Sometimes we just need to have our minds blown.
1. Viagra, when dissolved in water, can make cut-flowers stay erect for up to a week longer than they usually would. Try it!
2. There's a part of the brain that allows you to recognize yourself. If it's damaged you view yourself as a separate entity. You can literally lose who you are.
3. A survey was conducted in 2008 of British Teens and their knowledge of history and historical figures. 58% thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy and 20% thought Winston Churchill was not.
4. Through the use of optogenetics, scientists were able to create a false memory within a mouses brain. This was done by marking the neurons that fired in the mouses brain when in one environment, transferring the mouse to a second environment and making these neurons fire whilst shocking the mouses feet, then transferring the mouse back to the first environment. This made the mouse believe it had had an unpleasant experience in the first environment when in fact it hadnt. Freaky!
5. Platypus' have no nipples and yet still feed their offspring with milk.
6. Scientists don't know how dinosaurs procreated because there are no fossils of dinosaur genitalia.
7. Humanity in its modern form appeared 200,000 years ago. Written records start around 6,000 years ago. That means 97% of what has happened to humanity has been unrecorded and it's, for most purposes, lost.
8. There are some eerie similarities between Lincoln and Ford. Suspiciously weird. To start,
Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theatre, Kennedy was assasinated in a Ford Lincoln.
Lincoln sat in box number 7 at Ford's Theatre; Kennedy was in car number 7 in the motorcade.
Both presidents were shot in the head on a Friday, seated beside their wives.
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After shooting Lincoln, Booth ran from a theatre to a warehouse; after shooting Kennedy, Oswald ran from a warehouse to a theatre.
Both were elected to the House of Representatives in '46.
Both lost their respective party's vice-presidential nomination in '56.
Both were elected to the presidency in '60.
A week before his assassination, Lincoln was in Monroe, Maryland
A week before his assassination, Kennedy was in Marilyn Monroe
Lincoln was succeeded by Andrew Johnson.
Kennedy was succeeded by Lyndon B. Johnson.
9. Of all the people in history that have reached 65 years of age, half of them are living right now.
10. When referring to something burning, most people say the object is on fire, but think about it. Nothing is on fire, fire is on things.
11. Even though Urban Dictionary is fun and silly now, it will someday be a valuable resource to anthropologists studying the 21st century.
12. The First Self-Made Female Millionaire in the U.S. was named Sarah Breedlove. She was born in 1867 to two african-American slaves. Her early life includes being orphaned at 7, married at 14, and widowed at 20. She became a single mother earning $1.50 a day as a washerwoman, and rose to millionaire status after creating a line of hair products catering to Black hair.
13. Most of the decisions around women's reproductive rights are made by men. Most of the decisions around middle-class and lower-class rights are made by the upper-class.
14. When a craving calls, Elvis answers. One night, the King himself flew from Graceland to Denver and back just to buy a Fool's Gold Loaf - an 8,000 calorie sandwich made from a hollowed out load of bread, a jar of peanut butter, a jar of jam and a pound of bacon.
15. It is possible to be blind but still be able to locate objects in space and track movement. Here's how it works:
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It's called blindsight. Here's how it works: the area of the brain that gives you a conscious live feed of what your eyes see can be damaged rendering you blind. But there's a different area of the brain that processes movement and locates objects in space. So even though you have no conscious visual image of your surroundings you still know when something is moving towards you or that the person you're talking to just pointed at something.
The reverse is also possible where the movement detection area is broken but your normal vision is fine. When this happens you are unable to process that an object is moving in real time. So a baseball being thrown at you would appear to be far away for the duration of its flight until suddenly it hits your face. Like your brain processes movement at fewer frames per second.
16. With funds from ALS 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge, scientists found a gene called NEK1 and can now develop gene therapy to treat inherited ALS.
17. On the Japanese island Yakushima, macaque monkeys are known to ride deer for transportation, and in return they groom deer and share food with them.
18. William Still, the father of the Underground Railroad, interviewed and kept records of every escaped slave he came across. Once, while interviewing a man, he discovered that the man was actually his long-lost brother.
19. Elephants are one of the only animals who can understand human pointing, without any training.
20. Justin Bieber once held up a sign from his hotel room window saying Go to McDonalds and get me a Big Mac. He got his Big Mac.
21. There's no way of knowing how other people experience colour.
22. Every autumn you can exchange chestnuts and acorns for gummy bears at the HARIBO factory in Germany. This is because the founder wanted to give poor children the opportunity for some free sweets.
23. There is a cruise ship, called The World, where residents can permanently live as it travels around the globe.
24. Once you become President of the United States of America you can no longer do many things that you would have been able to do while leading a regular life. The weirdest one of all?
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Once you become President of the United States of America you can no longer drive on public roads.
25. During Hurricane Katrina, Thousands of prisoners were abandoned in Orleans Parish Prison, where the water and sewage rose up to neck deep. They went days without food, water or ventilation.
26. 'Jersey Shore' was shown in Japan under the name 'MTV Jersey Shore: the New Jersey Life of Macaroni Rascals'.
27. As the artists showed up to participate in recording "We Are the World", Stevie Wonder informed each of them that if the song was not finished in one take, he and Ray Charles would be driving everyone home.
28. Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is a trained opera singer who can sing opera in seven different languages.
29. There is an uninhabited island in the Bahamas known as Pig Beach, which is populated entirely by swimming pigs.
30. Airheads the company found a unique way to use the leftover flavorings they had. Their white mystery flavor is just the leftover flavorings that couldn't make a full batch.
31. Apple orchards rent thousands of bees from bee keepers to pollinate their trees in the spring. After a couple weeks when the trees have been pollinated the bee keeper comes back for his hives and transports them to the next orchard in need.
32. Bill Gates has a McDonalds Gold Card for unlimited free fast food. Bah dah dah dah dah he's lovin' it.
33. In Italy, like in most places, it's a crime to steal. However, there is one circumstance in which Italy actually allows its citizens to steal.
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In Italy, it's not a crime to steal food if you are hungry and have no other means of nourishment.
34. When Freddie Mercury recorded the album Mr. Bad Guy he planned on collaborating with Michael Jackson but cancelled after one song because he felt uncomfortable recording with Jackson's pet llama in the studio.
35. Walmart Loses $3 Billion a Year to Theft. That's a whole lot of missing blenders!
36. Throughout history, 3 people have tried to sell Coca Cola's secret ingredient to Pepsi, but Pepsi reported them to Coca Cola and the FBI. Now that's doing business right!
37. Alex Smith took so many AP tests in high school that he entered university as a junior. The quarterback received his bachelor's degree in two years, and began working on a master's degree, before becoming the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft.
38. November 26, 2012 was a great day for New York City! It's the only time in recorded history that there were no reports of violent crime.
39. Marilyn Monroe was really good friends with Ella Fitzgerald. Monroe was actually instrumental in getting Ella past racial barriers to perform and they stayed friends till death.
40. Unlike many other big cats, snow leopards are not aggressive towards humans. There has never been a verified snow leopard attack on a human being.
41. The first call ever made on a cell phone, was from an engineer named Martin Cooper calling a rival engineer to brag about his accomplishment. Hello? Yes, it's me, Martin. Just calling to show you how brilliant I am.
42. There was one Titanic survivor who didn't completely understand the severity of the situation. Katherine Gilnagh, who was 16 when the Titanic sank, didn't realise the seriousness of the ship's situation until she reached New York. She thought that...
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She thought that disembarking in lifeboats and being picked up by another ship was all part of the journey. It's all part of the adventure!
43. Despite popular belief, there has never been a report of someone handing out poisoned candy to strangers on Halloween.
44. China has banned live streams of people eating bananas in a "seductive" fashion. How do those things even exist in the first place?
45. Ducks learn to be ducks by watching other ducks. In fact, newborn ducks will take on the characteristics of the first animal they see. So if the first animal they see is a human, then they will think they're human and grow up thinking they're human.
46. Seinfeld paid a lot of attention to detail on the show. The opening theme song was re-recorded every episode to work perfectly with the opening monologue.
47. You would think Dolphins would never get thirsty, seeing as they live in water their whole lives, right? Well, actually, like humans, dolphins cannot drink seawater. The only source of liquid they consume is from the food they eat.
48. Talk about timing! Steven Spielberg waited 10 years after being given the story Schindler's List to make the film, as he didn't feel mature enough at the time.
49. In 1977, former advertising executive Harvey Rosenberg released the world's first gay action figure doll, called Gay Bob. The packaging looked like a closet, and Every Gay Bob came with a message: COME OUT OF THE CLOSET WITH GAY BOB.
50. During the height of the CA gold rush, an egg would cost the equivalent of $25 in todays money, coffee went for $100/pound, and a pair of boots would set you back more than $2,500.
Bonus! The average reading speed is 200 wpm in America. That means if you are an average reader, it took you a little over 8 minutes to get through this article.