One of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of our time is that we can now enjoy this list of interesting facts. We are so fortunate. We know a great deal about the universe, about life, about history, about science, and about how people lived in the past. If you think about it, this is probably the most amazing thing to have happened to our species. The discovery of fire, agriculture, writing, mathematics, democracy, electricity, computers, and other advances are all amazing feats. But, when compared with the fact that we now have access to knowledge about all of those things and much more, these are mere child's play. The reason why I enjoy this list of interesting facts is not because it is a new way to learn things (although it is). It is because I can learn a little bit about anything that I wish, and this gives me an immense amount of satisfaction. 

Want to have a happy marriage? Skimp on the wedding day.

The more you spend on your wedding, the higher the chance you'll get divorced. GRACKED.COM A study in 2014 discovered that couples who spent more than $20,000 on their wedding are roughly 46% more likely to get di- vorced than couples who spent $5,000-10,000.

The Atlantic

Victorinox has never laid off an employee.

Knife manufacturer, Victorinox, claims never to have had to lay off an employee. CRACKED.COM To avoid this they set aside profits during boom peri- ods to supplement reces- sionary periods, as well as temporarily contracting employees to other com- panies as outsourced labor during recessions.

BBC

Special Lego figurines made of metal are in a space probe.

Specially made, aluminum Lego figures are inside NASA's Juno probe. CRACKED.COM The 3 Lego mini fig- ures represent Galileo, the Roman god Jupi- ter, and his sister and wife, the goddess Juno, specially made by the Lego Company.

Space

The Tour de France has a team that spray paints over graffiti genitals.

Tour de France has a dedicated team that transforms penis graffiti on the route. R FB ISRAEL deceminck دي LC QUICK STEP - LCL LCL 45 CRACKED.COM The team's sole pur- pose is to drive each day's route and turn genitals graffitied on the road into owls and butterflies.

Cycling Magazine

Ubisoft dismissed PETA’s complaints about ‘Assassin’s Creed.’

PETA had a problem with the whaling segment of 'Assassin's Creed: Black Flag.' harpooning humpback whale 5 retum to ship hold E to return to the ship CRACKED.COM Ubisoft dismissed it say- ing, We do not condone illegal whaling, just as we don't condone a pirate life- style of poor hygiene, plundering, hijacking ships, and over the legal limit drunken debauchery.

IGN

Open plan offices are bad for business, and are still everywhere.

Open plan offices are detrimental to workers and businesses. N CRACKED.COM Despite about 70% of US offices being open con- cept, workers in open plan offices are 15% less pro- ductive, have trouble con- centrating, and are twice as likely to get sick.

BBC

The US Air Force couldn’t design a cockpit for the “average” body.

In the 1950s, the US Air Force tried to design a cockpit to fit the average pilot's body. CRACKED.COM After measuring 4000 pilots they discovered that none of them came close to having an aver- age body. This led to the introduction of adjust- able seats.

World War Wings

LBJ knew he would die at age 64.

Lyndon В. Johnson didn't run for re-election because he knew he would die before the end of his second term. CRACKED.COM A study he commissioned had predicted he would die at the age of 64, and sure enough, he would die on 22 January 1973 at age 64, 2 days after what would have been the end of his 2nd term.

The Atlantic

A society of non-Hawaiian lawyers overthrew the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The secret society of businessmen and lawyers called 'Hawaiian League' overthrew the Kingdom of Hawaii. GRACKED.COM Members of the league were mostly non-native Hawaiians and U.S./Brit- ish/German lawyers and business people. They forced Hawaii to adopt a constitution in their favor and ended the monarchy.

Project Muse

The Ideal Maternity Home killed or sold infants.

A maternity home in Nova Scotia scammed women and killed infants. CRACKED CON The Ideal Maternity Home was opened in 1928 and forced women to pay $500 each for their stay, then ei- ther killing their newborns through medical negli- gence or selling them for up to $10,000 per baby.

CBC

People in warm climates grow more active sweat glands.

Growing up in a warm climate will make your sweat glands more active. CRACKED.COM Sweat glands mature during the first 2 years of life, so growing up in warm cli- mates leads to more active sweat glands than people who grew up in a cli- mate-controlled environ- ment or in cold climates.

CNN

Feng Shui discourages couples from having a mirror in the bedroom.

A Chinese superstition says having mirrors in a couple's room adds another person to the relationship. GRAGKED.COM A mirror facing the bed pro- motes intrusion of a third party into the couple's rela- tionship and possibly encour- ages infidelity, because the reflection of the mirror dou- bles the energy and luck of those sleeping on the bed.

Feng Shui Nexus

Amazon Web Services has a service for transferring large amounts of data with a truck.

Amazon Web Services has a service for transferring large amounts of data with a truck. CRACKED.COM The service, called Snow- mobile, brings you a truck with 100 Petabytes worth of hard drives. They copy your data, then drive it to its destination, bypassing the internet entirely.

CNBC

There is a “Garbage City” that recycles 80% of trash.

There is a community in Cairo, Egypt that collects trash and recycles upwards of 80% of it. 100% M&S TRIP IECBO use 100 GRACKED COM It is nicknamed Gar- bage City and its mostly Christian resi- dents have been col- lecting and recycling Cairo's trash for sever- al decades.

Atlas Obscura

Wal-Mart used to get payouts for dead employees.

Wal-Mart used to take out life insurance policies on their employees. WAL MART SINCTION GUARANTEED PHAR E CRACKED.COM The corporation would then keep the payouts when they died, a prac- tice colloquially known as Dead Peasant Insur- ance.

WFSU

Clooney uses a picture of himself as Batman as a cautionary tale.

George Clooney keeps a photo of himself as Batman. CRACKED.COM The actor looks at the photo of his time in the rubber suit 'As a cau- tionary reminder of what happens when you make movies for com- mercial reasons'.

Business Insider

Nostradamus published a recipe for a love potion.

Nostradamus wrote a cookbook that contained a recipe for love jam. AEL ETEATR CRACKED.COM The jam would cause a wom- an to be overcome with desire if a man were to have a little of it in his mouth, and while having it in his mouth kissed a woman... and expelled it with his saliva, putting some of it in the other's mouth.

The Guardian

There are 53 supernovas exploding every second.

Supernovae explode on an average once every 100 years in a galaxy. CRACKED.COM Assuming there are 170 billion galaxies in the universe, there are 53 supernovae exploding every sin- gle second.

The Guardian

A Japanese student was stalked for months and the police turned her away.

Japan passed its first anti-stalking law in 2000 after a student was murdered. CRACKED.COM 21-year-old Shiori Ino went to the police about a stalk- er but had been turned away multiple times and falsely portrayed her as a promiscuous flirt in the media before finally being murdered.

Japan Times

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