For some strange reason, the human mind is attracted to unusual facts. There are a lot of odd things in the world that have happened at one point or another. It's probably just the human fascination with the unusual. I enjoy this list of interesting facts and oddities because it gives us an excuse to be distracted. You'll find a lot of the facts are quite dull in and of themselves but it's the fact that there's an explanation to them that makes them interesting. It's like an old book; it's nice to know there's an explanation for something that has happened in the past. It's a relief. The purpose of this list is to entertain. I do hope that you enjoy this list of interesting facts. If you're interested in learning more about a certain odd fact then please leave a comment. I may end up answering whatever questions you may have.

Ronald Reagan inspired someone to join the Secret Service while he was still making movies.

One of Ronald Reagan's agents was inspired to join the Secret Service by Reagan's films. Agent Jerry Parr joined the service after seeing movies as a child about the Secret Service, starring Ronald Reagan. Parr would go on to save Reagan from an as- sassination attempt. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Rawhide Down

Bounties were placed on bank robbers during the Great Depression.

There was a 1700% increase in bank robberies during the Great Depression. II The Texas Bankers Asso- ciation created the Dead Bank Robbers Reward Program, paying $5000 to anyone who killed a robber during the crime, no questions asked. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Texas Cooper Power

The US presidents from the end of the Civil War until the 1890s were called forgettable.

The 'Forgettable Presidents' resided in the White House from the end of the Civil War until the 1890s. They were either im- peached, assassinat- ed, disgraced by their own party, surround- ed by corruption, or possibly fraudulently elected. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

US History

Capone’s soup kitchen served 2,200 Chicagoans every day.

During the Great Depression Al Capone started one of the first soup kitchens. Called Free Soup Coffee & Doughnuts for the Un- employed, Capone's soup kitchen served breakfast, lunch, and din- ner to an average of 2,200 Chicagoans every day. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

History

Almost all of the pizza cheese is made by one company.

Leprino Foods has control over 85% of the pizza cheese market. The cheese used by major pizza companies like Dom- inoes, Papa Johns, and Piz- za Hut is monopolized by this single cheese compa- ny. They sell one billion pounds of cheese per year for $3 billion. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Forbes

A Harvard professor almost sued a restaurant over out-of-date prices on their website.

A Harvard business school professor threatened to sue a Chinese restaurant over $4. ML ante Chine Golden Garden Golden Garden me Ben Edelman was overcharged a total of 4 dollars, because the prices on the restau- rant's website were out of date. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

BoingBoing

You can graft 40 different fruits to one tree.

Through the process of grafting it is possible for one tree to produce multiple types of fruit. The Tree of 40 Fruit pro- duces up to, you guessed it, 40 different stone fruits simultaneously. This is one of a series of fruit trees created by the Syracuse University Professor Sam Van Aken. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Daily Orange

Long lasting hiccups could be caused by ear hair.

Long-term hiccups may be caused by hair in your ear touching your eardrum. A cause of long-term hic- cups is damage to or irrita- tion of the vagus nerves or phrenic nerves, which serve the diaphragm muscle. It could also be a tumor, cyst or goiter in your neck, so have fun with that. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

MayoClinic

Ray Lewis had a “deck of cards” workout.

The reason Ray Lewis wore 52 on his jersey was because of his deck of cards workout routine. Growing up, Lewis would pull a card from a deck and do however many reps the card was. An ace was 25 and a Joker 50. Не would go through the whole deck. In the NFL, he would do it 3 times for each exercise. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Livestrong

Swapping spit with your kids could be beneficial. No, not like that.

Children are less likely to develop allergies if their pacifier is placed in their parent's mouth first. A study showed that chil- dren whose parents placed the children's pacifiers in their own mouths before giving it to the child were less likely to develop aller- gies like eczema and asth- ma later in life. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Children's Hospital

The CIA wanted to bomb America so they could fight Cuba.

The CIA proposed to commit acts of terrorism on American soil and blame it on Cuba. 118 118 Operation Northwoods called for MiG jets to be painted in Cuban colors to create public support for a war. John F Kennedy re- jected this proposal and removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

ABC

Oklahoma wanted to tell Reggie Jackson who he couldn’t date.

Reggie Jackson passed on playing for Oklahoma because they told him to stop dating white girls. Alabama, Georgia, and Okla- homa were willing to break the color barrier just for Jackson, but he passed on all three because he feared the South (understandable) and didn't like his dating habits dictated (also understand- able). CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

“Reggie Jackson”

A collegiate band has two platinum records.

The University of Southern California's Spirit of Troy is the only collegiate band to have two platinum records. They have performed at the Oscars, the Grammys, on Fleet- wood Mac's Tusk, for five U.S. Presidents, and at the fall of the Berlin Wall. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

LA Times

Live Aid didn’t provide famine relief, most of the money went to a dictator.

Instead of providing famine relief, most of Live Aid's money went to funding an Ethiopian Dictator. The Ethiopian dictator, Mengistu, was using the money the west gave him to buy sophisticated weap- ons from the Russians, and was now able to efficiently and viciously crush the ор- position. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Spin

1,500 years ago, something happened in Sandby Borg and no one knows what.

An unexplained massacre happened at the ring-fort of Sandby Borg in Sweden 1,500 years ago. During the European Mi- gration Era in Sweden, the fort was swiftly attacked, with all its inhabitants killed and left where they fell. The fort was then abandoned, but no goods or livestock were looted. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Archeology

John Adams got British troops acquitted of murder.

John Adams represented the British troops who fired on civilians during the Boston Massacre in 1770. Prior to British troops firing on civilians, they were pelted with oyster shells, ice, stones, sticks, and beat- en with clubs by an unruly mob. At the trial, John Ad- ams got the soldiers acquit- ted of murder. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Famous Trials

Europe is only 9 miles from Africa.

The distance between Europe and Africa is only 9 miles at the narrowest part of the Strait of Gibraltar. A hypothetical bridge or tunnel spanning the gap, called the Strait of Gibraltar Crossing, would con- nect Europe and Afri- ca. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

BBC

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