A very long time ago, in a country far, far away (though we've heard it's not so far), there lived a man. He was very poor. His name was Limerick. He had no wife. His only son was a boy he named Tristram. Tristram had an older sister named Gwendolyn. Gwendolyn was a girl who liked to enjoy this list of interesting facts, which she had put together. Tristram was the black sheep of the family, but that didn't make him any less lovable. It didn't make him less smart. Tristram was one of those people who always seems to know more than the people around him. It was a gift from God. Tristram's father was not at all happy about that. In fact, Limerick hated his son's guts. Tristram was just too smart for his own good. Gwendolyn loved her brother dearly, but she also knew how to be patient with her brother, because Tristram wasn't always the easiest person to get along with. She knew that one day her brother would be a very famous man. Until then, she had her list.

MasterCard and Visa were non-profits until 2006-2007.

MasterCard started as a not-for-profit membership association in 1966. MasterCard CRACKED.COM By the mid 2000s Master- Card and Visa were han- dling trillions of dollars of transactions between con- sumers and merchants, so they turned into for-profit companies in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

HBR

Children in Barcelona beat a log stuffed with candy for Christmas.

For Christmas, Catalan children feed a hollowed-out log with a painted face. CRACKED.COM The children then later sing a song and beat the log with a stick until it def- ecates presents. The first lines of the song go; Shit, tió, hazelnuts and nougats, do not shit herrings, they are too salty.

The Guardian

A politician still managed to get votes after killing his opponent.

A Tennessee politician received 1,531 votes after assassinating his opponent. 70 60 GRAGKED.COM Byron Looper changed his middle name to Low Tax as a vote-winning stunt, which must have worked since he still got over 1,500 votes a month after killing his opponent.

Nashville Scene

Victims of crime can be reimbursed by the Federal Government.

Each US state manages a federally-allocated fund to support victims of crime. CRACKED.COM If you are the victim of a crime, you can apply for reimbursement for medical services, mental health counseling, lost wages, and other costs incurred as a result of the crime.

OVC

Gamers really did injure themselves playing Mario Party.

Nintendo provided gamers special gloves if they injured their hands playing Mario Party 64. The biggest number goes first. 10 8 S 9 GRACKED.COM Complaints were received by New York's attorney general's office about inju- ries sustained while rotat- ing the N64 controller's analog stick, and Nintendo agreed to an $80 million settlement.

Gamespot

Documents used as toilet paper were retrieved as part of a Cold War intelligence operation.

A Cold War intelligence operation included forcing the Soviets to use military paperwork as toilet paper. GRAGKED.COM Operation Tamarisk in- volved emptying sup- plies of Soviet Union toi- let paper, forcing them to use documents, and retrieving these docu- ments after use.

Atlas Obscura

A VP candidate in 1972 dropped out when his treatment for depression was known.

A 1972 Vice President candidate had to drop out because he was treated for depression. GRAGKED.COM The Democratic candi- date, whose name was perfect for office, Thom- as Eagleton was humili- ated by the revelation that he received electro- shock therapy.

Columbia Tribune

Most of the Hershey company is owned by a school.

70% of the Hershey company is owned by a school trust fund. HEY'S HERSHEY'S HERSHEY'S HERSI EY'S HERSHEY'S HERSHEY'S HERS EY'S HERSHEY'S HERSHEY'S GRACKED UEDO COM Since Milton Hershey didn't have any children, he and his wife opened an orphan- age school and left his en- tire fortune and the owner- ship of Hershey Chocolate Company in trust for the children in the school.

Spotlight PA

There is physical evidence that man went to the Moon to discredit any claim it was a hoax.

Anyone on Earth can bounce a laser off reflector arrays left on the Moon by the Apollo missions. CRACKED.COM These mirrors were put there for scien- tists on Earth to aim lasers at them and calculate the time it took for the beams to return.

NASA

A hitman was hired to kill for some cheese.

A woman plotted to kill an entire household over some cheese. GRACKED.COM Jessica Sandy Booth mis- took some cheese for co- caine, and hired a hit-man to kill a house full of peo- ple to steal it. The hit-man then turned out to be a po- lice officer.

CBS

The oldest known galaxy can be viewed as it was 13.4 billion years ago.

The oldest known galaxy can be viewed as it was 13.4 billion years ago. CRACKED.COM The oldest known galaxy in the uni- verse is 32 billion light-years away from us.

NASA

Early humans made shelters from mammoth bones.

The oldest shelters ever built by humans were made from mammoth bones. CRACKED.COM In 1965, a Ukrainian farmer dug up the lower jawbone of a mammoth. Further ex- cavations revealed the presence of 4 huts made up of a total of 149 mam- moth bones, dating back 15,000 years.

NCBI

A town in Peru holds a fistfight to start the year off fresh.

The town of Santo Tomas in Peru has an annual fistfight called Takanakuy. CRACKED.COM Every year on 25th of December, men, wom- en and even children fistfight each other to settle old disputes to begin the New Year with a clean slate.

Bloody Elbow

South Koreans living closest to the North Korea border don’t have to pay taxes.

Residents of the South Korean town of Daesong-dong are exempt from taxes. CRACKED.COM This is an effort by the gov- ernment to keep people there despite being only 350m from the North Korean border. However, for security reasons, there is a curfew and nightly headcount.

LA Times

The location of polling places is related to voting habits.

Polling places in churches lead to more conservative voting results, as with schools and liberals. GRACKED.COM Being exposed to churches and clerical images can promote someone's Chris- tian identity, making them more likely to back politi- cal initiatives aligned with Christian values.

Scientific American

The cotton armor worn by the Incas was almost as hard as metal.

The Incas wore armor made of cotton. CRACKED.COM In the 1500s, Incas had cotton armor so densely woven it could repel spears and arrows almost as well as metal armor.

Pints of History

The Mongolian Navy in 2001 had 7 members.

In 2001, the Mongolian Navy consisted of just 7 members, and only one knew how to swim. CRACKED.COM The Mongolian Navy was one of the largest in the world during the 13th century, but most of the fleet sank during the Mongol in- vasions of Japan.

The AV Club

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