20 Trivia Entrees Off The Knowledge Menu

An architect wanted to join Africa and Europe, and all we had to do was drain the Mediterranean.
20 Trivia Entrees Off The Knowledge Menu

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A play was ruined when tickets were given to bald men in certain seats.

A play in the early 20th century was ruined by the bald heads of audience members. Prankster Horace de Vere Cole ruined a pretentious and terrible play by giv- ing tickets to strategically selected seats to bald men, whose heads lit up when the lights came on to spell a swear word. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW


Big Ben was cracked two months after its unveiling.

Big Ben's bell was cracked barely two months after its inauguration. After the crack in 1859, the bell has rung with a unique resonance. The bell has since been ori- ented in such a way that the hammer doesn't strike the 'crack.' CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

AC Versailles

A wine by any other name tastes just as sweet, but more so if it’s French.

People will rate a wine higher if they think it's from France. A Texas A&M study invited people to taste wines la- beled France, Califor- nia, and Texas, and while nearly all ranked the French as best, in fact, all three were the same Texan wine. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Austin Chronicle

A Finnish soldier survived in a ditch for a week by eating pine cones.

A Finnish soldier during WWII was found after a week in a ditch weighing 94 pounds. Aimo Koivunen overdosed on meth, got injured by a landmine, survived for a week in a ditch by eating pine cones, skied 250 miles and was found with a heart rate of 200bpm. Не lived for another 45 years. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW


Most people have bone spurs.

Over 50% of the human population has bone spurs. Bone spurs are permanent deposits and do not heal or go away. You would nev- er know you had them un- less you had an x-ray spe- cifically to look for them, as they have zero impact on your life. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW


An architect wanted to join Africa and Europe.

A German architect wanted to dam the Mediterranean to make a supercontinent. Herman Sörgel devoted his whole life to promoting the idea of draining the sea and connecting Europe with Af- rica, a landmass called At- lantropa. Не thought it could provide shelter, em- ployment and food. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW


Being the 7th son born in Argentina in the early 1900s meant you’d turn into a werewolf.

Argentinians in the early 20th century thought the 7th son born to a family would turn into a werewolf. The belief was so wide- spread that parents would kill or put up for adoption the child. In the 1920s, a law was passed that the 7th son would automatically receive godfathership of the presi- dent of Argentina. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Werewolf Page

The god Khepri was thought to have pushed the sun like a dung beetle pushes poop.

Ancient Egyptians believed the Sun God Khepri moved the newly-born sun like a dung beetle. Khepri is depicted as hav- ing a scarab as a head be- cause the Egyptians be- lieved that he moved the sun across the sky in the way a dung beetle pushes large balls of dung along the ground. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Ancient Egypt Online

There are more tigers in US backyards than the wild.

The largest population of tigers in the world is in the USA. With an estimated 5,000 tigers, the U.S. captive tiger popula- tion exceeds the ар- proximately 3,200 ti- gers in the wild. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

World Wildlife

“Happy” only made Pharrell $2,700 from Pandora plays.

Pharrell made only $2,700 in songwriter royalties from 43 million plays of Нарру on Pandora. Нарру was nominated for Best Music Video and Best Pop Solo Performance in 2015, but that didn't help his cut from the streaming service, where a million streams yields roughly just $60 in royalties. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Kolumn Magazine

Medical experts say “Memento” is accurate.

Memento is a surprisingly accurate portrayal of amnesia. The film is lauded by medi- cal experts for its accurate portrayal of anterograde amnesia and is considered close to a perfect explora- tion of the neurobiology of memory. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW


A man set up a toll number to make money from annoying calls.

A UK man set up his own 0871 line so that he would earn money from spam calls. O NOX e Incoming Call Unknown Decline In 2011, every time a bank, gas or electricity supplier asked Lee Beaumont for his details, he submitted the toll number as his con- tact number, which cost money to the caller. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW


King Cambyses II used cats as a meat shield to invade Egypt.

King Cambyses II of Persia used cats to invade Egypt. Knowing that cats held a high place in Egyptian soci- ety, the king brought hun- dreds of cats into his front lines. As a result, Egyptian archers refused to fire on his felines, fearing that they would injure the animals. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

World History

A grandmaster had to prove his identity with a chess game, or be executed.

A chess grandmaster played a game that saved him from a firing squad. Ossip Bernstein was sen- tenced to death by the Bolsheviks in 1918. A Rus- sian officer heard his name and offered the chance to prove his identity in a game of chess. Не beat the officer and was released. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

History Collection

A Black architect in the 1920s had to draw upside down so he wasn’t sat next to white clients.

African American architect Paul Williams learned to draw upside down. White clients were uncom- fortable sitting next to a black man, so Williams learned to draft upside down so that he could sit across the desk from his clients who would see his drafts right-side-up. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

LA Times


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