15 Now-You-Know Facts That Really Yanked Our Chains

Researchers tried like crazy to get a cigarette to ignite gasoline.
15 Now-You-Know Facts That Really Yanked Our Chains

Willie Nelson is known for being a great country singer, but did you know that he sold his first song for only $50? “Family Bible” went on to be a huge hit, reaching #7 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart. But even though the song was successful, Willie had no regrets about selling it cheap. He memorably said: “I felt if I could write one hit song, I could write another.” On another note, you might think that igniting gasoline with a lit cigarette would be easy - just like in the movies! But researchers have tried this 2000 times and failed every single time. The liquid gas can't be ignited by the cigarette itself, but the fumes from the pump can ignite if the cigarette is burning at 450°C. Finally, everyone knows Robin Hood as a fictional character who stole from rich people to give to poor people - but did you know that there is an actual Greek man who sort of goes by this name? Vassilis Palaikostas has been nicknamed “Robin of the Poor” because he steals money from rich Greeks and gives it away to those in need. He has even escaped prison twice! 

More people died in Tokyo than Nagasaki and Hiroshima combined.

More people died in the carpet bombing of Tokyo than in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, combined. CRACKED.COM Operation Meetinghouse only lasted one day but is the single most destructive bombing raid in human history. 279 B-29s dropped about 1,500 tons of bombs, destroying 16 square miles of the city.

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Mr. Rogers met his drivers’ family when they passed his home and he kept in touch for the rest of his life.

Mr. Rogers kept in touch with his limo driver for the rest of his life. CRACKED.COM When Mr. Rogers heard his driver was going to be waiting outside while Rog- ers was in a meeting, he asked the driver to come in. On the way back they passed the driver's home and Rogers met his family.

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Lady Bird Johnson didn’t want a lake named after her, so they waited until she was dead.

A former First Lady had a lake named after her against her will. CRACKED.COM Lady Bird Johnson repeat- edly declined the dubious honor of having Austin Town Lake named after her, so the City Council waited until she died and named it after her anyway.

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