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Believe it or not, you actually CAN'T see the Great Wall of China from Space!




You've probably seen this "fact" a bunch of times (we here at OMG Facts certainly have):

"The Great Wall of China is the only human-made object that can be seen from outer-space."

Turns out it's not even true. The first known publishing of this "fact" was back in 1938, long before anyone was traveling in space. Since then lots of people have gone into outer space and looked at the Earth and haven't found the Great Wall.

The Great Wall is huge (5500 miles long) but in order to be visible from far away it would also have to be very wide and distinct looking from the ground. The Great Wall is very thin. If it were visible from space, every interstate highway would be too!

On the other hand, you can see the Pyramids of Giza from space. You can also see Minutemaid Park, the Toyota Center, and the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX
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Colgate had troubles marketing in Spanish-speaking countries as their brand name translates to "Go hang yourself."


Colgate faced big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries because Colgate translates into the command 'go hang yourself.'
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In Topeka, Kansas it is illegal to sing the alphabet on the street at night.


In Topeka, Kansas it is illegal to sing the alphabet on the streets at night. It is also illegal to install a bathtub, and you may not scream in a haunted house.

The longest MONOPOLY game in history lasted 70 straight days.




Of course, you might recall that the longest underwater game of Monopoly lasted for 45 days (link). More fun facts: The longest Monopoly game in a bathtub lasted 99 hours. The longest game in a tree-house lasted 286 hours. The longest game played underground was 100 hours, and the longest one played UPSIDE-DOWN was 36 hours. Also: Fidel Castro ordered all the copies of Monopoly in Cuba to be destroyed.
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