A man walked alone in the desert. He wore nothing but an old pair of jeans and his underwear. It was a hot summer day with the temperature reaching into the eighties, so he had removed his shoes to avoid burning his feet on the hot sand.

He was a tall, thin man with a pale complexion. He carried only a bottle of water with him. There were no other people or structures for as far as he could see in any direction. His hair was long, and it covered part of his face, making his eyes look sunken into his skull. The skin of his hands and face was dry and rough from being in the sun, while his legs had been scratched up and bleeding by the time he reached this place. He was also dehydrated and exhausted after having been wandering for two days straight through a barren landscape.

He murmured something softly to himself and, if you listened quietly, you could make out that it was a list of facts he repeated to himself over and over. It went ...

Norman Bates received the worst news possible from a tabloid.

Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates in Psycho), discovered he was HIV positive after reading the National Enquirer. CRACKED.COM The article claimed that he was HIV positive. It is suspected that someone illegally obtained his blood samples and had them tested for the virus, leaking the news to the tabloids.

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What we would give to hear the phone conversation between Pizza Hut and Papa John.

Pizza Hut once sued Papa Johns, claiming that the slogan Better ingredients. Better Pizza. is false advertising. PizzaHut Wingsteet AND WingStreet TUESDAY BIGBOX PASTA CRACKED.COM 10 David Novak, President of Pizza Hut at that time, took issue with the phrase that led people to believe Papa John's used superior ingredients without providing proof.

The Balance

Pinball was illegal for 3 decades because politicians thought it was controlled by the mob.

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President Calvin Coolidge was a little prankster.

Former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge enjoyed playing tricks on hís bodyguards. CRACKED.COM Coolidge would buzz his bodyguards and then hide under his desk as they frantically searched for him.

History Today

Bacon packaging must show a “representative slice.”

The government had to step in to correct deceptive bacon packaging in 1974. CRACKED.COM The federal government intervened in 1974 by enacting strict regulations requiring that a representative slice be made visible through a transparent window.

Bloomberg

A biosphere needs wind if trees are going to be strong enough to stand up.

Scientists were bewildered when the trees they grew in a sealed biosphere kept falling over. CRACKED COM They eventually figured out that the biosphere was lacking wind which provides the stress needed to ensure the trees grew strong enough to support themselves.

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A teenage girl was eaten alive by a bear, and called her mom through it.

A 19-year-old spoke to her mom on the phone for an hour while she was being eaten alive by a bear and its cubs. CRACKED.COM Olga Moskalyova and her father were attacked while camping, with her father dying from head trauma immediately. Police and park rangers attempted to find her but couldn't in time.

DailyMail

Children drank more beer than water in Victorian times.

Pregnant women, seriously ill people and many kids relied on beer rather than water during Victorian times. NEW BELGIUM, VOODOO RANGER CRACKED.COM Rotten meat, infected vegetables, and raw sewage getting into well water amongst other disgusting food and drinks meant that alcohol, which killed germs, was your safest bet.

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People used to swear on their privates instead of the Bible in court.

The word Testify comes from the same root as Testicles. CRACKED COM Before the practice of swearing on a holy book became commonplace, witnesses would literally swear on their testicles that they weren't perjuring themselves.

Psychology Today

Disney tried to copyright a Mexican holiday.

While making the movie Coco, Disney tried to trademark the phrase Dia de los Muertos. CRACKED.COM The Mexican holiday has been celebrated in Mexico for centuries. The trademark also included applications pertaining to toys, cereals and jewelry.

LA Times

There is a definitive answer to the question “Does Ben Grimm have a rock penis?”

Many fans have debated since the very first 'Fantastic Four' comic in 1961 if the Thing's privates had remained the same. GRACKED.COM In 2011, creator Stan Lee finally confirmed that the Thing had a penis made of orange rock.

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