36 Bits of Trivia to Fertilize Your Brainstem

36 Bits of Trivia to Fertilize Your Brainstem

Aw, you little brains are growing up so fast. It seems like only yesterday, we were nurturing you with milk-based facts in the nursery. Now that you’re on solids, remember to eat all of your broccoli facts or you can’t have any ice cream facts.

Oil doesn't come from dinosaurs. Maybe some oil does have a teeny-tiny bit of dinosaur, but by and large, the stuff comes from microbes in the sea. The dino-oil connection comes from the Sinclair Oil and Refining Corporation, which used to sponsor paleontological research and had a dinosaur as its mascot. CRACKED.COM

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There's a devil in star wars because money was short. George Lucas wasn't happy with the amount of weird aliens in the Mos Eisley cantina, and wanted more. But the budget for reshoots was very limited, and make-up artist Rick Baker had to work with what he had - including a demon's head he made for a different movie (which didn't happen). CRACKED.COM

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Jennifer coolidge pretended to be her own twin (to date two different guys). While on a tropical vacation, Coolidge met two friends she fancied - and since she didn't feel like choosing, she pretended to have a twin sister and dated both for a couple weeks. I don't know if I would have the guts to do that now, she confessed. CRACKED.COM

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Bill Murray improvised the final speech in scrooged (despite being asked not to). Co-writer Mitch Glazer begged Murray to stick to the script (which had been already heavily reworked to please the star). But Murray being Murray, he didn't do that, and went on an emotional, big-actor- moment tirade instead. Glazer thought that Murray was having a breakdown. CRACKED.COM

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GRACKED.COM OLIOR Farmers are forced to hack their own tractors. Ridiculously restrictive license agreements require owners to haul their increasingly computerized tractors to a dealer for repairs, even for the smallest problems. Farmers often rely on black market software to jailbreak (and be able to fix) their own goddamn equipment.

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CRACKED.COM Restaurants are going fully virtual. Your Chuck Е. Cheese delivery order may not come from Chuck Е. Cheese - it's likely to come from a place that's only a kitchen, with no dining area or waitstaff. Many of these ghost kitchens run several brands at the same time.

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An elite French counter-terror unit uses an odd technique in its initiation program. A current member of GIGN, in body armor, has to put a clay pigeon (a fake target) on their center of mass, and the new teammate has to shoot it with their revolver from 15 yards away - it's called a trust shot. CRACKED.COM

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We don't know if the Universe is infinite or if multiverses exist Our Universe is only 13.8 billion years old so anyhing farther than 13.8 billion light years apart would be unknowable. CRACKED.COM

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The Sun is only one among 300 sextillion stars. Our solar system revolves around the incredibly insignificant star that's one in 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. And those are just the estimated stars in the observable universe. CRACKED.COM

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