"The gods do not live forever," a wise and powerful sage once proclaimed, "and they have not lived forever." He went on to say that the gods' lives began when they were born in their parents' arms. Their first breath of life came from an ancestor's mouth; it was a blessing passed down through their mother's side only. The gods did not know this then. They thought that they had always been alive, that they would die when their fathers died—which was why they could not be killed. They believed the world to be made of fire, water and earth, but they were wrong about that as well.

They learned all these things over the course of thousands of years, though some gods did learn it much faster than others. Although much of their knowledge has been lost and has never been passed down, some of it survives, such as this list of fifteen facts:

“Thriller” made Michael Jackson a buttload.

Michael Jackson's royalties for Thriller were $2 per album sold. This was one of the highest royalty rates of that time in 1983. The album went on to sell 70 million copies, making it the best selling album of all time. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Forbes 

The longest someone has survived floating in the ocean is over a year.

A Salvadorian fisherman. survived 438 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean in 2012. With no motor or GPS or food, Jose Alvarenga survived on raw turtle and fish, rain water, turtle blood, and his own urine. Не is believed to be the longest surviving castaway. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

The Guardian

The “Take On Me” music video involved 3,000 rotoscoped frames.

It took 16 weeks to rotoscope the live-action footage from the Take On Me music video. The Take On Me video used a pencil-sketch animation/live-action combination called rotoscoping. Approximately 3,000 frames were rotoscoped, which took 16 weeks to complete. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

BBC 

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A Wal-Mart was built on top of an ancient Mesoamerican city.

A Wal-Mart was built on a section of an ancient Mesoamerican city. Walmart '14 16° '28 - 12 - C '88 29 49 26th 16 - 44 In 2004, the governor of Mexico state, Arturo Montiel, gave permission for Wal-Mart to build a large store in the third archeological zone of the park. Ancient Teotihuacan artifacts were shipped off to dumps by workers who found them on the site. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NY Times 

Laser tattoo removal lets the ink get carried away by your white blood cells.

Laser tattoo removal doesn't burn off the tattoo, it just breaks it down. Laser removal breaks the tattoo down so your white blood cells can carry it away, where it is excreted out of the body. You poop out the tattoo. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Inked Mag

A psychic octopus angered the Germans.

German futbol fans sent an octopus death threats. In 2010, Paul the Octopus, from a German aquarium in Oberhausen, correctly predicted every single World Cup match outcome for the German National Team that year. Не received death threats when he accurately foresaw their semi-final loss. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

IBT

Leonhard Euler figured this stuff out first.

Many mathematical discoveries are attributed to the first person to discover them, after Leonhard Euler. Mathematician Leonhard Euler's work touched upon so many fields that he is often the earliest written reference on a given matter. In order to not name everything after Euler, the discovery is often attributed to the next person who makes it. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Revolvy

Operation Greylord ended with 92 officials indicted.

The first time we used a listening device in a judge's chambers, we indicted 92 state officials. 92 high ranking officials (judges, lawyers, policemen, and a state legislator) were arrested during Operation Greylord and indicted for corruption; including profiting from murder, bribery, and racketeering. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

FBI 

0.You never go against Big Greeting Card.

The founder of Mother's Day wanted to rescind it after it became too commercial. feliz n Merry Christn 5ml MO F WATER Pentet COLORS F EN SCU 1017 Anna Jarvis began organizing a petition to rescind Mother's Day, and she was placed in a sanitarium. People connected with the floral and greeting card industries paid the bills to keep her there. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NPR 

Carrey got 40x what Jeff Daniels made for “Dumb and Dumber.”

Jeff Daniels only got paid $50,000 for his role in Dumb and Dumber, while Jim Carrey got paid $7 million. The Farrelly brothers weren't familiar with Carey's work, only being told he was the white guy from In Living Color. After the success of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Carey was able to negotiate a hefty rate. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Business Insider 

G.R.R.M. was the first person at NY Comic Con.

George R. R. Martin purchased the first ticket to attend the first Comic Con in 1964. Martin was 16 at the time, and it cost him $1.50 to sign up. About 100 people were in attendance at the first Comic Con, with a few pros like Stan Lee's secretary and Steve Ditko. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

History 

There are more robots online than people.

Bots are more active on the internet than people. Only 48.2% of internet traffic is human, and bad bots outnumber good bots. Good bots will crawl your website and bad bots will try to hack it, regardless of how popular it is with humans. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Imperva 

A dolphin saved two whales.

A dolphin named Moko helped rescue two beached whales in 2008. Humans had tried and failed to help the whales and were ready to give up when the dolphin appeared, communicated with the whales and led them to safety. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

BBC

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