36 Very Thoughtful But Functionally Useless Bits of Trivia Gifted to Us by a Procession of Wise Men at the Birth of Our Child

36 Very Thoughtful But Functionally Useless Bits of Trivia Gifted to Us by a Procession of Wise Men at the Birth of Our Child

Let’s be honest here: You probably won’t need one of these facts in a job interview, but you never know! It could be a job in a museum, or on a tour bus, or at a pub with a weekly trivia night. If you love facts as much as we do, those could be the gigs for you. Here’s a few to help you burst onto the fact scene…

CRACKED.COM DOGE HAS A TRAGIC BACKSTORY. Kabosu, the Shiba Inu gone memetic as Doge, was abandoned when the puppy mill where she was born closed down. Luckily, she was adopted by a kindergarten teacher before she was put down in a shelter. Very story, such sad.

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CRACKED.COM The flu almost vanished during lockdown. During the 2020-2021 season, hospitalizations due to the flu plummeted to about 14% of the previous year. As the flu spreads the same way as COVID but is less infectious, it didn't stand a chance against all the masks, social distancing, and hand-washing.

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36 Very Thoughtful But Functionally Useless Bits of Trivia Gifted to Us by a Procession of Wise Men at the Birth of Our Child

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Caroling was an extortion racket. Before the 19th century, caroling was more like trick-or-treating - ift the trick was destroying your home if you didn't give the carolers enough booze or money. Even some of the songs explicitly threatened home occupants in order to get them to deliver the goods. CRACKED COM

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it Merrü Christmas to цои Victorian Christmas cards were hardcore. Trees? Sleighs? Victorians had no time for such harmless BS-their Christmas cards had dead birds, murderous frogs, scary old men, and other imagery you'd only find in horror movies today. CRACKED COM

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CRACKED.COM Characters losing their hands in the MCU is a nod to Star Wars. Kevin Feige has confirmed that people keep losing their hands on MCU movies as a sneaky shout-out to Star Wars, a franchise with a similar track record. It wasn't intentional at first, but that changed with Phase 2.

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x Being a hardcore fan can be bad for your self-esteem. There's nothing wrong about being a fan of something, and it can be for you - in moderation. If fandom becomes too large a part of your identity, your sense of self-worth will take a hit when your heroes release a bad album, make a sucky movie, or lose a big game. CRACKED.COM

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Scrooge McDuck's first cartoon was capitalist propaganda. In the original comics, Scrooge was pretty much, well, a scrooge - but in his 1967 animated debut in Scrooge McDuck and Money, his villainish side disappears as he becomes a wise advisor, giving Huey, Dewey, and Louie valuable lessons about how capitalism works. CRACKED.COM

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Oklahoma has a panhandle because of Texas' racism. Liberal Loktahoma City Clinton Z Oklah Amarillo Lawton Wichita Falls When Texas joined the U.S. in 1845, a lil' bit part of it was in territory where slavery was illegal - so they just chopped it off, because being able to remain a slave state was more important. That land strip was a chaotic outlaw paradise for decades, until Oklahoma took it in in 1890. CRACKED.COM

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