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Quirky Illustrated Facts Reveal Fascinating Truths That Are Stranger Than Fiction

Fascinating Illustrated Facts Reveal the Quirkier Side of Life

Here’s a fun fact: it’s illegal to pawn dentures in Las Vegas. And, did you know that in 1978, two kids digging in their yard found a Ferrari? These are just a couple of the fascinating pieces of knowledge that illustrator and author Mike Lowery shares through his popular Instagram. His illustrated facts reveal the quirkier side of life, presenting us with history and strange trivia that will certainly be helpful during a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit.

“Every morning,” Lowery writes, “before I start my day, I sit down and draw out some really weird fact that I found.” What started as a warm-up exercise is now a two-year-long project. Using a limited color palette and cartoonish style, Lowery hand letters bizarre truths that prove that facts are often stranger than fiction. Discovering, for instance, that a mushroom’s DNA is closer to ours than a plant is a reminder that the world is a weird and wonderful place.

After you’re done being enlightened by Mike Lowery’s work, learn some “sad” animal facts that are hilariously illustrated by Brooke Barker.

Every day, Mike Lowery shares new illustrated facts—proving that the truth is stranger than fiction.

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All images via Mike Lowery.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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