A man is walking down a street. He notices something that seems wrong.

The man turns to face his reflection in a store window. His reflection looks back at him, smiling and confident.

"Hey," says the man, "is it just me or are there two reflections?" The man steps up close to the glass and looks again into his own face. He's right—there is now a second image reflected in the mirror. The first one smiles back with a look of smug certainty, the other one has an uncertain expression.

The man looks around and sees a woman passing by on the street. He walks up to her and asks if he can borrow her mirror for a minute. She takes the mirror and returns with it, holding the reflective glass out toward him.

Suddenly, in the mirror, fifteen reflections stare back at the man. As he recoils with a gasp, the reflections start taking turns to tell him a strange fact. The first reflection tells him ...

The robot hotel in Japan is headed by a raptor.

There is a hotel named Henn-na Hotel in Japan which is staffed by robots. CRACKED.COM The check-in desk is an animatronic velociraptor wearing a bowtie, and porter robots will carry luggage up to the guest rooms.

Unique Hotels 

Mary, Queen of Scots is the reason the surname Stuart exists today.

The surname Stuart was created by Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots. CRACKED.COM Since the French tend to pronounce W like v, she adopted the spelling to ensure that the French said her name correctly.

McGill 

A Googolplex is "one, followed by writing zeros until you get tired.”

A Googolplex is such a large number that it has more zeros than all the hydrogen particles in the known universe. CRACKED COM If you were to write the number out on books with 400 pages, 50 lines per page and 50 zeros per line, the mass of the books would be greater than the total mass of all the stars in the observable universe.

Wall Street Journal 

Children everywhere were spared the sight of Big Bird exploding in a fireball.

NASA wanted to send Big Bird into space on the Challenger in 1986 to get children interested in space. Me CRACKED.COM The Big Bird suit was too big, however, so they sent teacher Christa McAuliffe instead. The Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff.

NBC

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Scenes from Event Horizon were found in a Transylvanian salt mine.

Deleted scenes from 1997's Event Horizon were found in a salt mine in Transylvania. CRACKED.COM The scenes were thought to be lost forever, but even after being recovered the director still thought they weren't worthy to be included in the Special Edition.

Movie-Censorship

Lucas thought ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ was the worst of the Star Wars films.

George Lucas thinks 'Empire Strikes Back' is the worst Star Wars movie. CRACKED.COM Lucas says, Sid  is the reason why The Empire Strikes Back is always written about as the best of the films, when it actually was the worst one. To be fair, this was in 2007.

Slashfilm

Do you have a license for that kebab?

Bay Area FBI agents data mined grocery store records for falafel purchases to find Iranian terrorists. CRACKED.COM The head of the FBI's criminal investigations unit, Michael Mason, shut down the Total Falafel Awareness program, arguing it would be illegal to put someone on a terrorist watch list for simply sticking skewers into lamb.

Source

Sharks chill out to AC/DC.

Sharks act calmer when listening to AC/DC songs. CRACKED.COM After playing the songs using underwater speakers, the sharks became more investigative, more inquisitive and a lot less aggressive.

Time

A spy turned himself into the CIA hoping to get a job, but was jailed instead.

In 1977, William Kampiles stole a spy satellite manual from the CIA which he sold to the Russians for.$3000. CRACKED.COM Не then told the CIA who he worked for and what he had done in the hopes that they would hire him as a double agent. They didn't and he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Chicago Tribune 

Primus’ bassist was “too good” to join Metallica.

Kirk Hammett encouraged Les Claypool to audition for Metallica after Cliff Burton died in 1986. CRACKED.COM After not getting the job, James Hetfield said it was because Claypool was too good and should do his own thing. Claypool later formed Primus.

BoingBoing 

‘Apple’ was started by the Beatles in the ‘60s.

In 1968, the Beatles formed Apple Corps Ltd (informally known as Apple). GRACKED.COM In 1981, a lawsuit was settled with Apple Computer with the payment of $80,000 to Apple Corps. As a condition of the settlement, Apple Computer agreed to stay out of the music business.

CNET 

Olympian Laura Trott overcame a lot to become a gold medalist.

Olympian Laura Trott overcame being born with a collapsed lung and an asthma diagnosis. DEPORTE Y RECREACIÓN T + TISSOT T+ TISSOT T+ CAHN CA on LOOK CRACKED.COM She stands a little over 5ft, weighs 115lbs and is now a double Olympic gold medalist in track cycling.

BBC

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