29 Brilliant and Gorgeous Bits of Trivia That Have Been Training Their Whole Lives for This Trivia Pageant

29 Brilliant and Gorgeous Bits of Trivia That Have Been Training Their Whole Lives for This Trivia Pageant

All their lives, these facts have dreamed of greatness. When an Excel spreadsheet cost JPMorgan $6 billion, that little fact sprung to life and thought to itself, “One day, everyone is gonna know me!” Well, little fact, that day has finally come. Soak up the limelight.

NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES' РОО IS NORMALLY BRIGHT ORANGE This is due to a diet of tiny crustaceans called copepods. One researcher said it floats but has the worst stink of any fecal matter. CRACKED.COM

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THE ANGLO-ZANZIBAR WAR LASTED ABOUT 40 MINUTES It's considered the shortest war in history. About 500 Zanzibari soldiers and civilians died. One British seaman died. CRACKED.COM

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We've found out that some plants produce noise when they're stressed. They're ultrasonic clicks that humans can't hear, and plants begin making them if they're being harmed .. say, if they're suffering drought or being attacked. CRACKED.COM

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A molasses flood killed 21 people. The Great Molasses Flood wasn't some medieval, pseudo-mythical event - it happened in Boston in 1919. 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst from a tank, and the almost- biblical flood swallowed everything in its path. 21 people died and 150 were injured. CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED COM Romans had porn coins. Coins with sexy imagery have been found for centuries, going back to the early times of the Roman Empire. Regular money, however, wasn't X-rated- so it isn't clear what the deal with these was. It's been theorized they were tokens to be used at brothels.

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Insert Home Page Cut Ca Copy Using Excel cost JPMorgan billions. You'd think that a huge financial company would use something fancier than Excel. JPMorgan didn't - to assess risky investments, they relied on a complex series of spreadsheets. Predictably, small errors snowballed, eventually costing the company over $6 billion in 2012. В A CRACKED.COM

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GRACKED.COM People used to get poisoning from potatoes. Before modern screening processes, it wasn't uncommon for people to get solanine poisoning from potatoes. Solanine is one of the same ingredients that make deadly nightshade, well, deadly. Green potatoes tend to be chock-full of the nasty stuff.

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