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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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