15 Real Facts That Illuminated Our World

15 Real Facts That Illuminated Our World

"The first step toward finding what you've lost is knowing where to look," said a voice that wasn't there. It sounded like the sort of thing that would have been on one of those cheesy late-night television infomercials. But this was real. And he was listening carefully because it seemed important and it was his last day here in this desert and he didn't want to go back to the world with no sunsets or moonrises or snow or trees or anything else that might make a difference between life and death. So he had been paying very close attention since waking up. And now, after several hours of walking, he thought maybe he had heard it again...

He turned his head to look behind him as he continued walking. No, there was nothing there. No sign of life whatsoever.

But ... there was the voice. Yes. Disembodied, but clear.

Suddenly, it started speaking to him. For some reason, it began rattling off a list of facts, starting with ...

Norway banned a Monty Python movie.

Norway banned Life of Brian, so the filmmakers used it as a form of marketing. CRACKED.COM After being banned for blasphemy, it was marketed in Sweden as The film that is so funny that it was banned in Norway!


Those “Right To Repair” laws aren’t looking so great now, are they?

One 2001 Apple iBook model used a glue that, after 12-18 months, may begin to smell like human body odor. Book GI CRACKED.COM It is so strong that repairs are difficult because the smell makes people nauseous.

Low End Mac

An ancient fish that lived with the dinosaurs is still around.

Coelacanths were thought to be extinct since the Cretaceous period, before being discovered alive in 1938. CRACKED.COM 90 species of the ancient looking fish were thought to have died some 65 million years ago, but there are still two species swimming around Madagascar and Indonesia.


Body hair could grow as long as scalp hair, but it falls out before it can.

Body hair doesn't stop growing at a certain length, it just falls out before the hair on your head. CRACKED.COM For eyebrows, the growth cycle is completed in around 4 months, while it takes the scalp 3-4 years to enter the shedding phase.


There is no confirmation that Bob The Builder is NOT Yakuza.

In Japan, a few foreign cartoons including Bob The Builder had to have their four finger hands edited. CRACKED.COM Having only four fingers implies membership of the Japanese Mafia, so it was suggested to add a fifth finger to these characters.


Norway does not stand for Greenwashing.

Norway has very strict rules on advertising cars as green. CRACKED.COM Norway's consumer ombudsman (public advocate) says, Cars can do nothing good for the environment except less damage than others.


A nationwide manhunt was launched for Herb, a man who never had a Whopper.

In 1985, Burger King launched a viral ad campaign featuring 'Herb the Nerd', a mysterious man who had never eaten-a Whopper in his life. CRACKED.COM People could get a 99 cent Whopper by saying I'm Not Herb, or if their name was Herb, I'm not the Herb you're looking for.


A fake Paris was made to fool bombers during WWI.

Towards the end of World War 1 a 'second Paris' was built to fool German bombers into not bombing the real Paris. CRACKED.COM It was complete with white, yellow, and red lights to create the effect of machines working at night.

The Telegraph

There is a game that uses files on your computer as enemies.

There is a video game, called Lose/Lose that deletes a random file on your computer every time you-kill-an-enemy. CRACKED.COM Styled after games like Galaga, the player controls a spaceship and can shoot at aliens in their path, each representing a random file on the player's computer.

Venture Beat 

A pilot punched a would-be hijacker in the face to save his plane.

An attempted terrorist attack on Trans Australia flight 408 was thwarted when the со- pilot punched the-attacker in the face. 251 1020 CRACKED.COM In 1960, a Russian terrorist tried to hijack the plane, armed with a bomb. Co-pilot Tom R. Bennett punched him in the face and ripped the wires off the bomb, saving 49 lives.

AU News 

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is made into lumber for building homes.

After the holidays, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree is milled into lumber and donated to Habitat For Humanity. GRAGKED COM The tree is made into 2x4 and 2х6 beams after being transported to a mill in New Jersey for sawing, and then dried in a kiln and milled at a landscaping company.

Rockefeller Center

Hummingbirds are always just hours away from starving to death.

Hummingbirds are continuously hours away from starving to death. CRACKED.COM They consume the human equivalent of 140,000 calories per day to compensate and some species can travel 385 miles on a single gram of fat.


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