25 Schrodinger-Esque Bits of Trivia That May or May Not Exist, the Only Way to Find Out Is to Click on This Article

25 Schrodinger-Esque Bits of Trivia That May or May Not Exist, the Only Way to Find Out Is to Click on This Article

What are you looking for exactly? Are you in the mood for some facts about the Appalachian Trail? Whistles? Hot dogs? An artist who paints with his own blood? If you’re not going to tell us, then we’re just gonna have to throw them — and a bunch of other randomness — all at you. Happy?

Annie Kopchovsky was the first woman to cycle around the world. She learned how to ride a bike just two days before. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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Richard Donner tricked Gene Hackman into shaving his mustache for Superman. Hackman refused to wear a skull cap to play Lex Luthor - and to shave his '70s 'stache. Donner said, you take yours off, I'll take mine off, and Hackman grudgingly accepted. Only after the deed was done did Donner reveal his own facial hair was fake. Hackman wasn't pleased. CRACKED.COM

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Boneless ham seems to be solid because of a quirk in protein chemistry. After the bone is removed, the meat is tightly pressed into the packaging, and salt breaks down some of the proteins in it. Those proteins reconnect, making the meat an unbroken whole again. CRACKED.COM

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The US is home to about 200 million starlings, and it's because of Shakespeare. In 1890, there was a program to bring every bird species from Shakespeare's plays to North America, and that included releasing 60 starlings in Central Park. Eventually, that number grew to 200 million. CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED.COM Whistles were used to hack phone systems. Before phone networks went digital, phone hackers (named phreakers) would use whistles to reproduce the frequencies used by the system for communication. A legend in the field is John Draper, nicknamed Captain Crunch, who used used a whistle from a cereal box to get free long-distance calls.

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CRACKED.COM All old-timey laugh tracks were made by one guy. If you hate canned laughs, you can thank Charles Douglass for them. Douglass invented the Laff Box, a gadget to add pre-recorded snickers, guffaws, and chuckles to TV comic material. Не had a virtual monopoly in the canned-laugh business.

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