Karl Smallwood

960250 703321939687678 299353118 n Karl SmallwoodKarl Smallwood is the head writer, researcher and all round gopher of Fact Fiend, a site primarily focussed on rounding up all the awesome facts other sites don’t bother covering. He also has Twitter, because of course he does.

Special passive-aggression edition.

The Art of Gamesmanship, pt. 3

As we’ve talked about twice before, the best thing about video games is that you can actually have more fun with them if you choose to intentionally play them the wrong way. Since then the […]

05/19/2015

More like Ninja 'Fraiden.

The Lost Art of Fighting Game Instruction Manuals

Instruction manuals used to be a video game staple. However over the last few years they’ve gradually been phased out in lieu of pieces of paper reminding you that you’ll need to pay extra to […]

Writers–04/22/2015

He only used farm tools to give the earth a fighting chance.

The Boxer Who Forged Tools with His Bare Knuckles

Okay, in this series of chronicling all of the balltastic adventures of awesome athletes from history we’ve made a number of hyperbolic statements in the names of comedy. So we’d just like to get this […]

Writers–04/10/2015

Julie D'Aubigny: utter badass

Real Badasses Whose Lives Were B-Movies

Thanks the ironic popularity of movies with hilariously ridiculous premises like Sharknado, Shaolin Soccer and Hobo With a Shotgun, there’s a real demand these days for stupid movies. However, because Hollywood only seems to want […]

03/26/2015

We think she's called Five Plums cause that's the average number of swollen bruises she leaves you with.

No Crane, No Gain

Ng Mui, a.k.a., Five Plums, was a legendary female martial artist known for inventing more ways of shattering a man’s collar-bone than college football and Jägerbombs combined.

Writers–03/11/2015

Most knights are only iron after they don their armor. But Francois WOKE UP THAT WAY.

Meet the Real-Life Mountain: The Iron Knight

François de Vivonne was a 16th-Century, French knight who is famous for being the last man killed in authorized single combat in France. That’s a shame because we think he should be better known for being […]

Writers–02/05/2015

High five back at you, friend groundhog. High five indeed.

Surprisingly Badass Facts About the Groundhog for Groundhog Day

For many people their only (limited) exposure to the creature Google assures us is called a groundhog and not a land hamster is probably the film Groundhog Day, which is kind of a shame because groundhogs […]

02/02/2015

No peace but through victory.

The New York Yankees of Chariot Racing

Alkibiades was an Athenian aristocrat who, using his vast wealth and reach was able to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of coming first, second and fourth in the same race. If you’re think Alkibiades pulled […]

12/01/2014

The crowd found it lewd and booed.

Winning Streak

Orsippus of Megara may not have been the most famous ancient athlete or even the best, but he was certainly the one with the most balls. We know this because Orsippus was the first athlete […]

11/19/2014

AKAA Motobu Chōki

The Tile-Throwing Karate Eccentric

Motobu Chōki is known as one of the 20th Century’s greatest karate masters by the eight people who are aware of who the hell he is, which is a shame because everyone should know who […]

Writers–11/04/2014

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