29 Random Bits of Trivia to Masticate Into a Gloopy Cud

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GRACKED.COM A flying head was cut out of the Bible. According to The Life of John the Baptist, after John was beheaded, his head flew around the world for 15 years, calling King Herod out the entire time. Yes, we also wonder why such an awesome thing was left out of the final cut.

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CRACKED.COM Martin Luther King Jr. had an advice column. In the '50s, Reverend King had a column in Ebony magazine titled Advice for Living. He'd often talk about black issues, but he also gave personal advice (which sometimes, um, wasn't very good).

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CRACKED.COM A (fake) queen lived for years in a train station. In 1974, the queen of the lost kingdom of Oudh set residence in New Delhi's central train station with her entire entourage. After 10 years, the Indian government ended up giving her the palace she demanded. It came out long after her death that she wasn't a real queen.

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CRACKED.COM Blockbuster Video almost had its own city. BLOCKBUSTER Back in the '90s, Blockbuster wanted to build a 2,500-acre theme park near Miami-and they somehow convinced the Florida legislature to give them powers restricted to governments. This Blockbuster Town was entitled to collect taxes and seize private land.

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CRACKED.COM Black Lightning was almost a white bigot. Black Lightning was DC Comics' first black superhero with his own title. At first he was going to be Black Bomber, a racist white guy who became a black man under stress. Then writer Tony Isabella had a better idea: not doing that.

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CRACKED.COM Cats were accused of killing babies. Not too long ago, when a baby died with no explanation, the cat was often pointed to as the culprit. Some believed that cats would suffocate babies for a variety of reasons-including sheer jealousy.

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CRACKED.COM China is building a new Great Wall made of trees. China is trying to stop desertification in the traditional Chinese way-by building a huge-ass wall. This Green Great Wall (made by planting trees, not piling stones) was started in 1987, and it will be several decades before it's finished.

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CRACKED.COM A pandemic in the 19th century was blamed on the telegraph. Just like conspiracy theorists today think 5G is the cause for COVID-19, the Russian Flu of 1889 was blamed on telegraph wires. Since affected towns were linked together by the telegraph, some people just jumped to the obvious conclusion.

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CRACKED.COM A fan colorizes I Love Lucy better than CBS. When CBS started colorizing / Love Lucy, Lucille Ball's hair ended up looking like some radioactive carrot. Zach Smothers of Pop-colorture.com doesn't have CBS' budget, but he managed to get much better results.

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CRACKED.COM Third-world country doesn't mean poor country. RUSSIA CANADA BONKOLIA UNITED STATES CHINA KOREA Libre SAND - - - - BRAZIL AUST During the Cold War, the countries allied with the U.S. were the First World, while those in the Second World were with the USSR. If your country was neutral, rich or poor, that made it Third World.

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CRACKED.COM She-Hulk was created for copyright reasons. With The Incredible Hulk being successful on TV, Marvel feared a spin-off would be made featuring a female version of the character. So they tasked Stan Lee with creating her himself, just to make sure they would own the rights.

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CRACKED.COM Shops used X-rays to check the fitting of shoes. Sure, just trying on the shoe is often enough, but using a shoe-fitting fluoroscope was undeniably cooler. Too bad that people in the '30s didn't understand how stupidly irresponsible and dangerous this was.

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CRACKED.COM China publicly shames people in debt. 2002 and If you're Chinese, you'd better not fall behind in paying your debts. If you do, you'll see your name and face on giant screens-like in the theater, right before a movie. Millions of deadbeats are tracked and shamed by the government.

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CRACKED.COM Being a camera operator is deadlier than being a stunt performer. Movie stunts are quite risky - especially for the people getting them on camera. When stunts go wrong, four camera operators die on average for every dead stunt performer.

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CRACKED.COM Dracula's Castle is just some random keep. Vlad the Impaler lived in the currently ruined Poenari Castle, in Wallachia, Romania. As Bran Castle is better looking and easier to reach (not to mention that it's actually in Transylvania), it's peddled to tourists as the real Dracula Castle.

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A 19th-century preacher built a mecha-Jesus. John Murray Spear was ahead of his time in his ideas about slavery and gender equality - and also about technology, as he tried to build a mechanical Messiah (as commanded to him by the spirits of the Founding Fathers). But Spear's New Motor failed to even start, let alone save humanity. CRACKED.COM

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chinese judges wore sunglasses to appear impartial. In 12th-century China, judges wore smoky quartz glasses for the same reason you wear your Ray-Bans - to look aloof and above it all. Masking their facial expressions gave them the appearance of being impartial and detached. CRACKED.COM

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You learned to play the recorder because it's dirt cheap. The recorder is an extremely simple instrument, which is why German composer Carl Orff adopted it as a way to teach music to children in the 1920s. Its simplicity also makes it very cheap to mass produce, allowing schools to buy in bulk for next to nothing. CRACKED.COM

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The Gimp in Pulp Fiction is a kidnapped hitchhiker. According to Quentin Tarantino, the Gimp is a hitchhiker or somebody that [Zed and Maynard] picked up seven years ago, and then trained until they broke him. Maybe the reason why that's not mentioned is because it's dark AF, even for this movie. CRACKED.COM

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Dramamine wasn't intended as a pill for motion sickness. In the 1940s, Compound 1694 was being looked into as an allergy medicine - but then a volunteer for the experimental treatment reported that she didn't feel sick as usual on the streetcar. This steered research into a new direction, resulting in the yellow pill. CRACKED.COM

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The Thing continued in a comic. Dark Horse's The Thing from Another World follows MacReady after he leaves the doomed Antarctic outpost (and eventually finds the Thing again). John Carpenter wasn't involved, but has said the comic is the closest there will ever be to a true sequel. CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED.COM Iced tea was invented to cater to Americans' masculinity. Tea is not considered manly in the US, English social critic William Hogarth wrote as early as 1757. Lipton started marketing iced tea in the 19th century to be able to sell their stuff to Americans without making them feel emasculated.

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spider-Man originally had a magic ring. The first draft of the character, developed by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, was a teenager who became a jacked up hero with a magic ring. It was version 2.0 (by Steve Ditko instead of Kirby) that originated the iconic web-slinger. CRACKED.COM

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cliffhangers as we know them became a thing in victorian England. While the cliffhanger as a narrative device has existed for centuries, it really took off when magazines started publishing serialized fiction in the 19th century. Charles Dickens was a prominent master in the art of keeping readers hooked week to week. CRACKED.COM

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Rich people literally don't understand what others feel. Studies have shown that the higher in the socio-economic ladder you are, the more you struggle to read others' expressions and emotional cues. Researchers theorize that the reason might be that those of a lower background rely more on other people's help. CRACKED.COM

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M Mario Kart wasn't supposed to be a Mario game. Nintendo was simply trying to create a two-player racing game. A few months into development, they decided to put Mario's face on one of the racers to see what it would look like from the other car, and they liked it. CRACKED.COM

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ANG samuel L. Jackson was an usher at the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. Being a student at Atlanta's Morehouse College, where a funeral procession was held, Jackson volunteered to help people find their way around campus. MLK's assassination galvanized him into becoming politically active. CRACKED.COM

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one second of Robin williams' improv added three months of CGI work to Flubber. Williams shoving his face into the Flubber wasn't scripted - he just did it, as was his usual М.О. The VFX team took three full months to get the goo to properly interact with William' face. CRACKED.COM

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cute animals are used to spread misinformation. Posting adorable critters on social media is an almost foolproof way to get tons of engagement. BS peddlers know this, and will often post kittens and such to prime algorithms in their favor, and build audiences for their COVID misinformation and conspiracy theories. CRACKED.COM

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