Fun science time! Did you know that hookworm larvae enter our intestines through our feet and blood stream? After they enter the blood and into the lungs, they crawl up the trachea, get swallowed into the stomach, and then journey to the intestines to mature, reproduce, and lay eggs. Crazy, right?! We, uhh, hope you weren't reading this at lunch or anything. Ahem … anyway! Let's talk about something only slightly less ghoulish. People frozen to death are often found naked and misidentified as a victim of a violent crime – just before lethal hypothermia, a person will undress themselves because they perceive themselves to be overheating when indeed they’re freezing (paradoxical undressing). Can you imagine the reactions from investigators trying to solve a case? Angelina Jolie once tried to hire a hitman to kill her. She felt that murder would be easier on her family than her committing suicide. The would-be-hitman talked her out of it by asking her to wait a month. Thankfully for everyone, not least of all Angelina Jolie, he was successful.

Dali was afraid of grasshoppers.

Salvador Dali was afraid of grasshoppers because of childhood bullies. Other kids frequently hurled grasshoppers and other insects at him. When they appear in Dalí's work, grasshoppers are used as a symbol of destruction, waste, and fear. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Northwest

The US tried to win the Vietnam War by playing spooky ghost noises.

The US military imitated ghosts when fighting the Vietcong, called Operation Wandering Soul. The US played tapes of ghost soldiers who had fallen in battle, based on the Vietnamese belief that if a body isn't interred near its corporeal home, the soul will wander the earth. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Gizmodo

Kleptogenesis involves stealing genetic material to reproduce.

All mole salamanders in the genus Ambystoma are female and no males exist in this genus. These female salamanders 'steal' sperm from up to five different species of salamanders and recom- bine it to produce female hybrid offspring. This method of reproduction is called kleptogenesis. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Nature

A corporate-driven, pro-American-capitalism movie was released (and flopped) in 2008.

Wal-Mart, Соса-Соӏа, American Airlines and other corporations released a movie called Proud American in 2008. The movie featured an overly-patriotic sto- ryline about the won- ders of American life. It was a failure, and be- came IMDB's worst mov- ie of the 2000's. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Rotten Tomatoes

The President gets his living expenses deducted from his salary.

The US president gets a bill at the end of each month for his and his family's expenses. The bill includes per- sonal food and ex- penses including dry cleaning, toothpaste, and toiletries, which is then deducted from his salary. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

ScoutLife

One person has the rare condition Hamish Syndrome.

There is only one person with Hamish Syndrome, where one kidney is located in the leg. Renel capsule Cortex Renal pyramids Renel artery Perirenal fat Renel vein Renel pelvis Renel fascia Pararenal fat Renal papilla ureter Named after Hamish Robinson, the condi- tion is believed to be caused by a missing chromosome named 7p22.1. Both kidneys are fully functional. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Med News

Every new building since 1951 in Israel is built with a bomb shelter.

Since 1951 it is required by law in Israel that new buildings will have bomb shelters. Every new building will have a security room that can withstand blast and shrapnel from convention- al weapons, and offer pro- tection against chemical and biological weapons. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NY Magazine

One green lamp with a listening device was at the center of a price-fixing scandal in the ‘90s.

An FBI wiretap used the same lamp to bug rooms in the lysine price-fixing scandal. The FBI arranged to have the same green lamp with a bugging device setup in every hotel room where corporate whistleblower Mark Whitacre stayed and met with fellow executives. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Accounting Today

Tobey Maguire dreamed of becoming a chef.

Tobey Maguire's mom bribed him to take acting classes. When Tobey was in sixth grade, he dreamed of be- coming a chef and asked his mother to sign him up for a home economics class. His mother bribed him with $100 to take an acting class instead. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

CNN

Cookie Monster doesn’t eat cookies.

In Sesame Street, Cookie Monster ate painted rice cakes and not cookies. Since the oil from real cookies would damage the puppets, rice cakes were disguised to look like choc- olate chip cookies. Maybe this is how Cookie Monster keeps his figure. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

SoYummy

You can trade in your dangerous chip pan for a deep-fryer.

Chip pans are the single largest cause of fires in the United Kingdom. The cooking devices cause over 12,000 fires each year. Some cities even of- fer chip pan 'amnesty' pro- grams where you can trade in your outdated deep-sid- ed chip pan for a deep-fry- er. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Staffordshire Fire

HBO demanded that 90% of the pilot to “Game of Thrones” be reshot.

Their original pilot episode of Game of Thrones was so bad that HBO demanded 90% of it be reshot. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of the Game of Thrones TV se- ries, had no prior experi- ence in television and had only limited experience writing movie scripts. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Variety

Angelina Jolie tried to have herself killed by a hitman.

Angelina Jolie once tried to hire a hitman to kill her. She felt that a murder would be easier on her family than her commit- ting suicide. The would-be-hitman talked her out of it by asking her to wait a month. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Herald Scotland

People will start to remove their clothes just before dying of hypothermia.

People frozen to death are often found naked and misidentified as a victim of a violent crime. Just before lethal hypo- thermia, a person will un- dress themselves because they perceive themselves to be overheating when in- deed they're freezing (par- adoxical undressing). CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

New Scientist

Hookworm larvae use the bottoms of our feet to enter our blood.

Hookworm larvae enter our intestines through our feet and bloodstream. After they enter the blood and into the lungs, they crawl up the trachea, get swallowed into the stom- ach, and then journey to the intestines to mature, reproduce, and lay eggs. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NCBI

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