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Here are 50 amazing facts to blow your mind.
Google rents goats to replace lawn mowers
at their Mountainview headquarters.
When you get blackout drunk, you don’t actually forget anything
because your brain wasn’t recording in the first place.
Ancient Babylonians did math in base 60 not base 10,
thus giving us 60 seconds in a minute,
360 degrees in a circle, etc.
Nintendo has banked so much money that
they could run a deficit of 250 million dollars every year
and still survive until 2052.
Taiwan has become the first country to offer free Wi-Fi to all tourists
through over 4,000 hotspots all over the island.
In 1962, the CIA tipped off South Africa’s intelligent service
about the location of Nelson Mandala,
that led to his arrest that put him in jail for 27 years.
In Japan, it’s illegal to dance in nightclubs after midnight.
Nightclubs are routinely raided by police and undercover agents,
go in to see if anyone is dancing.
Former US President Calvin Coolidge used to enjoy buzzing for his bodyguards,
and then hiding under his desk as they frantically searched for him.
There’s a fruit called black sapote or chocolate pudding fruit,
which at the right ripeness, tastes like chocolate pudding,
is low in fat, and has about four times as much vitamin C as an orange.
This is the world’s smallest code lock
created by Ganesh Subramaniyam in India.
It has a height of three millimeters,
a circumference of one centimeter,
a weight of 41 milligrams,
and has three lines of code from zero to nine.
短语 “the luck of the Irish”
The phrase “the luck of the Irish”
did not originally mean extreme good fortune,
in fact it originated as an old minor expression meant to be sarcastic.
It was as if to say only by sheer luck
as opposed to brains could these fools succeed.
In North Korea, citizens are forced to
choose from one of 28 government approved haircuts.
It’s estimated that
there are approximately three million shipwrecks on the ocean floor
worth billions in value and treasure.
A seven year old second grader was
suspended for biting a pop tart into the shape of mountain
which school officials mistook for a gun.
2013年 一家名叫Limite Zero的公司
In 2013 a company called Limite Zero
created a 720–meter international zipline
between Spain and Portugal.
All of the air in potato chip bags that people complain
about isn’t air at all.
In fact it’s nitrogen which serves the purpose to keep chips crisp,
and to provide a cushion during shipping.
A German author named Timur Vermes wrote a satirical novel,
in which Hitler wakes up in modern day Berlin
with no memories since 1945,
and becomes a comedian.
In 2005, a documentary was filmed called Reversal of Fortune
where filmmakers gave a homeless man named Ted Rodrigue
100,000 dollars in cash,
and followed him around to see what he would do with the money.
Less than six months later, he was completely broke,
and back in the same place he was before the windfall.
There is a squirrel whisperer student at Penn State University
named Mary Krupa.
She has the the unique ability to not only attract squirrels,
but to put hats and earmuffs on them as well.
Army ants are used as nature sutures,
their jaws are so powerful
that natives staple wounds by forcing ants to bite them
and breaking off the body.
This is a massive bird’s nest built on a telephone pole
in the Kalahari desert in southern Africa.
It’s made of sticks, grass, and cotton
and is home to several types of birds.
A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2012 concluded
that people who appear to be constantly distracted
have more working memory and sharper brains.
The infinite monkey theorem states that
a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter
for an infinite amount of time,
will eventually type out any given text,
such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.
If you don’t identify as an extrovert or introvert,
you may be an ambivert
which is a person moderately comfortable with groups and social interactions,
but also relishes time alone away from crowds.
In 2007 a twin was born 34 minutes after her brother,
but because of a daylight savings time adjustment,
was actually born 26 minutes before her brother.
In a study to improve hospital design for children,
researchers from the University of Sheffield polled
250 children regarding their opinions of clowns.
Every single one reported disliking or fearing them.
The most expensive thing ever built
was the International Space Station,
at a cost of 160 billion dollars,
and rising as new sections are added.
In a study conducted by the Bay State Medical Center in Springfield,
approximately 68% of people experience phantom vibration syndrome,
a sensory hallucination
where you mistakenly think your phone is buzzing in you pocket.
Jack Johnson, the first ever black heavyweight boxing champion
was once pulled over and given a 50 dollar speeding ticket,
but gave the officer 100 dollars,
telling him to keep the change,
because he was going to make the return trip at the same speed.
In 2013 a man named Harrison Okene
survived for three days at the bottom of the ocean in a sunken ship
by finding a pocket of air.
In North Korea it is currently the year 105, not 2015,
because their calendar is based around the birth of Kim iI-sung,
the founder of North Korea.
In 1912, Teddy Roosevelt was shot prior to giving a speech,
however noticing that it missed his lungs since he wasn’t coughing up blood,
he proceeded to give a 90–minute speech.
In Armenia, all children age six and up
are taught chess in school as a mandatory part of their curriculum.
Schools that ditch schoolyard rules
霸凌 严重伤害 故意破坏等方面的事故明显降低
are actually seeing a decrease in bullying, serious injuries, and vandalism
while concentration levels in class are increasing.
This is because fewer rules requires critical thinking
whereas simply obeying instructions requires very little critical thinking.
Sand from the Sahara is blown by the wind
all the way to the Amazon recharging it’s minerals.
The desert literally fertilizes the rain forest.
As a child, Muhammad Ali was refused an autograph
from his boxing idol Sugar Ray Robinson.
When Ali became a prizefighter,
he vowed to never deny an autograph request,
which he honored throughout his entire career.
President JFK purchased 1,200 Cuban cigars
just hours before he ordered the Cuban trade embargo in 1962.
In 1976 a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis
was diagnosed with cancer,
and told he only had six months to live.
He went back to those doctors ten years later to
tell them he was still alive,
only to discover that all of the doctors who had diagnosed him were dead.
He lived to be 102 years old.
An Indiana state prison allows murderers to adopt cats in their cells
to help teach them love and compassion for other living things.
The Gatling gun was invented by doctor Richard Gatling
who noticed that the majority of soldiers during the Civil War
who died were due to disease, not gunshot wounds.
By inventing a machine that could replace hundreds of soldiers,
the need for large armies would be reduced,
thus diminishing exposure to battle and disease.
If New York City was it’s own country and the NYPD was it’s army,
it would be the 20th best funded army in the world,
just behind Greece and ahead of North Korea.
A 24–year–old woman named Michelle Chapman
was sentenced to 20 months in jail
for sending abusive messages to herself
from fake profiles that she made for her father and his wife.
The WWOOF or the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms,
is an international program that allows you to
travel the world with free food and accommodations
in exchange for volunteer work.
Brass door knobs automatically disinfect themselves in eight hours,
this is known as the oligodynamic effect.
This is what the skeleton of a turtle looks like.
a man in China bought a first class ticket on China Eastern Airlines
where he went to the airport,
and ate free food for almost an entire year in the VIP lounge.
Astoundingly, he cancelled and rebooked his flight an incredible 300 times
over the course of the year,
and then cancelled his ticket for a full refund
once the airline became wise of his scam.
Until it’s demolition in 2012,
1% of Greenland’s entire population lived in one apartment building
called Blok P.
German used to be the second most widely spoken language
in the United States before it was forcibly repressed during World War 1.
When developing the Macintosh computer,
Steve Jobs wanted to add a small mysterious character
that would appear about every one thousand times
you use an OS UI element.
It would wink at you and disappear so fast
that you would never quite be sure if it was real.
In the 1960s the US did an experiment where
two people without nuclear training had to design a nuc
with only access to publicly available documents
and they succeeded.
Little bit scary.
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