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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW


20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

 


20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  


20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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11 Wild Video Game Facts You (Probably) Didn't Know

11 Wild Video Game Facts You (Probably) Didn't Know

Life is a constant learning experience. Passion can draw that learning out anywhere from a background hobby to staying up until the wee hours with bloodshot eyes and a song in your heart. It's safe to say that video games are and have been that for many people, a constantly evolving world full of details and a secret stockpile of the billions of hours people have spent playing.

Even the most obssessive among us can't catch every detail the first time. So many secrets are buried inside our favorite games from the past and future that can either enrich your next playthrough or elicit a chuckle about how close we were to getting a worse version of Crash Bandicoot. I found some of these gems that surprised me and hopefully they'll surprise you too, too.

1. Donkey Kong was originally Mario's pet gorilla

Everyone knows that Mario wasn't originally a plumber and that Donkey Kong may have actually turned out to be the hero of the titular game, but their relationship might've been even deeper than we realized. The plot of the game casts Donkey Kong as the pet gorilla of "Jumpman" (Mario, of course) who goes mad and kidnaps Princess Toadstool. This might seem a little lightweight, but this and Mario hitting Yoshi's head to make his tongue come out makes you wonder why anyone trusts Mario with animals at all.

2. What do Rocket League and Unreal Tournament have in common?

I always felt like the person who decided to turn "soccer...but with rocket cars!" into a full fledged game was a genius. Apparently, the idea is quite a bit older than I realized. The idea of Rocket League was born from a mod of Unreal Tournament 2003 for a game mode called Onslaught. Dave Hagewood, the creator of the mod, split off and founded developer Psyonix, which began development on Battle-Cars, the idea that eventually became Rocket League in 2015. Now I know who we owe the bicycle kick to.

3. Super Smash Bros almost didn't feature any Nintendo characters

To this day, Super Smash Bros. is a college dorm room staple and has fueled basement shouting matches the world over. The idea of Nintendo character beating the snot out of each other started off much more simply, that is with no Nintendo characters at all. Director Masahiro Sakurai created the idea of a four player beat-em-up with generic base characters and called the game Dragon King: The Fighting Game, but decided to risk including Mario, Donkey Kong, Fox McCloud, and Samus as an original idea. Almost 20 years later, the series has sold nearly 40 million units across five platforms and bent many more thumbs out of shape.

4. The DOOM score plagarized a lot of metal songs

DOOM is a game more people recognize for its gunplay and gore than its music, but that doesn't mean there isn't some interesting things buried in the notes. Much of the original game's score, composed by Robert Prince, was either inspired by or skirted on the edge of ripping off songs from hard rock and heavy metal luminaries the likes of Metallica, Slayer, Panthera, Alice In Chains, AC/DC, and more. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and there's nothing more heavy metal than killing demons with a BFG's worth of hellfire.

5. Dark Souls is very inspired by Harry Potter

Dark Souls is about as hard and maudlin as video games come these days. The countless deaths and mountains of flavor text were all inspired by happier things like director Hidetaka Miyazaki's love for Harry Potter. The moving staircases of Duke's Archives were inspired by  Hogwarts' infamous shifters and the character of Sieglinde was even modeled after Hermione Granger. There's magic int he air for sure, but it's much more deadly around here.

6. Reaper originally had Sombra's power to see through walls


Overwatch is the kind of game that keeps adding (free) characters and maps and modes to hold fans over, but have you ever imagined if certain character powers were swapped? We almost lived in a world where wraith Reaper had the ability to see characters through walls, much like hacker Sombra has now, according to developer Jeff Kaplan. But where Sombra can see characters who have low health, Reaper would've been able to see characters if he had low health, which would've made all those pivots to wraith form even more nail-biting.

7. Trent Reznor got the best possible shout out in Super Mario World

Super Mario World is full of strange creatures and bouncable objects, but few are as cute as the fire-breathing triceratops called Reznors. These little devils are named after Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor, which is about the closest any of the Mario games come to acknowledging that Mario and Luigi really might just be plumber brothers from Brooklyn.

8. Medal of Honor proved to be good for your eyesight

Back before gritty modern shooters saturated the market, Medal Of Honor was the one to beat for influence. The series hit a lull and tried to come back with the customary self-titled reboot in 2012, and while it hardly found an audience, it did prove to be useful somehow. Canadian researchers at McMaster University led by Daphne Maueur took six patients with eye problems and had them play 40 hours of the 2012 Medal of Honor, five days a week for a mx of two hours a day. And their sight actually improved. Why aren't more people trying this?

9. The developers of Cuphead opened new mortages on their houses to fund it

By now, we're all familiar with the painstaking animation that turned Cuphead into a million-plus seller on Steam, but that level of detail doesn't come easy. On top of being extremely tedious, creators/lead developers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer actually remortgaged their houses in order to be able to afford a team big enough to finish the game. It doesn't get much more dire than that, but the payoff is still sweet as soda bubbles (bullets?) popping against your cartoon brain.

10. Red Dead: Revolver was almost an arcade shooter

Rockstar Games saw great success when they added piles of grit to its classic Grand Theft Auto series, so they did more or less the exact same thing with their Western-based Red Dead series, too. While more people have played the sequel Redemption, the original game in the series Revolver was originally a much sillier game. Developed by Angel Studios and planned to be published by Capcom, Red Dead: Revolver was originally an arcade-style shooter with over-the-top action and even superpowers like flight. Once Angel Studios split with Capcom and were bought by Rockstar, the changes eventually turned it into the grittier series we know and love (and will hopefully still love once Redemption 2 comes out later this year) today.

 

11. Crash Bandicoot was originally a wombat

Naughty Dog's former mascot has had a crazy history, ending for now with a beautiful remaster of his first three games, but those first three games almost starred a completely different animal. The creators of the game had settled on Crash Bandicoot instead of Willy The Wombat, but were approached by Universal Studios with two other ideas: Wuzzle The Wombat or Ozzie The Otsel. The team threatened to quit the game if Crash Bandicoot wasn't used. Gotta trust a developer's gut.

 


20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

 


20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

 


20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

 


20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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QUIZ / GENERAL KNOWLEDGE GRAB BAG

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW


30 Interesting Movie Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

30 Interesting Movie Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

A mass of quite interesting factoids abut your favourite flicks that you can pass off in pubs up and down the land to either the choruses of cheers, hails of boos or the polite nod.


16 Things You Didn’t Know About It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

16 Things You Didn’t Know About It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans rejoice! FXX’s long-running comedy series has finally debuted its anticipated 12th season, and to surprisingly hilarious results. The mere fact that a show as comically twisted as this has lasted this long and remained just as fresh is nothing short of a miracle. For 11 seasons now, It’s Always Sunny has been constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to how depraved and politically incorrect they can get on television, picking up a sizable fan base along the way.

We’ve watched ‘the Gang’ get into schemes about solving the gas crisis, taking advantage of welfare, selling kitten-mittens, and putting on a full blown musical production titled “The Nightman Cometh” over the years. Though most fans can sing “Dayman” note-for-note, there are plenty of things behind the scenes of It’s Always Sunny that you might not know about. The next 15 items on this list are tidbits of trivia about everyone’s favorite depraved group of bar-owners who have bashed apart rats, and swept away our hearts.

Here are 16 Things You Didn’t Know About It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

16. IT’S THE LONGEST RUNNING LIVE-ACTION COMEDY SERIES

Though they’ve broken boundaries with their kitten-mittens and milk steak, It’s Always Sunny is also marking milestones in TV history. Earlier this year when the long running FX series was renewed for two additional seasons, 14 total, it became the longest running live-action comedy series of all time. It is now tied with Ozzie & Hariet, a comedy-variety program that was broadcasted in the U.S. in the 50s and 60s. The closet live-action comedy series that comes close is Two and a Half Men, which lasted for twelve seasons while runners up include Cheers, Fraiser and Happy Days, which all lasted eleven seasons.

Though the gang has had their share of misfires in each season, the show’s quality is just as consistent as ever, as evident in the recent season 12 premiere. It’s Always Sunny has proven to continually push the envelope, and it doesn’t seem they’re going to stop anytime soon. In an interview with IMDb, Danny DeVito said, “We love doing it. As long as fans will have us, FX will do it until we’re taken off the planet by some alien force.” That’s good news for fans, and not a bad pitch for a future episode down the line.

15. REAL LIFE ROMANCES

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You might not be able to tell from their dynamic on the screen, but many of the actors on It’s Always Sunny are real life couples. You may already know that Charlie (Charlie Day) and the Waitress (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) are happily married in real life, despite their rather tumultuous relationship on the show, which usually consists of Charlie stalking the Waitress and ruining her life. Though they frequently work together on It’s Always Sunny, the couple first met on another TV comedy, Reno 911, with the two playing incestuous twins, which is a little creepy in hindsight.

Even odder than Charlie and the Waitress being an actual couple might be the thought of Mac and Dee getting together, who are quick to berate each other with Mac usually lambasting Dee for looking like a bird and Dee frequently slamming Mac for his karate. In real life their attitudes are the furthest thing from the truth. Rob McElhenney (Mac) and Kaitlin Olson (Dee) have been married since 2008 and have two children, one of whom made an appearance on the show in the episode “Dee Gives Birth.”

Finally, though Dennis may be a psychopathic misogynist, that doesn’t mean Glenn Howerton is. In real life, Howerton is married to actress Jill Latinao, who you may recognize as the poor pharmacist whose life Dennis ruins in the episode, “The D.E.N.N.I.S. System.” Let’s hope Howerton didn’t use that infamous system to get his bride in real life.

14. THE PILOT WAS SHOT FOR UNDER $100

If you’re a struggling actor/writer who is down on their luck, you only have to look to the humble beginnings of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to become inspired. Before hitting it big, creator Rob McElhenney was working as a waiter in L.A. and living out of a garage (Charlie Day would tell you that it was a guest house). In an act of desperation, McElhenney wrote a script about an exchange between two people, in which one tells the other that they’re dying of cancer, with the other trying to get out of the room as fast as possible.

What started out as a writing exercise turned into a short film starring McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton, who had all been friends for years at that point. The majority of the film was shot at the actors’ apartments using no professional sound or lighting. Though the legend is that the film was made on a budget of $200, it was actually made for less than $100, with Howerton admitting that it could have cost as little as $85. It was with that pilot that the trio was able to pitch the idea to FX, which just goes to show how far you can really take a shoe-string budget.

Part of the original pilot can be seen on YouTube here.

13. DANNY DEVITO BECAME INVOLVED BECAUSE HIS KIDS WERE FANS

Though Frank usually bails the gang out of jams in the show, Danny DeVito being cast as Frank Reynolds is really what saved It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia from going under in the first place. While it’s now the longest running comedy series, it never would have gotten to that point without DeVito signing on for season 2. After the show failed to net a core audience in season 1, the network told the creators that they would have to bring in a big name to the cast if there was any hope of continuing.

Enter Danny DeVito, whose name was suggested as a possibility by one of the executives at FX. The actor first became aware of the show because his children were such big fans. After sitting down with McElhenney, DeVito agreed to guest star for season 2, and enjoyed the production so much that he became a regular cast member. Fans of the show really have to thank DeVito’s kids for convincing their dad to check out It’s Always Sunny, without whom we wouldn’t have rum ham, toe knife or the troll toll.

12. WHY GLENN HOWERTON IS NAMED DENNIS

Co-creator Rob McElhenney brings a lot of his real life experiences to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. For one, Sweet Dee was actually the name of one of his past girlfriends, and the creepy McPoyle family is based on a real life family he knew from growing up in Philly. McElhenney even uses a variation of his name for his character Mac (although his real name is Ronald McDonald, much to the character’s chagrin). Co-star Charlie Day also uses his real life name for the show’s dyslexic janitor, Charlie Kelly.

Unlike his co-stars who are named after themselves, fans often wonder why Glenn Howerton doesn’t use some variation of his own name in the show, a fact even more surprising considering his name in the original pilot is “Glenn.” Howerton has revealed in interviews that his name on the show is Dennis because he wanted to distance himself as far away from the character as much as possible. With Dennis Reynolds becoming more psychopathic as each season goes by, including his twisted sexual memoirs, his tools of duct tape and zip ties, and that creepy “implication,” we understand where the actor is coming from.

11. IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN MOSCOW

The antics of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia have now spread well beyond Philly, and has even crossed the boarders of other countries. There is now a Russian version of the FX series, and even though it might sound as preposterous as a “toe knife,” it’s true. The spinoff is appropriately named It’s Always Sunny in Moscow, with the Dennis, Mac, Charlie, Dee and Frank characters getting Russian makeovers. It’s still about four selfish friends and one old man and their tribulations while running their bar, which instead of being named “Paddy’s Pub” is named “Philadelphia” as a homage.

Even though the show is an almost shot-for-shot remake of the American version, even to the way shots are framed, the subject matter just doesn’t translate to Russian audiences. Some of the plotlines like “The Gang Gets Racist” and “Gun Fever” are only humorous because of the context for western audiences. It just shows that when it comes to playing “night crawlers” and practicing “bird law,” it’s best to leave it up to the original gang from Philly.

10. WHY MAC GOT FAT

Most great actors are willing to lose or gain weight for their roles, but Rob McElhenney took that philosophy to whole new levels in 2011. When season 7 of Always Sunny hit television screens, fans were taken aback by the drastic increase of weight from the actor, who had gained a whopping 50 pounds in just six months. While his character Mac makes the excuse that he has gotten heavier as a way to “cultivate mass,” the actor’s actual motives were simply to be funny and prove a point.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is all about breaking down sitcom conventions. One of the things McElhenney had noticed in almost every sitcom is that characters always get better looking as the seasons progressed. As the budget was increased for successful shows more attention was spent to the stars physical appearances, meaning bigger budgets for makeup and physical training staff. McElhenney decided to mock these other shows and take advantage of his character’s vanity by gaining 50 pounds in six months, which he achieved by eating five 1,000 calorie meals a day! Though the actor has since lost all the weight he put on, fans will fondly remember the season where a garbage bag of Mexican foods were carried around by “Fat Mac,” a term coined by McElhenney’s costar, Glenn Howerton.

9. “RCG” PRODUCTIONS SECRET MESSAGES

Every episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia ends with some sort of confusing piece of backwards audio, provided by the show’s production company, RCG (formerly RCH). The messages are recorded by the show’s creators themselves (Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton), with a new phrase for each season. If you’ve ever wondered what the messages actually say, you’re not alone. Various fans have played the hidden messages in reverse trying to decode what the hidden messages.

Although each season has its own message, many of them involve the word “brown.” The season 2 message is “Is a brown, is a brown, is a brown,” season 5 is “Next stop – brown town” and season 6 is “BROWN – now in HD.” Though the creators have an inexplicable fascination with the word “brown,” they do occasionally switch it up. The first season’s secret message is Glenn and Charlie saying “You’re stupid for playing this backwards,” and the Christmas special episode has McElhenney saying, “Sorry for wasting your time and money, but thanks for the money.”

A video decoding the first 9 seasons can be seen on YouTube here.

8. KRISTEN WIIG WAS ALMOST SWEET DEE

It’s hard to imagine anyone besides Kaitlin Olson playing Sweet Dee, so you might be shocked to learn that the role almost went to somebody else entirely. Besides being one of Saturday Night Live’s biggest stars and one of the newest Ghostbusters, comedian Kristen Wiig was almost part of the Always Sunny gang. According to Glenn Howerton, Olson and Wiig were neck-and-neck in the race for the role of Sweet Dee, but in the end Olson beat out her competition.

Funny enough, Olson almost turned down the part afterwards. Once aboard, Olson realized that the part she read for were actually lines taken from Dennis’s character, with Dee playing more of the straight persona for the rest of the material. Rob McElhenney told Olson that he didn’t really know how to write for women, but Olson responded by telling McElhenney and the rest of the writers to just write her as they would anyone else, which led to Sweet Dee becoming one of the raunchiest women on television. Even though Wiig had ultimately lost the part to her peer, she didn’t make out too shabby either, joining the primetime players on SNL the same year It’s Always Sunny debuted.

7. THE GUEST STARS

Like any good show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is not without its fair share of guest stars. The talent that has popped up on Always Sunny has ranged from bigtime actors to professional athletes. Funnyman Keegan Michael Key of Key & Peele played the host of “Family Fight,” a gameshow the gang goes on that clearly satirizes Family Feud. Rapper and business tycoon P-Diddy, aka Sean Combs, has also made an appearance on the show as a bass playing doctor, and crooner Josh Groban shows up in one of Sweet Dee’s extended fantasy sequences. Actors like Tom Sizemore, Dax Shepard, Sinbad and musicians like Rob Thomas and Kings of Leon have also made appearances in various episodes.

However, some guest appearances are harder to spot than others. You might be surprised to learn that Christopher Lloyd of Back to the Future fame has lent his talents to the Always Sunny crew, hiding behind a white beard while paying a visit to Charlie’s prostitute mom in “A Very Sunny Christmas.”

Even harder to recognize is director Guillermo Del Torro’s brief cameo in the season 8 episode, “The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre.” It’s so quick you may have missed it, but Del Torro plays the McPoyle clan’s patriarch, Pappy McPoyle. Charlie Day explained that after starring in Pacific Rim, the director let it slip that he was a bigtime fan of It’s Always Sunny. On a whim, Kelly emailed the director asking him if he wanted to do a cameo for the show, which Del Torro jumped at the chance to do. The fantasy director even did some of his own makeup for the McPoyle character, including a glass eye, providing one of the funniest and perhaps creepiest cameos in all of Sunny history.

6. ROB MCELHENNEY IS PASSIONATE ABOUT GAY RIGHTS

It’s been a running joke throughout It’s Always Sunny that Paddy’s Pub’s ultimate cooler, Mac, is secretly gay and unwilling to accept it. Between having sex with transvestites and hanging out in gay clubs, Mac is clearly, as he would put it, “into dudes.” Mac frequently bashes homosexuality, using any excuse he can to bring up Christianity and the fact that it frowns upon gays who will, in his view, burn in hell for all eternity. Of course, It’s Always Sunny likes to point out the way society acts ridiculous sometimes, Mac’s warped views on homosexuality and religion included.

On the contrary, Rob McElhenney, who plays Mac, has stated that gay rights are very important to him. The co-creator of It’s Always Sunny was partly raised by his mother and her gay partner. The actor’s brother is also gay. In an interview with IMDb, McElhenney jokes, “We are one of the gayest families in the northeast corridor. Somehow I was led astray, and I’m heterosexual.” In the summer of 2016, most of the cast of It’s Always Sunny marched in the L.A. Pride Parade, with each cast member stating what an honor it was to be included. Now, if only Mac could get onboard.

5. DANNY DEVITO ALMOST DROWNED SHOOTING SEASON 11

Though they’re known for their outrageous humor and politically incorrect banter, the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia have also performed their fair share of stunt work. Kaitlin Olson for one has insisted on doing her own physical stunts, which have included getting hit by a car and falling through floor boards. The actress has paid a hefty price however, breaking her foot, back and heel in the process.

Olson is not the only cast member who has gone out of their way to perform some dangerous stunts. During an interview on Conan, Charlie Kelley opened up about working with Danny DeVito, citing one instance where the cast “almost killed him.” In the finale of season 11, an underwater sequence was filmed with the characters submerged several feet below. Kelley states that the 72 year old actor is incredibly buoyant, so DeVito had to be weighted down in order to film the shot. When the cameras stopped rolling, the cast members quickly made it to the surface, all except DeVito. Kelley states that DeVito struggled to submerge, flailing about and going nowhere. Thankfully there were safety divers there who helped the veteran actor to the surface. Thank goodness they were there, as the episode would have almost been titled “The Gang Kills Frank.”

4. THE CAST KNOWS HOW THE SHOW WILL END

Or at least some of them do. Glenn Howerton has said that he has known from the beginning what the end of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will look like, while Kaitlin Olson has said during an interview with IMDb about the ending, “I know pieces. My husband (Rob McElhenney) likes to keep me in the dark. It’s a fun thing we like to do.” Despite the actress only knowing certain parts, it seems that the showrunners have at least got a basic idea of what the endgame of Sunny will look like.

Depending on who you ask, comedy shows don’t have the best track record when it comes to series finales. Seinfeld  is often cited as the blueprint to It’s Always Sunny, but its finale was generally considered disappointing by fans, which ended with all of the principle characters going to jail for all their misdeeds. Will It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s finale end with the gang finally coming to terms with all the horrible acts they’ve committed? Will Charlie finally get together with the Waitress? Will Dennis be revealed to be a psycho killer? Will Mac finally admit he’s “into dudes?” It’s hard to say, but with the creators stating they already have an idea for the gang’s swan song, you can rest assure it will provide some huge laughs at the very least.

3. ORIGINALLY TITLED “IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY ON TV”

As previously mentioned, It’s Always Sunny started from humble beginnings with a pilot made on the shoe-string budget of less than $100. After pitching the footage to various networks, the creators finally struck a deal with the executives at FX, who were enticed by the fact that the pilot was cast extremely well. Funded by FX, a new pilot was shot that was strikingly similar to the look of the original, but with a few obvious changes. For one, the story originally revolved around three friends who were all actors living in Los Angeles, and was titled “It’s Always Sunny on TV.”

According to McElhenney, the fact that the characters were actors wasn’t integral to the story. When the network told the creators they didn’t want to do another show about struggling actors that was set in L.A., McElhenney came up with the idea to have the characters run a bar in Philadelphia instead. FX was delighted with the idea, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was born.

2. THE CAST NEVER DRINKS ON SET

For a show about five raging alcoholics who are rarely seen without a beer in their hand (or a soda can filled with wine), you might be surprised to learn that in actuality the cast on It’s Always Sunny NEVER drink while on set of the show. In a 2009 interview with Collider, Rob McElhenney talks about a scene he was shooting with Danny DeVito, stating that his co-star and the rest of the actors all drink a kind of fake beer. Glenn Howerton was also asked on an AMA on Reddit if the cast really drinks on set, responding with: “‘We NEVER drink on set. It’s “bad for insurance” and we would NEVER want to put the show at risk…. NEVER!!!!!.”

Though some hardcore fans might be bummed that the gang isn’t as sloppy as they thought, it truly is a testament to the actors’ talents that they can convincingly come off as drunk as they appear (especially Charlie Kelly and Kaitlin Olson). It’s also reassuring that the crew would never put the show at risk by getting a little tipsy before shooting an episode. It’s probably better to play a hardcore drinking game like “Chardee MacDennis” after the cameras stop rolling anyway.

1. IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY ON GAME OF THRONES

It’s a known fact that Rob McElhenney is a diehard fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones, even interviewing the entire cast during a 2013 Emmy Panel (before giving each of them an ocular patdown of course). But did you know that the Game of Thrones creators are just as crazy about It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia?

Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are longtime Sunny fans, and after admitting the fact to McElhenney they were invited to write an episode which they gladly did. The pair wrote the season 9 episode “Flowers for Charlie,” which satirizes the famous novel Flowers for Algernon, in which a slowwitted man has his intelligence increased by artificial means. The story is adapted by Benioff and Weiss for Charlie’s character, who naively thinks he is made smarter by ingesting nothing but a placebo pill. It leads to hilarious results, with Charlie inventing a harebrained contraption that he believes has the capacity to allow spiders to talk with cats.

Rumor has it that in exchange for penning an episode, Benioff and Weiss offered the Always Sunny cast to appear in an episode of Game of Thrones when the moment is right. If that’s true, than we just found another reason to get excited for season 7. If there’s anyone who can outdrink Tyrion, a man who drinks and knows things, it’s definitely the Always Sunny crew, who drink and don’t know anything.

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The Confusing Borders of Lake Constance, Which Sits Between Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

The Confusing Borders of Lake Constance, Which Sits Between Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

In his Amazing Places series, Tom Scott pays a visit to Lake Constance, a body of water that sits between the borders of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. While Lake Constance is considered to be a shared property of the three countries, they can’t quite agree on exactly how it’s shared because there is not a binding agreement about where the borders fall on the lake itself.

If you’re sitting on a boat in Lake Constance, are you in three countries at once? Or just in one? Does it even matter? Because strangely, it turns out there are parts of the world where no-one really minds when international borders are not just ignored, but are completely undefined.


20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

 


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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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As novels became more prominent during the 1700s, society and the media grew increasingly concerned that young people spent too much time reading books. They even went so far as to call it ‘reading rage,’ 'reading fever,’ 'reading mania,’ and...Peeing in the shower is good for the planet. Urine is sterile and nontoxic, so peeing while you wash yourself actually saves you from wasting the gallons of water it takes to flush the toilet and reduces toilet paper usage. SourceThe ‘Blue Mustang’ sculpture at the Denver International Airport is often called 'Blucifer’ or 'The Demon Horse’ because of its glowing red eyes. The nicknames are also due to people thinking it’s haunted because the artist died after a 9,000 pound...A painter in Los Angeles kept missing his exit for the I-5 on the 110 highway, so he did his research, climbed up the overhead sign, and changed it himself without anyone noticing.
This is Richard Ankrom. He couldn’t find his damn exit, cuz it wasn’t...If you push your finger in and out of your ear, it sounds like the noise Pac-Man makes when he’s eating. SourceScientists once stuck ‘plungers’ on the butts of chickens to get a better idea of how dinosaurs moved. Source Source 2Jonathan Quiñonez’s mother was worried when he dropped everything and quit his job to travel the world, so he started an Instagram account to document his journey. All of his photos include a ‘Mom, I’m fine’ message so she’ll know he’s OK and having...There’s a theory that deja vu is caused by your brain being lazy. You can get the feeling you’ve been in a situation before if your brain takes a shortcut, skips past your short-term memory, and logs all the new information in your long-term memory....Starbucks is donating 100% of their leftover prepared meals to charity. They’ve been donating pastries since 2010, but refrigerated vans will now allow each of the 7,600 stores to distribute all the food that remains unsold at the end of the day...The street sign for Horneytown, NC, is stolen so often that police had to install RFID and GPS tracking, along with an additional warning sign for would-be thieves. ‘Horneytown’ is the most stolen sign in the county, with 'Rolling Green’ coming in at...Jaime Pitarch creates sculptures by stripping common objects of their functionality to make you re-think your relationship with the things you use every day. SourceWhen this US police officer rescued a stray kitten he found hiding under a dumpster in the rain, he took it home, decided to keep it, named it Squirt, and they became partners in (fighting) crime. SourceFallstreak holes are natural phenomena that often get mistaken for UFOs. These ‘hole punch clouds’ occur when water droplets inside a cloud freeze and fall beneath it, creating a large gap that looks like a perfect hiding place for a flying...These are the most popular reality TV shows of each of the United States, according to data pulled from Google Trends. SourceThis is how ice cream treats are made. SourceHarvard has a pigment library that stores old pigment sources, like the ground shells of now-extinct insects, poisonous metals, and wrappings from Egyptian mummies, to preserve the origins of the world’s rarest colors.
A few centuries ago, finding a...Just $80 worth of coca leaves from a Colombian farmer can undergo a simple process to become $800 worth of coca paste. The paste can then be transformed into a $2,147 brick of pure cocaine, which holds a $34,700 value after crossing the US border and...A famous line from the film Machete was added in after director Robert Rodriguez asked Danny Trejo why he didn’t just text instead of calling him all the time with ideas for the film. Trejo said, 'Machete don’t text,‘ and the rest is history. Source

A rescue group in Massachusetts has 46 goats they need you to adopt. The goats are the product of over-zealous breeding, and The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is looking for anyone with goat care experience to adopt...If you type two spaces after a period, you’re doing it wrong. Typesetters settled on using one space between sentences in the early 20th century, but people used two spaces after the invention of the typewriter to make the text easier to read because...

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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Inky the octopus successfully escaped captivity at a New Zealand aquarium after squeezing through a small opening in his tank, sliding across the floor, and finding a drain that dropped him right into the Pacific Ocean. Source

The holes in a Pop-Tart prevent steam from making it a soggy mess as it cooks. Source

Frank Sinatra could have been the lead in Die Hard. The film is based on a book that is technically the sequel to The Detective, a novel which was adapted into a film starring Sinatra in 1979. The studio had a contractual obligation to offer the role...

Colosso dell'Appennino was created in the 1500s by master sculptor Giambologna and still stands today in Florence Italy. This massive creation is actually a building and has rooms hidden inside that were once decorated with frescoes and geometric...

Despite the loss of her legs, Li Juhong has been a doctor in her Chinese village since 2001.
Li lost her legs when she was 4 years old, on her way to preschool. She ran into the road and got caught under the wheels of a truck.
Since her accident she...

Microsoft’s experimental chatbot turned into a Nazi in less than a day. ‘Tay’ was designed to interact with and learn from 18 to 24-year-olds on social media, but immediately had to be taken down because within 24 hours it tweeted “Hitler was right.”...

Over 5,000 Japanese children built a futuristic version of their country out of 1.8 million LEGO to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the blocks being introduced in Japan. Source Source 2

There’s a device called Soundlazer that can project audio to a specific location through a narrow, ultrasonic beam. If you used one, you could play a song for your friend across the room and have only them hear it. Source

There’s a spider that uses its gymnastics skills to cartwheel away whenever it senses danger. Source

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer and powdered gold. It is meant to embrace flaws and imperfections, and to treat breakage and repair as part of the beautiful history of an object rather than something to be...

The first woman to put her face on a product got trolled like crazy for being too ugly. When Lydia E. Pinkham used her own image to sell her apothecary products in the 1800s, she was mocked, labeled as ‘extremely unladylike,’ and men sent her nasty...

This wedding dress is actually a cake. It took over 300 hours for 3 expert cake artists to build the elaborate, 165-pound gown, which features edible details like skirt ruffles, intricate lace pieces, and silver beading. Source

The United States Senate has a desk
full of candy. Every few years the
‘Candy Desk’ is assigned to a different
senator, who is then in charge of always
keeping it fully-stocked with a variety
of goodies for members to eat. Source Source 2

The small Japanese island of Okunoshima used to be a chemical warfare testing site, but has since been taken over by hundreds of super-friendly rabbits. Source Source 2 Source 3
Tourists flock to Japan’s Rabbit Island just to be attacked by dozens of...

Yoshi’s real name is
T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas. Source

The white dots you can see while looking at a bright blue sky are actually your white blood cells bouncing around and moving across your retina. Source

Trees can get email in Australia. In 2013, trees were assigned email addresses by the city of Melbourne so its citizens could report potential problems, but people ended up writing thousands of love letters to their favorite trees instead....

Mary Krupa is a squirrel whisperer. She discovered her ability to make friends with the campus squirrels while attending Penn State University. After realizing they were friendly enough to let her pet them, she started making them tiny hats and...

Glitter is so unique that it can be effectively used as forensic evidence. Because there are thousands of different types of commercial glitters, any glitter particles found on a suspect can be compelling evidence that they were at a crime scene...

The most stressed out people on Earth are 18 to 33 years old. Source

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The Tree of Ténéré was once used as a landmark by travelers in the Sahara Desert because it was the only tree around for 250 miles. Despite being the most isolated tree in the world for over 300 years, a drunk driver managed to run it over with his truck in 1973. Source Source 2

Michigan’s Village Elementary gets visited by the same duck every year. For 13 years in a row, ‘Vanessa’ has returned to the school’s courtyard and nested under the same shrub. Once her babies are hatched, teachers clear a path through the halls so she can lead them straight to a nearby pond outside. Source

You can Rick Roll someone the old fashioned way. RickRollByMail will anonymously mail a box that plays ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ upon opening, along with a note that lets the recipient know they’ve been Rick Rolled. SourceI found a $5 off promo code for them, too!

Towns in Germany have installed traffic lights on the ground to make sure that people who are staring at their phones don’t walk into oncoming traffic. Source

Due to the extensive discoveries made by the Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers now believe there may be at least one planet orbiting every star in the sky.Speaking of… NASA is holding a teleconference today at 1pm EDT to announce recent discoveries made using the Kepler telescope.  Questions can be submitted on Twitter during the teleconference using the hashtag #askNASA. So excited.

Giant lily pads on the Amazon river have leaves that can grow to 6 feet in diameter and support up to 100 pounds without breaking. Source

Crows love to pull tails. It’s a strategy they use to distract an animal from eating so they can steal its food, but they’ve also been known to do it just for fun. SourcePhoto: Isobel Wayrick Photo: spriteburn

The pallbearers for Billy Mays’ funeral wore blue shirts and khakis to honor his memory. Source

You can get tiny vases for keeping flowers on your bicycle. Source

A 2012 excavation in Turkey revealed a 2,000-year-old mosaic that features a super-chill skeleton reclining next to some wine, bread, and the inscription ‘Be cheerful, live your life.’ Source Source 2

Artist Kyle Lambert creates hyperrealistic portraits with just his finger and an iPad. Source Source 2

 Stephen King sells the rights to some of his short stories for $1 so that film students can use them to make movies. He calls them his ‘Dollar Babies.’   Source

India suffers the highest number of road-related deaths in the world, so they’re using optical illusions to slow traffic. The 3D paintings are a safer alternative to installing actual speed breaks because fast drivers will naturally slow down while their eyes adjust to the images. Source Source 2 Source 3

Aerial photographer Robert B. Haas encountered a magical moment in  Yucatan, Mexico when he looked down from his plane and realized that a bunch of flamingos were hanging out in the shape of a giant flamingo. SourceBobby Haas PhotographyRobert B. Haas bio from Nat Geo

Medical error is the 3rd biggest killer in the US. It’s estimated that over a quarter of a million people died in 2013 due to mistakes made by health care professionals, which was more than double the number of suicides, firearm deaths, and motor vehicle fatalities combined. That number is based only on the people who died in hospitals. It doesn’t account for those who died after they were mistakenly sent home.Medical error is not included in cause of death rankings or on death certificates, and these fatal mistakes often go unreported. Surely there are doctors that don’t want to publicly admit to that big of a error, but this ultimately causes other medical professionals to encounter the same life-threatening mistakes because they’ve no examples to reference as a warning.Source

The US government has an official publication titled ‘Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic.' Happy Free Comic Book Day! In honor of this joyous occasion, I’m giving you a free one you probably haven’t seen:  You can read the whole thing here.Now go to the comic book store and get a good one before the zombies come.

Justo Gallego Martínez is using found materials to build a cathedral in Spain all by himself. He’s been working on the project ever since being kicked out of a monastery 50 years ago, which inspired him to begin construction on a church of his own. Source Source 2Photos:  Susana Girón,  JMPerez “I do it for faith. That’s clear, no?” Photos: Eoghan Macguire ,  Jose Javier Martin Espartosa  “My mother was very pious. She taught me my faith and I love the Church. So I put everything into this.” Photos:  archdaily.mx,  Jose Javier Martin Espartosa “Realising my ideal spurs me on. People today are very passive, they don’t value anything. They’re slaves to worldly things.” Photo: Susana Girón “People have called me crazy and insulted me. But they’re ignorant.”Photo:  Jose Javier Martin Espartosa “When I look at what I’ve created, it overwhelms me and I give thanks to the Lord.”Photo:  Eoghan Macguire "If I lived my life again, I’d build this church again, only bigger. Twice the size…” Photo: sarahglez.wordpress.com “… Because for me, this is an act of faith.”

The ‘Museum of Failed Products’ in Ann Arbor, MI, contains thousands of old products that tanked within months of their release. The shelves are basically a graveyard for bad products, like Clairol’s A Touch of Yogurt shampoo, Gillette’s For Oily Hair Only, and caffeinated beer. Source Source 2Photos: CBS News

There are an unusual amount of knitting supply stores in Alaska. Source

Wrong Hands cartoonist John Atkinson has a series of short novel descriptions called Abridged Classics illustrations. If you haven’t read the book, you get the gist. If you have, there’s a chance you’ll find them amusing. Source


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Many companies in the UK offer 
‘pawternity leave’ so employees can 
have paid time off when their pets need 
more attention or have health issues.
  Source

Coca-Cola struck a blow for civil rights 
in 1964  when few of Atlanta’s elite 
would not RSVP for Martin Luther King’s 
Nobel Peace Prize banquet. When the 
company threatened to move their 
business elsewhere, the event sold 
out almost immediately.  Source

The most successful pirate in history 
was a Chinese prostitute. Cheng I Sao 
commanded 80,000 sailors and a fleet 
bigger than most country’s navies, which 
is why the government had to give up 
and offer her a truce. She retired with 
her loot, opened a gambling house, and 
later died, peacefully, a 69-year-old 
grandmother.  Source

In 1955, Hugh Hefner published a short 
story in Playboy about a heterosexual 
man being persecuted in a world where 
homosexuality was the norm. After 
receiving many angry letters, he 
responded to the criticism with, “if it 
was wrong to persecute heterosexuals 
in a homosexual society, then the 
reverse was wrong too.“  Source Source 2



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Dwayne Johnson made a motivational 
alarm clock app. The ‘Rock Clock’ doesn’t 
have a wimpy snooze button, but has 
messages from The Rock himself to help 
get you out of bed in the morning. You 
can also sync your alarm to his sleeping 
schedule if you like waking up at 4am.  Source

The Twitter account ‘50 Nerds of Grey’ 
creates humorous tweets that combine 
nerd culture with dirty lines from the 
best-selling erotic novel.  Source

Derek Amato dove into a shallow 
swimming pool and emerged a musical 
genius. He’d sustained a major 
concussion and became a fantastic piano 
player due to a condition called ‘sudden 
savant syndrome.’ He can’t read music or 
play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,’ but he 
improvises beautiful melodies and 
constantly sees music streaming 
in front of his eyes.  Source Source 2

When you can’t sleep on your first night 
in a new place, your brain is trying to 
protect you. Many animals sleep with 
only half their brain, while the other 
half stays alert to possible dangers. It’s 
called the ‘first night effect’ in humans, 
because our bodies put us in a strange, 
half-asleep/half-awake state the first 
time we sleep in an unfamiliar 
environment.  Source

There’s a 300-page book called 
‘A Void’ that was written without ever 
using the letter 'e.’ The original is 
French, but there are over a dozen 
versions in different languages written 
by translators who also managed to 
compose them without using the most 
common letter of the alphabet.  Source

Spiders look a lot bigger if you fear 
them. Studies show that people have 
no trouble estimating the size of 
butterflies, birds, or even potentially 
dangerous wasps, but spiders 
consistently appear much larger to 
arachnophobes than they do to those 
who may find them unpleasant, but 
aren’t afraid of them.  Source Source 2

Julien Knez brings the past to the future
by placing photos of Paris from the 
19th and 20th centuries against their 
modern-day counterparts to reflect on 
how much the city has changed, yet 
still remains familiar. Jardin du Luxembourg, 1895The Moulin Rouge, 1900Riverside booksellers, Quai de Conti, 1900Arc de Triomphe, 1909“Odéon” Station. Passengers traveled by boat when the metro tracks were flooded in January 1910.

River Seine, Notre-Dame, 1930Le Printemps, Boulevard Haussmann, 1930Adolf Hitler standing at the the Place de l’Opéra on June 23, 1940, the day after Germany established occupation of France. 

Two friends celebrating the liberation of Paris at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, in August 1944.Notre-Dame, 1944h/t: My Modern MetSource: Julien Knez Twitter

The inventor of the K-cup, John Sylvan, 
wishes he’d never come up with the idea because they are so wasteful.According to the Atlantic, if all the K-cups that were sold in 2014 were laid end to end, it would be enough to circle the Earth more than 10 times.Photo: storyofstuff.com“I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it.” Photo: digitaltrends.com“It’s like a cigarette for coffee, a single-serve delivery mechanism for an addictive substance. I don’t have one. They’re kind of expensive to use … plus it’s not like drip coffee is tough to make.“Source

The inside of an Etch a Sketch is 
mostly aluminum dust that forms a 
coating on the underside of the screen, 
and a metal pin that scrapes the dust 
away when you turn the knobs.
  Source Source 2

Guillaume Dumas went to multiple 
Ivy League schools for free.  SourceHappy National Teacher Day! Make sure your students are your students.

Studies continue to suggest that 
antibacterial soaps have horrible side 
effects and very few benefits. The 
soaps can actually increase the risk 
of infection, make bacteria resistant 
to antibiotics, and contain harsh 
chemicals we’re washing down the 
drain and into the ecosystem.  Source

If you’ve forgotten your glasses and 
are having trouble reading this, you 
can use your hands to help clear your 
vision. 

Source Source 2

Self-taught photographer Peter 
Adams-Shawn carefully positions his 
subjects to capture ‘eyescapes’ and 
'ringscapes’ that reflect the bride and 
groom, their families, and special 
moments from their wedding day.   Source

The infamous horse head from The 
Godfather was completely real.  Note: I’ve seen another fact regarding the horse head floating around that’s worth mentioning. It goes something like “John Marley’s scream in The Godfather horse scene was authentic because he was not informed beforehand that a real horse head would be used.” Pretty powerful ‘fact.’ Too bad there’s no proof of this.In case you’ve seen it too, I wanted you to know that I’ve found zero sources that can provide any evidence of this being true. It’s bouncing around all over reddit and fact websites, but I’ve not found a single valid source of the actor or a crew member recounting this as a fact. If you find one, send it my way.Source Source 2

Australian pineapplefish look just 
like real pineapples. Unfortunately 
their coloring is terrible camouflage, 
so they have to spend their days 
hiding in the shadows, and people 
rarely get to see them.  Source Source 2Photo: Wikipedia/Hectonichus

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The Sharp Dressed Man provides 
gently-worn suits for men who are 
trying to get back on their feet after 
incarceration, homelessness, or 
significant life challenges. 

“I’ve never worn a suit before. Now I feel like I can take on anyone and win.” 

“I felt special getting attention from the staff. When I looked at myself in the mirror I felt so handsome. It made me feel like I am ready to get a job.” 

Source

18-year-old Joshua Browder created 
a ‘robot lawyer’ that allows people to 
get free, custom-generated legal 
documents to appeal their wrongly
issued parking fines. “I’m not trying to encourage illegal parking, but if you look at the statistics, around half of all parking tickets are appealed and I think a lot of these penalties are issued incorrectly. There is big business in penalising motorists, raking in £100 million in profit for councils, according to the RAC.”“I think it is a huge shame that those most likely to make a mistake and get a ticket are the most vulnerable members of society — the elderly and disabled.” “Money does not motivate me. I just don’t think councils should be unfairly — and in some cases illegally — penalising those who don’t have the time, legal knowledge or energy to appeal.”“I won’t make any money from it because it’s a public service. I just want to help people. There is so much wrong-doing and that to me is a terrible shame. If only people knew what to do about it and exercise their rights.”‘I hope to also help the disadvantaged fight for their rights, but with all the power of the internet.“It’s estimated 
that his service has already 
saved users $3 million.

  Source

There’s a Japanese cafe that turns 
their salads into little cakes to make 
them seem more exciting. Food 
stylist Mitsuki Moriyasu created the 
‘Vegedeco Salad’ to transcend the 
'random vegetables in a bowl’ 
experience and prove salads that 
look better, taste better. 

  Source Source 2

There’s a spider catcher designed for 
people who hate killing spiders but can’t 
handle moving them outside. The long
handle and squeeze trigger allow you to 
gently trap spiders from a safe distance 
so you can easily release them into the 
wild without getting too close.  Source

There’s an amusement park in 
Transylvania that’s 400 feet below 
ground. Photos: Shutterstock/RossHelen/RaduBereanPhoto: Cristian BortesThis converted salt mine in Turda, Romania is one of the world’s oldest, having been mentioned as early as 1075.

Photos: Cristian Bortes / Enrico Strocchi

Photos: Cristian Bortes

The man-made cavern is always 54 degrees with 80% humidity, and is relatively free of allergens and bacteria.

Photos: Cristian Bortes

It was a working mine starting in the 17th century until it became a cheese storage facility and a bomb shelter in 1932.Photo: someone10x

60 years later, it was transformed into a magical underground amusement park.

Photo: Salina TurdaPhoto: someone10xVisitors can go bowling, ride on a Ferris wheel, row around the indoor lake, or play mini golf, ping pong, and basketball. 

Photo: someone10x

Source   Source 2

There’s an interactive ‘murder map’ that 
pinpoints all the homicide locations in 
London since 1811. Each pin is colored 
to indicate the method of killing, and 
clicking on a pin also reveals the victim’s 
profile and links you to their case details.  Source

A single sperm cell carries over 
37 MB of DNA data. An image 
file that size would be larger 
than 18 Tumblr GIFs combined.  Source Source 2Yet they can up’load’ in seconds…

You can call a random Swedish person 
and talk to them about their country. Just for fun. If you’re into that kind of thing.Swedish Tourist Association CEO Magnus Ling says, “In troubled times, many countries try and limit communication between people, but we want to do just the opposite.”“We are making Sweden the first country in the world with its own phone number and giving our fellow Swedes the opportunity to answer the calls, express themselves, and share their views, whatever they might be.”

To be connected to a random Swede, call +46 771 793 336. That’s +46 771 SWEDEN. Awwwww.Source   Source 2

American Gothic artist Grant Wood 
entered a Crayola-sponsored drawing 
contest when he was 14 years old. 
He not only won 3rd place, but later 
said placing in the contest inspired him 
to continue pursuing an art career.  Source

If you give wasps colored paper, they 
make rainbow nests. Captive wasps at 
The University of Florence built 
themselves a psychedelic house after 
biology student Mattia Menchetti 
gradually introduced them to a colorful 
variety of paper materials.  Source Source 2 Source 3

He also helped convince Abraham Lincoln to let African Americans fight for their own freedom.Source

We know more about the 
surfaces of Mars and the moon 
than we do about the bottom 
of our oceans.  Source

Cats and dogs can get addicted to 
lasers. Teasing your pets with a 
laser pointer winds them up until 
they can’t stop because it activates 
their prey drive, and they eventually 
spend their lives wishing and waiting 
for something they can never catch.  Source

Brad Spencer builds people with 
bricks. He sculpts the bricks, 
fires them, then reassembles 
them with mortar just like a 
stone mason would. His projects 
can be found throughout the US.  Source

On April 18, 1930, the BBC announced, “There is no news today,” and played piano music instead.  Source

Justo Gallego Martínez is using found 
materials to build a cathedral in Spain 
all by himself. He’s been working on 
the project ever since being kicked out 
of a monastery 50 years ago, which 
inspired him to begin construction on 
a church of his own.  Source Source 2Photos: 

Susana Girón, 

JMPerez 

“I do it for faith. That’s clear, no?”

Photos:

 Eoghan Macguire , 

Jose Javier Martin Espartosa 

“My mother was very pious. She taught me my faith and I love the Church. So I put everything into this.”

Photos: 

archdaily.mx, 

Jose Javier Martin Espartosa

“Realising my ideal spurs me on. People today are very passive, they don’t value anything. They’re slaves to worldly things.”

Photo:

Susana Girón 

“People have called me crazy and insulted me. But they’re ignorant.”Photo: 

Jose Javier Martin Espartosa

“When I look at what I’ve created, it overwhelms me and I give thanks to the Lord.”Photo: 

 Eoghan Macguire

"If I lived my life again, I’d build this church again, only bigger. Twice the size…”

Photo:

sarahglez.wordpress.com

“… Because for me, this is an act of faith.”

The Jastrow Illusion can make two 
curved objects of the same size appear 
different when compared vertically. 
Because the shorter edge of the upper 
figure is next to the long edge of the 
lower figure, it’s difficult for your brain 
to see them as identical.  Source Source 2

Artist Alison Moritsugu collects fallen 
logs and lets them dry out for up to 
10 years so they can be well-preserved 
once she adorns them with beautifully 
painted landscapes. She imagines her 
series as a way to explore the 
juxtaposition of having an image of 
nature embedded into actual nature.All images © Alison MoritsuguSource Source 2 Source 3

The cave pools at La Grotte de St Marcel 
d’Ardèche in France were discovered 
by a hunter in 1836 when his ferret fell 
through a crack. Their damn-like 
terracing is created when rimstone 
forms from the minerals in the water.  Source Source 2

There are an unusual amount of 
knitting supply stores in Alaska.  Source

 


9 Obscure Star Wars Facts Most People Don't Know

9 Obscure Star Wars Facts Most People Don't Know

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas started filming Star Wars: A New Hope, and it spawned an entire franchise of awesomeness. Decades later, we're still learning all kinds of secrets from behind the scenes of this iconic series. Stabilize your rear deflectors as we scan the Star Wars saga for obscure facts even the Jedi Council didn't know.
IG-88 on tap


Part of the group of bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader to find the Millennium Falcon in Episode V, IG-88 looked quite intimidating. At the same time, he looked rather familiar. This mechanical menace's mug was previously seen in Episode IV, in one of the least likely of places: the Mos Eisley Cantina. That's right, the same prop pieces used to create IG-88's head are scattered behind the cantina's bar. Remember, R2-D2 and C-3PO weren't allowed into the cantina (probably due to a lingering hate for the droids of the Trade Federation). Perhaps Mos Eisley is so gritty that those weren't just beverage dispensers, but the remains of IG-88's brethren.
Jango Fett hits his head

We've all seen the Star Wars blooper of the Stormtrooper accidentally walking into a door in A New Hope. George Lucas even went back to add a sound effect to the mishap during the DVD re-release of the original trilogy. Did you know that Lucas paid homage to this blooper with Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones?

After the fight between Jango Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the bounty hunter can be seen fleeing to the Slave I as a young Boba Fett is firing up its engines. During Jango's hasty retreat, you can see the ship's door closing on him as he passes, with an appropriate sound effect. Some argue that Jango didn't hit his head during this blink-and-you-miss-it moment, but we'd imagine that Lucas would've closed the door normally if he meant otherwise. Now we know where that Stormtrooper inherited his clumsiness.
Marvel gives Star Wars a hand


Phase two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with superpowered tributes to The Empire Strikes Back. More specifically, all of phase two's movies has a scene of a character losing an arm, Skywalker-style. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said to CinemaBlend, "It sort of happens in every Star Wars movie, but I was sort of looking at it, 'Okay, is Phase Two our Empire Strikes Back?' Not really, but tonally things are a little different. Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase Two movie. Every single one."

You want proof? You got it! Tony Stark cuts off the "real" Mandarin, Aldrich Killian's arm in Iron Man 3. In Thor: The Dark World, Loki casts an illusion where it looks like he gets into a fight with his blonder, buffer brother and chops off his arm. Malekith loses his arm just before dying in the movie as well. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bucky returns with one less arm and even less of his memory intact. You can't forget Groot getting both of his dancing appendages axed by Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy. During the second Avengers film, Ulysses Klaue lives up to his namesake by getting his left arm severed by Ultron. Not to mention the Hulk rips off one of the Hulkbuster Iron Man suit's arms during their epic battle. Lastly, Ant-Man causes the bald baddie Darren Cross to lose his arm during his final moments before permanently shrinking down to nothingness. We guess you can say they were all—wait for it—disarmed.
Luke wasn't lying about Stormtrooper helmets


Remember that line in A New Hope when Luke says, "I can't see a thing in this helmet," and you think that explains why the Stormtroopers are all bad shots? Well, that quote wasn't exactly in the script. Mark Hamill was simply complaining to Harrison Ford after he thought the cameras stopped rolling. Surprisingly, Lucas decided to keep the line in the movie. Just be happy you weren't wearing David Prowse's hulking outfit, Luke.
The Force Awakens gets raided


We've all heard of the awesome cameos packed into The Force Awakens, but there are a lot more than you realize. According to Vanity Fair, there are cameos from the likes of Bill Hader (Superbad), Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead), Ken Leung (Lost), Greg Grunberg (Lost), Warwick Davis (who played Wicket the Ewok), and James Bond himself, Daniel Craig. For those wondering, Craig played the Stormtrooper who was Jedi mind tricked by Rey into setting her free. There are a ton of Game of Thrones cameos as well! We all know Brienne of Tarth actress Gwendoline Christie plays Captain Phasma, whose name and silver armor is a tribute to the Phantasm horror series, but there are plenty of other cameos brought in from the Seven Kingdoms. Thomas Brodie Sangster (Jojen Reed), Jessica Henwick (Nymeria Sand), Mark Stanley (Grenn), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), and Emun Elliott (Marillion) also appear in small roles throughout the film.

Our favorite Force Awakens cameo comes in the form of the criminal gang, Kanjiklub. Fans of the Indonesian action flicks The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2 should recognize Yayan Ruhian, Iko Uwais, and Cecep Arif Rahman. That's Rama and two of his fiercest opponents from the franchise!
A star-killing history


In 2015, Mark Hamill confirmed an ongoing theory that George Lucas originally intended for the protagonists of his series to have the last name of Starkiller. Of course, Starkiller sounds a bit darker than Skywalker, so the name was eventually scrapped. LucasArts used the name of Starkiller for the protagonist in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. This video game put you in the shoes of Darth Vader's secret apprentice, who was ordered to create a small rebellion against the Empire so Palpatine would be distracted as the two tried to overthrow the Emperor, which actually lead to the creation of the Rebel Alliance.

Unfortunately, most of the lore outside of the movies and recent TV series became non-canon once Disney took control of the series. At least J.J. Abrams brought the Starkiller name back for the new Death Star. We know, we know: "it's not a Death Star." It's a Death Star that shoots multiple planets at once from a longer distance—big difference.
No credits? No problem!


We all love the iconic "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…" intro text to each Star Wars movie accompanied by John Williams' iconic score, but did you ever wonder why there are no opening credits to any of the movies in the series? Think about it. Most movies have the main cast and crew's names appearing on-screen during their opening segments, but Star Wars never does that. The Directors Guild of America slapped George Lucas with a hefty fine (supposedly in the $250,000 range) for not having any opening credits. As a result, Lucas severed ties with the guild like it was a Skywalker's arm.
2Pac could've been a Jedi Master


Yes, you read that right, and no, we're not making this up. Rolling Stone reports the late, great Tupac Shakur auditioned to star as Mace Windu in The Phantom Menace. Details are obviously a bit shaky, since 2Pac was murdered in September 1996 and filming on Episode I started nine months later. Nevertheless, just imagine if "Thug Life" himself was cast as Mace Windu! 2Pac could've easily tossed aside his beef with the East Coast's rappers and started feuding with the Sith. There's already a legion of fans who believe that 2Pac survived his shooting and continued making music, so just imagine all the people who would've said Mace really faked his death at the hands of Emperor Palpatine in Episode III.
Phone home, as long as it's not Alderaan


Did you ever watch Return of the Jedi and wonder why Leia's disguised voice of Boushh the bounty hunter seems familiar? Surprisingly, Boushh's voice was done by the late actress Pat Welsh. While her list of film credits is short, you might recognize her for one other prominent role: the voice of the titular character in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The voice of that adorable, beer-chugging alien is the same as the bounty hunter disguise Leia used when threatening to suicide bomb Jabba's palace with a thermal detonator. We can't believe whose voice was talking smack to Jabba. More importantly, we're glad to find out about E.T.'s connection to the Force.

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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

 

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The deep, infamous, super-creepy voice of Ghostface in all 4 Scream films was provided by voice actor Roger Jackson……who is also the voice of Mojo Jojo on the Powerpuff Girls.Source Source 2

An artist teamed up with a sound designer to turn songs into ceramic objects. After some experimentation with sound waves and a 3D printer, Ricky van Broekhoven and Olivier van Herpt successfully used noisescapes to make beautifully patterned objects that are a tangible representation of the audio that created them. All images via: Olivier van HerptSource   Source 2

You can get a phone case that has real flowers inside. All the botanicals are hand picked, dried, pressed into resin, and fashioned into clear phone cases, allowing you to enjoy nature and your social network at the same time. Source

Lilica the dog crushed her maternity photo shoot. Photographer Ana Paula Grillo captured all the shots in only 20 minutes because Lilica smiled for the camera and posed perfectly. She gave birth to her 5 puppies the very next day. Source Source 2

There’s a scented cup that tricks your brain into thinking regular water is actually flavored with citrus, apples, berries, peaches, or cola. The Right Cup was launched on Indiegogo in hopes that people will drink more water if it has an exciting taste. Source

‘Need-A-Mom’ is a service in New York City that pairs you with a mom who will iron your shirts, watch a movie with you if you’re feeling lonely, give you helpful advice, or be there for you 'when you need a mom, just not YOUR mom.’ Source

Carbs are important. A 2015 study over the low-carb/high-protein ‘Paleo diet’ theory found that our ancestors actually ate, and needed, a lot of carbs. Harvesting tubers required less energy than hunting meat, and eating their sugars and nutrients was critical in accelerating the growth of the human brain over the last million years. Source Source 2

Smell Dating is a service that matches you with people based on their B.O. to prevent prejudices from getting in the way of your ancient instincts of attraction. Participants wear the same shirt, without deodorant, for 3 days, mail it in, and then receive shirt samples from others. When 2 people jive with each other’s scent, they’re paired up as a match. Source

Ever since the day Steve Greig went to a shelter and brought home the dog with the least chance of being adopted, he continues to take in elderly animals that would have been euthanized. So far he’s collected 10 dogs, several cats, 2 ducks, some pigeons and chickens, and an old pig named Bikini. SourceHAPPY PET DAY, TUMBLR!

Hungarian chef Judit Czinkné Poór turns ordinary cookies into edible works of art by using icing to make unique designs and portraits. Source Source 2 Source 3

Scotland now generates over half its electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar power. The goal is for the entire country to stop depending on fossil fuels and produce 100% of its annual electricity needs with renewable resources by 2030. Source Source 2

Photographer James Mollison created a series called ‘Where Children Sleep’ that features portraits of kids around the world paired with the vastly different environments they sleep in. Source Source 2Her mother spends $1,000 a month on frilly dresses.He sleeps outside with his father’s herd of goats.These portraits and many more can be viewed on James Mollison’s website, or in the book ‘Where Children Sleep.’

This is what peacock feathers look like under a microscope. Source   Source 2  Photos by Waldo Nell, via Mental_floss 

Blood donors in Sweden get a text message whenever their blood is used to save a life. The program hopes to recruit and retain more donors by highlighting their importance and getting them excited about making a difference. Source Source 2

A water wheel in Baltimore has removed over 313 tons of trash from the Inner Harbor. In just 18 months,‘Mr Trash Wheel’ successfully cleaned more than 6 million cigarette butts, 200,000 plastic bottles, 255,000 Styrofoam containers, 173,000 chip bags, and 4,000 glass bottles out of the city’s notoriously polluted river.Mr. Trash Wheel has a lot of work to do.EEEEEW. Mr. Trash Wheel also has a Twitter account.And a sense of humor. And a pretty nice view… … thanks to himself.Source Source 2

Writing things by hand jumpstarts your brain, improves your spelling, allows you to think faster, and helps you to better remember newly-learned information. Source

There’s an official YouTube page for Bob Ross where you can watch the first 10 seasons of The Joy of Painting in their entirety. Source Source 2❤️ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍  MY HEART!   ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍ 

Flocks of birds, no matter how large, are never led by a single individual. The movement is collectively controlled by each bird reacting almost simultaneously to the slightest change of direction by another flock member, as if they are of one mind. Source Source 2 Source 3

There are forks, spoons, and chopsticks you can eat after you’re done with your meal. The edible utensils are made from wheat, millet, and rice flours, come in plain, sweet, and savory flavors, and are waste and chemical-free. Source Source 2

Coronal loops are structured arcs of glowing, electrified plasma that flow along the powerful, curved, magnetic fields above the Sun’s surface. This one is roughly 4 times the size of Earth. Source Source 2 Source 3


20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

cRUvTLT[1]A lion, tiger, and bear have been living as BFFs at a Georgia refuge for over a decade. In 2001, they were rescued from a basement during a drug raid, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Source

The Verrückt in Kansas City, KS, is the tallest water slide in the world. You have to climb 264 steps to reach the top, which is 17 stories high. Source Source 2 Source 3When Dennis Williams was accidentally caught in a random group text by complete strangers who were about have their baby, he explained the situation, asked for their room number, picked up a gift for the baby, went to the hospital, and visited them anyway. SourceYour general level of curiosity depends on how much you’ve already learned. Studies show people are more likely to be curious of things they know a little about than they are something they know nothing about, or think they know a lot about. SourceThere’s a flat-cushion sofa that can be folded into any shape you want. It can be a couch, a chair, a bed, or you can fold yourself into a taco. SourcePhotojournalist Jorge Saenz uses toy dinosaurs to create a unique travelogue he calls ‘Dinodinaseries.’ SourceLay your arm on a flat surface and push your thumb and pinky together. If you don’t see a raised band across your wrist, you are a product of evolution. If you do, you’ve got a useless extra muscle in your arm that is slowly being erased from our genetic code. SourceThere were real life ‘Hobbit people’ living on an Indonesian island 18,000 years ago. Fully-grown adults were only about 3 feet tall. Studies show they were likely a result of insular dwarfism, where species trapped on an island shrink in size. The same island was also once inhabited by miniature elephants. SourceBefore mechanical clocks, people used candle clocks. Consistently spaced markings indicated the passage of time as the candle melted so people could tell time indoors or at night when the sun wasn’t visible. SourceA candle clock could also be used as a timer by sticking a heavy nail into the candle, which would clatter onto the plate below when the wax around it melted.On the Norwegian Island of Spitsbergen, sitting 427 feet inside a mountain, is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which holds over 850,000 copies of seeds from across the planet in case of global catastrophe. SourceWatching Spongebob Squarepants when you were a kid may have damaged your brainpower. A study found that watching just 9 minutes of Spongebob had an immediate influence on kids, attention, memory, and problem solving skills. SourceThe ‘cool kids’ in school are more likely to end up with drug, alcohol, and relationship problems. Studies show popular kids who try to act older in middle and high school are seen by their peers as immature and less socially competent by the time they are 22. It’s called the 'high school reunion effect’ because people often show up to their class reunions to find a lot of the popular kids aren’t doing so well. SourceIn ancient times, people believed hares were hermaphrodites that could give birth without compromising their virginity. This idea led to an association with the Virgin Mary, and that’s why we have bunnies at Easter. SourceLeonardo Da Vinci was dyslexic, ambidextrous, and predominantly left handed, which allowed him to draw with one hand while writing backward with the other. This produced a mirror-image script around the drawings of his inventions that other people had trouble reading, just as he’d intended.  SourceThere’s a pot that senses light, moisture, temperature and fertilizer levels for your plant, then sends alerts through its companion app if anything is needed. The pot contains a database of 8,000 different plants, which you can keep watered by filling its 2-liter tanks. Source

How animals see the world: Source Source 2 Source 3Noela Rukundo crashed her own funeral. It surprised a lot of people, especially her husband, who had mistakenly paid friends of her brother to have her killed. Instead, they took his money, gave her a cell phone, tape recordings, and receipts of the transaction, and let her go. When she showed up 5 days later, he thought she was a ghost. Source Source 2Artist Thomas Dambo has created over 3,500 birdhouses from recycled materials and mixed them into urban landscapes to acknowledge the role of birds in cities and give them an easy place to live. Source Source 2One of the 6 men sent to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand threw a bomb and missed, so he immediately tried to kill himself by taking a cyanide pill and jumping in the river. Because the pill only made him vomit and the river was just 5 inches deep, he managed to fail at murder and suicide all in the same day. SourceIn an effort to not be outdone by last years ‘presidential man buns’ Photoshop craze, the Internet created 'presidential candidates with beards.’ Source Photographs by Gage Skidmore | Artwork by Hrach Drambyan Photograph by Marc Nozell (L) and Gage Skidmore ® | Artwork by Hrach Drambyan Photographs by Gage Skidmore | Artwork by Hrach Drambyan

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9 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULD DO ON GCHAT

 

9 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULD DO ON GCHAT

You probably know your way around Gchat by now -- unless, of course, you've been trapped in a freaky alternate universe where everyone's still curating their Buddy List on AIM. Even if you're logged in and chatting away all day, every day, you may not be taking full advantage of all the randomly useful stuff Gchat does to make your life easier. So, without further ado, here are nine tricks and tips to turn you into a master of Gchat and Google Hangouts.

Move your chat list to the right side of your inbox

By default, your chat list is docked to the left side of your Gmail, but if you prefer a morestreamlined look and feel to your Gmail, you can swap sides. Click the cog wheel to get to Settings > Labs, and enable right-side chat. Voila.

Change other people's avatars without them knowing

Maybe you’re sick of staring at your coworker's Ron Burgundy avatar, or you keep confusing people in your contact list and want a better way to identify them. You can tack on a custom photo for anyone in your chat list without them even knowing. To do it, tap the contact search bar at the top of your chat list, look up the person, click "Contact Info," "Change Photo," and upload the shot you'd prefer.

Make your chat windows different colors

There's no panic quite like the one that accompanies sending a racy or inappropriate message to the wrong contact, and since all Gchat windows look pretty much the same, it can happen all too easily. Thankfully, there's a trick to add a colored background to each different chat window so you can distinguish them better. All you need to do is type "/bikeshed" into the window you want to differentiate -- it’ll automatically add a background color.

Go off the record if you don't want your conversation archived

Did you know every conversation you've ever had on Gchat is archived and easily accessible? Well, you do now! To take a walk down memory lane, tap More from the left-side Inbox menu, select Chat, and scroll through your sordid history of smalltalk. Of course, you can go off the record if you want. Open a chat window with the person in question, click the settings cog wheel, uncheck Hangout history, and speak freely (just remember, if the other person hasn’t done this there’s still a record of what you’re saying somewhere).

Change font settings on the fly

Your witty quips and vicious scoldings don’t have the same impact if you’re not crystal clear how what you’re writing should be interpreted, so here are some stylization hot tips: on a Mac, to activate bold, italics, or underlining press Command + b, Command + i, or Command + u, respectively. On a PC, it's Ctrl + b, Ctrl + i, and Ctrl + u.  Know them, love them, live them. Just keep in mind that you must type the command again in order to turn the formatting off.

Play around with Easter eggs

Like every good Google product, Gchat has its fair share of hidden Easter egg features. They're more fun and weird than useful, but worth exploring nonetheless. Here’s a pretty solid list to get you started.

Send on-demand doodles

Whether you’re trying to illustrate something super specific to a coworker or just want to play tic-tac-toe, you can easily turn your chat window into sketch board (if you have a Google+ account). Hover over the picture icon in the bottom-right corner of the chat window, and you’ll notice a pencil pop up -- click it and go wild.

Have your conversation translated in real time

Are you trying to make casual conversation with your digital paramour from a foreign land? Don’t bother whipping out your rusty high school Italian -- Google's got you covered with a couple dozen different language bots that’ll automatically translate whatever you type to them. Here's the list of languages that are supported.

Call cellphones and landlines for free

If you’re phone-less and desperately need to talk to someone (or want to try calling your misplaced iPhone), you can dial up any domestic number for free from a chat window. At the bottom of your contact list, tap the phone icon and follow the prompts.

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20 'DID YOU KNOW' FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

20 'DID YOU KNOW' FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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