I'm a writer. I have always been a writer and I'll be writing for as long as I can write. I don't know when I started writing stories or if anyone else even noticed, but the fact remained: I had always wanted to write. I was always creating things in my mind—fantasy worlds and stories that would never be published.
One of those things was an adventure story that I wrote about a group of people who were searching for the lost city of Atlantis. The story was set in modern times, with some fantastical elements added to give it more depth. In my world, Atlantis didn't exist as we now understand the concept of Atlantis; it was a magical city that existed thousands and thousands of years ago, before the fall of its grand civilization.
The religion of Atlantis was built up entirely around a strange list of fifteen facts, and that list went like this:


 

There is more bourbon in Kentucky than Kentuckians.

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Beaver goo is sometimes used to enhance food.

The goo that beavers excrete is sometimes used to enhance the flavor of vanilla. CASTO CRACKED.COM Castoreum is secreted near the base of a beaver's tail when marking their territo- ry. Although now it's rare, processed forms of casto- reum have been used as food additives.

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You can learn a fictional Game of Thrones language online.

You can learn the High Valyrian language from 'Game of Thrones' on Duolingo. GAME OF THRONES CRACKED.COM High Valyrian is the Latin-like language used in formal circum- stances by the fiction- al nobility of Essos and Westeros.

Duolingo

There is a reason for the hole at the tip of your pen cap.

BIC's pen caps have a hole at the tip so they aren't a choking hazard. GRAGKED.COM The BIC pen company ex- plains on its website: All of our BIC caps comply with international safety standards that attempt to minimize the risk of chil- dren accidentally inhaling pen caps.

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Twitter’s mascot has an actual name.

The Twitter bird's official name Is Larry. CRACKED.COM Larry the Bird is a trib- ute to basketball great Larry Bird, who played for Twitter co-founder Biz Stone's home team, the Boston Celt- ics.

Mashable

The Incan people sacrificed guinea pigs.

Guinea pigs were once sacrificed wearing earrings and necklaces. CRACKED.COM Archaeologist Lidio Valdez discovered 100 of the sacrificial ro- dents in Peru, put there by the Incan people during the 16th century.

Gizmodo

Animal Planet tricked people into thinking mermaids were real.

The U.S. government has to release a statement denying the existence of mermaids. GRACKED.COM The Animal Planet mocku- mentary 'Mermaids: The New Evidence' aired in 2013 and fooled enough people that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminis- tration had to step in.

Daily Mail

10 percent of the bombs dropped on Germany in WWII never exploded, and are still there.

Germany uncovers 2,000 tons of unexploded bombs every year. CRACKED.COM During World War II, the Allied forces dropped over a total of 2.7 million tons of bombs on Germany. Due to certain defects in their delay timers, around 10 percent never exploded.

Spiegel

Pluto hasn’t completed a trip around the sun since its discovery.

A year on Pluto hasn't passed since its discovery in 1930. CRACKED.COM It takes 248 Earth-years for Pluto to complete one ro- tation of its own around the sun. This places Pluto's first birthday since its dis- covery on Monday, March 23, 2178.

Universe Today

Australian Parliament tried to ban the word “mate.”

The Australian government banned the word mate for a day. CRACKED.COM In 2005, Australian Parlia- ment banned anyone on their staff from using the word mate while at work. Prime Minister John How- ard objected, claiming that mate was an important part of Australian culture.

ABC

An island that didn't exist appeared in maps for 100 years.

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The tale of the Loch Ness monster is older than we thought.

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster goes back nearly 1,500 years. GRACKED.COM Written in the year 565 A.D., the tale speaks of a water beast that at- tacked and killed the local people when they went in the river- now known in Scotland as the River Ness.

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