40 Random Bits of Trivia, Free to a Good Home

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40 Random Bits of Trivia, Free to a Good Home

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Bill Nye got his break into the entertainment industry by winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest in 1978. This was after being reject- ed to join NASA's astro- naut training program in the late 1970s four times, where he stumbled into a new career path that launched his career into stardom. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

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The worst wildfire in history lasted only two hours but killed 2,500 people across Wisconsin and Michigan. The reason the fire is for- gotten in the history books is it took place on the same day as the Great Chicago Fire, Great Michigan Fire, and Port Huron Fire. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

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All of the chainmail in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was made by hand, link by link. The main characters wore lightweight chainmail, designed specifically for the films, that was 1/5th the weight of steel so the actors didn't suffer fa- tigue. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

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Ernest Hemingway's third wife was the sole woman on the Normandy beaches during D-day. Martha Gellhorn was a rogue war correspon- dent who stowed away in the toilet of a hospital ship to be among the thousands of men on the beaches that day. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

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Mike, the lowest ranking member of a chimp group became the alpha male of the community overnight. 3 CRACKED.COM Не stole empty ker- osene cans from the researcher's camp, and banged them to scare the other chimps.

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Ice is a mineral, like quartz, copper, and gold. GRACKED.COM Ice is a naturally occurring compound with a defined chemical formula and crys- tal structure, thus making it a legitimate mineral. Its only limitation is that it is not stable at room tem- perature.

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The parasite which causes malaria in humans wears the membrane of a blood cell to go undetected. GRAGKED.COM Plasmodium Falciparum first infects the liver, de- veloping there for months without any symptoms. Then it in- fects red blood cells to wear as a disguise.

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Gleaning leftover crops was a legally enforced entitlement of the poor in a number of Christian kingdoms. CRACKED.COM Gleaning was a historical practice of collecting left- over crops from farmer's fields after they had been commercially harvested or if they were not profitable to harvest.

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A burglar was caught after his 82-year-old victim drew a caricature of him. CRACKED.COM Australian cartoonist Wil- liam Ellis Green called the police after confronting the intruder, and produced a pen and paper to quickly capture his likeness. The criminal was soon appre- hended.

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Mickey Mouse is based off of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. CRACKED.COM Walt Disney created Oswald but rights to the character were taken by Universal Stu- dios. Walt created Mickey Mouse as a replacement and made sure all future charac- ters were owned directly by Disney.

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The alien species from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial appears in The Phantom Menace. GRAGKED.COM George Lucas included them as a tribute to his long-time friend Steven Spielberg, as well as showing them existing in the same universe.

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