Fact Snacks!

16 Things That Look EXACTLY Like Other Things

It’s like when you look up at the clouds and ask your friends if they see Fred Flintstone riding a unicorn, too. Or when you take a Rorschach. Or that time you stopped to wonder whether you really saw a face in that piece of toast, or you were just super tired. No? Okay, well,...

Actors Ad-Libbed an Extra 230 F-Bombs into Goodfellas

Everybody remembers Goodfellas as a film with a lot of f-bombs. And I mean a lot. But the original script for the film had a lot fewer than it ended up with. And, actually, it doesn’t even make the top ten when it comes to the number of f-bombs in a film: Sources: 1, 2, 3 Perhaps...

South Park, Harry Potter, and Buffy All Turned 20 in 2017

If you’re old enough to remember any of the following as it happened, then you’re also officially old enough to actually feel old. So, you’ve got that going for you… Sources: 1, 2, 3 Other things that happened, started, or ended in 1997: Pokémon TV show premiere The Comet Hale–Bopp and the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide  Madeleine Albright became the first...

10 Historical Figures Rumored to Have Totally Insane Quirks

It’s a thin line between genius and insanity. We know this. We’ve seen it amuse us, in small doses. In larger ones, we’ve watched it destroy careers and steal people we love when they were far too young. The same brains that produce hilarious comedy, political genius, spin page-turning stories, and lead nations to greatness...

Albert Brooks Had a Lot to Live up to, Even as a 12-Year-Old

Albert Brooks has carved out a niche as a comedy giant for many decades. But the pressure was on from a very early age. In case you’re very young and out of the loop, this is Albert Brooks. He’s Nemo’s dad. He also did the badass thing with the guy and the fork in the...

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King Charles Wore This Huge Pearl Earring Everywhere: Even at His Execution

Charles I was, by all accounts, a fashionable fellow. He wore the latest trends, from French-style breeches to slashed doublets, and lace collars to long boots. His accessories included a sky-blue ribbon worn as a belt, a gold and diamond enameled pendent, and his favorite item, a pearl earring in his left ear. Earrings, it...

There’s Pretty Much No Such Thing as Trespassing in Norway, Thanks to the “Right to Roam”

If you’re a fan of camping, and you’ve never thought about doing it in Europe, you might want to reconsider. In much of Northern Europe, you won’t be burdened with things like campsite reservations, licenses, even trespassing. It all comes down to one word: “allemannsretten.” Sources: 1, 2 Norway, along with other countries like Scotland,...

Yes, Science Can Definitively Prove the Earth Is Round…And So Can You

You’ve probably noticed that lately there’s been a resurgence of people who believe that the earth is flat. Or maybe that’s not true. Maybe they’ve always been around, but lately they’ve decided that saying it aloud isn’t so bad. Either, way, I’ve got some bad news for them – they’re still wrong. Super wrong. And...

This Boss’s Response to His Employee’s Using Sick Leave for a Mental Health Day Is a Reminder That There’s No Shame in Taking Care of Yourself

Despite massive efforts in recent years to put a human face on mental health conditions – to bring them out of the shadows, talk about them openly, and discuss options for healthy management – there remains a stigma that seems to come with admitting that you need help. We’re made to feel somehow weak if...

The Washington Monument Sat Half-Finished for 25 Years

Have you ever seen the Washington Monument in person? Have you ever gone up to the top? I have. Did you know it has an elevator inside? I didn’t until I rode up it. And it was on that ride up, way back in 1997, that I first learned this fact: Sources: 1, 2, 3...