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Drawn to Facts No. 008: In ancient China people committed suicide by eating a pound of salt

Illustration by: Tucker Cullinan Fact: In ancient China people committed suicide by eating a pound of salt. Check out all of our illustrated facts here.

Country Fried Bacon With Gravy On A Stick

If you’re ever entered into a contest to see who can eat the most calories in a 24 hour period, at least now you have a plan for breakfast. Of course, if you aren’t entered in said contest, you might want to stay away from the dish, which might be tasty, but also could be [...]

Astronaut Suicide Photos in Response to End of Shuttle Program

In what could be considered a mock protest to the end of the Space Shuttle program photographer Neil DaCosta and art director Sara Philips have posted a gallery of astronauts suicide photos. Apparently this is the only thing an astronaut has to look forward to these days. Dubbed the Dark Comedy Project the photos depict [...]

Gulliver’s Kingdom Japan, Failed Amusement Park

Failed amusement parks somehow seem sadder than most other abandoned places. They evoke ghostly memories of children’s laughter, aromas of delicious indulgent foods and the joy of wild rides. Gulliver’s Kingdom, based on Jonathan Swift’s story, sits in the shadow of Mount Fuji in Japan. It opened in 1997 with great optimism that it would [...]

Anti-Suicide Speech from “Pump Up the Volume”

In recent months, we’ve been reminded of teen bullying and suicide as a rising problem in the U.S. For example, I posted a Late Movies installment about the It Gets Better project. But this obviously isn’t a new problem. A friend recently sent me this clip from the 1990 movie Pump Up the Volume, in [...]

Japan’s “Suicide Forest”

It’s perhaps the most obvious setting for a horror movie imaginable — and it’s real. And incredibly grim. There is a thick, in places nearly impenetrable forest around Mt. Fuji, and it’s the most popular place for suicide in Japan. It’s the second most popular spot in the world behind the Golden Gate Bridge. From [...]

Chinese Government Covered a Bridge in Butter to Fight Suicides

Butter … is there anything it can’t do? Add this to the long list of the awesome things butter can do: in China, they use it to prevent suicides! Government officials in south-east China have ordered workers to cover a 1,000 ft long steel bridge in butter to prevent citizens from using it to attempt suicide. All [...]

The 6 Most Frequently Quoted Bullshit Animal Facts

Remember all those cools facts you learned about animals when you were 10? Totally false. For example, you’ve heard that lemmings commit mass suicide. This rumor was probably started in the early 19th Century. Scientists would see sudden bursts of the lemming population that would just as suddenly shrink, and they couldn’t figure out why. In [...]

Police baffled over suicidal cows

Police and locals alike are baffled in the Swiss village of Lauterbrunnen as dozens of cows are mysteriously committing suicide by throwing themse…