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The woman sighed in exasperation. She'd met dozens of these people, men who were certain they possessed supernatural abilities that would make them famous or wealthy if only the right person believed in them. "What makes you think this time you will be different than all the times before?" she asked. "You've come to me before claiming that you are telekinetic, that you have the power to heal others with your mind, and even once that you can see the future."

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Chile has a “Magic Mountain” hotel tucked away in a forest.

There is a Magic Mountain Hotel in Patagonia only accessible via suspensión bridge. The hotel, surrounded by a dense forest area in Chile, is built up like a mountain, covered in overgrowth with a wa- terfall spilling out the top. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Uniq Hotels

The chocolate chip cookie was invented by accident.

The chocolate chip cookie was invented accidentally by Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1930. Ruth decided to prepare a batch of Chocolate Butter Drop Do cookies, but after realizing that she was out of baker's chocolate she instead added broken pieces of a Nestlé choco- late bar. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

CNN

Virginity can be very profitable, if you’re a model.

A model sold her virginity for $3 million to an Abu Dhabi businessman. 19-year-old Giselle says she'll use money to pay for college fees and traveling, and a new house. She de- scribed being able to sell her virginity as a 'form of emancipation.' CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Daily Mail

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Before “Night of the Living Dead,” George Romero worked for Mr. Rogers.

George A. Romero got his start making short films for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Romero, who was just out of college at the time, joked that film- ing Mr. Rogers Gets a Tonsillectomy was the scariest thing he ever shot. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Grunge

Franz Liszt was a rockstar in the 1800s.

Back in the 1800s, composer Franz Liszt was worshiped like a rock star. In fact, he received so many requests for locks of his hair that he eventually bought a dog, only to snip off patches of its fur to send to his admirers. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Classic FM

Beaver College was being censored online because of its name.

Beaver College changed its name to Arcadia because anti-porn filters blocked access to the school's website. The rise of systems de- signed to filter out sexually explicit material online re- peatedly blocked access to the college's website. Be- cause of its name, the insti- tution appealed to 30% few- er prospective students. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NPR

In Germany, depending on which way a black cat crosses your path, it could be lucky or unlucky.

A black cat crossing your path from right to left is considered good luck in Germany. From left to right is unlucky. The supersti- tion is said to have stemmed from the 17th century where they began to be linked with witchcraft. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Metro

Lincoln rejected an offer of elephants for use during the Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln declined an offer to bring in war elephants to the United States. While the letter from the King of Siam was addressed to former President James Buchanan, it was up to Lin- coln and his Secretary of State William Seward to po- litely decline this offer. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Battlefields

A cat pee aroma in wine is a good thing.

When it comes to wine, a cat pee-like aroma is often indicative of a high-quality vintage. Sauvignon Blancs from warmer countries such as South Africa, California and Australia tend to have less of the 'cat's pee' aro- ma than the ones pro- duced in France, New Zea- land and Hungary. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Tim Atkin

The author of ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ loved snails.

Novelist Patricia Highsmith kept about 300 snails as pets. The author of 'The Talent- ed Mr Ripley' and 'The Price Of Salt' would carry them in her handbag to parties, calling them her companions for the eve- ning. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

The Guardian

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