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Here are 50 amazing facts to blow your mind.
A study done in 2011 shows that the brain
responds to emotional pain the same way
that it does to physical pain.
So when people say rejection hurts, it's quite true.
When "Thor: The Dark World" came out,
a movie theater in Shanghai
accidentally used a fan-made photo
as the official poster for the film.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world.
It can grow up to 91 centimeters in a single day!
Because he didn't like to sign autographs,
Marlon Brando's personal checks became collector's items.
People often didn't cash Brando's checks
because his signature was worth more
than the checks were made out for.
There is an environmentally friendly spray-on coating
for pavements called Starpath that makes pavement
glow in the dark, and not only that,
but even adjusts to the level of natural light available.
The darker it is, the brighter it glows.
Ducks have accents. Seriously.
Just like humans, they're influenced by their environment,
and this affects their communication,
making them quack in regional accents. (Duck Sound)
Lillian Weber is a woman from Iowa
who makes a dress from scratch every single day,
so that a child in need can have something
beautiful to wear.
She has made over 840 dresses in the last several years
for an organization called Little Dresses for Africa.
In 2014, scientists at MIT designed a device
to help the blind read without Braille.
It's called the FingerReader, and wearers can use it
to scan a line of text with their finger
and receive audio feedback of the words.
In 2011, a third of all divorce filings recorded
in the United States contained the word "Facebook."
Divorce attorneys say that social networking
in divorce proceedings and child custody battles
has been well on the rise.
There's a place in California called Glass Beach,
where years of people dumping garbage
into an area of the coastline has resulted in
the development of smooth sea glass.
Believe it or not, tourists in the area
like to collect the glass, so now there's actually been
a movement to replenish the beach
with discarded glass.
Architects in Australia designed a concept home
called the Cliff House.
The concept shows a five story house
hanging off a cliff on the Australian southwest coast,
with amazing views of the Indian Ocean.
And that's not something I would ever live in,
because I am terrified of heights.
Germany is a graveyard for unexploded bombs
left over World War II.
Disturbingly, an average of 2,000 tons of buried munitions
are discovered there annually.
Yeah, so careful when you're goin' out
for just a casual stroll in Germany, 'cause...
Might go pow!
The Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home
became famous in 2014 for displaying
the bodies of the deceased in upright poses.
Disturbingly, the phenomenon of the sitting dead
actually first appeared in 2008 in Puerto Rico.
The fun is goin' worldwide!
Apple generated 43.7 billion dollars in sales
in the first quarter of 2014.
That was more than Google, Amazon, and Facebook combined.
The Hawaiian island Niihau is also known
as the Forbidden Island.
Elizabeth Sinclair bought it in 1864,
and now her descendants, the Robinson family, own it.
The island is completely off-limits to everyone
except the island's owners, relatives, and invited guests,
except I don't know why you'd ever invite
a guest to this island, it's creepy.
Even though we're laughing when we're being tickled,
it's actually our body's defense mechanism
kicking into gear and responding to panic and anxiety.
Madagascar houses some of the most exotic
organisms on the planet.
About 90 percent of all plant and animal species
found in Madagascar are endemic,
meaning that they're unique to a specific
During the first World War, there was
a Christmas truce in 1914.
In the week leading up to Christmas,
German and British soldiers had a series of
cease-fires where they entered no-man's land
to mingle and exchange seasonal greetings.
That truce is seen as a symbolic moment of peace
during one of the most violent events in history.
Most of Wikipedia's entries are written
by 1,400 individuals who do little else
but contribute to the site, and over 50% of the edits
are done by only 524 users.
The KGB once tried to blackmail the then
Indonesian president Achmed Sukarno
with tapes of him having sex
with Russian women disguised as flight attendants.
Except the president was not upset by being blackmailed,
and, in fact, asked for more copies of the video
to show back in his country.
Yay for the mile high club!
About 70% of the world's spice production
comes from one country: India.
New York City has the area code 212
because rotary phones were used at the time
and the number uses the shortest dialing time.
In January of 2013, the finance minister of Zimbabwe
announced that his country had only 217 dollars
left in its bank account.
Mike Tyson was arrested a whopping 38 times
by the that he was 13 years old.
He was sent to a boys' home where he found out
that he could box, and he started training professionally
with a former boxer, and the rest is history.
There is a charity organization called Food for the Poor
that gives over 95% of their proceeds to the poor.
Ironically, their CEO's name is Robin Mahfood.
Get it, like, my food, Mahfood.
President Andrew Jackson managed to pay off
the United States' entire debt in 1835.
It was the only time in history that the country
was completely debt-free, and it lasted exactly one year.
My, how things have changed.
Marie Antoinette's last words were,
"Monsieur, I beg your pardon."
She was apologizing to her executioner
after she accidentally stepped on his foot
on the way to the guillotine.
There is a popular tourist destination in Chongqing, China,
where part of the pavement is devoted to cell phone users
who are too busy to looking at their screens
to bother looking where they're going.
And right beside it, another section of the road
completely bans the use of cellphones.
I feel like we need this in North America.
There's an island in Alaska that's reflected in such a way
that it looks like it's just floating in air.
Mother Nature's a mad scientist!
A survey conducted in 2011 shows that
the American pizza industry serves about 100 acres
of pizza a day.
Route 50 in the United States
is also known as the loneliest road in America,
because of the large desolate areas
the road goes through.
The most important organism in the world
is marine algae, because it produces about
70 to 80% of our oxygen.
The word "electrocute" comes from the combination
of "electro" and "execute," meaning death by electric shock.
So, technically, if you survive an electric shock,
you aren't electrocuted, but just shocked.
When filming Mission: Impossible 4,
Tom Cruise vandalized the world's tallest building.
He climbed to the top of the Burj Khalifa
and etched his then-wife's name, Katie Holmes,
into the spire.
My, how awkward that is now.
Peacock flounders are masters of camouflage,
and can match the color of a checkerboard
if they are placed on one.
Greenland allows its inmates huge liberties
as part of its open prison system,
aimed to rehabilitate prisoners.
Inmates are allowed to leave the premises during the day
for work or school, and even go hunting with rifles.
Believe it or not, some of them even hold
the key to their own cell.
The world's ugliest animal is the blobfish,
a deep-sea fish that can live anywhere
between 600 and 1,200 meters below water
because of its lack of flesh and muscle structure.
And it only becomes blobby when it's out of water.
According to a study conducted in 2012,
people who complain actually live longer by about two years.
This is because by complaining, they release their tension,
which increases their immunity and boosts their health.
It's hot in here, I'm tired, and I need a drink!
Oh, hehe, I got one right here.
The highest flying bird in the world is
the Ruppell's vulture.
There is confirmed evidence of one flying
at an altitude of 11,300 meters above sea level,
during which it collided with an aircraft.
In 2014, an entrepreneur named Mu-Chi Sung
developed a facial recognition software for cats.
(Meow) It's aimed to help cats maintain their goal weight
by recognizing their faces and tracking their food intake.
Nobody likes a fat kitty, meow!
In 2008 as part of a fundraiser,
Father Adelir de Carli of Brazil
tied 1,000 balloons to an armchair
in an attempt to break the world record
for the most hours flying with balloons.
Unfortunately, the winds blew him off course
and he lost contact with the ground.
And sadly, he was found dead in the sea weeks later.
But hey, balloons!
Studies show that just one week of camping outdoors
with only natural light is enough
to reset the body's biological clock
to normal sleep rhythms.
So, in other words, if you're having trouble falling asleep,
just go camping.
The Tesla Model S car aced all of its national
highway traffic safety tests.
In fact, it's so safe that it actually broke
the crash testing gear.
Pineapples were considered a status symbol
in the 18th century.
They were seen as a symbol of wealth and power,
and in England, people were able to rent one
for a night to show off to partygoers.
We generally don't think of foods as too sweet
until our bones stop growing.
This is why kids tend to like sweets
a lot more than adults do.
A wild pig in Australia once stole 18 beers
from some campers, got drunk, and then
got into a fight with a cow.
Coca-Cola has made over 3,500 different kinds of beverages.
That means that if you drank one per day,
it would take over nine years for you to try them all.
Fennec foxes mate for life.
The male foxes become especially aggressive
towards each other when mating season approaches
in order to protect their mates.
Russian billionaire Vasily Klyukin
wanted hospitals to be more welcoming,
so he designed one to resemble a luxury yacht
called White Sails Hospital, that a Tunisian businessman
plans to build over the next 15 years.
After Hurricane Katrina, the Emir of Qatar
donated 100 million dollars to help rebuild housing,
hospitals, and schools.
He visited the area a few years later,
after the disaster, to check on its progress.
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