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20 More Amazing Facts

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Kiev.Victor / Christopher Halloran / Featureflash / Frontpage / Joe Seer / fmua / Text Version: Fact 536: “Seuss” in “Dr. Seuss” is actually pronounced “Zoice” (think “voice”). Theodor Geisel used the name in honor of his mother, whose maiden name was “Seuss”. As most Americans mispronounced the Bavarian name, Geisel eventually gave up […]

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20 Amazing Facts

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Joseph August / Martin Lehmann / SeanPavonePhoto / Mark Herreid / Text Version: Fact 516: George W. Bush was the head cheerleader at Phillips Academy boarding school during his senior year of high school. At the time, it was an all-male school. Fact 517: The “USA Patriot” in USA PATRIOT Act actually stands for something: Uniting […]

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10 Bizarre World Records


1. Fastest Hundred Meter Hurdle Wearing Swim Fins (Men’s and Women’s) Perhaps she was hoping it would become the next Olympic sport. I mean, the 1904 Olympics included greased pole climbing and mud fights, so why not hurdling with swim fins? Regardless of her motivations, Zheng Da Zong Yi holds the record for the fastest hundred meter hurdle wearing swim […]

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20 More Amazing Quick Facts

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If you liked these, check out more free quick-facts here. You might also be interested in QI’s 1,227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks Off. Text Version: Fact 496: Nintendo’s name comes from the Japanese name “Nintendou”. Roughly translated “Nin” means “entrusted” and “ten-dou” means “heaven”, so basically “leave luck to heaven”. If this seems a strange name/slogan for Nintendo, […]

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20 Amazing Quick Facts

TIFO Quick Fact 476

TechWizard / J. Henning Buchholz / SeanPavonePhoto / If you liked these, check out more free quick-facts here. You might also be interested in QI’s 1,227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks Off. Text Version: Fact 476: “School” comes from the Ancient Greek “skhole”, which meant “leisure or spare time”. Fact 477: A “tittle” is nothing dirty, […]

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25 Amazing Facts

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If you liked these, check out more free quick-facts here.  You might also be interested in QI’s 1,227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks Off. Text Version: Fact 449: While often used as the poster woman for “how things were different back in the day” with models and actresses, Marilyn Monroe’s body dimensions according to her tailor were 35 inch […]

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The Interesting Origin of 12 Sandwiches


Lions of the culinary world, the inventors of our favorite sandwiches have left a lasting legacy of portability and deliciousness. To honor their contributions to our collective satiety, we’re taking a moment to reflect on some of the sandwich world’s greatest creations… prepare to get hungry. Club A marvel of sandwich construction, the Club Sandwich consists of three slices of […]

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How Each NFL Team Got its Name (NFC)


Nothing short of a room decorated in team gear epitomizes a National Football League fanatic better than an internal database of useless trivia spanning your team’s history. Read on for the origin of the nickname of your favorite NFC team. NFC East  Dallas Cowboys (431-287-2) Super Bowl: (5-3) Noteworthy: With the 1st and 9th all-time rushing leaders in Emmitt Smith […]

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10 Interesting Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ben Franklin


Ben Franklin was a man of many and varied accomplishments- a Renaissance man in the grand tradition of Leonardo da Vinci. He was a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and innovator, despite only ever receiving 2 years of formal schooling. His ideas and principles helped shape his fledgling nation, and his diplomatic skills assured the newly born United States of America […]

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10 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Walt Disney


Walt Disney epitomized the American dream like few others. Sure, he wasn’t perfect. He was a ruthless businessman, long rumored to be anti-semitic and otherwise racist, and was a ringleader for Hollywood’s anti-communist witch hunt in the 40s. But he rose up from humble beginnings; his childhood was anything but stable as his family moved throughout the midwest as his […]

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You’ve Been Saying It Wrong (11 Famous Quotes That Have Changed Over Time)


Anyone who’s ever played telephone at camp knows how easy it is for your mind to twist, tweak or completely change what you’ve just heard when you repeat it to someone else. Common throughout history, sometimes when this happens, the adapted quote frequently becomes more popular than the original. Here are just a few examples: Money is the root of […]

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11 Popular Urban Legends Dispelled


This is a guest post by 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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