30 Random Facts So Interesting You’ll Be Shocked – PART 2

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11. For 100 years, maps have shown an island that doesn’t exist.

Hardly anything is known about Sandy Island, a land mass of the size of Manhattan in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Australia. Reportedly, explorer James Cook found it in 1774 and began to appear on nautical maps in 1908.

It wasn’t until 2012, when a team of Australian researchers set out to explore the island, that they found that there was no island there at all. Researchers have speculated that Cook may possibly have seen a “pumice raft” of floating volcanic stone and gas. The Sydney Morning Herald has even published an obituary for Sandy Island.

 

12. The Comic Sans font came from an actual comic book.

Nowadays, most folks who understand little about graphic design do not use the Comic Sans font in official papers. The font was created by Vincent Connare, who was directly influenced by his favorite comic books, including Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ famous Watchmen series.

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