Popcorn, being relatively inexpensive, became popular during the Great Depression. It became a source of income for many struggling farmers, including the Redenbacher family. In fact, when sugar was rationed during WWII, Americans ate three times as much popcorn as they had before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Today I learned about Judith Catchpole, a young maidservant in the colony of Maryland, who was tried in 1656 for witchcraft and killing her newborn child. The judge summoned an all-female jury, who determined that Judith did not kill her child - in fact, there were no signs that Judith had even been pregnant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
In 1974, drinkers in a British pub were bemoaning the fact that the UK didn't produce world champions, so they invented a sport that no one else knew about: toe wrestling. In 1976, a Canadian visitor competed and won, so with the point of the sport gone, the "World Championship" was discontinued en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toe…
Contrary to myth, bats aren't blind. Research shows that depending on the circumstances, bats sometimes prefer using eyesight to sound when hunting. In fact, many bats don't echolocate at all. These species have particularly sharp vision, and can even see ultraviolet light britannica.com/story/are-…
Despite the fact that the TV show Cheers premiered almost 40 years ago, every regular cast member is still alive with the exception of Nicholas Colasanto who died while the series was still airing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
36 million Americans have no teeth. It's driven largely by the fact that 30% don't brush their teeth twice a day, and 2% don't brush at all. This tooth loss is also compounded by their diet, aging, and not seeing a dentist. gotoapro.org/facts-figure…
The 1953 movie Houdini is widely responsible for people thinking Harry Houdini died performing one of his stunts. In fact, he died of peritonitis. history.com/news/what-kil…
Orson Welles was a magician. In fact, he was a lifelong member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians and often performed at several conventions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ors…
Today I learned about The Devil's Bible - It is the largest illuminated bible still existing in the world and in fact the largest known medievil manuscript. It has a curious full-page image of the devil himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
In 1964, Bell Labs built a large space antenna. Upon testing, two of their scientists encountered β€˜interference’, which could not be isolated. After multiple attempts to fix the bug, they determined the β€œnoise” was in fact, a remnant β€˜hum’ from the Big Bang. They went on to win The Nobel Prize. nbcnews.com/science/space…
When in 2015 Domino's was rolling out their Driver Tracker, they were considering having the app show "fun facts" about the delivery driver, such as their favorite sports teams and music they listen to on the way over. theverge.com/2015/5/3/853…
The Soviet Union loved Bollywood films. The values of Indian society and the USSR were very similar and the socialist country enjoyed the common rags to riches narrative. In fact, the highest grossing film of the Soviet Era was a 1982 Bollywood film called Disco Dancer. varsity.co.uk/film-and-tv…
There is as much vitamins and nutrients in frozen vegetables as in fresh ones. This is due to the fact that they have been quickly frozen after picking to preserve their properties, unlike "fresh" ones that can stay for days in a storage or display. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Today I learned about Anne Parrish who was browsing old books in Paris when she discovered a book that she loved as a child in New York. She showed it to her husband. He opened the book and discovered that was, in fact, her childhood copy of the book with her address and name on the inside cover. newyorker.com/magazine/19…
The cry typically associated with the bald eagle is in fact a red-tailed hawk. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Today I learned about Occam’s broom. An anti-thinking tool opposed to Occam's razor. It alludes to the process whereby inconvenient facts that don’t fit into one’s hypothesis are swept under the rug. businessinsider.com/occam…
Although the kilt is an icon of Scottish clothing, Its invention credits -not without controversy- to Thomas Rawlinson, an English industrialist who created the modern-day kilt - another fun fact is the kilt has roots to the late 1600's, Which means the kilts in Braveheart are inaccurate. lochcarron.co.uk/blog/the…
Ferrets don't exist in the wild; they're the domesticated form of the European polecat, and America's "black-footed ferret" is, in fact, actually a species of polecat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Several people accused actor Kiell Smith-Bynoe of putting on blackface when he appeared in a promotional film for the BBC. He is in fact black. inews.co.uk/culture/telev…
From 1999 to 2009 (at minimum), the number of people killed by venomous spiders each year correlated with the number of letters in the winning word of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This fact is deliberate illustrative example of data dredging AKA P-hacking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dat…
The oldest federal enforcement agency in America is the United States Postal Inspection Service, a fact-finding, investigative agency of fully sworn-in federal agents. Founded in 1772 by Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin, it predates both the Declaration of Independance and the USA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The FDA allows food manufacturers to include up to 20% more calories, sugars, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium than they declare in the Nutrition Facts on the label. fda.gov/regulatory-inform…
Dogs are not colorblind, they just can't see quite as many colors on the spectrum as humans. In fact, their vision is better than humans when detecting motion or in the absence of light. It is believed they may even be able to see ultraviolet. livescience.com/46565-are…
The "You Talkin' To Me?" line in Martin Scorsese's film, Taxi Driver, was improvised by Robert De Niro. In fact, he improvised the whole monologue and got the line from Bruce Springsteen, whom he'd seen perform a few days prior to filming in Greenwich Village. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
, Your fingernails and hair do not, in fact, continue to grow after you die. To grow, these must have a steady supply of glucose, which is cut off after the heart stops beating, preventing any further growth. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The first first-person shooter, Maze, was created in 1973. It included features like corner peeking, AI bots, and 8-player online play. In fact, it was so popular that DARPA had to ban it from ARPANET because half of all network activity for a month was between players at MIT and Stanford. polygon.com/features/2015…
Crocodiles show high cognitive behavior despite the fact they are reptiles and being very ancient species. They can lay traps, cooperate in hunting and even play with other crocs. The very dangerous nature of studying them has made their behavior studies relatively young and incomplete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
The Monkees never outsold the Beatles and Rolling Stones (as widely reported). Michael Nesmith was giving an interview in 1977 and lied. "It isn’t too well known that we sold over 35 million records in 1967", said Nesmith. He wondered if it was too outrageous, the next day it was printed as fact flashbak.com/in-1977-mike…
'Star Spangled Banner' only became the anthem of the USA in 1931, after the huge outcry caused by Robert Ripley, who denounced in one of his famous "Believe it or Not" cartoons that the country, in fact, had no official anthem up until then. awb.com/dailydose/?p=1949
Hawaii was not a state when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. And in fact many US and British territories were also attacked the very same day. theguardian.com/news/2019…
Today I learned about the Christmas pickle. A supposedly German tradition, where you hide a pickle in the Christmas tree and whoever finds it first gets a reward. Apparently this is a well known tradition in the US, but not of German origin and in fact completely unknown in Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Edgar Allan Poe is considered one of the founders of the Detective Genre. He created one of the first detectives who solves mysteries based on the facts of the crime. He is credited with inventing the β€œleast likely suspect” trope, as well as the culprit framing another by planting evidence poemuseum.org/who-was-edg…
The music used in the famous anti-pirating ads found on DVDs was, in fact, stolen. abc.net.au/science/articl…
The largest Masonic Temple in the world, the Detroit Masonic Temple, was saved from foreclosure in 2013 by Jack White of the White Stripes. White paid off $142,000 owed in back taxes by the Temple due to the fact that it had given his mother a job as an usher when she was in need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Det…
, that Chuck Lorre, the producer of huge TV hits like Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory co-wrote the soundtrack for the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. In the theme song, whenever a line is spoken (not sung), that is Chuck Lorre's actual voice (that's a fact, Jack!). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
The TV show 'The Voice' heavily promotes the fact that the winner gets a free record deal. However, many of them get dropped shortly after signing. The winner of season 7 even admits none of the label executives knew who he was when he first entered the office shortly after winning. talentrecap.com/arent-voi…
Pandas are, in fact, true bears. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
When Roman Emperor Elagabalus saw adultΠ΅ry scenes shown on-stage, he would order what was usually "done" in pretence to be carried out in fact. He also never had sΠ΅x with the same woman twice (except with his wife), and opened brothΠ΅ls in his house for his friends, clients, and slavΠ΅s penelope.uchicago.edu/Tha…
There is no one origin of pointed birthday hats. In fact, this distinctive headgear has been around at the very least since 2800 BC, when ancient Egyptian pharaohs donned it. It is unknown if pointed hats were adopted from Egypt or if they simply began systematically appearing around the world. ehow.com/about_6458648_hi…
Over a dozen losing college football teams usually participate in Bowl games every year. In fact, 61.5% of all division 1 teams go to a bowl. There are 130 teams, with 80 participants going to 40 bowls. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowl_g…
The antibacterial soaps are not better than regular soaps, in fact studies show that antibacterial soaps causes the bacteria to increase its antibiotic resistance. businessinsider.com.au/is…
Cotton balls in pill bottles don’t preserve quality or freshness in any wayβ€”and, in fact, they might have the opposite effect. rd.com/article/cotton-bal…
Monty Python's famous gag in Holy Grail of using coconuts for horse clops was NOT out of budget necessity, but was in fact the first idea they had which served as a starting point for the film. filmschoolrejects.com/42-…
The word "crap" didn't originate with toilet manufacturer Thomas Crapper; the fact that his name was "Crapper" is just a coincidence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The reason backseat windows in cars don't roll all the way down is not in fact for child safety, but because there isn't room in the car door to fit the full window due to the wheel well. autotrader.com/car-news/h…
The lowest figures on a totem pole are often considered the most important, despite the fact that the expression "to be the lowest person on the totem pole" means "to be of the lowest rank". woot.com/blog/post/the-de…
Most cigarette tobacco is in fact "reconstituted tobacco", sheets of waste material sprayed with nicotine and other chemicals, which are then cut to look like leaf. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/cigaret…
In many parts of the world, the "A-okay" hand sign is considered an insulting gesture, often due to the fact that it mimics the shape of a human anus. Conversely, in Japan means "pay me". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OK_…
, William Harvey (1578-1657), an English physician discovered the circulation of blood when it was believed that blood oscillated in the body. For his idea, he was ridiculed and was called a "circulator". But after his death, his idea was accepted as a biological fact. ahajournals.org/doi/full/…
Allan Grimson, a convicted British murderer, is suspected to have murdered up to 20 undiscovered victims given the fact that the two murders he confessed to were committed on 12th of December 1997 and 1998, the same date that a young navy officer (Simon Parkes) had disappeared in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…

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