15 Now-You-Know Facts To Inspire Greatness

“Earthbound” anti-piracy measures did not mess around.
15 Now-You-Know Facts To Inspire Greatness

The man's name was Frank, but he didn't want to tell you that. He didn't like the way it sounded or how his mother said it, with a long "a". She used to make fun of him about it and call him Fonky Frank, which made his father furious. It had been years since Frank heard his parents talk to each other; he wasn't sure when they stopped talking. They were both gone now, one dead and one in a coma, but Frank still remembered how much he'd hated hearing their arguments and his father's threats to leave.

He didn't know if the man in the picture he was holding was his father or not. Frank had found it on the ground near the apartment complex where he used to live.

One thing was for sure, though. At some point, somebody had scrawled a long list of fifteen items on the back of the photo.

Frank squinted and started reading the list -- it went ...

Juries can just say “we know they did it, but the law is dumb, so not guilty.”

'Jury nullification' is when a jury legally returns a not guilty verdict when they believe the law is unjust. CRACKED.COM Juries can do this regardless of whether or not the defendant actually committed the crime.

NY Times

Wine starter kits were sold during prohibition to get around alcohol bans.

During prohibition, grape farmers would make semi-solid grape concentrates called wine bricks. CRACKED.COM DOMENIILE BL They were then sold with the warning: After dissolving the brick in a gallon of water, do not place the liquid in a jug away in the cupboard for 20 days because then it would turn into wine.

Napa Valley Register 

Bayer released heroin as a cough suppressant over a hundred years ago.

Heroin is a brand name and was originally marketed by Bayer as a non-addictive cough medicine. fl - - - - - AG 325 I II AND I STORE - أ Lane 5 : 1 SAN BAYER - NOT SAFER un 100 ENTERIO COATED CAPLETE - BAYER S BATER AIX ASPIRIN REGIMEN 121 I BAYER SAFETY COATED The German chemical company launched BAT heroin in 1898 as a chemical modification to CRACKED.COM morphine that made it more palatable as a cough suppressant.

History Today

Video games are bringing teens into libraries.

Many American public libraries carry video games as an attempt to entice teenagers into a library. CRACKED.COM The result is more teenagers coming to the library and books are being checked out at a rate that exceeds what it was before the gamers arrived.


Spider-Man was written into the MCU before Sony gave the OK.

Captain America: Civil War director Anthony Russo never had a Plan B if Sony didn't let them use Spider-Man. CRACKED.COM Due to the production schedule, Spider-Man had to be written into the film many months before he was available for Marvel Studios to legally use.


GM would rather save a few bucks than save a few lives.

General Motors purposely kept the 1979 Chevy Malibu gas tank dangerously close to the rear of the vehicle. CRACKED.COM Instead of paying an extra $8.59 per vehicle to move the gas tank, GM estimated that they would only have to pay $2.40 per vehicle to pay off personal-injury lawsuits.

NY Times

A highly intelligent orangutan named Fu-Manchu is a master escape artist.

There is an orangutan that primatologists believe has successfully demonstrated human-level deception. CRACKED.COM Fu-Manchu has successfully escaped from his cage using home made keys so many times that he is an honorary member of the lock picking union.


“Earthbound” anti-piracy measures did not mess around.

The video game Earthbound has several, intense anti-piracy measures in place. Nintend EARTH INSIDE BOUND CRACKED.COM ONUS Including crashing and deleting your entire save data during the final boss fight if you're using a pirated copy of the game.


The search for the “Jelly” tree is on.

The peanut butter tree is a tropical tree that smells and produces a fruit that tastes like peanut butter. CRACKED.COM The finely-haired fruits are red-orange and the trees can easily be grown indoors, reaching about three feet in height.

Cape Gazette 

A man dated a bird to save the species.

A man named George Archibald spent several years acting as the mate of a female whooping crane. CRACKED COM As part of an effort to save the species from extinction, Archibald slept near, danced, and built nests with her-and it worked.


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