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Not all fun facts are fun. Some are disgusting, cringe-worthy, or totally disillusioning.


And there is one essential quality shared by all noteworthy tidbits of information: they can't be unlearned. That little fact hits your ears and colors your brain with the strange, curious epiphany that often follows--this is the "fun" part.

But what if it's a piece of information you wish you'd never learned?

Maybe it re-frames a cherished idea or casts total uncertainty over a closely held truth about the world. Or perhaps its just a disgusting natural phenomena happening all around that you have to be aware of forever now.

A recent Reddit thread asked for the very best of the worst of fun facts. They'll leave you with a whole list of regrets.

Ddeddffddvvf asked, "What was a fact that you regret knowing?"

A Dedicated Performance 

"There was a woman in the 18th century called Mary Toft who stuffed dead rabbits into her vagina and later acted as if she gave birth to them. The doctors believed her till one of them examined found corn in one of the rabbits stomachs (it couldn't have been in there)."

"She also did the same with a hogs bladder and a cats legs. (also with about 15 rabbits) Don't know why I even know this."

-- jennymadisonjn

Tough News 

"My dad and I both took DNA tests for "fun" and I found out we aren't related. 0% match." -- SethsWomanInfinity

"Lifehacks for when you don't want to tell your child directly they're adopted." -- Thendrail

"Look up chimera DNA, it's a small chance but possible. The DNA in your dad's sperm could be different than the rest of his body. I'm assuming they didn't check his sperm." -- For_one_if_more

A Striking Image

"My parents are swingers, and now well Into their 70's..." -- browncoat47

"So you know that old folks homes have the highest percentage of STDs, as they won't have to worry about getting pregnant..." -- the_syco

"That's kinda wholesome actually. Just a couple of old swingers out enjoying the last of their lives" -- AffectionateDealer3

You Just Don't Know What Your Getting 

"From my first job at KFC .......you cant really tell the chicken is spoiled once you put it in the fryer" -- Chuck_yoo_Farley

"A friend that used to work at KFC said that they were told not to throw away the spoiled chicken. They would just boil it before frying :l so yeah.. No more KFC for me." -- lepakko42

Beginning First--And Last--Incision 

"Chainsaws were originally meant to be a surgeons' instrument." -- Ujrt_94

"To aid in childbirth! No joke google it." -- septic_tongue

"I couldn't figure out what part of childbirth that could possibly help with, so I looked it up.

"'Before the invention of the Cesarean, if the baby was too large, parts of the pelvis would be removed.'"

"I really regret knowing that now." -- waltjrimmer

A Very Upsetting Backstory 

"Bob Ross actually hated his Afro; when he started out it was the cheapest hairstyle to maintain and once he picked up some traction it was too iconic to get rid of." -- fueselwe

"This is the saddest thing I've read. I'm not going to share it with anyone. Now this is the burden I carry." -- always-aimee

"So it was a sad little accident instead of a happy one 😢" -- HeWantsTheP

Rolling the Dice 

"An octopus penis is actually one of their tentacles. So if you would go and pet an octopus at Sea World or some other place you could be groping their penis." -- Tilly0Tilly

"There are also some species that will just rip their penis off and throw it at the female, in order to allow her to inseminate herself, being the most literal 'go f*** yourself' nature has to offer." -- mtflyer05

Just Very Good At Being Alive 

"Cockroaches can fly at 5km per hour and can live 3 weeks without their head. They eventually die of starvation. They have a main brain in their head and also a primitive brain near their abdomen. Cockroaches also pre-date grass."

"The last one is not that scary but kinda scary knowing they've been here so long so getting them out will be harder and they will probably out live humans."

-- CrazyMiith


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All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

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"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

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- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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