27 Bits of Trivia So Tender and Mild, They Make That Holy Infant Look Like Chucky

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27 Bits of Trivia So Tender and Mild, They Make That Holy Infant Look Like Chucky

You always hear about that annoying little drummer boy who came to abruptly awaken a certain baby in a certain manger during nap time. But you never hear about the little fact boy who came to drop some knowledge on the baby, do ya? We think manger boy would much rather hear that the first sci-fi convention was held in Victorian England than that ridiculous little pa rum pum pum pum nonsense!

CRACKED.COM Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze is about alien planets, not drugs. The song's title comes from the purplish haze of sunspots mentioned in Philip José Farmer's Night of Light. Inspired by this science-fiction novel, Hendrix wrote a long poem about the history of Neptune, which he then pared down into his legendary song.

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OOH Taking an at-home DNA test can destroy your military career. If you're a member of the armed forces, a 23andMe test can cause worse than awkward family conversations. The tests can find genetic markers for medical conditions that'd get you booted out of the military, where you are not protected by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. CRACKED COM

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Sea serpents may have been whale dongs. According to ecologist Charles Paxton, many sea monster sightings of old may have been caused by whales flashing sailors their huge willies from a distance. Many of the large baleen whales have long, snake-like penises, he wrote in 2005, before going on to talk about frisky cetaceans swimming on their backs. CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED.COM A game by the creator of BioShock was turned into a Bollywood musical. Between System Shock and Bioshock, Ken Levine developed The Lost, about a mother rescuing her daughter from Hell. But the publisher never released it, and the game was eventually repurposed for the Indian market as Agni: Queen of Darkness, complete with Bollywood dance numbers.

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CRACKED.COM The Nazis had concentration camps in Great Britain. During World War II, Germany occupied the island of Alderney, in the English Channel, and built concentration camps there. For a long time, the British government was very sketchy about what went down in Alderney - we needed archaeologists to investigate the place and tell us it was very bad.

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Oscar winners can't legally sell their awards. Since the Academy doesn't want their statuettes in the marketplace, there's a rule that if you want to sell your Oscar, you have to first offer to sell it back to the Academy itself, for just $10. Sounds like a weird rule, but a judge upheld it as legal in 2015. CRACKED.COM

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