You know what's the most interesting thing in the world? The number of things that aren't interesting. There's a lot of them. I enjoy this list of interesting facts because I enjoy the number of things that aren't interesting, but also because I don't have any friends, and these facts are all I've got to look forward to. You know what else is the most interesting thing in the world? The fact that I have no friends. This is a strange thing for me to think about. If you'd asked me at the beginning of my life if I wanted to be friends with other people, I'd have laughed and said ‘hell yeah!’ and then gotten together with all my friends and gone out for burgers. But now, there are no more friends, and I can't stop thinking about the fact that I've lost them all, and how strange it is that I enjoy this list of interesting facts.

China aired “V for Vendetta” with no censorship.

China's national TV channel aired V for Vendetta fully uncensored in 2012. CRACKED.COM Despite being known for its strict censoring of foreign films, the anarchist movie aired unedited. It includes the quote, People should not be afraid of their govern- ments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

CBC

Ethiopia’s flag inspired the rest of the continent.

The reason so many African flags have green, yellow and red is because of the Ethiopian flag. CRACKED.COM It was one of the few in- dependent African na- tions during the colonial period and therefore the new countries of Africa looked to them for in- spiration.

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Elvis bought a presidential yacht and gave it to St. Jude’s.

In 1964, Elvis Presley bought President Franklin D Roosevelt's yacht for $55,000. GRAGKED.COM Presley later gave the USS Potomac to St Ju- de's Children Hospital for a fundraiser, and that hospital sold it for $65,000.

NY Times

Greece took satellite imagery to find swimming pools left off of tax forms.

Only 324 of Greece households declared ownership of a swimming pool on their tax form. CRACKED COM Fearing tax evasion, Greek authorities turned to satel- lite imagery for further in- vestigation of Athens' northern suburbs. They discovered a total of 16,974 swimming pools.

BoingBoing

A pilot dropped candy over Berlin from his plane.

During the Berlin Airlift, one of the pilots gave some candy to some children in Berlin. GRACKED.COM After seeing how much they enjoyed it, he began drop- ping candy from his airplane before landing. Other pilots soon joined in and over 23 tons of candy would be dropped over Berlin.

MentalFloss

The Space Shuttle can’t handle a year rollover on the calendar.

The Space Shuttle never flew on new year's day or eve because it couldn't handle a year rollover. 1/151 UnitedStates 4 CRACKED.COM The space shuttle's computer software is about 45 years old and does not recog- nise when the calen- dar year switches.

New Scientist

“Crazy” was taken off music store shelves so people didn’t get sick of it.

Gnarls Barkley took their own hit song out of music stores. GRAGKED.COM The band removed their hit single 'Crazy' from stores in 2006 after it remained at the top of the British charts for 9 weeks, so peo- ple would remember the song fondly and not get sick of it.

Telegraph

People in the US didn’t think women were “designed” to ride trains.

Many people thought women could not ride trains when they were first introduced in the US. Mizuno FOUND Dro р/д CRACKED COM People believed that women's bodies were not designed to go at 50 miles an hour, and that their uteruses would fly out of their bodies if they were accelerated to that speed.

Wall Street Journal

Milk Duds weren’t supposed to have an uneven coating.

Milk Duds were originally supposed to be perfectly round. CRACKED.COM Since making them per- fectly round was found to be impossible, the pieces became known as duds, and the name stuck.

Hersheyland

Ancient Romans believed eyelashes fell out from sex.

Women in Ancient Rome would make their eyelashes look fuller and longer to demonstrate their chastity. CRACKED.COM The ideal eyes, from the Roman perspec- tive, were large with long eyelashes. They believed that eyelash- es fell out from exces- sive sex.

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