Karl 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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
According to an official act of Congress from 1985, October 26th is “Mule Appreciation Day.”So why is there a day on our calenders dedicated to the offspring of a horse and a donkey? Well it […]
Ankō Itosu, better known by his title of “the father of goddamn karate!” was a man who accomplished feats you’d normally only read about in the comment sections of YouTube videos on MMA fights. The […]
Robert Cadman may not be a name that leaps off of the page, but over in jolly old England it’s the name of a folk hero famous for his rope-walking and pistol-shooting exploits.
According to the calendar we bought as a joke three years ago, September 28th is National Ask a Stupid Question Day. The day was started sometime in the ’80s by a group of well-meaning teachers […]
A tightrope walker may not immediately strike you as a kicker of asses, but that’s only because you’ve never heard of Charles Blondin, a tightrope walker of such skill and ability he could cook an […]