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Wet dogs can shake themselves about 70% dry in a fraction of a...



Wet dogs can shake themselves about 70% dry in a fraction of a second. Their skin is so loose that it swings almost 90 degrees in either direction when they shake. This helps their bodies conserve energy by not having to stay warm while waiting to dry off, because if dogs were not able to shake themselves dry, it would be like humans being unable to change out of wet clothes on a cold day. Source Source 2

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Southwest Airlines flies people with illnesses to hospitals,...



Southwest Airlines flies people with illnesses to hospitals, free of charge. The company’s Medical Transportation Grant Program partners with nonprofit hospitals, including a number of children’s hospitals, to provide complimentary, round-trip tickets for patients and their caregivers. The program provided more than $23 million in flights over a 10-year period. Source


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The Ouija Board named itself. According to its inventors,...



The Ouija Board named itself. According to its inventors, ‘Ouija’ was the game’s response to the question of what it wanted to be called. They also claim that when they asked what 'Ouija’ means, it replied: “Good luck.” Source


At a 1915 auction, a millionaire named Cecil Chubb bought...



At a 1915 auction, a millionaire named Cecil Chubb bought Stonehenge as a gift for his wife, but she hated it because she had sent him to buy a set of dining chairs. 3 years later, he decided it belonged to the English, so he gave it to his country on the conditions that the entrance fee would never cost more than a shilling and the locals could always have free access. Source

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1860The Washington Monument’s base is a different color...



1860The Washington Monument’s base is a different color than the top. The project began in 1848, but funding ran out 1/3 of the way through- so it sat, unfinished, for 25 years. Engineers later tried to match the original marble, but erosion and condensation affected the materials differently over time and caused a dramatic contrast in their appearance. Source Source 2 Source 3

The Washington Monument sub circa 1860


HAPPY EARTH DAY, TUMBLR!Don’t forget to take care of Earth, because it’s the only planet in our...

HAPPY EARTH DAY, TUMBLR!Don’t forget to take care of Earth, because it’s the only planet in our...

All toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads. While both...



All toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads. While both belong to the order Anura, toads are actually a subset of frogs. They can usually be identified by appearance, but there are some frogs that appear dry and bumpy, and many toads can trick you by looking wet and slimy. When in doubt, just call it a ‘frog,’ and you’ll always be correct. Source Source 2 Source 3


did-you-kno: The Voynich Manuscript is the world’s most...



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The Voynich Manuscript is the world’s most secretive book. It’s dated to the 15th century and contains an unknown writing system that even renowned cryptographers have never deciphered. Illustrations in the book suggest it may cover topics like herbal remedies, biology, astronomy, and the zodiac, but no one knows for sure what it really is. Source


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the future is here!!!! 😎😎😎


On 4/20/17, the Wyoming, MN, PD tweeted this photo with the...



On 4/20/17, the Wyoming, MN, PD tweeted this photo with the caption ’…traps have been set… #Happy420’ to call attention to substance abuse. They also offered help for those in need, and promised that accepting it would not result in jail time. Source Source 2

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The red planet has blue sunsets. Just as colors are made more...



The red planet has blue sunsets. Just as colors are made more dramatic during Earth sunsets, Martian sunsets make the blue around the sun look more prominent, because all the fine dust in the atmosphere is the perfect size for scattering blue light across the sky more efficiently than any other color. Source Source 2


After the Battle of Shiloh in 1862, many Civil War...



After the Battle of Shiloh in 1862, many Civil War soldiers’ lives were saved by a phenomenon called ‘Angel’s Glow.’ The soldiers, who lay in the mud for two rainy days, had wounds that began to glow in the dark and heal unusually fast. In 2001, 2 teens won an international science fair by discovering the soldiers had been so cold that their bodies created the perfect conditions for growing a bioluminescent bacteria, which ultimately destroyed the bad bacteria that could’ve killed them. Source Source 2 Source 3


In 1839, world-famous conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker...



In 1839, world-famous conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker became U.S. citizens and moved to North Carolina, where they married sisters, purchased slaves to build their farm, and lived as devoted Confederates. In 1865, Eng was drafted into the Civil War, but he didn’t have to fight because Chang’s name was not drawn. Source Source 2 Source 3


When Cameron Diaz was in high school, she bought weed from a...



When Cameron Diaz was in high school, she bought weed from a skinny kid named Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop Dogg. He says he probably sold her ‘white girl weed. Just sticks and stems and seeds.’ Source


did-you-kno: This is not a spiral. It’s actually a series of...



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This is not a spiral. It’s actually a series of concentric circles, but their decreasing size and the misalignment of the checkered patterns convinces your brain otherwise. Source

Trace the circles with your mouse cursor if you’re having trouble seeing it.

More examples of ‘The Fraser spiral illusion.’


mymodernmet:Clever Ad Campaign Promotes Pet Adoption Using an...









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Clever Ad Campaign Promotes Pet Adoption Using an Optical Illusion Silhouette


James Avery, aka Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,...



James Avery, aka Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, was also the voice of The Shredder on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated TV series. Source


According to the former director of Cuba’s intelligence...



According to the former director of Cuba’s intelligence service, there were over 600 plots to kill or ruin Fidel Castro, mostly by the USA. The plans included a poisoned diving suit, making his beard fall out by exposing him to thallium, a shore-full of exploding seashells, dosing him with LSD, and, of course, the famous exploding cigar. Source