You’re a busy person. You want to know things, but you don’t have time to leaf through the entire internet to find them. And we’re here for you. This is a collection of completely true facts that are objectively interesting.
18. CONGRESS MEMBERS GET FREE PORN
If you are elected into Congress, you get a free copy of Hustler every month-wether you want it or not.
Larry Flynt started sending his magazine to every member of Congress in the early’80s.
Legislators tried to stop the deliveries, but the District Court ruled that would violate Flynt’s right to petition the government.
17. STAR TREK V EXISTS BECAUSE WILLIAM SHATNER WAS JEALOUS OF LEONARD NIMOY
A clause in Shatner’s contract ensured that he’d get whatever Nimoy got.and since Nimoy directed a couple of Star Trek films, Shatner said he should get a turn as well.
As he was obsessed with televangelists at the time, the movie was about that.
16. BEARDS WERE THOUGHT OF AS DUST FILTERS IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND
In the 1850s, English doctors started suggesting growing a bushy beard as a way to keep yourself healthy.
The idea was the beard would filter out air impurities, as well as those microscopic beasties that had recently been discovered as the cause of diseases.
15. MICHELANGELO GOT A PETTY REVENGE AGAINST WOULD-BE-CENSOR
Michelangelo’s work on the Sistine Chapel had some harsh critics-chief among them Papal Master of Ceremonies Biagio da Cesena, who called id basically porn. By way of revenge, Ol’ Mikey snuck the guy into the paintings as a demon with donkey ears and a snake biting his peen.
14. MORE REPUBLICANS THAN YOU THINK to ACCEPT CLIMATE CHANGE
Republican politicians are known for their attempts to disprove climate change, but two-thirds of their voter base accept it as a real problem.
57 percent of Republicans think CO2 should be regulated, and 75 percent think clean energy research should get funding. The numbers are even higher among the youngest age group.
13. DISNEY’S LIVE-ACTION REMAKES SCREW OVER THE ORIGINAL CREATORS
Whenever a movie is remade or adapted, its creator must be compensated- unless the movie happens to be animated. These are usually not under the jurisdiction of Writers Guild of America, so Disney gets to recreate the original artists’ work without payment, or even a screen credit.
12. RESURRECTING MAMMOTHS COULD HELP FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
Russian scientists Sergey and Nikita Zimov believe that reintroducing mammoths into the Siberian steppe would change the landscape and prevent the permafrost from thawing and releasing huge amounts of CO2. It’s not such a harebrained idea.
Harvard geneticists are currently trying to create a mammoth/elephant hybrid.
11. HAIR PRODUCT ADS ARE FX TESTS
Hair shampoo commercials is unrealistically good-looking because, well, it’s not real. It’s all trickery and cinematic effects. A model’s hair is manipulated and held in place with tape, fishing line, pipe cleaners…
even people wearing green-screen-friendly gimp suits to give hair just the right flick.
10. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU CAN FIND CORN? EVERYWHERE!
Salt contains dextrose, made from corn. Bottled water has added minerals from corn. Corn is in salads, sprayed on fruits, and all over-processed foods.it’s in some plastic bags and cutlery. Chips. Fish. Milk. Toothpaste. Crayons. You can’t escape the stuff. being allergic to corn pretty much means forgoing modern conveniences.
9. THE “SUPER MOON” IS BULLS#!T.
Every year you see tons of articles about some rare Super Moon about to happen. But if you actually look at it, you’ll just call a “barely-larger-than-usual moon” Also, it’s not rare at all. it happens all the time, but no one notices when the moon isn’t full.
8. THE GRAND CANYON MUSEUM IRRADIATED VISITORS FOR YEARS
If you’ve been to the museum at the Grand Canyon since 2000, you might have been exposed to radiation from there buckets of uranium ore that were just sitting next to a taxidermy exhibit. It’s not clear where the buckets came from, and no one seemed to realize they were radioactive until 2018.
7. THAILAND’S MILITARY CONSCRIPTION OPERATES LIKE THE HUNGER GAMES
Every year, the Thai armed forces hold a lottery where the prize is two years of service.
Winners don’t get cushy jobs-conditions are brutal, and conscripts are disciplined with what is essentially torture (sometimes to death) for the slightest transgressions. Many flee or bribe their way out.
6. SOME BIG)NAME FILMMAKERS STARTED OUT MAKING PORN
It’s rare nowadays for people who do porn to cross over to mainstream films, but it used to be different.
Francis Ford Coppola’s first film was a nudie flick titled Tonight For Sure. And Jonathan Demme, of The Silence of the Lambs fame; Kicked off his career with Caged Heat, a lesbian exploitation film.
5. DETOX TEAS ARE TERRIBLE FOR YOUR HEALTH
Instagram celebrities aren’t picky about their endorsements, and some products they push aren’t as healthy as touted.
Detox teas are thinly veiled laxatives that help you lose weight not because you’re shedding fat, but because you’re losing water. Are you going to crap yourself into dehydration because the Kardashians told you to?
4. BABY BOOMERS ARE MORE ADDICTED TO THEIR PHONES THAN MILLENNIALS
According to a Nielsen Global Survey, baby boomers are more likely than younger generations to be distracted by their cell phones during meals(reading, probably).
52% of boomers reported checking their devices at mealtime, compared to 40% of millennials and 38% of Generation Z.
3. YOU’RE LEGALLY MANDATED TO DISCLOSE IF A HOUSE IS HAUNTED
Ghosts are famously nonexistent, or least very camera shy. But the law doesn’t care. if you’ve ever publicly claimed your house is haunted, many states require you to disclose that fact to buyers. This all from Stambovsky v. Ackley, an actual court case in New York.
2. JOHN ROLAND REDD LIVED ALL HIS LIFE AS SOMEONE ELSE
The 1940s weren’t a good time to make it as an African-American entertainer. So Redd reinvented himself as Korla Pandit, a musical prodigy from New Delhi.
He went on to have a groundbreaking career spanning decades, keeping his identity a secret, even in private, until his death in 1998.
1. COMPLETE TOOTH REMOVAL WAS ONCE CONSIDERED A FINE PRESENT
Dental hygiene standards in the 19th and early 20th centuries weren’t very good,
and a lot of people wore dentures from a young age. It wasn’t uncommon to gift young British woman a complete tooth removal. Wearing fake teeth beat having your natural choppers rot over time.