15 Bits of Trivia That Totally Sewed Up Our Zoot Suits

15 Bits of Trivia That Totally Sewed Up Our Zoot Suits

Ah, the wonders of the modern world! Every day, it seems, we are presented with a new story that leaves us shaking our heads in disbelief. From Frank Zappa’s diagnosis of prostate cancer in 1990 to the discovery of a mysterious eyebrow-raising muscle in dogs, it’s clear that the world is full of surprises. 

And then there’s the downright bizarre – like the Russian bomber who was killed by a spam text message wishing her a happy new year, or the polaroid company that had to warn people not to shake their photos, as suggested by OutKast’s hit song “Hey Ya”. 

These stories and more are collected here, a testament to the wild and wonderful world we live in. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this list of the strangest, most inspiring, and most unbelievable stories from the last few years. Enjoy, because there is no way the world will ever get weirder than it is right now!

Mexican club Atlético Celaya denied female player Maribel Dominguez due to Fifa’s gender divide.

Fifa: Keeping Men and Women Apart, One Signing at a Time. 14 4 Fifa prevented Mexican club Atlético Celaya from signing female player Maribel Dominguez in 2004, citing a need for a clear separation between men's and women's football. CRACKED.COM


Tune in before sundown – AM radio won’t last the night.

AM radio waves actually fade at night. AM radio stations are required by the FCC to reduce their power or cease operating at night in order to avoid interference with other stations due to the way radio waves travel at night. CRACKED.COM

Relevant Radio / Unesco 

OutKast wrong: Polaroid says don’t shake it.

Disregard OutKast: Polaroid says no shaking. Polaroid warned consumers not to shake their photos, as suggested by OutKast's hit song Hey Ya, as it could damage the image. The company stated that modern Polaroid film dried behind a clear plastic window, so shaking or waving had no effect. CRACKED.COM

CNN / Huffpost 

Short legs, curved ribcage, strong jaws: Meet the Badger-Hunting Dachshund.

Badger-hunting made easy: Dachshunds! The Dachshund is a breed of dog that was developed in Germany to hunt badgers, and was bred to have short legs, a curved ribcage, and a strong underjaw with large teeth to protect itself while hunting. CRACKED.COM


Henry Cavill: Hollywood’s Unluckiest Man?

Twilight, Superman, Harry Potter: Cavill's Unfortunate Rejections. Henry Cavill was once called the unluckiest man in Hollywood due to his back-to-back rejections or losses of big projects, including a Superman movie and roles in the Harry Potter and Twilight series. CRACKED.COM


Parents more likely to kidnap than strangers.

Parents are statistically the most common kidnappers. Parental abductions are the most common form of kidnapping, but stranger abductions are what Americans fear most and are far less common, with only 100-150 successful cases reported annually. CRACKED.COM

OSU / Parents 

Dogs have a secret weapon: a mysterious eyebrow-raising muscle.

Dogs have a special muscle - one wolves don't. Domestication of dogs has resulted in both behavioral and anatomical changes, including the development of a muscle responsible for raising the inner eyebrow intensely, which is uniformly present in dogs but not in wolves. CRACKED.COM

PNAS / Britannica 

Chubby Checker: No more measuring.

Chubby Checker sued a lewd app called The Chubby Checker. Chubby Checker and Hewlett-Packard settled a lawsuit over a penis-measuring app (called The Chubby Checker), with Hewlett-Packard agreeing not to use the singer's stage name, related trademarks, or likeness on their products. Checker had claimed in 2013 that the app had violated the Communications Decency Act, a claim which was thrown out of federal court. CRACKED.COM

The Guardian

Happy New Year? Russian bomber receives deadly text.

A Russian bomber was killed by a spam text. A Russian suicide bomber was killed when a spam text message wishing her a happy new year activated her phone, which was serving as the device's detonator. Russian security forces believe the terrorists were careless in leaving the phone on. CRACKED.COM

NBC  / NY Post

Shaq's response? 400M pairs of affordable shoes.

Shaq turned down a $40 million deal after a good old fashioned scolding. Shaq rejected a $40 million sneaker deal with Reebok after being confronted by a woman who scolded him for selling his signature shoes at a price that many of his younger fans could not afford. Не then started the Shaq brand and sold over 400 million pairs of affordable shoes for kids at Walmart. CRACKED.COM

Yahoo Sports

Lights Out! Vancouver's 350 street lights turn purple.

Manufacturing defect creates a purple hue in Canadian and US cities. Davie St Thousands of street lights in cities across Canada and the U.S. have been turning purple due to a manufacturing defect, and the City of Vancouver is working to replace all 350 lights installed between 2017 and 2019 to prevent any others from turning to the dark side. CRACKED.COM


19-year-old eats free, works out, and lands $50,000.

19-year-old eats free, works out, and revolutionizes education? Eric Simons, a 19-year-old entrepreneur, squatted at AOL's Palo Alto campus for two months, eating free food, using the gym, and building his startup. Despite being a mediocre student in high school, he was determined to revolutionize education and was able to secure $50,000 in seed funding from Ulu Ventures and Silicon Valley vc Paul Sherer. CRACKED.COM


Elephants: smarter than you think!

Elephants understand human language- and gender. Wild elephants can distinguish between human languages and genders, and can tell whether a voice comes from a man, woman or boy, according to a new study. This advanced thinking skill allows them to figure out who is a threat and who isn't. CRACKED.COM


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