John Early Is Figuring Out How to Be Sincere

As the star of the sharp new indie ‘Stress Positions,’ the irreverent comic works in a more serious vein. He tells Cracked why he’s getting comfortable with being earnest — even if he’s scared everyone will think he’s pretentious

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12 Trivia Tidbits for Monday, March 18, 2024

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Without exaggeration, these are some of the most impactful, seminal facts in the history of the universe, and they deserve to be carved in literal stone.

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We Still Have No Idea Who Invented Bitcoin

Someone going by the name Satoshi Nakamoto invented it in 2008, but no one knows who Nakamoto actually is. Australian computer scientist Craig Wright has long claimed that hes the real Nakamoto, but a U.K. court just ruled that hes not the guy.

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There May Have Been a Female Pope for Two Years

“Pope Joan” was supposedly a brilliant scholar who dressed as a man and worked her way up to the very top of the Catholic Church. In her second year of Popedom, she became pregnant, and delivered a child in the middle of the street during a procession. In shame and rage, the church removed all mention of her from their records — and maybe killed her. This story was taken to be fact for centuries, although modern scholars largely consider it legendary.

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One of the Last People Who Lived in an Iron Lung Passed Away at 78

Paul Alexander had lived in an iron lung since being paralyzed by polio at age six. From inside of the machine, which he referred to as both my friend and my enemy, he got a law degree, became an author and more recently amassed a huge TikTok following.

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The Deep Sea Flying Butt

Chaetopterus pugaporcinus is a type of sea worm that looks like a big, inflated ass balloon. The name roughly translates to, and the creature is often referred to as, pigbutt worm.

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The World’s Largest Blueberry

Guinness has confirmed the largest blueberry in known history was recently grown in Australia. Its .71 ounces and about the size of a golf ball.

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Was the Ark of the Covenant Just a Big Ol’ Car Battery?

The Bible describes the Ark as made mostly of wood panels that had been gilded on every side. One engineer has said this is proof that it acted like an electrical capacitor, and that the two statuettes on top were a negatively charged angel and a positively charged angel. This helps explain why people reportedly died if they touched it wrong or even just got too close.

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Grave Robbers Totally Missed the Good Stuff in Panama

In the 20th century, grave robbers searching for buried treasure outside of Panama City only found a bunch of lower-class gravesites. Later, in the 21st century, archaeologists uncovered an incredible find: an entire familial line of chieftains from a previously unknown civilization, all of whom were wearing full golden ceremonial armor. One of them was laid to rest on a bed of 15 regular people, who appear to have been killed via pufferfish.

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Cops Brought a Post-Apocalyptic War Machine to a DARE Lecture

In 2013, an L.A. cop took a motorcycle-mounted machine gun to an elementary school, and, predictably, some kids figured out how to fire it off. Three kids were slightly injured by the gun itself, but two others were hospitalized in the ensuing stampede.

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Incan Incest Became the Norm Because Emperors Were Cheating on Their Wives So Much

Toward the end of the Incan Empire, succession disputes became a huge problem because rulers were popping out a ton of kids with their mistresses. They eventually settled on the idea that a baby with twice the family blood had twice the claim to the throne, which incentivized royal inbreeding.

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We Almost Had Propeller-Powered Trains

Latvian inventor Valerian Abakovsky nearly revolutionized rail travel in 1921 with an invention he called the Aerowagon: a train with an airplane propeller at the front. He successfully piloted a prototype from Moscow to Tula, but the train derailed at high speed on the return trip, killing everyone on board.

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The Theme Park That Opened, and Closed, Specifically for Chernobyl

Pripyat Amusement Park was almost fully built, and scheduled to open less than a week later, when the disaster at nearby Chernobyl Power Plant displaced hundreds of thousands of people. The park opened prematurely, for one day only, to help residents cope as they packed up their lives and waited for buses to come and get them out of there.

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Archibald Hall: Serial Butler

Hall, alias Roy Fontaine, was a career criminal who eventually settled on a pretty good grift: gaining employment as a butler to the ultra-wealthy, stealing their stuff and running off to his next gig. He eventually began dabbling in murder, which proved to be his downfall. His final victim caught him mid-heist, prompting him to kill both of his employers, a heist accomplice and even his own brother. That was too many bodies to hide, and he was caught and sentenced to life in prison.

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John Early Is Figuring Out How to Be Sincere

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