31 Random Bits of Trivia We Found Fossilized in Amber and Injected Into Frog DNA

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The IRS still operates largely on mainframe computers running 60 year old code. REGISTER MEMORY ACCUMULATOR REGISTER REGISTER INSTRUCTION COUNTER INSTRUCTION CARDA LOND SELECTOR FSSTRUCTIG ENTRY The 200,000 lines of code for the Individual Master File systems from the Kennedy administration were coded in assembly language 59 years ago. CRACKED.COM

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In the years preceding the French Revolution, the price of bread cost 88% of a laborer's income. The average 18th-century worker spent half his daily wage on bread. But when the grain crops failed two years in a row, the price of bread shot up to 88 percent of his wages. CRACKED.COM

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17,000 divorce cases in Egypt cited Candy Crush as the cause of divorce in 2018. It seems like between mobile and console gaming, it's PlayStation that is breaking up the most families with 250,000 divorce cases. CRACKED.COM

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British parliament debated a resolution for bankers to be sewn into sacks with snakes and dumped into the Thames river. One of the first recognisably modern financial crises was the South Sea Bubble in 1720. Many thousands of British citizens, including Sir Isaac Newton, invested their savings in a scam and were impoverished when it burst. CRACKED.COM

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The crust of the Earth is so thin that it can be compared with the peel of an apple. The crust only makes up 1% of the earth's volume at just 25 miles deep, yet this comparatively small area contains all known life in the universe. CRACKED.COM

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A man ate over 2000 meals at Six Flags Magic Mountain with a $150 annual pass. A California man named Dylan ate most of his meals at the amusement park over seven years by spending $150 on an annual unlimited meals pass. This comes to about 50 cents a meal. CRACKED.COM

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The idea for summons in Dark Souls came from people helping the creator when he got his car stuck. DARK SOULS REMASTERED Hidetaka Miyazaki was inspired to design its summoning based on an experience he had when his car got stuck in the snow on a hill and a bunch of strangers came and helped before vanishing. CRACKED.COM

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In 1993, Burger King briefly offered table service during dinner hours. KING FRESHLY BURGER FOOT BURGER CRASPY KING REAST KING DO adidas and Staumtow Street IA all #3 Sales Not . FLAME GRILLING SINCE 1954 WHOPR, Your choices were a Whopper dinner basket, steak sandwich, chicken, or shrimp. They also offered popcorn as a table appetizer. CRACKED.COM

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Aluminum became more precious than gold and silver in the 19th century, because it was harder to obtain. The French government once displayed Fort Knox-like aluminum bars next to the crown jewels, and the minor emperor Napoleon III reserved a prized set of aluminum cutlery for special guests at banquets. CRACKED.COM

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A corned beef sandwich was smuggled into space. Astronaut John Young smuggled a corned beef sandwich into space aboard the Gemini 3 mission. Не hid the sandwich in his spacesuit pocket and shared it with the other crew members. NASA banned smuggled sandwiches from future missions. CRACKED.COM

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Naked mole rats can go 18 minutes with no oxygen by metabolizing fructose. Naked mole rats can survive for six hours in extremely low oxygen environments, and for 18 minutes with no oxygen at all. When a mole rat's brain and heart are deprived of oxygen, its cells switch to digesting a fructose instead of glucose. CRACKED.COM

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Some people can smell ants. Ants typically smell of formic acid, although this scent is only smell-able by some people. We call these people unlucky. CRACKED.COM

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There's a miniature Washington Monument under a manhole in D.C. The 12ft tall replica of the Washington Monument hides under a manhole near the actual monument. It's part of the network of a million control points across the country that helps the National Geodetic Survey synchronize all of the government's maps. CRACKED.COM

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President James Monroe and his Treasury Secretary dueled with fireplace tongs and a cane. During a contentious White House meeting, Treasury Secretary William H. Crawford became so angry at President James Monroe that he began whipping his cane at the President, forcing Monroe to use fireplace tongs to defend himself. CRACKED.COM

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Lynyrd Skynyrd based the group's name as a mocking tribute to their old P.E. teacher. Coach Leonard Skinner at Robert Е. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida disciplined two of the band's members for letting their hair grow long. CRACKED.COM

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Deep beneath a Siberian impact crater, there are trillions of carats of diamonds. The Popigai crater, about 100 kilometers wide, lies above enough diamonds to supply all the world's diamond needs for the next three millennia. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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Moscow's metro dogs actually use the subway system to travel through the city. Some of them just live in the subway, but some use it to take short trips through city, and some take long trips and work the subway crowds for treats. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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Until 2011, beer was officially considered a soft drink in the Russian Federation. Before that, anything with less than 10% alcohol was classified as foodstuff, and classifying beer as alcoholic gave the government more control over it. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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One time, the Russian Air Force bombed a river to break the ice that blocked its flow. 25 Ice on the Sukhona River created a dam which could have made the river overflow, endangering thousands -- so it was bombed every hour until it broke. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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During the 1930s, weekends were abolished in Russia (and the whole USSR). The new calendar had days of rest scattered kind of randomly, and those days were different for different groups of workers. The scheme was nixed in 1940. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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You could completely fit Pluto within Russia's borders (but Pluto's area is greater). Russia is about 6,000 kilometers wide and 3,000 kilometers high, and Pluto has a diameter of 2,370 kilometers - - s so, in 2D, it could fit inside Russia. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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At one point, the government in one part of Siberia paid teachers with vodka. 2 ЩАЯ HA Славянская ОККА ml D - РОССИИ ПУТИНИ НАСТОЯЩАЯ СТАНПАРТ Русский FOOD PUTINK - - - AIR WITH account AIR ЮБИЛЕВАН ROLSA месь ОБЛЕНАЯ HAPKA - АСТОЛЬЕ TEXAS The government ran out of money, so it gave teachers 15 bottles each. They were happy with that, since they could resell it in local markets. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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Russian prisoners tattooed images of Lenin and Stalin as protective amulets. While the USSR existed, some prisoners believed guards weren't allowed to shoot Lenin's and Stalin's faces, so they got those tattooed on their chests. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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Russia's military makes. its arsenal look more imposing with inflatable weapons. It's literally a bunch of tanks, radar stations, and everything between that look real from a distance but are inflatable - they're very cheap and reasonably convincing. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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They asked Don Cheadle for a 12-year acting commitment at his kid's birthday party. The person from Marvel who'd called him about starring in the MCU gave him an hour to decide, and when Cheadle said he was celebrating his kid's birthday, they told him he can have two hours. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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Making a pound of honey requires 50,000 hours of bee flight. In other words, a bee is going to fly over a distance that's twice the circumference of the Earth to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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Breakdancing has officially become an Olympic sport. 98 CALIFORNIA The first breakdancing event will be held at the 2024 Olympics in Paris -- it's part of the Olympic committee trying to get a younger crowd to tune in. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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The Pentagon wasted $5 billion on a plane that was never made. The A-12 Stealth Bomber was billed as a long-range bomber for the 21st century, but the development program just fizzled out after burning a bunch of money and never produced anything (except lawsuits). NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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In the 17th century, coffee was thought to make men impotent. At one point, in an attempt to restore their husbands' virility, a bunch of London women petitioned against coffee houses. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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Scientists can work out how much pee there is in a pool by measuring artificial sweeteners. Some of those sweeteners aren't digested and don't easily break down in water, so measuring their amount in a pool gives you a pretty good idea of the amount of pee. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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A single animal species has a skeleton that's part metal. It's the scaly-foot snail, a critter found on hydrothermal events deep in the ocean, and its shell and scales (i.e. its skeleton) are partly made out of iron sulphides. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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