This is the story of how, in a fit of insanity, I attempted to discover why and for what purpose God gave me the gift of being able to see into people's minds—to see their thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams—and then to tell them exactly how it was all going to turn out in the end. In other words, I tried to find God. The attempt nearly destroyed my mind, and left my body so damaged that even if I had been able to locate him, I would not have recognised him. He would not recognise me in return, of course. It's a sad story, really—a pathetic tale of human weakness and vanity.

It all began on the day I learned the Dreadful Knowledge. It was merely something that seemed innocuous at first, and for most people certainly was, but it turned out to be the exact key that, when placed in the lock of my mind, drove me insane. It was a list of fifteen facts that went:

There is no such thing as too much sugar when you’re a kid.

We typically do not start to think of foods as too sweet until our bone growth stops. GRACKED.COM Infants don't have to learn to like sweet or salt, it's there from before birth. Younger children have virtually no limit to the amount of sugar they find palatable.

NPR

A road in Russia is paved with good intentions – no wait, those are human bones.

There is a highway in Russia built on the bones of the laborers that constructed it. CRACKED.COM The Road of Bones was built during the Soviet Union's Stalinist era. Inmates of the Sevvostlag labor camp started the first stretch in 1932, and construction continued with the use of gulag labor until 1953.

Telegraph 

The bones of a medieval archer are noticeably different.

Archeologists can tell which skeletons belonged to archers because the bows deform the bones. CRACKED.COM The high poundage of war bows, coupled with years of training in their use from a young age, led to skeletons having over-developed shoulder and arm bones to compensate for the growth of muscle.

Forbes

Sword swallowing is indeed dangerous.

29 deaths resulting from sword swallowing have been reported since 1880. CRACKED.COM Sword swallowing is not an illusion of any kind: the performer actually pushes the sword down their esophagus and into their stomach.

BMJ 

A nudey beach caused a boat of lookie loos to flip.

A boat capsized in 2004 when all 60 passengers rushed to one side as the boat passed a nude beach. CRACKED COM Partygoers apparently hoping to catch a glimpse of nude sunbathers crowded on one side of a floating barge, prompting the ship to capsize and dump all 60 people into Lake Travis in Texas.

NBC News

Norway introduced raw salmon to Japan.

Raw salmon sashimi in Japan is all thanks to Norway. CRACKED.COM The Japanese considered raw salmon dangerous since Pacific salmon was prone to parasites. Norway had too much salmon and decided to focus on teaching Japanese consumers that Atlantic salmon was safe to eat raw.

Nortrade 

Crowd noise was added to the studio recording of "Bennie And The Jets."

Bennie And The Jets by Elton John isn't a live recording. CRACKED.COM Producer Gus Dudgeon wanted a live feel on the recording, so he mixed in crowd noise and whistles into the song.

Song Facts

$70k was (legally) stolen from an MMO RPG bank.

A player set up an in-game bank in EVE Online that operated legitimately for several months. CRACKED.COM The bank's founder then stole nearly 790 billion units of in-game currency, nearly $170,000 in real-world dollars. This was all perfectly legal.

ARS Technica

Bluefin tuna can cook themselves when fighting with a fisherman.

Tuna can move so powerfully that they cook their own flesh. CRACKED.COM The warm-blooded Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is so powerful that when fighting fishermen it can cook its own flesh with sudden bursts of muscle activity.

National Geographic

A man went to jail based only on testimony from a teenager, who admitted to lying.

Carl King took it upon himself to prove his friend was innocent after being jailed for 21 years. CRACKED.COM The jury convicted Colin Warner on charges of second-degree murder based solely on the eyewitness testimony from a 14-year-old boy who admitted to lying on the stand.

LA Times

“Storm babies” are caused when the barometer drops.

Women often go into labor during storms because of the change in barometric pressure. CRACKED.COM This is why storm babies happen- low barometric pressure induces rupture of the fetal membranes, resulting in delivery.

PubMed

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