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Papa John’s was sending customers hundreds of late night texts.

Papa John's was sued for $250 million for spam texting customers. PIZZA PAPA JOHNS GET A LARGE NOW BEST PEPPERORI BAKINGS PIZZA PRODUCTION Some customers com- plained they were get- ting 15 or 16 texts in a row, even during the middle of the night, to- talling 500,000 unwant- ed messages in early 2010. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

CNN

A stranded sailor used cats to protect himself from hungry rats.

A sailor stranded on a deserted island used cats as protection. Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk survived for over 4 years stranded on a de- serted island, partly by us- ing feral cats to protect him from ravenous rats that attacked during the night. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Boater Exam

UFOs are a big area of concern for Air Force officers.

The first director of the CIA warned Congress about UFOs. Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter stat- ed in a letter that high-rank- ing Air Force officers are so- berly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the un- known flying objects are nonsense. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NY Times

“Osmosis Jones” influence the start of a chicken wing festival in Buffalo.

The chicken wing festival in Buffalo started because of the movie Osmosis Jones. The National Chicken Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York that Bill Murray's character mentions wasn't a thing at the time, but this idea caused organizers to actually create the festival - which has been active for 16 years. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Buffalo Wing

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A commando unit of 12 Norwegian men crippled the Nazi’s atomic bomb program.

12 men stopped Nazi attempts at developing an atomic bomb during WWII. The small commando unit of Norwegian soldiers sabo- taged the German-held Ve- mork hydroelectric plant. They didn't know it at the time, but the mission played a big part in hindering Ger- many's atomic bomb pro- gram. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Atomic Heritage

Snoop Dogg almost rented an entire country for a music video.

Snoop Dogg once tried to rent the entire country of Liechtenstein for a music video shoot. A property manager, Karl Schwaerzler, said that Snoop indeed wanted to rent all 61 square miles of Liechtenstein for a video shoot, despite the govern- ment saying there is no for rent sign on the country. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NY Post

A millionaire pranked Sydney with a fake iceberg.

An eccentric millionaire tricked people into thinking he towed an iceberg into Sydney Harbor. RD In 1978, Dick Smith offered to cut the iceberg into ice cubes, or Dicksickles, but the iceberg was really made of shaving cream- an elaborate April Fools' Day prank. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NY Times

Only 2 in 50,000 Giant Pacific Octopus babies survive.

A female Giant Pacific Octopus can lay 50,000 eggs. She quits eating and spends 6 months slow- ly dying as she tends to and protects them. On average, only 2 out of the 50,000 baby octopuses survive. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NPR

Veeries can predict the intensity of the hurricane season.

A species of songbirds can predict hurricane season intensity better than computer models. A two decade study of the breeding behavior of Veeries showed that they could sense what the hur- ricane season had in store months before most trop- ical storms form. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Audubon

Everything after the nuclear age is contaminated with cesium.

The cesium test is used to test if an old bottle of wine is genuine. 3 The wine in question is tested for cesium 137 - if there is none present, we know the bottle predates 1945 because, since the nuclear age, everything is contaminated. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NPR

Chaplin received a 12 minute standing ovation when he accepted his honorary Oscar.

When Charlie Chaplin received his honorary Oscar, he received a 12-minute standing ovation. Chaplin was initially hesitant but decided to return to the US for the first time in 20 years, and accepted his award for the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

History

A student was saved when their teacher jumped down a mine shaft after them.

A teacher jumped down a 75-foot mine shaft to save one of her students. In 2012, German kin- dergarten teacher Ina Koenig jumped down and kept the child's head above the cold water until help could arrive. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Daily Mail

A 15-year-old kid dying of cancer was taken to a prostitute.

A psychologist took a dying child to a prostitute so he could have sex before he died. Coke - The 15-year-old boy with terminal cancer told hospi- tal staff of his desire to lose his virginity, and he was eventually brought to Sydney's red-light district without his parents' knowl- edge. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Independent

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