One of my favorite books growing up was The Stupendously Strange and Surprising History of the World by Jonathon Green. I enjoy this list of interesting facts, but I don't think it's nearly as strange and surprising as Green's book is. Green's book is so strange that I don't think that I've been able to find any other books that are quite as strange as his book. In my opinion, it should be required reading for everyone. If you're not familiar with Green's book, it's a history of the world written by a historian who doesn't believe in history. The book starts by looking at how humans first appeared on Earth. Green begins with a theory that humans are an experiment, and then looks at evidence supporting the hypothesis. He then looks at how life first appeared on Earth.  One of the ideas that Green suggests is that we're all characters in a cosmic play. The reason why humans have a tendency to think that they're special is because it would be odd if they were just characters in a cosmic play. I enjoy this list of interesting facts because I feel the same way. 

‘Futurama’ created and solved a mathematical theorem on air.

The first mathematical theorem to be created and proven on TV was on Futurama. The theorem, in The Prison- er of Benda, theorized and proved that if two people could switch unique pairs of bodies only once, it requires only two extra individuals to return everyone to their orig- inal bodies. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Math Goes Pop

A Japanese inventor dives underwater until he almost dies to get inspired.

A Japanese inventor named Yoshiro Nakamatsu makes himself nearly drown to get inspired. The inventor of a self-de- fense wig and a love jet, among 3,300 others, dives underwater until he is 0.5 seconds before death. Не believes that oxygen depri- vation helps his thinking process. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Smithsonian

The first full-length silent film had in-theater sound effects.

The first full-length narrative feature film was accompanied by live sound effects. SANDY HAWKER. CLOSTER ON SALE DRAPERY. CLOTHING CUTLER TS SALEES Books The silent Australian film 'The Story of the Kelly Gang,' released in 1906, was enhanced by blank cartridges as gunshots and coconut shells beaten to- gether to simulate hoof- beats. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NFSA

The Fiji Crested Iguana was first identified in the movie “The Blue Lagoon.”

A species of iguana was discovered when a herpetologist watched The Blue Lagoon. Dr. John Gibbons was studying at the University of South Pacific and real- ized he had never seen the lizard that appeared on screen, so he visited the real Blue Lagoon and found her. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

ABC

Scotland Yard is built on the site of an unsolved murder.

Jack the Ripper left body parts in the construction site of Scotland Yard. The headless torso of a woman was discovered in a vault of the newly built section of the police head- quarters, wrapped in cloth and tied with a string. Her identity was never discov- ered. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Vintage News

China used knives as money 2500 years ago.

Several kingdoms in China during the Zhou dynasty used knives as a currency rather than coins. The large, bronze knives circulated in China be- tween 600 and 200 В.С. They even cast larger knives with exquisite Chi- nese calligraphy as com- memorative coins. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Primal Trek

Burning candles releases particles that are terrible for your body.

Burning candles is worse for you than breathing in diesel exhaust fumes. Effects from exposure to particles from burning can- dles include lung inflam- mation and toxicity, arte- riosclerosis, and aging ef- fects on chromosomes in the lungs and spleen. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

The Guardian

Real GTA fans had their rants played on an in-game radio station.

A radio station in 'Grand Theft Auto IV' featured real fans calling in to rant. Rockstar games allowed fans in 2007 to call a num- ber to pontificate about what they thought was wrong with America, and the best ones were fea- tured on the game's WKTT radio station. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

GTA Wiki

A town of barely a dozen people sells 4 million cans of beer a year.

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WBUR

Amazonian tribes use Google Earth.

Tribes in the Amazon are using technology like GPS and Google Earth. They map their lands, monitor for illegal log- ging and mining, and maintain ties to their his- tory and cultural tradi- tions including knowl- edge of medicinal plants. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Mongabay

Thunder Thighs was a sauropod with the largest leg muscles.

There was a species of dinosaur with extremely large leg muscles called Thunder Thighs. Brontomerus was a sauro- pod from the early Creta- ceous known for its unusu- al hip bones, which would have supported the largest thigh muscles, proportion- ally, of any known sauro- pod. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

ACTA

There is an area in the Pacific known as the “White Shark Cafe.”

There is an area in the Pacific Ocean where hundreds of Great Whites come to mingle. Every year, the sharks end up in this random area (called the White Shark Cafe) to loiter with one an- other, and no one knows why. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

LA Times

A Navy Admiral “turned a blind eye” towards the signal to retreat.

The idiom Turning a blind eye is attributed to Admiral Horatio Nelson in 1801. Не was given the permis- sion to retreat from battle by his superior, but lifted the telescope to his eye (blinded from an earlier in- jury) and said I really do not see the signal and pressed on. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Phrase Finder

Fox is contractually prohibited from interfering with ‘The Simpsons.’

James L. Brooks has a condition in his contract that the Fox network cannot interfere with 'The Simpsons.' Не was able to do that, be- cause Fox back then was a minor fledgling network. Former showrunner Bill Oakley compared working on the show to working in a bubble due to the lack of interference. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

LA City Beat

Reindeer has specialized eyes for night vision.

The Arctic reindeer has tissue behind their retina.to enhance night vision. The tapetum lucidum lies behind the retina and re- flects light back through it. By changing its color, it re- flects different wave- lengths of light. Its color changes through the sea- sons from gold to blue. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Sci News

Nestlé is referred to as the “Baby Killer.”

Nestlé earned the moniker Baby Killer for their business practices in Africa. The wholesome company caused in- fant deaths in poor communities by pro- moting bottle feeding and discouraging breastfeeding. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

The Guardian 

A US General was detained because the military police thought Chicago was Illinois' capital.

A mixup over the capital of Illinois led to a US General being detained as a possible spy. At an Allied checkpoint during the Battle of the Bulge, General Omar Brad- ley correctly identified Springfield as the capital, but the military police offi- cer who questioned him believed it was Chicago. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

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Artificial trees could soak up 1000x more carbon dioxide than real ones.

Columbia University developed an artificial tree that soaks up carbon dioxide. THE STATE NEW with TUET DO EMERGENCY 1911 CITY EXCEEN LIBRA IV OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY It uses leaves that are 1,000 times more efficient than true leaves that use photo- synthesis, and looks like a giant litter box scooper. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

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