15 IRL Things With (Surprisingly) Outsized Influence

There are lots of things we look at or hear about and never give a second thought to. It turns out if we did, though, we might learn about the actual people, organizations, and even animals that impact the world in huge and mind-blowing ways.

We asked our readers to bring together the ones that affect us the most. The winner is below, but first the runners-up ...

Feral or undomesticated cats are considered one of the most potent predators in America. Globally they have been blamed for the worldwide extinction o

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CRACKED COM A single Japanese company called Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (shortened to YKK) makes 90% of the zippers on Earth. Few manufacturers wil

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CRAGKED The ESRB : A board of six individuals who decide whether a video game will appear on the shelves of major retailers ...by applying their perso

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Entry by BRWombat

These 3 people are the Texas Railroad Commission. CONIISSION Don't let the name fool you - they OF regulate the oil & gas industries and coal & uranju

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Entry by PlayMatthew

In 2002 the World Health Organization released a report that added sugar (sugar not naturally occuring in food) should be capped at 10% of a person'

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Entry by Michael Voll

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Entry by c4tluvr5000

THINK MORMONS ARE JUST MISSIONARIES AND MAGIC UNDERWEAR? THEY'RE ACTUALLY A CORPORATION WORTH AN ESTIMATED $40 BILLION DOLLARS AS OF 2012. ALSOIN 2012

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Entry by chasem

Ever wonder why sunglasses, which seem SO cheap to make, are SO expensive? Luxottica. That's why. Luxottica is an Italian company which has a near mon

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Entry by mkad

Bowling Green, OH County seat of Wood County, Ohio, With a county population under 130.000 T HOT DONS HAM URGS DOGS TEAK OAYO 11 SIEEL Ohio is famousl

CRACKEDCON Like roaming around the white beaches in the Caribbean? You may have second thoughts when you learn that the fine white sand is mostly parr

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Entry by Scott Laffey

CRACKEDCON These dead trees are the handiwork of the Mountain Pine Beetle. 5 mm (actual size!) Affecting millions of forest acres in the US and Canada

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Entry by whoiswillo

One of the most powerful lobbyist groups in Washington DC is: AARP A D

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Entry by Michael Voll

Vultures are one of the most important disposal units on the planet, consuming as much as 70% of all meat in sorne regions of Africa, and thus prevent

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Entry by jacin

FUNG I What does It do for 4S? Break down dead wood Make medicines for our Ilnesses Aid in making bread, wine, cheeses, and beer Often edib/e to us Oh

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Entry by dendak5385

CRACKEDC COM The most powerful hydroelectric project in history, China's Three-Gorges Dam, has slowed Earth's rotation down by 0.06 microseconds.