Practice English Speaking&Listening with: 50 AMAZING Facts to Blow Your Mind! #33

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Here are 50 amazing facts to blow your mind.

Purple is known as a royal color

because back when they relied on only natural dyes

purple was came from sea snails

and it was the hardest dye to extract and produce,

so only royals could afford it.

In fact, it would take 12,000 snails

to produce 1.4 grams of purple dye.

Ants cannot be injured from impact with the ground

after being dropped from any height,

mostly because they just don't have enough mass.

Ironically Finding Nemo,

a movie about the anguish of a captured clown fish,

caused home aquarium demand for them to triple.

Then that demand was met by large-scale harvesting

of tropical fish from the wild,

which devastated clown fish populations.

In a real world transaction involving Bitcoins

a man named Laslow, a computer programmer,

paid 10,000 Bitcoins for two large Papa John's pizzas.

Only four years later those same Bitcoins

were worth 5.12 million dollars.

In 1944 a 16-year-old black student

in Columbus, Ohio won an essay contest

on the theme what to do with Hitler after the war

by submitting a single sentence.

Put him in black skin

and let him live the rest of his life in America.

Even Al Qaeda has gone on record

as denouncing the actions of ISIS as anti-Islamic.

Now that's when you know you're extreme.

A guy named Seth Putnam wrote a song

about how being in a coma was stupid,

and soon after went into a coma himself.

After he awoke, when asked how it felt to be in a coma,

he said, "Being in a coma

"was just as stupid as I wrote it was."

Leonardo da Vinci's The Mona Lisa wasn't famous

until it was stolen from the Louvre in 1911.

A hyena's laugh, which is called giggles by zoologists,

can be heard up to 13 kilometers away.

Back in ancient Egypt when a cat passed away

every member of its household

would shave their eyebrows off in mourning.

In 2013, a California elderly home went bankrupt

leaving 16 residents destitute with nowhere to go.

Most of the staff moved on,

but Maurice Roland, a cook, and Miguel Alvarez, a janitor,

refused to leave their posts

and took care of the residents at their own expense.

Now those are good Samaritans.

There's a city in Turkey called Batman,

located in the province of Batman near the Batman River.

A Shiba Inu dog named Body makes $180,000 a year

modeling menswear on Instagram.

According to textbooks used to teach children in North Korea

Kim Jong-un learned to drive at the age of three.

There are so many different types of apples

if you were to eat a new one every day

it would take you almost 20 years to try them all.

In India it's not uncommon

to enjoy marijuana in milkshake form.

In fact, there's evidence of its consumption

in this manner dating all the way back

to sometime between 500 and 1500 BC.

There was an actual superhero movement in Seattle

led by a mixed martial artist

who went by the name Phoenix Jones,

and they were pretty successful.

They stopped multiple assaults and robberies until 2014.

The CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings,

offered a form of partnership

to Blockbuster in the late '90s,

and the CEO of Blockbuster, John Antioco,

laughed in his face.

Probably should have thought that one through.

When FIAT workers discovered that

a Google Street View car was mapping Sodertalje, Sweden,

they sent a FIAT to trail it for 45 minutes

and have it captured on Street View

in front of Volkswagen headquarters.

Every resident of Alaska receives

n annual oil royalty check,

a payment representing their share of revenue

from Alaskan oil.

In 2008 the payout reached a high of $2069,

or $8267 for a family of four.

Virgil Griffith, an American software application writer,

gathered information on students

about their tastes in music

and compared it with their SAT scores.

It goes SOCA, gospel, jazz, hip-hop,

pop, oldies, reggae, alternative, classical,

R&B, rap, rock, country, classic rock,

and techno in increasing order of SAT scores.

The Toyota Supra, which Paul Walker's character Brian

drives off at the end of Furious 7,

actually belonged to the late actor.

Apple got the idea of a desktop interface from Xerox.

Scientists have found a way

to unboil egg whites in a matter of minutes.

The major ingredient to pull off this reversal

was urea, one of the main components in urine.

Alice Pick, a 35-year-old woman,

tried to use a fake million dollar bill

to buy $1675 worth of merchandise

at a Walmart in Atlanta, expecting the rest in change.

Thomas Jefferson argued

that because no generation has the right

to bind subsequent generations,

the constitution should expire every 19 years.

Dr. Seuss was confronted by a feminist

named Alison Lurie,

who stated that there are

no strong female roles in his books.

Near the end of his life Dr. Seuss replied,

stating that his characters are animals,

and, "If she can identify their sex

"I will remember her in my will."

People just need to relax these days, man,

it's a kid's book.

Central American stingless bees

have been cultivated by Mayans for thousands of years,

and have been regarded as pets

with their hives hung in and around the home.

Some hives have been recorded to last over 80 years,

being passed down through the generations.

Recent polling indicated that 35% of US workers

would willingly forego a substantial raise

in exchange for seeing their direct supervisor fired.

Bob Marley was seen as a white man

in his native Jamaica due to having a British father,

and he suffered racism and discrimination while growing up.

At the time of this recording,

Madeline Scotto is a 101-year-old woman

that is still teaching math

at the same elementary school in Brooklyn

that she graduated from back in 1928.

The country of Liechtenstein has an incarceration rate

of 19 per 100,000.

With a population of only 37,000,

this means that there are approximately

seven people in prison within the nation.

20-year-old Julien Barreaux from France spent six months

looking for the person who killed his online character

in a virtual knife fight during a game of Counterstrike.

He finally found the culprit living only a few miles away,

and then stabbed him in the chest.

This is a motorcycle that was built from an old tractor.

Flipping a coin isn't actually 50/50,

but rather 51/49 biased for the side

that was facing up when flipped.

The Russians partied so hard once World War II ended

that the entire city of Moscow ran out of vodka.

Bob Ross did the Joy of Painting completely free of charge,

and only made money through his art supply store.

In 2015 a goat was placed in a Siberian tiger enclosure

in the Far Eastern Safari Park in Russia,

and it was supposed to become the tiger's food,

except that the tiger and the goat became friends.

Drug lord Pablo Escobar offered to pay off

Columbia's $20 billion foreign debt

in order to avoid extradition to the United States.

When given the choice between

normal water and morphine water,

secluded rats always choose the drugged water,

and would always die.

However rats provided with space, friends, and games

rarely took the drug water

and never became addicted or overdosed

despite many attempts made by humans to trick them.

During the 18th century you could pay your admission

to the zoo in the tower of London

by bringing a cat or a dog to feed the lions.

Members of the band Good Charlotte

used to heavily protest against KFC's treatment of chickens.

Then in 2012 and 2013 they appeared

in a number of KFC commercials in Australia,

and even tried to set a new world record

for eating KFC on Australia's Got Talent.

Abraham Lincoln once claimed,

"Women are the only things that cannot hurt me

"that I am afraid of."

Africanized bees, known as killer bees,

are breed hybrids that accidentally escaped quarantine

and since have spread throughout the Americas.

A stray junkyard dog named Lillico

walked up to 13 kilometers every night

through the streets of San Carlos, Brazil,

to collect a food parcel.

Upon returning home she shares the food with her family,

a dog, a cat, some chickens, and a mule.

Your body paralyzes itself when you sleep

to keep you from acting out your dreams.

However, it is in fact possible to wake up still paralyzed,

known as sleep paralysis.

Now, that is scary.

In 2013 a cat named Cookie went missing

while on holiday with her owner in Grasse, southern France.

18 months later Cookie returned dirty and emaciated,

having traveling a journey of 1127 kilometers

all the way home.

At the age of only five Ayan Qureshi

took and passed Microsoft's IT technician exam,

making him the youngest computer specialist in the world.

If you earn more than

$27,665 Canadian a year,

you are part of the richest 4% of the planet.

A tomato plant was found

on an isolated 40-year-old volcanic island

known as Surtsey, found off the coast of Iceland.

It was from a previous scientist

who took a dump and subsequently a plant grew from there.

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