Author: Weird Facts

Snow used in the Wizard of Oz was 100% pure asbestos.

Snow used in the Wizard of Oz was 100% pure asbestos.

Using a cell phone at a gas station can cause a fire or…

Using a cell phone at a gas station can cause a fire or explosion is a common urban legend, and has never happened anywhere in the world. Experts believe it to be impossible as no-one has been able to successfully create a fire or explosion by using a cell phone while fueling a car.

LeBron James’ “Promise School” where at-risk…

LeBron James’ “Promise School” where at-risk students have 8 hour days, a longer school year and receive free meals, bikes, and tuition.

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World Chess Federation rearranges tournament match-ups so that…

World Chess Federation rearranges tournament match-ups so that Iranians never have to play Israelis, because Iran does not recognize the existence of Israel.

As you get older, your brain begins to stop getting pleasure…

As you get older, your

brain

begins to stop getting pleasure from new music, causing your musical taste to stagnate.

Medal of Honor recipient, Edward Carter, could speak five…

Medal of Honor recipient, Edward Carter, could speak five languages, fought in his first war at 15, and joined the Spanish Civil War to fight fascists at 20, before eventually fighting in WW2. Despite his heroism in combat, he and all other black awardees would not be recognized until 1997.

Sweden is actually increasing forest biomass despite being the…

Sweden is actually increasing forest biomass despite being the second largest exporter of paper in the world because they plant 3 trees for each 1 they cut down.

In Germany, while waiting for the green light to cross the…

In Germany, while waiting for the green light to cross the street, you can play table tennis or ping pong with the person who is waiting on the opposite side of the street.

The more often you see someone, the more pleasing and likable…

The more often you see someone, the more pleasing and likable you think that person is. This is called the “mere-exposure effect.”

In 1504, Christopher Columbus was stranded in Jamaica with…

In 1504, Christopher Columbus was stranded in Jamaica with natives who refused to give him food. But he knew the date and time of an upcoming lunar eclipse. So he told the natives that his gods were angry at their treatment of him, and would provide a clear sign. Once the eclipse started, the natives raced to give him food and begged for mercy.