25 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

76. Truman Capote said he met some pretty historically significant people.

Truman Capote

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He said he was the only person who’d met John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Sirhan Sirhan.

77. Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for voting in the 1872 election.

She never paid the fine.

78. Canned pumpkin isn’t actually pumpkin.

Even purées that advertise as “100 percent pumpkin” are actually made of a range of different winter squashes.

79. When Gene Wilder accepted the role of Willy Wonka, he had one condition.


In his first appearance, Wilder wanted Wonka to limp toward the crowd with a cane in hand before falling into a perfect somersault and jumping back up. The reason? “Because from that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth.”

80. Dr. Seuss said he expected to spend “a week or so” writing The Cat in the Hat.

It actually took a year and a half.

81. The Reese in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is Harry Burnett Reese.

He was a former Hershey employee who created the famous candy in the 1920s.

82. The plural of cul-de-sac is culs-de-sac.

Some dictionaries, however, do list cul-de-sacs as an option.

83. Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt was allergic to moon dust.

The moon dust caused the inside of his nose to swell, and also messed with his throat.

84. At the Gettysburg reunion in 1913, two men purchased a hatchet, walked to the site where their regiments had fought, and buried it.

Talk about taking the idiom literally!

85. An episode of Peppa Pig was pulled from Australian television for teaching children not to fear spiders.


Australia is, after all, home to some very dangerous arachnids.

86. Bloodcurdling isn’t just an expression.

Research shows that watching horror movies can increase a certain clotting protein in our bloodstreams.

87. A group of pugs is called a grumble.

Here are some other collective nouns for groups of animals.

88. Before he wrote Goosebumps, R.L. Stine wrote the jokes for Bazooka Joe wrappers.

R. L. Stine

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The jokes were probably not as terrifying as his famous books.

89. In 1998, the U.S. Army tried developing a telepathic ray gun.

According to the report, “words could be transmitted to be heard like the spoken word, except that it could only be heard within a person’s head.”

90. In 1967, the Nigerian Civil War ground to a halt for two days for sports.

Both sides wanted to watch Pelé play in an exhibition soccer match.

91. Winston Churchill’s mother was born in Brooklyn.

Winston Churchill

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He was given honorary American citizenship in 1963.

92. Jim Cummings is the voice of Winnie the Pooh.

He calls sick kids in hospitals and chats with them in character.

93. Before Google launched Gmail, “G-Mail” was the name of a free email service offered by Garfield’s website.

Good luck trying to get the lazy orange cat to answer your urgent work requests.

94. Before the Nazis invaded Paris, H.A. and Margret Rey fled on bicycles.

They were carrying the manuscript for Curious George.

95. In colonial America, lobster wasn’t exactly a delicacy.

It was so cheap and plentiful it was often served to people in prison.

96. Crayola means “oily chalk.”

The name combines craie (French for “chalk”) and ola (short for “oleaginous,” or “oily”).

97. Cookie Monster is not changing his name.


In the above episode from 2012, he insisted that though he loves vegetables, he is not the “Veggie Monster.”

98. Truman Show Delusion is a mental condition marked by a patient’s belief that he or she is the star of an imaginary reality show.

Two psychiatrists coined the term in 2008.

99. Google’s founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999.

Excite turned them down.

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