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10 Quick Harry Potter Facts

Bonus Fact From the Archives: Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double through the first six Harry Potter films, David Holmes, was paralyzed from the waist down during the sixth film while practicing a flying scene that included an explosion. The actress who played Moaning Myrtle, Shirley Henderson, was 37 years old at the time Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was […]

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11 Popular Urban Legends Dispelled

This is a guest post by List25.com for more interesting lists, subscribe to their newsletter here. 1) The Dissolving Tooth:  There are numerous urban legends involving Coca Cola. In fact, there are so many that these legends all now have their own category known as “Colklore”. The most popular is that if you were to leave a tooth in a […]

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The Origin of 7 Common Phrases

This is a guest post by List25.com for more interesting lists, subscribe to their newsletter here. 1) Origin of “Bite the Bullet”:  This phrase was first attested in the late 18th century in the military.  At the time, it was a common practice during emergency, battlefield surgeries to have the person being operated on bite down on a lead bullet […]

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12 Historic Scientific Hoaxes

This is a guest post by List25.com for more interesting lists, subscribe to their newsletter here. 1) In 2002, the BBC aired a report about German scientists who discovered that blond hair would be extinct in the next couple centuries due to being a recessive trait. Barely a year later, the New York Times published a report about how the […]

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10 Common Items That Were Invented by Accident

This is a guest post contributed by List25.com 1) Teflon: Roy Plunkett, a chemist who worked for DuPont in the early 20th century, accidentally stumbled across the non-reactive, no stick chemical while experimenting with refrigerants, specifically looking for a non-toxic chemical to use for a refrigerant. After storing tetrafluorethylene (TFE) in gas form in small cylinders and having it frozen, […]

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15 Harry Potter Facts

This is a guest post contributed by List25.com Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double through the first six films, David Holmes, was paralyzed from the waist down during the sixth film while practicing a flying scene that included an explosion. The actress who played Moaning Myrtle, Shirley Henderson, was 37 years old at the time Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets […]

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13 Quick Amazing Universe Facts

Note: This is a guest post contributed by List25.com. Venus’s day is longer than its year. Venus completes an entire orbit around the Sun before it manages to turn on its axis once. For reference, in Venusian time, World War II ended only 56 days ago. All the stars, galaxies, and black holes in the universe only comprise about 5% […]

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15 Shark Facts

Note: This is a guest post contributed by List25.com. An ancient shark called Carcharodon Megalodon (“rough tooth, big tooth”) had teeth measuring more than six inches long (the largest shark teeth ever found), jaws big enough to swallow an entire car, and a body the same length as tyrannosaurus rex. Some believe this shark may still exist in deep water… […]

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15 Bizarre World Records

Note: This is a guest post contributed by List25.com. If the Olympics reminds us of anything, it’s that it’s incredibly enjoyable to watch human beings who’ve dedicated their lives to achieve what are essentially pointless records in the grand scheme of things go out and achieve them (or fail, as the case is for most). In celebration of this human […]

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15 Quick United States Facts

Note: This is a guest post contributed by List25.com. 15: Alaska is the state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work. 14: 27% of Americans believe man has never walked on the moon. 13: The American flag’s official colors are “Old Glory Red”, “White”, and “Old Glory Blue”. 12: Even though the grizzly bear is California’s official […]

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15 Quick Sleep Facts

Note: This is a guest post contributed by List25.com. People getting only 6 to 7 hours of sleep every night have a longer life expectancy than those who sleep 8 hours. Both whales and dolphins literally fall half asleep. Their brain hemispheres take turns so they can continue surfacing to breathe. The world record for not sleeping was set by […]

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