Prince's Death Convinced Chaka Khan To Get Clean And 14 More Sharp Facts

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Prince's Death Convinced Chaka Khan To Get Clean And 14 More Sharp Facts

Did you know that Columbus was the first European to try peppers? That's right - and they're named so because of Christopher Columbus. He visited the Caribbean and thought they tasted like black pepper (the spice), so he brought them back home with him. Thus began our love affair with chili peppers, bell peppers, and all kinds of deliciousness. On another note – English cricket great Denis Compton was renowned for his absent-mindedness. In fact, once he arrived at a match without his kitbag and had to use an antique bat from the stadium's museum! And during a celebration in honor of his 70th birthday, guess what happened? His mother called to tell him that he was only 69. Last fun fact for you: the voice of Boo from Monsters, Inc., Mary Gibbs, was just an actual toddler during production. The crew couldn’t get her to sit still and read her lines, so they had her play in the studio while following her around with a mic. And that's how we got one of the most iconic movie characters ever - complete with the most adorable voice imaginable. 

Fake smiling will make people literally go out of their minds.

Smile Mask Syndrome is a psychological disorder as a result of prolonged, unnatural smiling. CRACKED.COM The disorder causes subjects to develop depression and physical illness. First described in Japan in 1983, this is attributed to the great importance placed on smiling in the Japanese service industry.

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A retired couple was billed $1 million for starting a forest fire.

In 1993, Idaho billed a retired couple $1.3 million dollars to put out a forest fire. CRACKED.COM A car towed by the couple's RV blew a tire and caught fire, with the sparks and burning debris left along the road for eight miles until they noticed a problem.

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A Sega designer made a switch that messed up one of the games he was working on on purpose.

The lead designer on a Sega arcade game intentionally messed up the colors to get more time to develop. NOW, WE'RE OFF TO THE FANTASY ZONE! SPACE HARRIER CRACKED.COM The president of SEGA insisted that if the graphics were done on Space Harrier, the game was ready for release. The lead designer rigged a switch on his desk that would mess up the colors whenever giving a demonstration.

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Competitive eaters are better if they’re skinny.

Many competitive eaters are so skinny because it allows their stomachs to expand. CRACKED.COM Obese people have more fat in their midsection and around their organs, but a skinny person lacks this which allows their stomachs to expand further.

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A skydiving instructor used his body as a cushion to save a woman diving with him.

A skydiving instructor saved a woman on a tandem skydive by using his body as a cushion. Bonf CRACKED.COM After the main chute failed and the second got tangled, Dave Hartsock placed himself under the woman to absorb the eventual impact. Both survived, with Hartstock becoming paralyzed from the neck down.

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It’s against the law to be drunk in an Alaskan bar.

In Alaska, it is illegal to be drunk in a bar. CRACKED.COM Per state laws, a person who is already drunk may not knowingly enter a bar to drink more, or remain in the bar that got them drunk in the first place.

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