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Sir Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree is Still Alive and Growing Today

It may sound unbelievable, and even inconceivable, but would you believe that Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree is still growing today? That’s some three hundred and fifty years after the now famous, and might we also say groundbreaking incident which spurned his theory on gravity. Now, if you don’t know the story about Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree and his theory on gravity, we’ll lay it out quickly for you here. In the late summer of 1666, Newton reportedly saw an apple fall from a tree. There are a few rumors that it struck him on the head, but there’s no firm evidence ... Read more

In 1911 Pigtails Were Banned in China

Looking back at past perceptions of Chinese people one of the most recognizable features was that of a person in a pigtail. This image can be seen in many movies, television shows and cartoons throughout the twentieth century. I don’t know how many times I saw a cartoon character manage to dig through the center of the earth to find themselves in China confronted by a man in a straw hat with a goatee and pigtail. It was an image that many generations grew up recognizing. But the remarkable thing is that in 1911 pigtails were banned in China. So ... Read more

The Melody for the Star Spangled Banner Came from a Drinking Song

When it comes to national anthems, the tune, words and history instill pride in the countrymen and women who not only sing them, but also listen in. Even if the song isn;t from your own country, it’s something that you will listen in on and pay respect to. However, there are a few anthems from around the world that are well known outside of the nation of which they reside. Two of the most prominent ones are the British national anthem, God Save the Queen, and the US national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, which are almost instantly recognized in ... Read more

Colgate in Spanish Translates to Go Hang Yourself, and Caused Trouble when They Tried to Market It

Wait just one God damn minute. Colgate in Spanish translates into “go hang yourself,” like really? In a bizarre twist in the world of translations this is actually the case, but not always, and we will explain. Most of us are familiar with poorly translated directions or instructions. Under most circumstances these mix ups between languages are accidental, and a cause for great enjoyment at the translators expense. But every now and then a translation comes along that was not accidental at all, and means something completely different. This is the case with Colgate which translates into Spanish as go hang ... Read more

9 Coolest and Strangest Places to Visit Before You Die

The world is a big place, and with its size comes quite a few weird things. While people certainly make up the majority of weirdness, there are some places that really do add some flavor to the world. So here are the 9 strangest places to visit before you die. 1 The Town Called Nothing There is a town in Arizona, USA, called Nothing. The town of Nothing was founded in 1977 by “a bunch of drunks” and the entire population ran a gas station and a garage. There was a flatbed truck at the gas station that used to sell rocks ... Read more

Iran Made the World’s Biggest Ostrich Sandwich, but the Proof Was Eaten Before It Could Be Measured

Guinness World Record fail coming right up. Iran made the world’s biggest ostrich sandwich, but before it could be measured, it was eaten. I mean there are some pretty funny things that can happen when setting a record, but eating the evidence has to be one of the funniest things that I have ever heard of. It really does sound like it came out of the fiction section of the library, this really happened, and was extensively reported on at the time. Of all the countries in the world there are a few that I would not really think capable ... Read more

There’s an Incredible Red Beach in Panjin, China

You seriously have to love mother nature. From the stunning sunrises, through to the marvelous landscapes and on to the glorious sunsets, it sure knows how to put on a superb show. It’s just a grand old world to live in, and if the creatures that surround us fail to get our attention, we can always take in the beauty of the landscape. There are glorious canyons, baron yet beautiful deserts, and wonderful ski slopes. But without a doubt, when it comes to picturesque scenery, it’s the ones with water that capture our attention. And with good reason. Water means life, ... Read more

England Banned Christmas in 1647

I have only one phrase to describe this action. Bah humbug. England banned Christmas in 1647! That’s right, a Christian country which was under the rule of possibly the most puritan leadership that the country has ever experienced, banned one of the most holy days on the Christian calendar. What was their deal? Were they secretly plotting against the church, or were they just a bunch of no fun kill joys? On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… We all know the Christmas jingle (search YouTube for the Irish 12 days of Christmas), and it really ... Read more

Baby Walkers Are Banned in Canada

Only in Canada, eh. Baby walkers are banned in Canada. Seriously, they really are. Not only are they banned, but the penalties for owning and the sale and distribution of them are severely harsh, even for private homes, lawn sales and flea markets. But the ban got me thinking. Why are baby walkers banned in Canada? They are used the world over, and babies certainly enjoy using them. They don’t look all that criminal, and they certainly aren’t addictive. I even used them for my own children, which I guess makes me relieved that I’m not Canadian. If you don’t know what ... Read more

There’s an Island in India That Kills Visitors

Image courtesy Indian Coast Guard Jeepers creepers, this looks like it comes straight out of a 1970’s horror movie. Would you believe that there’s an island in India that kills visitors when they arrive? This terrifying island isn’t exactly overpopulated, or the number one tourist destination on all travel agents websites. Yet is one of the most frightening, and unforgivable places that you could possibly find yourself. North Sentinel Island is the destination that you must avoid if you value your life. Located in the Bay of Bengal, its inhabitants can be best described as less than welcoming. In fact, just ... Read more