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According to a study done by CareerBuilder in 2014,

only 48% of Americans would quit working

if they won the lottery.

Of those who said they would keep working

77% said that it would be because

they would be bored if they didn't work.

Of them, 76% said work gives them a sense

of purpose and accomplishment.

And of them, 42% said that they'd want financial security

alongside from the lottery win.

And of course 23% said that they would

just miss their coworkers.

In Japan, a daruma doll, also called a gold doll

is considered lucky.

It's a handmade wishing doll that keeps you focused on

your goals in five steps.

Step one is you decide on a specific goal.

Step two is you draw one on daruma's blank eyes

to signify your commitment and write down your goal

on the heart painted on the back of the doll

for extra commitment.

Step three is you place daruma somewhere that is visible

in your home or office to remind you to focus on your goal.

Step four, once you've your achieved goal, draw in daruma's

other eye to say thank you.

And step five, write the goal you achieved

on the back of the doll,

if you didn't of course already in step two.

New goal, new daruma doll and repeat!

The first cow to fly in an airplane was Elm Farm Ollie.

On February 18th, 1930 she was also the first cow to be

milked while flying in an airplane.

The stunt was done at the International Air Exposition in

St. Louis, Missouri which is the dairy state of Wisconsin.

They honor Elm Farm Ollie every year on February 18th

otherwise known as Elm Farm Ollie Day at the dairy

festival in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

According to the annual Healthy Handwashing Survey

done by the Bradley Corporation, an international

manufacturer of commercial handwashing products,

only 66% of Americans said

that they always wash their hands

after using a public washroom.

And almost 70% of people admitted to skipping the soap.

In 1972, Bhutan issued a set of seven

one-sided miniature stamps

that are 33 and a third RPM vinyl

records that could be played on a standard turn-table.

You peeled off the backing paper

and stuck them on an envelope or postcard.

They played Bhutanese folk songs and

histories of the country in English and the local language.

In ancient Egypt, cinnamon was an ingredient in embalming

and was used to preserve the dead.

And somehow we ended up using it for the cinnamon challenge.

It's evolution.

Both sheep and rabbits are actually immune to the

venom of the black widow spider.

When sea cucumbers feel threatened,

they can mutilate their own bodies as a defense mechanism.

They can violently contract their muscles and jettison

some of their internal organs out of their anus.

The missing body parts are quickly regenerated so

not so much to worry.

Bear cat urine actually smells like buttered popcorn

because it has the same compound which is found in

buttered popcorn that gives it its unique smell.

One barrel of wine holds approximately 25 cases or

300,750 millimeter bottles of wine.

In the 1940's, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer

was the first beer ever to be sold in a six-pack.

Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee,

was also a champion ballroom dancer.

In 1958 he entered and won,

the Hong Kong Cha-Cha Dance Contest.

He would also trade dance lessons for martial arts lessons.

The movie, Gandhi holds the record for one

of the largest casts ever.

Over 300,000 people were used as extras in the funeral scene

Milk that has just been freshly milked from a cow

is 37.8 degrees Celsius.

That's crazy hot!

According to Dr. R. Norman Harden, a headache expert

at the North Western University, five to 10%

of people never experience headaches or face pain in

their entire lifetime.

In Norway, the maximum life sentence is only 21 years

with the exception of genocide in war crimes.

It has one of the lowest recidivism rates

in the world at 20%.

In comparison, the U.S. has one of the highest

with 76.6% of prisoners

rearrested within five years.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born with the name Michael.

His father traveled to Germany and became inspired by the

protestant reformation leader Martin Luther.

And as of a result, he changed his own name as well as his

five year old son.

According to a study done by Stanford School of Medicine

in 2014, the blood of young mice

has the ability to restore

the mental capacities in old mice.

Old mice, when given infusions of blood plasmas

from young mice, outperform old mice who were given

plasma from other old mice

on spatial memory tests.

In 2017 the movie, La La Land broke a record

by winning all seven of its Golden Globe Award Nominations.

That included Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy,

Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Score, and

acting awards for its actors.

Alpacas were domesticated by the Incas

more than 6,000 years ago.

They were raised for their fleece.

And due to its quality, alpaca fiber was reserved

exclusively for the elite and nobility.

35 meters of hair fiber is produced everyday

on the average adult scalp.

Average adult.

90% of scalp hairs are growing and 10% are resting.

Author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl,

invented more than 500 new words and character names.

Oompa-Loompas and Scrumdiddlyumptious are just a couple.

The Oxford University Press even created the Roald Dahl

Dictionary in 2016, which features almost 8,000

real and imaginary words which he loved to use.

The world's fastest lawnmower made by Norwegians

in collaboration with Viking Garden Company,

can travel as fast as over 214 kilometers an hour.

It has a 408 horsepower V8 engine

and Formula 3 wheels.

The average strawberry is covered in 200 seeds.

The first Tim Hortons Donut Shop

opened in Hamilton, Ontario in 1964.

Coffee and doughnuts cost 10 cents each.

The apple fritter and the dutchie are two of the

original doughnuts that were offered.

TIME Magazine's first Man of the Year

was Charles Lindbergh in 1927.

He made the first solo non-stop flight across the

Atlantic Ocean on May 20th to the 21st in 1927.

Davey Crockett is better known as an adventurer but,

he was also a U.S. Congressman.

He was elected to Congress in 1827 and

1829 as a Democrat.

The monarch butterfly has tiny, tiny scales.

About 0.1 milometers long

arranged like roof shingles

on their wings to make them a little rough.

They help to lift the butterfly more effectively than

butterflies without scales.

In fact, a group of aero-spaced engineers found that the

scales boosted climbing efficiency between

16 to 82%.

On January 2nd, 1902, State Assemblyman Francis G. Landon

of Duchess introduced a bill that would

criminalize people who had too much to drink

and were trying to flirt in a disorderly way

to get women's attention.

Offenders could actually be arrested

and fined up to 500 dollars.

On September 5th, 1698 Russian Czar Peter the Great,

in trying to impose a more Western way of living,

enforced a beard tax on all Russian men

because European men were usually clean shaven.

For centuries, Russian men had worn long flowing beards

and a lot of men considered it a sin to shave

so it was difficult for some to remove their beards.

The tax was up to 100 rubles,

which was a small fortune in those days.

The tax affected mostly the upper classes.

Peasants were allowed to wear beards in their villages but,

if they were entering the city

they had to pay a one kopek coin.

Well, I'll pay that fee baby.

Infamous Roman Emperor Caligula loved his horse so much,

that he had a marble stall in an ivory manger.

In fact, he was going to appoint the horse

to the High Office of Consul,

as an expression of his absolute power,

but he was assassinated before he could do it.

In London, England in 1858, they experienced something

that is historically referred to as, The Great Stink.

So many people had dumped sewage into the Thames River

that the smell was overwhelming.

The smell was so bad that the curtains of the commons

were soaked in chloride and lime in an attempt to

quell the smell for the MPs.

Needless to say, a bill was rushed through Parliament

in 18 days to provide more money

to build a new sewer system for London.

King Tutankhamun was not buried alone.

The chamber also included two miniature coffins

that contained two fetuses.

Recent DNA suggest that one of the mummies

is his stillborn daughter and the other

was likely his child also.

Experts believe that King Tut left no living heirs.

Bullfrogs periodically shed their skin

at regular intervals as they grow.

The old skin is then pushed off with their hind legs

and eaten by the bullfrog.

The month of July is named in honor

of Roman dictator Julius Caesar.

He helped develop the Julian calendar, the precursor

to the Gregorian calendar that we use today.

The snapping shrimp can regenerate its snapping claw.

If they lose the snapping claw, the missing claw

regenerates as a smaller claw, and the

original smaller grows to become the new snapping claw.

It is possible for a dead person to get goosebumps, although

they aren't triggered the same way as a living person.

It can happen when rigor mortis sets in,

which is when muscles the contract

and causes the body to stiffen up.

There are tiny muscles beneath our hair follicles

which also contract, which causes the hair to stand on end

and makes it appear to have goosebumps.

In the early 20th century you could order a kit

to build a house from the Sears catalog.

Some of the examples offered are small bungalows,

large farmhouses, and Queen Anne style homes,

and they were all delivered by train.

All the parts and materials were included in the kit,

you literally just had to put it together.

Gun silencers don't actually silence a gun.

Gun shots are so loud because really hot gases

expand quickly and create shock waves

when they leave the chamber of the gun.

Silencers contain a series of expansion chambers

that cool and dissipate the gases

before they leave the barrel of the gun.

They work a lot like the muffler on your car.

During the first World War, soldiers used camouflage trees

to conceal observation posts on the battleground.

Actual battle damaged trees were sketched by a camouflage

artist in the battlefield.

They were made behind lines by cutting down

a real tree at night

and replacing a battle worn tree with the replica.

This provided a surveillance point, or observation point,

where there is usually a flat exposed area,

like in No Man's Land.

Someone who studies and collects information about flags

is called a vexillologist.

The last thing on a list is called the ultimate.

The second last is called penultimate.

And the third to last is called an antepenultimate.

At the time of World War II,

the U.S. penny was composed to 95% copper

and 5% zinc.

Those metals were unavailable during the war,

so it was then made of zinc coated steel.

After many revisions to the composition,

the final change was made in 1982, when it was changed

to 97.6 percent zinc

and 2.4 percent copper.

This is still used today.

The Beatles' final live concert was held on

August 29th, 1966

at Candlestick Park

in San Francisco, California.

The park's capacity was 42,500

but only 25,000 tickets were sold.

Fans paid between four dollars and 50 cents

and six dollars and 50 cents for tickets.

In theater, it is commonly believed that peacocks,

or peacock feathers bring bad luck to actors.

Veteran actors have tales of sets collapsing

and forgetting their lines when a peacock

feather was onstage.

It stems from the fact that the blue and green design

resembles an evil eye.

Ebenezer Place in Wick, Scotland is the world's

shortest street at only 2.05 meters long.

You're looking at a ball of mud!

Hikaru dorodango are balls of mud molded by hand

into perfect spheres, dried, and polished

into a shiny luster.

It's a traditional past time among children in Japan.

According to a new research published in

The Journal of Neurolinguistics,

from a study done by researchers from the

University de Montreal,

bilingual brains are more efficient, and may be able

to stave off symptoms of aging and dementia

better than people who aren't bilingual.

Brown eyes are the most common eye color in the world.

Over 55% of people have brown eyes,

and nearly all people from Africa and Asia have brown eyes.

Norway was the first nation to start switching off its

FM radio network, and taking the risky leap

to digital technology.

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