I enjoy this list of interesting facts quite a bit, and I know that it would amuse me to hear of a great many more, but I think that if we were to read a very long, meandering and rambling list of them all, you would be bored and tired and so would I, and we'd both be looking forward to the day when I get to the punchlines. Therefore, I will restrict myself to a mere handful of items in this list. I will admit that a few of these are quite boring, and I have been advised by a very wise person not to mention them in case they should prove boring to my reader, and therefore spoil the effect of the punchline, so I won't, and if you want to find out what they are you'll have to go and look in a book that contains the info you're after.

Rick Moranis played the janitor in “The Breakfast Club” so provocatively that he was fired.

Rick Moranis was fired from his role in The Breakfast Club. As the janitor, he insisted on playing the part with a big set of gold teeth, a chain with a wad of keys hanging between his legs which he would play with provocatively and a thick Russian accent. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Vulture

Meth was made in Japan.

Meth was invented in Japan to curb hunger and energize Japanese citizens. Later It was given to Kamikaze pilots, sol- diers, and wartime factory workers. It is now controlled and distributed by the Yakuza. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Tofugu

New Zealand raised an army of 100,000 men during WWI.

New Zealand sent a tenth of their population to fight during WWI. From a population of just over a million people, New Zealand raised an army of 100,444. 16,697 New Zea- landers were killed and 41,317 were wounded during the war - a 58% ca- sualty rate. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Otago Daily Times

A hotel made of ice was closed for not having smoke detectors.

The Aurora Ice Hotel in Alaska was made entirely of ice. Ice walls, ceiling, beds, bar, barstools, even martini glasses were made of ice. It was closed by the fire mar- shall for not having smoke detectors. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

LA Times

Hippos can kill the fish around them by pooping so much.

Hippos can poop so much that they eliminate all the fish in their water supply. The sheer amount of river horse dookie creates a lay- er of ammonia, methane, hydrogen sulfide, and oth- er chemicals. The bacteria that digests the poop also consumes all the oxygen, choking out the fish. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

The Atlantic

A Red Lobster “endless crab” promotion lost the restaurant millions.

A Red Lobster president lost her job after creating an endless crab promotion. Red Lobster Edna Morris tried to boost profits with a $22.99 din- ner promotion, but instead lost millions by bungling her calculations on how many times patrons would refill their plates with pric- ey crab. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NY Post

Uber found its co-founder after a public tweet.

One co-founder of Uber was found on Twitter. Uber Travis Kalanick tweeted that he wanted an entre- preneurial partner for a venture in 2010, and Ryan Graves replied within a minute. Both were billion- aires just 16 months after this tweet. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

CNBC

The Western Zhou Dynasty fell to the “boy who cried wolf” dilemma.

Abuse of the smoke signal led to the fall of the Western Zhou Dynasty around the 8th century ВСЕ. 0$6 the King You of Zhou had a habit of fooling his war- lords with false warning beacons in order to amuse his queen. When an actual rebellion occurred, no one came to the aid of the king. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Vibrant Dot

A musician claiming to know who killed Kurt Cobain was killed by a train.

Musician Eldon Hoke claimed that he knew who killed Kurt Cobain. Eldon claimed he was asked by Courtney Love to whack Cobain for $50,000, and he knows who really went through with it. A week after that interview was filmed, he was hit by a train and killed. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

The Music is Over

Pilots must speak English no matter where they are from.

All pilots must learn and speak English, regardless of their country of origin. Pilots must also be able to understand English in- structions via radio, with no facial cues to prompt them. They also must learn to develop as benign an accent as possible. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

MentalFloss

The Pennsylvania Dutch are not Dutch.

The Pennsylvania Dutch aren't actually Dutch, they are German. PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH MARKET Upon arrival, they were saying Deutsch which is German for German. Ger- many, in their native lan- guage, is Deutschland. English speaking Ameri- cans just assumed they were saying Dutch. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

ThoughtCo

Not announcing your intentions will make you more likely to succeed.

People who talk about their intentions are less likely to make them happen. In 1933, W. Mahler found that if a person announced the solution to a problem, and was acknowledged by others, it was now in the brain as a social reality, even if the solution hadn't actually been achieved. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NYU

Tsar Peter the Great made dignitaries drink from a chalice of vodka.

Traveling ambassadors visiting Tsar Peter the Great brought a companion just for drinking. During his reign, it was cus- tomary for foreign dignitar- ies to drink from the Cup of the White Eagle, a chalice containing 1.5 liters of vodka. One ambassador would drink, while the other would discuss state issues. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

MentalFloss

Audiences scored “Thumbelina” higher when it followed the Disney logo.

Test audiences enjoyed Thumbelina more after it was prefaced by the Walt Disney logo. Two separate test screen- ings were done by Warner Bros for the 1994 animated movie; the audience reac- tion fell flat during the first screening, but just adding the Disney logo made the second test scores soar. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

LA Times

Printers are bootlickers.

Our printers will snitch on us to the cops. пр Printers put information in every sheet that will allow authorities to track any printed page back to your printer. This hidden infor- mation survives scans and photos of your printed documents. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

ACM

An uninhabited island hosts the most plastic trash in the world.

The highest density of plastic trash in the world is found on the beaches of an uninhabited island. Henderson Island of the Pitcairn Islands is covered in litter because of the South Pacific Gyre cur- rents. The beaches con- tain 38 million pieces of plastic debris. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NCBI

Menopause is only found in humans and two kinds of whales.

Only humans, killer whales and pilot whales have menopause. Female killer whales repro- duce between the ages of 12 and 40 years but can survive into their 90s, while female short-finned pilot whales reproduce be- tween the ages of 7 and 35 and live past 60. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

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