"The war will soon be over. I can't see why you're here, anyway," said the soldier, as they stood in silence in the trenches at night, watching out for the enemy. He was an older man with grey hair and a long scar running from his left eye across his cheek to his ear. He had seen a great deal of combat, though his face still bore traces of the wounds that had earned him those scars, which had never quite healed right.

The younger one, on the other hand, wore no uniform, just the clothes of a civilian who had been conscripted. "I'm not really sure what to think," he replied. "You were there when it all began; I've never seen a world like this."

"No ... but I've seen some incredible things, I guess. And I know some incredible things."

"Like what?"

"Well, let me tell you these fifteen facts. Let's start with ... "

A factory in Japan has robots building robots.

There is a factory in Japan which can run unsupervised for 30 days at a time. CRACKED.COM Robots build other robots at the rate of 50 per 24-hour shift. Such factories are called lights out factories because no human presence is needed.

Red Shift 

The Queen of England was courted by Prince Phillip when he was 18, and she was 13.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip started dating/courting when he was 18 and she was 13. CRACKED.COM Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families and is a distant cousin of Elizabeth's. They both descend from the Victoria royal line.

Red Shift 

A star shifted 50,000 light years away, far enough to not end all life on Earth.

The largest starquake emitted more energy in a tenth of a second than our Sun has released in 100,000 years. CRACKED.COM The star Magnetar SGR 1806-20 adjusted itself 50,000 light years away from Earth, but if it would have been 10 light years away, it would have caused a mass extinction of all life on the planet.

Astronomy 

Neil Armstrong almost didn’t make the NASA application deadline.

Neil Armstrong's NASA application was a week late and he almost didn't make the cut. GRACKED.COM If it weren't for his friend, Dick Day, secretly slipping the application into the pile, he would have been rejected.

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Boxers show affection by “boxing” at you with their paws.

The boxers are named so because they will paw at you, or 'box you', to show affection. CRACKED.COM When they are excited, they often kidney bean, a little dance that involves twisting their bodies into a semi-circle, similar to the shape of a kidney bean.

Dog Time

A marketing firm forgot to buy a domain before spray painting the URL all over London.

A marketing firm spray painted a URL around London for '28 Weeks Later' before they bought the website. CRACKED.COM The firm sprayed graffiti warnings around UK cities featuring 'ragevirus.com'. However, they forgot to buy the domain, having to fork out for it later.

B3TA 

Real sharks terrorized the crew of Jaws II.

When filming Jaws 2, cast members were circled by actual hammerhead sharks. CRACKED.COM Because the scene called for the actors to yell for help, the crew did not immediately realize they were in danger.

Jaws Wiki 

Slash considered joining Poison before Guns N’ Roses.

Before Guns N' Roses, Slash once auditioned for the band Poison. CRACKED.COM Не had decided to quit the pre-Guns N' Roses band 'Hollywood Rose' and was referred to Poison. Не decided not to join when he was asked about wearing makeup.

Loudwire

Yoko Ono put a stop to a Weird Al parody of a Beatles song.

Weird Al intended to parody the Beatles Free as a Bird on his album Bad Hair Day. CRACKED.COM Paul McCartney gave permission for the parody, but since John Lennon wrote the song, he passed the decision on to Yoko Ono, who said no.

Weird Al 

Super Mario 64 makes your brain grow.

Scientists in Berlin asked adults to play Super Mario 64 over a period of 2 months for 30 minutes a day. M CRACKED COM The group showed increases of gray matter, demonstrating the direct causal link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase.

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A Google Maps error led to an invasion.

An error of Costa Rica's border on Google Maps led to an invasion of Costa Rica by the army of Nicaragua. GRACKED COM Google responded, saying that their Maps shouldn't be used as a reference to decide military actions between countries.

Newsweek 

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