The “Riddle of the Sphinx” (1870) was the last major work of French writer and critic Jules Verne, who died in 1905. The book is set in an alternate history, where a fictional civilization, the Kaxares, destroyed itself through industrialization and overpopulation. The rest of the world then fell into a dark age, which lasted for thousands of years. When the Kaxares civilization is rediscovered, an expedition sets out to investigate the fate of the civilization. The expedition finds the Kaxares buried deep beneath the sand, and upon digging further, discover that the Kaxares had survived the cataclysm by living within the earth, in a subterranean city, which they named “Eblis.” 

This book is a collection of bizarre, often grotesque, facts, as well as strange historical incidents and tales of scientific achievement. Verne's interest in the subject of science and exploration was obvious throughout his writings, and many of his stories feature protagonists who enjoy this list of odd facts.

We remember our 20’s more than any other time in our lives.

Our sharpest memories are from early adulthood. As adults reflect on events of their lives, they remember more events from their twenties than from any other time in their lives, called the reminiscence bump. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Psychology Today

‘Bambi’ took inspiration from Chinese landscape paintings.

The art of'Bambi' was inspired by Chinese landscape paintings. Led by the film's Chi- nese-born lead artist, Tyrus Wong, back- grounds in the film were inspired by land- scape paintings of the Song dynasty. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NY Times

Men wore high heels first.

High heels were originally worn by men. Since they showed that the wearer owned and maintained hors- es, high heels became associated with the upper class. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Slate

DUI offenders in Ohio have to wear a “scarlet letter” on their car.

Ohio DUI offenders have. to use yellow license plates. Since 1967, Ohio has is- sued special scarlet let- ter plates for repeat DUI offenders, and whenever a driver's blood-alcohol level is twice the legal limit. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

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Icelanders think elves are real, and go to church.

Iceland had to move a 70 ton rock because protestors claimed it was an elf church. 62% of people in Iceland be- lieve in elves, and the con- struction of a proposed high- way would threaten the sanc- tity of their house of worship. The rock was moved, with the help of a crane, and con- struction resumed. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

The Guardian

The fastest man in the world has scoliosis.

Usain Bolt has really bad scoliosis. The fastest man in the world said, My spine's really curved bad... But if I keep my core and back strong, the scoliosis doesn't really bother me. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

ESPN

Route 66 will vibrate your car to the tune of "America the Beautiful."

Grooves in the road on Route 66 play America the Beautiful. Going 45 mph, the grooves in the road act like rumble strips, vibrating your car to create different pitches. New Mexico's Department of Transportation added the feature in 2014. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Popular Mechanics

An old calendar led to the Russians being late for the 1908 Olympics.

The Russians arrived 12 days late to the 1908 Olympics because they were using the wrong calendar. S By 1908, Russia was still using the old Julian calen- dar, proposed by Julius Caesar in 46 ВС, but al- most every other nation was using the Gregorian calendar mandated by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Time and Date

A good cry will really make you feel better.

Crying releases chemicals to make you feel better. Crying for long periods of time releases oxytocin and endogenous opioids, oth- erwise known as endor- phins. Sobbing even cools the brain as you quickly breathe in cool air, improv- ing your mood. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Healthline

A mousetrap from the 1800s in a museum caught a mouse 155 years later.

A 155-year-old Perpetual Mousetrap caught a mouse in 2016. The mousetrap, unveiled in the mid-1800s, was said to last a lifetime. While being displayed at an English mu- seum, the mousetrap lived up to its name and caught an unlucky rodent attempting to use it to build a nest. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

BBC

A tradition in Japan says it’s good luck for a Sumo wrestler to make a baby cry.

Sumo wrestlers purposefully babies cry. make The 400-year-old Japanese tradition states that if a sumo wrestler can make your baby cry, it means he or she will live a healthy life. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

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A meteor exploded above Earth and no one noticed.

Everyone missed a meteor exploding in the atmosphere with ten times the force of an atomic bomb. The explosion on Decem- ber 18, 2018 went unde- tected, even by NASA, be- cause it took place over the Bering Sea close to the path of commercial planes flying between North America and Asia. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

BBC

A woman had three children with two uteruses.

A woman in Bangladesh gave birth to twins, a month after having her previous child. The unusual circum- stance occurred be- cause the woman has two uteruses and both were able to successful- ly carry the three healthy children to term. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

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