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Matthew Lewis wore a fat suit, fake teeth, and more during the Harry Potter films to make Neville Longbottom seem more unattractive.

Turns out that all "puberty: You're doing it right" posts in response to Matthew Lewis's butterfly-like transformation during the premiere of the 7th Harry Potter film were slightly faulty.

Matthew Lewis didn't actually bear that much a resemblance to the buck-toothed, chubby gryffindor he was play. According to Matthew, he wore a fat suit for the first six Harry Potter films.

Additionally, he had false teeth and bits of plastic attached to the end of his ears to make them stick out. All his clothes were too big, and they even had him wear shoes that were two sizes too big for him because Neville was described in the books as having long feet.

Interestingly enough, what seemed like Lewis's physical transformation paralleled with Neville's emotional transformation. He went from being the petrified, toad-losing boy we saw in Sorcerer's Stone to an epic leader in Deathly Hallows.


Crossing your fingers for luck is actually a Christian symbol for invoking protection by emulating the shape of a cross!

Crossing your fingers is a hand gesture commonly used to superstitiously wish for good luck. The gesture is referred to by the common expression "keeping one's fingers crossed" or just "fingers crossed," meaning "let’s hope for a positive result".

The gesture has also been historically used in order to allow believers to recognize one another during times of persecution. Some people, mostly children, also use the gesture to excuse their telling of a lie. It may have it's roots in the belief that the power of the Christian cross might save one from being sent to hell for telling a lie.

A similar belief is that crossing one's fingers invalidates a promise being made. The gesture is also used to express two people being close friends with the accompanying phrase, "They are like this." In 16th century England, people crossed their fingers to ward off evil. They also did it when someone sneezed or coughed.


If you leave the US with more than $5 in pennies or nickels, you could go to jail!

This seems like a weird and arbitrary rule no? However, there's a good reason for it. To safeguard against a potential shortage of these coins, the US has imposed a restriction on the amount of coins that a person can take when they leave the US.

If you remember from previous facts we've published, nickels and pennies are actually more costly than their face value. This means that a person trying to run a scheme could potentially gather thousands of these coins and melt them for their metals.


The record for longest sniper kill is 1.8 miles and was set last year!

Snipers are trained to shoot accurately from long distances. But can you imagine a bullet being accurate over 1.8 miles? This is the record for longest recorded sniper kill, and it just happened in 2012.

The record belongs to an unknown Australian soldier from Delta Company, Second Command Regiment. The soldier had a GPS confirmed shot of 2,815 meters. It was taken during Operation Slipper during the War in Afghanistan.

The name of the sniper is unknown because it was a multi-shot kill. Two soldiers fired on a Taliban commander, and it is unknown whose shot took him down.



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