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A waterfall in Minnesota flows into a mysterious hole.

There is a mysterious waterfall called The Devil's Kettle in a state park in Minnesota. CRACKED.COM The waterfall remains a mys- tery to scientists because the western half of the water flows into a pothole; howev- er, every attempt to trace the path of this half of the river once the water has gone into the pothole has failed.

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Jupiter only takes 10 hours to fully rotate.

Jupiter is the fastest spinning planet in our solar system. CRACKED.COM Due to the intensity of its rotation the planet is flat at the poles and bulges at the equator. It takes less than 10 hours for it to com- plete a rotation on its axis.

Tufts

Joaquin Phoenix wanted to be named “Leaf.”

Joaquin Phoenix called himself Leaf until he was 15. CRACKED.COM Joaquin was inspired by spending time outdoors rak- ing leaves and desiring to have a nature-related name like his siblings. This was the name he used as a child ac- tor until he changed it back to Joaquin at 15.

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Teddy Roosevelt was Police Commissioner for New York City.

As Police Commissioner of NYC, Teddy Roosevelt personally made sure cops were working. CRACKED.COM Teddy Roosevelt inherited a vastly corrupt police force. In order to make sure offi- cers weren't slacking off or performing corrupt activi- ties, he himself would walk their beats most nights and early mornings.

The Atlantic

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The National Weather Service had to add new colors to their map during one hurricane.

Hurricane Harvey dropped so much rain that the Weather Service had to change their map. CRACKED.COM During Hurricane Harvey, the National Weather Ser- vice had to add two new colors to the rain accumu- lation map as the old color key topped out at an amount of rain they never before thought would fall.

NPR

Two separate birth anomalies make it possible for a child to be born with two fathers.

It's possible for a child to be born with two biological fathers. CRACKED.COM There are two birth anom- alies - superfecundation (twins with separate fa- thers) and chimerism (ab- sorbed twins), that if com- bined, will create a single human with two biological fathers.

The Tech

A filmmaker lived with monks for half a year to document their daily lives.

A German filmmaker filmed an entirely silent documentary of the lives of Carthusían monks. CRACKED.COM Philip Gröning came alone to live at the mon- astery, where no visitors were ordinarily allowed, for a total of six months in 2002 and 2003, and spent 2.5 years editing 'Into Great Silence.'

Decent Films

Cruise ships dump over half a million gallons of waste into the sea every day.

The cruise line industry dumps 555,000 gallons of greywater and blackwater into the sea every day. WONDER SEAS CRACKED.COM The EPA says an average cruise ship with 3,000 pas- sengers and crew produces about 21,000 gallons of sewage a day-enough to fill 10 backyard swimming pools in a week.

FOE

Boris Yeltsin drummed on the head of Kyrgyzstan’s president with spoons.

Boris Yeltsin once drummed on the head of Kyrgyzstan's president. CRACKED.COM The former Russian Presi- dent got so drunk at a state dinner that he drummed on Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev's bald head, using dinner spoons. Probably got a pretty good sound out of that thing, too.

Reuters

German railways made victims of the Nazis pay to ride to their death.

Jewish prisoners during WWII had to pay for a train ticket to the death camps. CRACKED.COM German railways during World War 2 forced adult prisoners to pay 4 pennies per kilometer while on their journey to death camps but children under the age of 4 traveled for free.

The Guardian 

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