The following is a list of some very strange facts that will definitely leave you feeling a bit stupefied and maybe even a little bit amused. The intention here is to enjoy this list of interesting facts to the fullest, as one might enjoy a good joke or an entertaining anecdote. But enjoy this list of interesting facts only if you are ready for it to be funny and only if you are ready to learn new things. If you are not in the mood for laughing and learning, then perhaps you should go ahead and skip this page and read the rest of the book in silence. I won't blame you. In fact, I would advise you to do exactly that. Skip to the next page, read it, and laugh all you want. But if you are reading this book with a mind open to learning and a heart ready to appreciate humor, then keep on reading and have fun. Here goes the list…

Auto, tire and oil companies dismantled the largest electric rail system in the world.

Los Angeles once had the largest electric rail system in the world. CRACKED COM Automobile, tire, and oil companies bought and dis- mantled it, along with mass transit systems in 44 other US cities. The mass transit systems were replaced with freeways and buses.

Curbed

New York City is not the location of the “Hey Arnold!” TV show.

'Hey Arnold!' was not set in New York City but in a fictional city called Hillwood, Washington. 3 CRACKED COM Craig Bartlett has stated that the city the show takes place in is some- where in the Pacific North- west, and is an amalgam of three cities that he lived in: Seattle, Brooklyn, and Portland.

Bustle

A fake Chinese bank operated for a year and stole millions of dollars from customers.

A fake branch of a genuine bank in China operated normally for more than 1 year. CRACKED.COM By the time authori- ties closed the estab- lishment down, all the money that customers put in (~$32 million) was gone.

Telegraph

There was a Christmas Day truce in WWI.

The two sides of WWI had a truce on Christmas Day. CRACKED.COM During World War 1, Ger- man and Allied forces came out of their trenches on Christmas day in 1914, to sing carols, trade equip- ment and even play foot- ball between their lines.

ThoughtCo

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A politician asked the media to follow him around to prove he wasn’t a womanizer.

A politician running for president in 1988 invited the media to follow him around after he was alleged to be a womanizer. CRACKED.COM Gary Hart was quoted as saying, Follow me around. I don't care. I'm serious. Members of the media complied and he was caught having an af- fair 2 weeks later.

NY Times

A Qur’an was handwritten in Hussein’s blood.

Saddam Hussein had a Qur'an printed in his own blood for his 60th birthday. CRACKED.COM It took two years and 27 li- ters of blood for the calligra- pher to complete all 114 chapters. The project was the result of Hussein re-embrac- ing his religion after his son Uday survived an assassina- tion attempt.

The Guardian

A 100 foot deep flood killed 20,000 villagers after a volcano erupted.

In 1985, a volcano in Colombia that was covered in glaciers erupted, instantly melting the glaciers. CRACKED.COM Two hours later, a 100 feet deep flood of rock and wa- ter traveling 39 feet per second leveled an entire nearby village named Armero, killing 20,000 out of its 29,000 residents.

USGS

Skin cells call white blood cells to kill them before they turn cancerous.

Sunburn happens when skin cells put a hit out on themselves. CRACKED.COM Your skin gets sunburned because your skin cells put up a protein flag on their surface that tells your white blood cells to come kill them so that they don't become cancerous.

Untamed Science

The Church of Scientology has a base guarded by snipers.

The Church of Scientology has a compound in California called Gold Base. CRACKED.COM It is guarded by snip- ers and armed gate guards and houses a prison that practices torture and a paramili- tary training school.

NY Times

Disney World eliminates all of its mosquitoes.

There are almost no mosquitoes in Disney World. GRACKED.COM Even though it is in a swampy territory abun- dant with bugs, they have a sophisticated mosquito surveillance program to try and elim- inate them quickly.

MentalFloss

Authentic Nazi uniforms were used in ‘Indiana Jones.’

Many of the Nazi uniforms in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' were authentic. CRACKED.COM Most of the uniforms worn by the Nazis in the Berlin book burning scene are not costumes. A cache of old uniforms was found in Ger- many and obtained by Cos- tume Designer Anthony Powell to be used in the film.

WhatCulture

Some cities in Europe have self-cleaning public bathrooms.

Cities in Europe offer 'Sanisettes': private, self-contained, self-cleaning, public bathrooms. TOILETTES ROOSERI SSI OTION 223 COM 5 - CRACKED.COM After the user has exited, a wash cycle begins and the entire floor and toilet fixture are automatically sprayed, scrubbed and disinfected. Sometimes, people become trapped in them.

BBC

There used to be 4 billion American chestnut trees.

America used to have 100 feet tall chestnut trees from Maine to Florida. CRACKED.COM There used to be 4 bil- lion American chest- nut trees, but they all disappeared because of a fungus that kills them as saplings.

Timeline

Modern head lice are descended from gorilla lice.

The common head louse has a cousin that only infects gorillas. CRACKED.COM It is speculated that mod- ern human lice are de- scended from gorilla lice that parasitized early hu- mans that slept in gorilla nests or butchered gorilla corpses.

NCBI

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