Here are 50 amazing facts to blow your mind, part 14.
In 2013 a lost Egyptian city named Heracleion
was discovered underwater after being lost
for 1,200 years in the Mediterranean Sea.
This is Big Jake, the world’s largest horse.
Hailing from Smokey Hollow Farm in Michigan,
he stands at 2.1 meters tall.
2013年 59岁的Alan Markovitz
In 2013, a 59-year-old man named Alan Markovitz,
upset at his ex-wife for cheating on him,
bought a house next to hers and installed a giant,
$7,000 middle-finger statue aimed at her house.
There is an artist named Brian Lai
that has the unique ability to draw in negatives.
In Japanese myth there’s a creature
called the Ashiarai Yashiki.
It’s a giant, unwashed foot that appears before you
and demands to be washed, and if you don’t wash it,
it rampages through your house.
Walmart was originally founded with the intention
of selling American-made products at foreign prices.
That didn’t last too long, did it?
During winter, if you fill balloons with water
and add food coloring, let them freeze,
and cut the balloon off, you can make giant ice marbles.
There’s a dog named Faith that was born with no front legs
but learned to walk on its hind legs.
The dog and its owner both travel to military hospitals
to demonstrate that even a dog with a severe disability can live a full life.
There’s a 34-year-old chimpanzee named Kanzi
not only knows how to start a fire and cook food,
but knows how to make omelettes for himself.
This is an albino peacock.
They are super rare.
2013年 巴西 贝洛哈利桑塔的建筑工人们
In 2013 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil,
construction workers permanently cemented a truck
into the sidewalk after the owner refused to move it.
The Canadian post office has assigned a postal code
of HOH OHO to the North Pole
where anyone can send a letter to Santa Claus.
Every year about one million letters
are addressed to Santa Claus, each of which
are answered in the same language they were written in.
There’s a spa called Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa
in Jakarta, Indonesia that uses pythons
placed on a customer’s body as a form of massage treatment.
In 2010, a man got lost
in the woods of northern Saskatchewan
and chopped down power lines just to draw attention
to himself, in hopes that someone would rescue him.
And it worked.
Coffee was so influential in early Turkish culture
that the word for breakfast
literally translates to “before coffee”
and the word for brown translates to “the color of coffee.”
Vancouver, Canada experimented with optical illusions
on its roads to slow down drivers, such as this one
that looks like a little girl chasing a ball.
The longest that anyone has ever survived in a shipwrecked raft was 133 days
by a Chinese man named Poon Lim in 1942.
He survived by fishing, drinking bird blood,
and killing a shark with a jug of water.
He died in 1991 at the age of 72.
Stephen Hawking once tried to find
potential time-travelers by holding a party
and sending out invitations after the party.
That’s not a joke.
In January of 2014, a 39-year-old man
named Ferdinand Puentes survived a plane crash
off the coast of Molokai, Hawaii.
And he not only captured the entire thing on his GoPro,
but he managed to take this epic selfie in the process.
He would’ve made a great YouTuber.
In order to be a London Black Cab driver,
one is expected to know 25,000 roads
and 50,000 points of interest in order to
pass a test called The Knowledge.
Applicants usually need 12 appearances
and 34 months of preparation to pass it.
In Tunisia, you can book an overnight stay
at Luke Skywalker’s boyhood home
which is a real hotel called the Hotel Sidi Driss
for only $10.
There is a lake of the country of Palau
called Jellyfish Lake where jellyfish
have evolved without stingers.
These golden jellyfish are completely harmless to humans
and you can even swim with them.
In 1770, the British Parliament passed a law
condemning lipstick, stating that any woman found guilty
of seducing a man into matrimony by a cosmetic means
would be tried for witchcraft.
A butt was a medieval unit of measurement for wine.
Technically, a butt-load of wine is 475 Liters.
2012年 37岁的面包师Francesca Pitcher
In 2012, 37-year-old baker Francesca Pitcher
created an incredibly life-like yellow snake cake
for her 6-year-old snake-loving daughter’s birthday.
It’s made out of sponge cake, took three days to build,
and another 12 hours to decorate.
Hamburger University is a real institution
in Elk Grove, Illinois where students
can earn a degree in Hamburgerology.
It was founded by one of the first owners
of McDonalds, Ray Crock, in 1961.
Tap water in Canada is regulated
to a higher standard than bottled water.
The world’s fastest and tallest water slide
was opened in Kansas City, Kansas in July of 2014.
Named Verruckt, which is German for insane,
this 51-meter-tall coaster reaches speeds of
105 kilometers an hour and has a plunge
longer than that of Niagra Falls.
In 1947, Sugar Ray Robinson, one of the greatest boxers
of all time, backed out of a fight because he had
a dream that he was going to kill his opponent.
After being convinced to fight,
he went into the ring and killed his opponent.
In 1927, several million people sent petitions to Congress,
urging them to adopt the metric system.
The petition was opposed by the manufacturing industry
citing the cost of conversion.
A study was conducted in 2014 of the most happy
and least happy states in the U.S., using 26 key metrics.
The number one happiest state was Utah,
while the least happiest state
was found to be West Virginia.
In 2011, the Coble family lost their three children,
two girls and a boy in a car accident.
However, after only one year,
the mother gave birth to triplets, two girls and one boy.
The highest scoring soccer game in history,
recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records,
was 149 to zero between two teams in Madagascar in 2002.
It happened because one of the teams
began scoring on themselves in protest
of a bad call by one of the referees.
The Sahara is only in a dry period
and is expected to be green again in 15,000 years.
In 1567, Hans Steininger, who once
had the longest beard in the world at 1.4 meters long,
died when he broke his neck
after accidentally stepping on it.
Deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s
official biography lists among his achievements
a 38-shot round of golf, the ability to control weather,
the need to never have to poop,
and he was credited with inventing the hamburger.
David B. Bleak was an American soldier from the Korean War
who was given the Medal of Honor
after killing five soldiers, four with his bare hands,
while giving medical attention
to one of his comrades, after being shot.
I’d say he earned it.
Thomas Edison taught his second wife Mina Miller
Morse code so that they could communicate in secret
by tapping each other’s hands
when their families were around.
Leonardo DiCaprio was named Leonardo
because his pregnant mother was looking at
a Leonardo da Vinci painting in Italy when he first kicked.
These are the beautiful tulip fields of the Netherlands.
The human brain consumes 20% of the body’s energy
yet only accounts for 2% of the body’s weight.
Kim Peek, the inspiration for the movie Rain Man
was born with significant brain damage
and has read over 12,000 books, yet remembers
every single thing that he’s ever read in them.
He’s able to read two pages at once, one with each eye,
and remembers everything in them.
The upside-down ketchup bottle design
was invented by American Paul Brown,
which earned him $13 million.
In 1997, a 17-year-old Merino sheep named Shrek
in New Zealand, ran away and hid in a cave for seven years.
When he was finally found in 2004,
he had gone un-sheared for so long
that he had accumulated 27.2 kilograms of wool on his body,
enough to make 20 suits,
earning him celebrity status in the country.
There’s a town in Norway called Hell
which freezes over almost every winter.
In 1997, there was a short-lived cable network in America
called The Puppy Channel, and all it did
was broadcast footage of puppies playing for three years.
A Brooklyn-based artist named Zaria Forman
has become famous for using only her fingers
to create mind-blowingly realistic paintings of icebergs.
AT&T Stadium in Texas, formerly known as
the Cowboys Stadium, uses more electricity
in one day than all of Liberia.
Mike the Headless Chicken was a famous chicken from 1945
that was beheaded by a farmer for his dinner
but continued to live for another 18 full months.
When Will Ferrell met the Red Hot Chili Peppers
drummer Chad Smith, he looked him up and down
and said, “You’re very handsome,” and walked away.
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