The official on the podium was tall and dark—the sort who are always described as having a certain dignity. He wore a blue serge suit, with gold epaulettes, a red-and-gold-trimmed black silk scarf at his throat, and an old black felt hat that had once been very much the fashion, and which is now worn by men whose only hope is to hide the fact that they do not know any more about it than a child does. A long white moustache, cut low, and grey whiskers of the same length, curled up on either side of the jaw, completed his appearance of dignity. His hair—what was left of it—was brushed straight back from a broad forehead; his eyebrows were high and dark, and his nose thin. But he looked as though he would have made quite a handsome man if it had been possible for him to sometimes stop being serious.

He opened his mouth and the audience watched expectantly, the loud conversation instantly dying to a low murmur. He then began recounting, with precise diction, a list of facts that went:

Silent bags are used in movies and TV.

Movies have their own style of grocery bags that are silent for better sound recording. a aNY erries is made form 1 POT All kinds of silent material can be bought to use on set, including silent cellophane, gift wrap, manila envelopes, and lunch bags. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Prop Trx

The first polio vaccine went unpatented.

The person who created the first polio vaccine did not patent it. Edward R. Murrow asked Jonas Salk on the CBS television show See It Now who owned the patent to the polio vaccine. His response was Well, the people, I would say... There is no patent. Could you patent the sun? CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

LA Times

One frog can change from spiky to smooth.

The Punk Rocker frog is the only amphibian that can morph its skin texture. The fingernail-size frog can morph its skin texture from spiny to smooth in just minutes and is the first shape-shifting amphibian ever found. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

National Geographic 

“My Neighbor Totoro” had to be unchanged in the English dub.

Hayao Miyazaki permitted an English adaptation of 'My Neighbor Totoro' on the condition that nothing was edited. Не insisted no part of the movie would be edited out, all names had to remain the same, the translation had to be as close to the original Japanese, and no part of the movie could be changed. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Paste Magazine 

Humans are a warlike species.

Just 8% of recorded human history is considered peaceful. Of the 3400 years of recorded history, only 268 are considered peaceful. At least 108 million people were killed in wars in the twentieth century. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NY Times 

Tesla was so smart, his teachers thought he was a cheater.

Nikola Tesla was able to do integral calculus in his head, leading his teachers to believe he was cheating. Passionate about mathematics and sciences, Tesla had his heart set on becoming an engineer but was constantly oppressed by his father's insistence that he enter the priesthood. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

PBS 

A forest fire was started by a woman to give firefighters work.

A woman started a forest fire in Oregon to give firefighters something to do. MSA MS An Oregon woman named Sadee Renee Johnson started a 50,000-acre wildfire and later told authorities that her firefighter friends were bored and needed work. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NY Daily News

Toking up with scorpions is the hot new thing that is bonkers dangerous.

Smoking scorpions to get high is a growing problem in South Asia. The high can last from 10 hours to 3 days. The high is said to be so powerful that it outstrips heroin - after spending the first six hours in pain while their body adjusts to the toxins. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

How Stuff Works

Japanese emperors usually ditched the throne after not too long.

The Emperor of Japan was usually very young because they eventually quit. The duties of the emperor were considered incredibly tedious, and after a decade most emperors abdicated the throne to their younger brother and retired in comfort. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Military History 

The new “Star Trek” Spock couldn’t do the hand salute.

During the filming of Star. Trek(2009), Zachary Quinto could not do the Vulcan salute. Eventually, J.J. Abrams had to glue his fingers together in order for Quinto to do it correctly. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

IMDB

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