In case you're wondering why the hell this list exists, let me explain. I enjoy this list of interesting facts quite a lot, and I think it's very good for your brain. I hope you don't mind if I give you a bit of background first. I was born in the city of Wigan in England, which is just north of Liverpool. I have one older sister and two younger brothers, which means I'm the middle child in the family. My dad used to be a butcher and my mum worked for a women's clothing shop, but now she works part-time in the kitchen of a pub. I'm 19 years old, so I'll be going to university next year. I'm also a keen atheist. I believe that God is just a fairy tale and that we're all alone in the universe, floating in a void with no meaning. Uh… enjoy the list!!

Vanity Air started as a joke but became a hit.

A Canadian company, as a joke, started selling canned fresh air called Vanity Air. CRACKED.COM The product became a hit when marketed in China. They package compressed air from the Rocky Mountains into aluminum cans that sell for $10-$20 each.

SFGate

An Australian PM loved swimming and disappeared in the ocean.

An Australian Prime Minister went for a swim in the ocean and was never seen again. CRACKED.COM When Prime Minister Harold Holt's press secretary ex- pressed concern about his love of swimming, he said, Look, what are the odds that a PM would drown or be eaten by a shark, almost guaranteeing an ironic death.

The Australian

Nearly 1,400 people died at a banquet when they thought the beer ran out.

Over a thousand people died at a banquet when they thought there wasn't enough beer. CRACKED.COM The banquet celebrating the crowning of Tsar Nicholas II was free to the public but a rumor of gold coins as gifts and there not being enough beer for everyone caused a stampede, trampling and kill- ing 1389 people.

Alexander Palace

An angel told Santana how to make his next record.

Carlos Santana said that he was contacted by the Archangel Metatron and told how to create his next album. CRACKED.COM 'Supernatural' went on to win 12 Grammys in- cluding Album of the Year, went 15 times plat- inum, charted #1 in 10 countries, and sold 30 million copies.

Ledger Note

A Civil War widow lived until 2008.

The last surviving Civil War widow lived until 2008. GRACKED.COM Maudie Hopkins mar- ried 86-year-old Civil War veteran William М. Cantrell on Febru- ary 2, 1934 when she was only 19. Maudie died at age 93.

Washington Times

The first same-sex marriage license in the US was issued 43 years ago.

The first same-sex marriage license in the US was issued 43 years ago. GRACKED.COM Boulder County clerk Clela Rorex issued the license in 1975, and later refused a marriage license to a man and his horse because the underage horse did not have parental consent.

Daily Camera

Seattle sits on top of the original city from two hundred years ago.

Downtown Seattle was built on top of the original city from the 1800s. GRACKED COM It was rebuilt on top of ар- proximately 20-foot high walled tunnels following a great fire, in order to pre- vent floods from high tide and sewage. You can go underground to see the original city remnants.

Source

Kris Kristofferson landed a helicopter on Johnny Cash’s lawn to get his attention.

Kris Kristofferson went into music after studying at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. CRACKED.COM Не moved to Nashville and made ends meet as a heli- copter pilot. After trying un- successfully to get Johnny Cash to hear some of his songs, he finally got Cash's attention by landing a heli- copter on his lawn.

The Times Picayune

A cannibal dictator lived in exile in Saudi Arabia.

A Ugandan dictator accused of being a cannibal lived in exile for 20 years. CRACKED.COM Idi Amin was a convert to Islam and responsible for the deaths of up to 400,000 people. Не fled to Saudi Arabia after a coup and was allowed to live there for over 20 years until his death.

BBC

The filming of ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ was not fun.

'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' was filmed on a microscopic budget of $60,000. GRAGKED.COM The cast and crew had to work 7 days a week, 12-16 hours a day in 115°F heat in a poorly ventilated farm- house amid rotting roadkill being used as props to fin- ish the film.

MentalFloss

A Wisconsin village was left off of a state map, so they tried to secede.

Winneconne seceded from Wisconsin in 1967 when it accidentally went missing from the official state map. TINES OWNEAD FITSH CRACKED.COM They tried to form a sovereign state or be annexed by another state before the gover- nor met with them just one day after their proclamation.

Chicago Tribune

A cosmonaut died in a space flight accident and requested an open casket.

The first person to die in a space flight requested an open casket. 12-13-X-1964 СОВЕРШЕН ПОЛЕТ ТРЕХМЕСТНОГО КОСМИЧЕСКОГО КОРАБЛЯ ПОЧТА CCC ВОСХОД КОМАНСТР GRAGKED.COM AFT4. - KOI In 1967, the Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov died in an accident on the Soyuz 1 mis- sion. Komarov was aware of the faulty design of the shuttle and wanted to send a message to the government officials who had caused his death.

NPR

A member of Austria’s parliament wanted to revoke Schwarzenegger’s citizenship.

Austria doesn't usually allow dual citizenship, but made an exception for Arnold Schwarzenegger. CRACKED.COM Austria made a special ex- ception for Schwarzenegger in 1983 when he became a U.S. citizen. A member of Parliament tried to have his Austrian citizenship revoked in 2005 for his support of the death penalty.

BBC

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