20 Facts That Really Crushed Our Bitrate

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The executives dug too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of 1980s nostalgia… A friggin’ GOLD MINE,is what! “Top Gun Maverick” grossed 1.45 BILLION – with a B – despite being a sequel 36 years after the original. And let’s not pretend the 1986 Top Gun was begging to be revisited; it didn’t have any of the trademark trappings of the usual sequel-bait, like complex lore or a big cliffhanger. With just a few actual airplanes, cameras, a can-do attitude, and the immortality spell passed down from Xenu himself, Tom Cruise did what most of us assumed was impossible and made us root for the American military industrial complex yet again.

With Top Gun, that leaves just three of the top 15 blockbusters from the 1980s that haven’t been dragged out of retirement for a prequel, sequel, sidequel, franchise or reboot. Who’s going to be next? Frankly, we want to see what E.T. has been up to since his race helped put Palpatine into power.

A 15,000 page mathematical proof took 40 years to complete.

The longest mathematical proof is 15,000 pages long. KITH PROCESS /ient HINOFLISH le ITALIÁN DESIGN INTERIALS 9 SPAST PRES Event >HERO welcome 55cm hot ر SYSTEM O Total A IGHT ZONGETI LIDEEL ACADEMS STOPE ERIS 0 CRACKED.COM SHALTRIGUER Mars The Enormous Theorem began in the 1970s and was worked on by 100 mathematicians, only being completed in 2011.

A ‘White Elephant’ gift is meant to be impractical.

A white elephant gift exchange takes its name from the legend of the King of Siam. CRACKED.COM Не would give rare albino elephants to those who displeased him so that they might be ruined by the animal's upkeep costs. The term now refers to an impractical gift that cannot be easily disposed of.

Someone tried to kill a king with a homemade gun that had 25 barrels.

In 1835, a man attempted to assassinate the king of France with a hand-made, 25-barrel rifle. GRAGKED COM A Corsican ex-soldier attacked the king's procession with a homemade volley gun. The discharge killed 18 people and wounded 22. The king was only grazed by a bullet.

Canadian geese have 20 to 25 thousand feathers.

A single Canada Goose has between 20 and 25 thousand feathers. CRACKED.COM Just a fraction of an inch of this feather insulation can keep a bird's body temperature at 104 degrees, even in freezing weather.

There are 5 times more bikes than cars in Copenhagen.

There are more bicycles in Copenhagen, Denmark, than people. GRACKED.COM There are also 5 times as many bicycles as cars, and 400km of cycle lanes not shared with cars or pedestrians for a city of about 600,000 people.

There are only 3 of the 15 highest grossing movies from the ‘80s left to make a franchise.

Only 3 of the 15 highest grossing movies from the 1980s haven't been given a sequel, prequel or turned into a franchise. MAVE RICK CRACKED.COM Those movies are E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Tootsie, and Rain Man. Top Gun Maverick is the latest 36-year-old sequel, which proved to be a worthwhile risk.

Procrastination is considered a complex psychological behavior.

Human procrastination is considered a complex psychological behavior because of the wide variety of reasons people do it. CRACKED.COM Although often attributed to laziness, research shows it is more likely to be caused by anxiety, depression, a fear of failure, or reliance on abstract goals.

Darwin spent many years in the pursuit of understanding worms.

Charles Darwin dedicated 40 years of his life studying earthworms. GRACKED COM To test their hearing, Darwin shouted at the worms but found that, if care was taken that his breath did not strike them, they were indifferent to noise.

There has been an increase of elephant aggressiveness.

Elephants killed 605 people in Assam between 1994 and 2006. CRACKED.COM Biologists think increased elephant aggression is the result of species-wide trauma from poaching & habitat loss, and direct trauma for those who saw family members murdered before their eyes.

A university in Saudi Arabia is the only one where men and women can mix freely.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is the first mixed-gender university campus in Saudi Arabia. GRACKED.COM- The religious police do not operate on-site, and women are allowed to mix freely with men and to drive on campus, and they are not required to wear veils.

Vlasic has a stork as a mascot because of the notion that pregnant women crave pickles.

The Vlasic Pickle Stork mascot was an attempt to capitalize on pregnant women's craving for pickles. get TASTE U.SA Vlasic BILLERBANCH FUNCE KOSHER DILL CRACKED.COM WHOLES A child-bearing stork was introduced as a mascot in 1974, merging the stork baby mythology with the notion that pregnant women have an above average appetite for pickles.

A tennis player grunts louder than a lawnmower.

Tennis player Maria Sharapova's on-court grunt has been recorded at a volume of 101 decibels. CRACKED.COM That's louder than a motorcycle, a lawnmower, and a small aircraft. It's only 5 decibels less than a lion's roar.

The Inuit were not the first people to inhabit Greenland.

Vikings arrived in Greenland at least 100 years earlier than the Inuit. CRACKED COM 90% of Greenland's population is now made up by the Inuit, but even before the Vikings the island was inhabited by Paleo-Eskimos since 2000 ВС.

Papua New Guinea’s flag was designed by a 15-year-old.

The flag of Papua New Guinea was designed by a 15-year-old school girl. CRACKED.COM Susan Karike won a nationwide competition to design the national flag in 1971, being chosen over the tricolor design proposed by the Australian administration.

Firing blanks was grounds for a lawsuit during the Renaissance.

In Renaissance France, a woman could take her husband to court if he was impotent. CRACKED COM Because marriage was created by the church in part as a means for procreation, to be unable to uphold your end of the bargain was considered a form of fraud.

A mummy was discovered to have had prostate cancer.

In 2011, scientists diagnosed a 2250-year-old Egyptian mummy with metastatic prostate cancer. GRACKED.COM A man known today only as M1 struggled with a long, painful and progressive illness. When he finally succumbed to the mysterious ailment at the age of 51-60, his family paid for him to be mummified.

Nero made himself win at the Olympic Games.

Emperor Nero competed in the Olympic Games. CRACKED.COM Не had bribed organizers to postpone the games for a year so he could participate, and won every event he was in, despite doing terribly. His name was removed from the list of winners after his death.

Neil Armstrong’s grandmother told him to not step on the moon if it didn’t “look good.”

Neil Armstrong's 82-year-old grandmother gave him sage advice for his trip to the moon. CRACKED.COM Caroline Korspeter told the astronaut that she thinks the trip is dangerous, and to look around and not step out of the lander if it didn't look good.

A 4.5 billion year old meteorite flavors wine made in Chile.

The Tagua Tagua observatory in Chile makes wine with meteorites. METEORITO METEORITO BRASIL GRAGKED.COM lan Hutcheon, winemaker and observatory director, lowers a piece of a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite directly into his cabernet sauvignon barrels to create his signature wine, Meteorito.

Marilyn Monroe considered Lincoln her father.

Marilyn Monroe viewed Abraham Lincoln as a father figure. CRACKED.COM She said, Most people can admire their fathers, but I never had one. I need someone to admire. My father is Abraham Lincoln...I mean I think of Lincoln as my father. Не was wise and kind and good.