It had all started with an itch on the back of his neck. At first, it had seemed to be a tick, a minor inconvenience he'd ignored for a time. However, as days passed with no respite, he knew that something was wrong. The itching had turned to throbbing, and the throbbing to sharp pains in the center of his scalp, where the itch resided. He'd tried everything—scratching at the spot, smacking the top of his head, even rubbing a bit of toothpaste into his skin and letting it sit for a time—but nothing worked. It wasn't until he saw a picture of the Sphinx that he finally figured out what it was.

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The world wastes a billion tons of food every year.

Nearly 1 billion metric tons of food is wasted on the planet every year. CRACKED.COM The majority of wasted food (61%) comes from homes, while restaurants and other food services produce 26% of wasted food. Grocery stores make up just 13% of food waste.

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The tusk of a narwhal shows how the animal lived.

Like the rings of a tree, a narwhal's tusk tells us about how it lived. CRACKED.COM Each year, layers of the tusk are added, and they offer insight into the whale's age, the level of pollution it lived in, tem- perature levels, and what its diet consisted of.

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Roller coasters are made so we won’t get distracted by saloons and brothels.

The first roller coaster was created to distract the public from debauchery. CRACKED.COM In 1884, disgusted with the uprising of hedonistic amusements like saloons and brothels, LaMarcus Adna Thompson invented the Switchback Gravity Railway at Coney Island.

Smithsonian Magazine

The original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ had a gross message.

The original 'Beauty and the Beast' was meant to help girls accept arranged marriages. CRACKED.COM It was written in 1740 to encourage girls into forced marriages, for an alliance that required ef- facing their own desires and submitting to the will of a monster.

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Koko remembered what Mr. Rogers did when he entered his home.

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New Yorker

Brigham Young U. banned beards.

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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos was created by a Frito-Lay janitor.

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Variety

You could report on cones on the road in the ‘90s.

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Independent

There is no such thing as a ‘Crunchberry.’

Quaker Oats was sued by a woman who thought Cap'N'Crunch had real berries. CRACKED.COM Jeanine Sugawara felt tricked that the Crunch Berries cereal didn't have a single real berry, so she sued Quaker Oats on the grounds of false advertis- ing. The case was quickly dismissed.

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James Bond has nothing on Roald Dahl.

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A plane crash survivor lost his wallet, but it was returned three decades later.

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This park ranger is the luckiest unlucky person.

A Virginian park ranger was struck by lightning seven times. CRACKED.COM Between 1942 and 1977, Roy Cleveland Sullivan was struck by lightning on 7 different occasions, earn- ing him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records and the nickname Human Lighting Rod.

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Knots in rope were used to keep records.

Incan people tied knots in rope to keep records. GRAGKED.COM Called quipu, the types of knots and their loca- tion relative to the top of the cord would modi- fy the meaning of the apparatus.

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