Two soldiers, one a young man with his back to the reader and the other an older, more mature man, look at each other across a battlefield. They speak to each other but we are only able to hear the soldier who is younger; it is clear that he has just joined up and does not know much of what is happening around him.

"It's so strange to be back," says the soldier, who has clearly been in the army for some time. "I can't believe I'm really here."

The older soldier nods, but says nothing for a few minutes before speaking again. "It's funny... when you get back from the wars, it's like you've never really left them. I think maybe you have, but your life is just waiting on the other side of the door you're opening.

"Yes," the younger soldier nodded. "But also ... have you ever heard of any of these fifteen facts? Here, listen to this ... "

Harrison Ford gave Sean Bean a scar on his face.

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Looper 

The Japanese fear a mythical foot in need of a scrub.

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Hyakumonogatari

Norway was given a signature smell... In Epcot.

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Disney Parks

Aladdin’s look is based on Tom Cruise.

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Insider 

Hey Arnold! Is really from Sesame Street.

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NY Times 

It was prophesied in the ‘50s that an “Elon” would lead mankind to Mars.

Wernher von Braun wrote a book which imagined that human colonists on Mars would be led by a person called Elon. CRACKED.COM Von Braun was the leading figure in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany and, later, a pioneer of rocket space technology in the United States. 27%

Business Insider 

A giant squid attacked a Naval escort.

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NavSource 

Talk about a clean getaway.

An American burglar named Mike Kurtz found out that eating soap could make him appear sick. CRACKED.COM Не was able to fool prison doctors and officials into believing he was dying, and received a pardon. 27%

NY Times 

Early copies of Mass Effect 3 were dropped from space.

ЕА launched early copies of Mass Effect 3 into space using weather balloons that were equipped with GPS devices. NZ CRACKED.COM Fans were able to track the balloons online and then recover early copies of the game once they landed. 27%

IGN 

A jet raced across the Earth, following the moon’s shadow during an eclipse.

In 1973, Concorde pilots chased a solar eclipse at Mach 2, extending it from 7 minutes to 74. BRITISHAIRWAIS CRACKED COM This gave astronomers an unprecedented opportunity to study the various phenomena made possible by an eclipse. 27%

Vice

Redwood trees with white needles are parasites.

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SF Gate

An extinct bird had a weapon on its wings.

An extinct bird named had strange balls on its wings that it used as a deadly weapon. CRACKED.COM It also made a noise that sounded similar to thunder from a distance. 27%

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