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There is a species of squid that can fly: Interesting Facts!

April 5, 2017

While swimming, the squid open up their mantle and draw in water.  Then these squid launch themselves into the air with a high-powered blast of the water from their bodies.  Once launched by this jet propulsion, these squid spread out both their fins and their tentacles to form wings.  The squid have a membrane between […]

Fortune cookie bet made Powerball lottery players rich

April 4, 2017

Powerball lottery officials suspected fraud: how could 110 players in the March 30 drawing get five of the six numbers right? That made them all second-prize winners, and considering the number of tickets sold in the 29 states where the game is played, there should have been only four or five. Many different brands of fortune […]

Buffalo Bill won his nickname in a shootout. Read more!

April 3, 2017

William Frederick Cody (a.k.a. Buffalo Bill) was an American soldier, bison hunter and showman. Cody had documented serviceas a soldier during the Civil War and as Chief of Scouts for the Third Cavalry during the Plains Wars. He claimed to have had many jobs, including as a trapper, bullwhacker, “Fifty-Niner” in Colorado, a Pony Express […]

What present-day actor claims to have had sex with a ghost?

April 2, 2017

In a US Weekly interview, Lucy Liu was not shy about her sex encounter with a ghost, or a heavenly figure. She said that it was sheer bliss, she felt everything and then he floated away. Apparently her description is not unlike what many other people report. This could be a subset of what’s called […]

Ever forget what you needed to do after you have entered a room? : Interesting facts!

April 1, 2017

Being the least understood organ, the brain has countless connections and memories. It is the center of our understanding, but sometimes it lets us down. One particularly infuriating, if not life threatening, example of this is the well-documented phenomenon of walking into a room and forgetting why you are there. Why is it that the one organ […]

Aerosmith has made more money from the Guitar Hero game than from album sales. Read on!

March 31, 2017

Though the exact numbers aren’t known, Aerosmith earned more from the game than album sales. Of course, not all of this was from the game’s royalties. Merchandising and concert sales were both boosted from the game. Today, the game has sold 3.6 million units. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith’s soundtrack consists of 41 songs; thirty are playable […]

A thunderstorm in Belgium set off 40,000 pounds of buried explosives left over from WW1 .

March 30, 2017

Twenty-one mines were laid in preparation for the apocalyptic start to the Messines battle on 7 June 1917.  However a decision was taken to explode only 19 of the mines; the remaining two remained dormant until the end of the war and beyond. It is said that the British lost the details of the whereabouts of these […]

Next time you’re looking for a surgeon, make sure he’s a gamer! Read on!

March 29, 2017

All those years on the couch playing Nintendo and PlayStation appear to be paying off for surgeons. Researchers found that doctors who spent at least three hours a week playing video games made about 37 percent fewer mistakes in laparoscopic surgery and performed the task 27 percent faster than their counterparts who did not play […]

A member of the Cherokee tribe is the only illiterate person in recorded history to create a writing system!

March 28, 2017

Sequoyah was an illiterate Cherokee silversmith who lived from 1770 until 1840. However, through hard work, he independently completed his creation of the Cherokee syllabary in 1821, making reading and writing in Cherokee possible. This is the only time in recorded history that a non-literate person ever created an effective writing system. The Cherokee nation […]

Just hang that Bubble Wrap like wallpaper, you say? Read on!

March 27, 2017

In 1957, inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes attempted to create a 3D wallpaper. Unfortunately, the wallpaper didn’t catch on but the men realized that it was useful for packing delicate items for shipping! The success and popularity of bubble wrap has gotten so large that the last Monday of every January is dubbed “Bubble […]

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