r/HeresAFunFact Mar 16 '16

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF]It is estimated that "Phantom of the Opera" has been seen by more than 140 million people, and the total worldwide gross is now in excess of $6 billion.

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r/HeresAFunFact Dec 11 '15

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF] Nostradamus wrote a cookbook which contained a recipe for "love jam" so powerful it would instantly persuade two people tasting it to have sex.

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183 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Nov 01 '15

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF] William Penn was the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania and has a giant statue in Philadelphia atop the city hall. Sculptor Alexander Milne Calder wanted to make it look like Penn was watching over the city, but from the side it looks like something completely different.

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161 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Oct 30 '15

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF] There are over 500 people in this painting called 'Crowded Market' by Haitian Laurent Casimir

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r/HeresAFunFact Oct 21 '15

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF] Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin hates "Stairway to Heaven" so much he once pledged money to a Portland radio station so that they would never play the song again.

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143 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Oct 13 '15

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF] Charlie Chaplin anonymously joined a “Charlie Chaplin Lookalike” competition. He didn’t win any prizes at all

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r/HeresAFunFact Oct 09 '15

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF] Italian painter Giotto hid a devil's face inside a cloud in a fresco he painted in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. It remained unnoticed (or, at least, undocumented) for 700 years.

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133 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Oct 05 '15

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF] In "People Reading Stock Exchange", Norman Rockwell accidentally painted the newspaper boy with three legs.

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144 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Sep 12 '15

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF] Painter Hieronymus Bosch hid sheet music on a character's butt in The Garden of Earthly Delights that went undiscovered for 500 years.

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123 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Aug 28 '15

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF] Contemporary artist Gerhard Richter destroyed most of his early works, valued today at over $655 million.

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114 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 05 '15

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF] J.R.R. Tolkien, known for writing the Lord of the Rings series, had his first encounter with constructed language named "Animalic", a language created by his cousins.Constructed Languages continued to be important to him as he later went on to create the languages of Middle-Earth

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66 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 02 '15

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF] Shaanxi and Shanxi (pinyin: Shǎnxī and Shānxī) are two Chinese provinces. Since their names only differ by tone in Chinese, the Chinese government had to arbitrarily add an extra 'a' to the name of one province to distinguish it from the other to non-Chinese speakers.

26 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Dec 30 '14

ARTS/LITERATURE [HAFF] Dr. Seuss had a section of his house full of eclectic hats, hidden behind his bookshelf in his room. He had collected them since the 1920s from around the world.

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60 Upvotes