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19 Random Facts That Will Make You Rethink Your Entire Life

Fact #1: Everything is a LIE.

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1. There's a contest called the "Bad Sex in Fiction Award" that ranks the worst sex scenes written for the year.

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A sample from this year's contenders:

“Empty my tanks,” I’d begged breathlessly, as once more she began drawing me deep inside her pleasure cave. Her vaginal ratchet moved in concertina-like waves, slowly chugging my organ as a boa constrictor swallows its prey. Soon I was locked in, balls deep, ready to be ground down by the enamelled pepper mill within her.

2. Restaurants don't use dollar signs on their menus because they don't want to remind you you're spending money.

Writing out prices or using just the number tricks customers into being less budget conscious.
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Writing out prices or using just the number tricks customers into being less budget conscious.

3. Despite seeming like a timeless character, the tooth fairy is a recent invention. The first written reference to her appears in 1927.

There are other myths about offering baby teeth to mice or rats, but the tooth fairy seems to be a particularly American invention. No one's super sure where this myth originated from, though.
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There are other myths about offering baby teeth to mice or rats, but the tooth fairy seems to be a particularly American invention. No one's super sure where this myth originated from, though.

4. McDonald's had to discontinue their coffee stirring spoons because people used them to do cocaine.

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A dose of cocaine was dubbed a "McSpoon" in some circles.

5. The British invented the myth that carrots helped your eyesight during World War II to help keep a new wartime invention secret.

RADAR allowed the British to spy on Germans during the nighttime, but they were scared that if Germans learned how they were able to do so, they'd try to copy their new invention. Instead, they spread the rumor that their pilots ate a diet high in carrots.
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RADAR allowed the British to spy on Germans during the nighttime, but they were scared that if Germans learned how they were able to do so, they'd try to copy their new invention. Instead, they spread the rumor that their pilots ate a diet high in carrots.

6. Nikola Tesla claims to have fallen in love with a pigeon "as a man loves a woman."

He once nursed her back to health, which is cute and sweet. But it's still weird to fall in love with a pigeon.
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He once nursed her back to health, which is cute and sweet. But it's still weird to fall in love with a pigeon.

7. Pumpernickel was originally a German insult that means "farting bastard."

Here's to that high fiber diet.
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Here's to that high fiber diet.

8. Scooby Doo chase scenes were popular because they were cheap time fillers.

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It was easier for animators to draw one scene and place characters where needed instead of drawing a number of different scenes.

9. Vatican City has its own bank and the only ATM in the world that allows users to perform transactions in Latin.

The bank has been involved in a number of scandals.
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The bank has been involved in a number of scandals.

10. Dressing rooms have curtains or half doors so that customers are extra aware of people passing by, which puts pressure on them to choose an item.

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It's kind of an added benefit for stores, since the main reason dressing rooms are made that way is to make it easier to identify which rooms are in use.

11. Water bottles have an expiration date because the bottle will leak nontoxic chemicals into the water that makes it taste funny.

If you call to complain about your water tasting weird, they'll usually just tell you to check the expiration date.
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If you call to complain about your water tasting weird, they'll usually just tell you to check the expiration date.

12. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was originally created by a department store in 1939.

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Montgomery Ward wanted a character for the free coloring book they handed out to children during the holidays, so a copywriter named Robert May came up with the Rudolph.

13. Novelist Patricia Highsmith kept snails as pets and would bring them to parties in her handbag.

Imagine being known as the lady who went to parties and "encouraged [her snails] to leave sticky trails all over her host’s tabletop."
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Imagine being known as the lady who went to parties and "encouraged [her snails] to leave sticky trails all over her host’s tabletop."

14. The dot over the letters 'i' and 'j' is called a tittle.

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It seems to be a portmanteau of the words 'tiny' and 'little,' which is very cute!

15. There are gold nanoparticles in your hair.

They're usually found at the hair shaft and arrange themselves "in a pattern of whirls like a fingerprint," which sounds dreamy AF.
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They're usually found at the hair shaft and arrange themselves "in a pattern of whirls like a fingerprint," which sounds dreamy AF.

16. Shel Silverstein wrote Johnny Cash songs.

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When he wasn't writing children's books, he wrote a number of hit songs including "A Boy Named Sue."

17. The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn.

People sincerely believed that unicorns existed for thousands of years. It was said that the natural enemy of the unicorn was the lion, a symbol that was then used by English royals.
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People sincerely believed that unicorns existed for thousands of years. It was said that the natural enemy of the unicorn was the lion, a symbol that was then used by English royals.

18. People used to believe eating dead bodies could cure illness.

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According to the brave historian who uncovered this practice, “The question was not, ‘Should you eat human flesh?’ but, ‘What sort of flesh should you eat?’" Cool.

19. Scientists studied 200,000 galaxies to determine that the color of the universe is...beige.

The color was officially dubbed "Cosmic Latte" and if you want to use it in PhotoShop, it's HEX code is #FFF8E7.
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The color was officially dubbed "Cosmic Latte" and if you want to use it in PhotoShop, it's HEX code is #FFF8E7.

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