35 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

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.

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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

R.L. Stine. / Manny Carabel/GettyImages

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

Winston Churchill. / Keystone/GettyImages

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.

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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.

100. There’s a medical term for ice cream headaches.

Boy with Many Ice Cream Cones

Boy with Many Ice Cream Cones. / George Rinhart/GettyImages

It’s sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

101. Dr. James Naismith invented basketball.

And yet, he’s the only Kansas Jayhawks basketball coach with a losing record.

102. Wisconsin is the Badger State because the area’s lead miners used to spend winters in tunnels burrowed into hills.

Just like badgers.

103. In 1999, the U.S. government paid the Zapruder family $16 million for the film of JFK’s assassination.

President Jack Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy. / Gerald French/GettyImages

A federal arbitration panel decided that the government had to pay for the “unique historical item of unprecedented worth.”

104. Before he became president, Abraham Lincoln was wrestling champion of his county.

He fought in nearly 300 matches and only lost one of them.

105. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? The world may never know.

But on average, a licking machine made at Purdue needed 364.

106. In Switzerland, it’s illegal to own only one guinea pig.

They're social creatures.

They’re social creatures. / andresr/Getty Images

The law aims to prevent guinea pigs from getting lonely.

107. Barcelona is home to hundreds of playgrounds for seniors.

The spaces are meant to promote fitness and combat loneliness in elderly citizens.

108. After leaving office, Ronald Reagan was offered the role of Hill Valley’s mayor in Back to the Future III.

He turned it down.

109. Foreign Accent Syndrome is a rare side effect of brain trauma.

It’s when patients speak their native language in a foreign accent.

110. Queen Elizabeth II had more than 30 corgis in her lifetime.

Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor Park. / Anwar Hussein/GettyImages

She had liked corgis since she was a young girl.

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