You enjoy this list of interesting facts? I hope you do, because I enjoy writing it, and I'll take all the encouragement I can get. I've been told I have the world's largest collection of facts (about 3.4 million). I like knowing that there are so many interesting things in the world. If I'm ever stuck on something and don't know what to do with myself, I can always turn to this list and try to think of some new facts. When I was younger I tried to collect as many facts as I could, but I found that when I tried to remember them I usually forgot most of them. So now I only try to collect facts about interesting things that I know won't be forgotten. I find it easier to remember things that are funny. There's one fact in particular that I know I'll never forget, even if I don't want to. But I can't tell you about it.

A conscientious objector is Britain’s most decorated veteran.

The most decorated enlisted man in the British Army in WWI never fired a single shot. CRACKED.COM William Coltman was a stretcher bearer who won the Victoria cross for charging into fire unarmed and carrying out 3 wounded men on his back.

London Gazette 

The Spanish destroyed all but three Mayan books.

Only three Mayan books exist today. 18008 grap CRACKED.COM Despite publishing vast quantities of literature, only three of the books still exist due to the Span- ish ordering all Mayan books and libraries to be destroyed for being lies of the devil.

Breaking the Maya code

A conman had a 20 year soccer career despite not knowing how to play.

A former soccer player conned his way into a 20 year career without playing a single game. CRACKED.COM Carlos Kaiser Raposo used every trick to dupe his clubs' coaches, team-mates and fans to live the dream as a globe- trotting pro for two de- cades while barely being able to kick a ball.

FourFourTwo

A molten salt reactor uses, well, molten salt instead of solid fuel.

Technology from the 1950s can generate energy with far greater efficiency than any current power. GRACKED COM Conceived during the Cold War, a mol- ten-salt reactor for- goes solid nuclear fuel for a liquid one, mol- ten fluoride salts.

World Nuclear

Romania gave treasure to Russia for safekeeping, and Russia won’t give it back.

Russia is still holding $1.5 billion in treasure sent over from Romania. NEW and AVITS ع VIO CRACKED.COM ON During WWI, Romania de- cided to send its vast col- lection of treasure to Rus- sia for safekeeping. In 1918, the new Soviet govern- ment cut all diplomatic ties and refused to return the treasure.

War History Online

Drivers did not like seatbelts when they were first introduced.

Seat belts were very controversial when they first appeared in cars during the 40s and 50s. CRACKED.COM Many argued that they caused injuries and didn't work, no matter how much researchers disputed these claims. Many people refused to wear them and even cut them out of their car seats.

WPR

Promposals are getting out of hand.

A high school student was suspended in 2015 for an over-the-top promposal. CRACKED.COM Ibrahim Ahmad strapped fake explosives to his body and asked a girl to prom with a sign saying I know it's a little late but I'm kin- da the bomb. Rilea will you be my date to prom? She said yes.

Columbian

A natural gas fire has burned in Turkmenistan for 4 decades.

A fire in the middle of a Turkmenistan desert has been burning for 40 years. CRACKED.COM The pit of natural gas was lit on fire by Soviet geolo- gists in 1971, after the ground beneath the rig collapsed, thinking it would burn off in a few days. Locals call it The Door to Hell.

CTV News

“The Avengers” features reptilian humanoid aliens that actually run the world.

The race of aliens that invaded Earth in 2012's The Avengers are based on a conspiracy theory. A CRACKED.COM Mark Millar's conception of the Chitauri was inspired by the British conspiracy theorist David Icke, who believes the world is se- cretly run by shape-shift- ing reptilian humanoids.

The Guardian

Oh heck, profanity is actually good.

A Stanford study found a positive correlation between the use of profanity and honesty. ER CRACKED.COM In both individuals and groups, those who use profanity tend to be more honest, as pro- fanity is often used to express one's genuine feelings.

Stanford

Bacteria can absorb the properties of their dead peers.

Bacteria can absorb and integrate genetic material from dead bacteria. GRACKED COM If a bacterium eats the corpse of one which has adapted to colder tem- peratures, it will gain that resistance to cold as well, like Kirby inhaling an ene- my.

Khan Academy

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