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- The rotation of the Earth will eventually slow down to match the moon. Verified
- On average, happiness drops from around the age of 21 and doesn’t pick back up until the age of retirement. Source
- A Greek prime minister in 1830′s tried to spread the potato in Greece but people weren’t interested so he put armed guards in front of shipments of potatoes so people would think they were important. People later started stealing these potatoes a lot which spread the crop to all of Greece. Source
- On May 30, 1883, a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse caused a stampede, which killed at least twelve people. To prove the bridge was safe, P. T. Barnum led a parade of 21 elephants over it. Source
- President George W. Bush was once a cheerleader! Verified
- The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad.
- Before the interstate highway system was established, it took a military convoy 62 days to cross the United States from coast to coast. Source
- The height of Mount Everest is 8.848 km height (5.498 miles).
- The height of Mount Olympus on Mars is 25 km (15 miles).
- The diameter of the earth is 12 756 km (7 926 miles).
- The diameter of Jupiter is 152 800 km (88 700 miles).
- Wheelchair athletes with spinal injuries will sometimes intentionally injure themselves on the lower body (e.g. break a toe), causing their bodies to respond by raising blood pressure and enhancing their performance. This practice has been banned as cheating. Source
- On June 28, 2009 Stephen Hawking threw a party for time-travelers. He announced the party the day after it happened, and according to Hawking, no one came. Source
- The deepest hole ever drilled by man is the Kola Superdeep Borehole, in Russia. It reached a depth of 12,261 meters (about 40,226 feet or 7.62 miles). It was drilled for scientific research and gave up some unexpected discoveries, one of which was a huge deposit of hydrogen - so massive that the mud coming from the hole was boiling with it. Source
- When slaves were freed in the USA, some towns in the south would arrest young black men for not having a job and then sell them to corporations like US Steel as slaves for the duration of their sentence. Source
- In many studies, men and women who described themselves as smart, intelligent, logical and imaginative reported thinking about sex more often, fantasizing about sex, and having sex more often than people who did not see themselves as smart or intellectual. Source
- In 1808, a gentlemen’s duel took place at 2,000 ft. in a pair of hot air balloons. Each man used a blunderbuss to attempt to destroy the others balloon. Source
- Not only are there rogue planets floating through space completely alone, not orbiting any stars, but it’s possible that these pitch-black lonely planets support life. Source
- Plants communicate with each other, actively compete against one another for resources, and are capable of learning from their experiences. Source
- Apollo 11 Astronauts couldn’t get life insurance prior to their launch so they gave themselves their own “life insurance policy made of autographs” that could be sold by their families if they did not return. Source
- When Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize Atlanta threw him a celebration party that almost had to be cancelled due to opposition. Coca-Cola’s CEO threatened to take the company out of Atlanta out of embarrassment that the city’s people wouldn’t honor their Nobel Prize winner. Source
- After Steve Irwin’s death, his fans had to be urged to stop killing stingrays after numerous ones washed up on the beach with their tails cut off. Source
- Applying male underarm sweat to a females lips helps relax women, boost their mood and help regulate their menstrual cycle. Source
- José Mujica, considered to be “the world’s ‘poorest’ president,” donates around 90 percent of his monthly salary, approximately $12,000 a month, to charity. Source
- The phrase ‘cellar door‘ was determined by experts to be the most euphonious phrase, or pleasant sounding, in all of English. Source
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