The sun was high overhead by the time they reached the edge of the city. It wasn't that it was hot or anything; it was more the fact that the sun shone directly on the top of their heads. They were all dressed head-to-toe in protective gear, but the heat from above still managed to seep onto their bodies like water down the back of a neck. Their skin felt clammy and sweaty, and there was no shade in sight. It made it hard for them to walk. The group had been walking since early morning, but they hadn't seen anyone else since then—at least not in a while.

They walked in silence now. Not even a whisper could be heard among them; the silence only broken occasionally by an uncomfortable groan or sigh.

"Look!" A young girl shouted, pointing towards a sign.

"Finally!" The bearded man behind her said, trembling with excitement.

They approached the sign, dense with writing. On it were written these fifteen facts:

A plane stayed in the air for more than two months.

The longest time an aircraft has remained in the air is 64 days, 22 hours, 19 minutes and 5 seconds. Jet letstar.com. CRACKED.COM In 1958, two pilots named Robert Timm and John Cook flew an aircraft for more than two months without landing, refueling by matching speed with a truck driving down a road. Their record has not been broken.

Hackaday 

An inmate escaped his execution only to die the same night anyway.

A death row inmate escaped right before his execution, and immediately died in a bar fight. CRACKED.COM Troy Leon Gregg, a death row inmate in Georgia, escaped the night before his execution only to be killed in a bar fight that very same night. This is what you get for having not one, not two, but THREE first names. It's selfish, really.

DeathQuest 

South Korea tried to stop people from jumping off a bridge, but just made it worse.

South Korea's Bridge of Life was meant to stop suicides, but it backfired. GRACKED.COM In an effort to reduce the high number of suicides on South Korea's Маро Bridge, it was unofficially renamed the Bridge of Life. It was decorated with positive affirmations and even sympathetic sculptures. Suicides increased sixfold the following year.

Rocket News

There’s a form of custody where the kids don’t have to live in two houses.

Bird's Nest Custody involves the parents switching off living in the same house. CRACKED.COM Bird's nest custody is a specific form of joint custody in which, rather than having the children go from one parent's house to the other parent's house, the parents move in and out of the house that the children constantly reside in.

Macelree

The Aztecs thought the Spaniards stank.

The Aztecs found the Spaniards to smell unbearable. CRACKED.COM The Aztecs followed Spaniards around with incense burners when they came to the Americas. The Spaniards believed this to be a divine honor, however, it was actually a necessity due to the wide gap in hygiene between the two peoples.

Mexico Lore

Wild bison in Yellowstone wash their butts before a date.

Yellowstone's wild bison use the hot springs as a bidet. CRACKED.COM The wild bison of Yellowstone National Park has adapted to utilize the local hot springs as bidets to clean the thick fur of their nether regions before mating.

NPS

A hockey player donated his jersey for “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

The hockey jersey Cameron wears in Ferris Bueller's Day Off actually belonged to the player. CRACKED.COM Canadian ice hockey player Gordie Howe personally provided the movie a copy of his #9 Red Wings jersey. It was nice seeing the No. 9 on the big screen, Howe said. I had a lot of proud moments in that jersey.

The Week 

Tomatoes killed people in Europe from lead poisoning.

Europeans feared eating tomatoes for 200 years because of lead poisoning deaths. CRACKED.COM When wealthy Europeans used pewter plates, the high acidity in tomatoes would cause the fruit to leach lead from the plate, resulting in many deaths from lead poisoning.

Smithsonian Magazine

The bananas responsible for banana flavored candy are all gone.

Banana flavored candy is modeled after an extinct type of the fruit. GRACKED.COM Banana candy doesn't taste like a banana because the flavoring was invented while an old species of banana was popular, the Gros Michel, which tastes different to the currently popular banana, the Cavendish.

BBC

“Idaho” doesn’t mean anything.

George M. Willing lied to Congress about the meaning of Idaho when they named the state. CRACKED COM Idaho got its name because some guy George M. Willing proposed the name to Congress, claiming that it was Shoshone Indian for Gem of the Mountain, when it was really just a word he made up.

State Symbol USA

“It’s a Wonderful Life” was played so much on TV because the rights were free.

It's A Wonderful Life was played so much on television because the copyright holders forgot to renew it. CRACKED.COM The movie was a box office flop and caused the sale of its production company. It only became popular after the copyright holders let their ownership lapse and TV stations could play it all day and night without paying for it.

MentalFloss

We only have 600 million more years of solar eclipses.

There will only be solar eclipses on Earth for another 600 million years. CRACKED.COM The moon moves 1.4 inches away from Earth every year. The final total solar eclipse will be in 600 million years time, as the moon will be around 19,000 miles further from the Earth while the sun's diameter will be around 5% larger.

Fourmilab 

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