-shaped robot. x AZ 31 Centra Call Calendar Calculator Daily Mail Contacts Clock Deliver Ohome Dun Drupbou Drive Downloads f ebay files Facebook enjoy now de Installine Instagram Google Gmail GRACKED.COM People stash their phones in their back pockets all the time, which is why Samsung created a robot that is shaped like a butt to sit on their phones to make sure they can take the pressure. 27%

Samsung News

4. There was a Beefalo Soldier, in the heart of America.

A cow-bison hybrid is called a beefalo. B CRACKED.COM You can even buy its meat in at least 21 US states. 600 beefalo are roaming in the Grand Canyon, and wreaking environmental havoc. 27%

BBC 

Running amok is an actual medical condition.

Running amok is a medically recognized mental condition. CIRCUS AMOK CRACKED.COM Considered a culturally bound syndrome, a person running amok commits a sudden, frenzied mass attack, then begins to brood. 27%

Merriam Webster

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