I know that many of you will agree with me that our brains are absolutely fascinating. Just look at them. They're like tiny planets, with a wide range of abilities and abilities, all of which work together to keep us alive, and make us who we are. The human brain is, without doubt, one of the greatest inventions of the universe! It is absolutely astounding, the way that it allows us to see, taste, smell, think and do so many other things. It's pretty amazing when you think about it! And it is so easy to take for granted. After all, you probably don't stop to consider how amazing it is every day, do you? I mean, it's not something that we normally think about, right? Well, enjoy this list of interesting facts, which I'm sure you'll find entertaining! If you don't already know them, then they will most likely surprise you, as they surprised me!

The way Mr. Burns answers his phone is a gag based on his age.

The way Mr. Burns answers hís telephone is a callback to the original invention. CRACKED.COM Of course Mr. Burns is so old that he would an- swer his phone the way Alexander Graham Bell thought people should when he first invented it: Ahoy, hoy!

Yahoo

Europa’s ocean is 62 miles deep.

One of Jupiter's moons has an ocean 62 miles deep. CRACKED.COM You could fit seven Mount Everest's, one on top of the other, inside Europa's ocean. The deepest part of our ocean, the Marianas Trench, could only fit one with 2 miles to spare.

NASA

The most passengers ever carried by a commercial airliner was 1,088.

A Boeing 747 had 1,086 passengers when it took off, and landed with 1,088. 747 BOEING CRACKED.COM Operation Solomon, which involved the evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, set the record for most passen- gers ever carried by a com- mercial airliner. Two babies were born on the flight.

GWR

Ol’ Dirty Bastard barged into the recording of “Ghetto Supastar” and refused to leave.

Ol' Dirty Bastard wasn't originally intended to be on Ghetto Supastar. CRACKED.COM Mr. Bastard's verse on the hit song was the result of him mistaken- ly bursting into the studio, loving the song, and asking to be part of it.

Howl and Echoes

ATM PINs would have been longer but the inventor’s wife couldn’t remember all the numbers.

PINs would have been 6 digits if the inventor's wife could remember more than 4 numbers. DEF ABC ANNULLA 1 2 3 GHI JKL MNO CORREGGI 4 5° 6 PQRS TUV WXYZ CONFERMA 7 8 9 CRACKED.COM John Adrian Shepherd-Bar- ron designed the first ATM, and proposed to have 6-digit PINs, but later had to reconsider his proposal due to his wife's inability to remember a large string of digits.

Sahara Weekly

Pine trees shed their needles to kill other trees.

Fire resistant pine trees scatter their needles to make it easier for fires to burn the other trees. CRACKED.COM This niche construc- tion is the process by which an organism al- ters its own (or anoth- er species') local envi- ronment, helping its own survival.

BioScience

Food companies are subject to lawsuits based on how much they fill their containers.

Lawyers call San Francisco the Food Court from all the class-action suits against food companies. GRAGKED COM Slack Fill lawsuits are suits aimed at food com- panies for packing their food only a fraction of each container's capacity. The majority of the U.S. suits are filed from North- ern California.

Vox

Brosnan was on the set of a Bond movie a decade before he was Bond.

Pierce Brosnan was married to a Bond girl before he was Bond. CRACKED.COM Brosnan showed up to the set of For Your Eyes Only (1981) to see his wife Cas- sandra Harris, who played Countess Lisl von Schlaf. The movie's producer not- ed that Brosnan would make a good Bond.

CinemaBlend

Houdini had a code he would use to communicate with his wife from the great beyond.

Harry Houdini had a special code with his wife he would use to communicate after his death. CRACKED.COM Before he died, he and his wife agreed that if Houdini found it possible to com- municate after death, he would communicate the message Rosabelle be- lieve, Rosabelle being their favorite song.

San Diego Reader

A bacteria can survive in a NASA clean room.

The bacteria Tersicoccus phoenicis can survive in a spacecraft assembly clean room. 1 Hm CRACKED.COM The tiny organisms were found independently in geographically separated clean room facilities nearly 2,500 miles apart, and are resistant to the cleaning methods used.

NASA

Double jeopardy did not save a convicted killer from the death penalty.

A convicted killer thought he was protected by double jeopardy after his death sentence was thrown out. DEATH PENALTY CRACKED.COM The sentence was dismissed after it couldn't be proven that Paul Warner Powell had assaulted a girl he murdered. Не then sent a taunting letter to the prosecutor, admitting the assault. Не was executed in 2010.

CNN

An aircraft carrier made from ice was almost used in WWII.

The British attempted to build an aircraft carrier out of ice during WWII. CRACKED.COM Project Habakkuk involved constructing a carrier out of a mixture of wood pulp and ice, and it even had some positive tests in the prototype stage on a lake in Canada.

Popular Science

Marge Simpson was going to have rabbit ears under her hair.

The original idea behind Marge Simpson's hair was to conceal large rabbit ears. CRACKED.COM The gag was intended to be revealed in the final epi- sode of the series but was scrapped early on due to inconsistencies (and the fact that the series will never, ever end).

CBR

The last Plains Indian to become War Chief was during World War II.

Joseph Medicine Crow became the last Plains Indian war chief during WWII. CRACKED.COM Joseph completed all four required tasks while fight- ing in Europe, including touching an enemy soldier, stealing his weapon, lead- ing a successful war party, and stealing an enemy's horse.

Economist

A tile mosaic in NYC is the last piece of land a man refused to sell.

New York City's West Village has a triangle on the sidewalk that does not belong to the city. PROPERTY/OF THE HESS ESTATE WHICH H S NEVER BEENDEDICATED FOR PUBLIC CRACKED.COM The Hess Triangle is a tile mosaic, the last portion of land that David Hess refused to sell to the city in 1914, that says, Property of the Hess Estate which has never been dedicated for public purposes.

Villager

Grenada pulled out all the stops to celebrate their first Olympic gold.

Grenada went bonkers when Kirani James won their first Olympic gold medal in 2012. CRACKED.COM The government held a giant 3-hour rally attended by thousands, gave him US$186,000, printed new stamps, named a new stadi- um after him, and built a mu- seum/gym in his hometown.

Loop News

If a dingo ate your baby, it’s just trying to stay hydrated.

The dingo is able to get the majority of its water intake from the prey it eats. GRACKED.COM Captive females, during lactation, con- sume the urine and fe- cal matter of their pups, recycling water to meet their hydra- tion needs.

ResearchGate

Benjamin Franklin really wanted farting to be socially acceptable.

In 1781, Benjamin Franklin wrote an essay about farting. CRACKED.COM Franklin wanted to make the odor of farts smell good so that farting in public will become socially acceptable. Не wanted flatulence to be as agree- able as perfumes.

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