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1 in 4 Americans Don’t Know the Earth Orbits the Sun

Reading Time: 2 minutes Did you know that 26 percent of Americans don’t know that the Earth orbits the sun? As George Takei would say, Oh my. Have we been somehow magically transported back into the dark ages? After all, it was Renaissance  astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus who popularized the theory of a heliocentric solar system (where the planets revolve around …

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The Letters Q, W And X Were Illegal In Turkey Until 2013

Reading Time: 2 minutes Illegal letters in Turkey, what would you think I’m talking about? Correspondence between two ot more people? It certainly sounds like some from of censorship in the country regarding letters of communication, but the illegal letters in Turkey were actually letters of the alphabet, believe it or not. Could you imagine a situation in which …

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Origin Of Humpty Dumpty, He May Have Been A Cannon, Not An Egg

Reading Time: 3 minutes The origin of Humpty Dumpty may not be an egg at all, but a menacing and destructive article of war, a cannon. How is it that Humpty Dumpty may have originally been a cannon and not an egg as is most often portrayed? We will explain as best we can the amazing circumstances to the origin of …

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Illegal Not To Smile In Pocatello Idaho

Reading Time: 2 minutes Imagine this, it is actually illegal not to smile in Pocatello, Idaho. While the idea itself to try and make people more cheerful isn’t a bad one, making a law that forces people to smile isn’t the best way of achieving this goal. This particular local law is actually yet another case of a crazy law that was once enacted …

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Condoms Were Once Illegal In The United States

Reading Time: 2 minutes Condoms used to be illegal in the US, believe it or not, but it’s true. Even more surprising was the length of time that condoms were illegal in the US, over 50 years. It may seem fairly illogical in todays world to ban such a vital piece of health protection, but that’s just what happened …

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Kodak Nuclear Reactor Secretly Kept in Rochester New York

Reading Time: 2 minutes KODAK had a secret nuclear reactor stored in a basement in Rochester, New York, and no one knew about it. When you think about KODAK it’s hard not to think about cameras. It was their business, and their calling card. Just mention the name KODAK and people the world over know that you are talking about …

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There’s No Yes And No In Irish Gaelic

Reading Time: 2 minutes Well I’ll be. There’s no yes and no in Irish Gaelic. That’s right, the Irish language doesn’t use the words yes or no. In the English language, and most other languages, few words get used as much as yes and no. They are words that we use every day, usually when answering a question. You may …

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Bestiality Is Still Legal In 13 US States

Reading Time: 2 minutes Bestiality is still legal in 13 US states. Seriously? You are legally permitted to go out and have sexual intercourse with any living animal that you might find, either on a farm or in the wild. Why would they do this? Are the law makers just perverted, lazy or do they just think that having …

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Indonesia Walking Dead Ritual Known As Ma’nene

Reading Time: 2 minutes The common saying is that there are only two things that you can guarantee in life, death and taxes. The way we are taxed can vary from region to region, but death is always the same. The way we mourn or celebrate a life certainly does vary from culture to culture. The Toraja district of …

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Austrian Battle of Karansebes 1788 – the Dumbest Battle Ever

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Austrian Battle Of Karansebes in 1788 has to go down in history as one of the dumbest battles in history, ever. The battle resulted in the Austrians inflicting defeat on themselves, and it wasn’t a civil war either, they were at war with the Ottoman Turkish Empire. We are often amused with bizarre news …

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