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People are really good at figuring out strangers’ names based...



People are really good at figuring out strangers’ names based on their faces. Studies show that when given a random face and a list of names to choose from, people guess the right name more often than when left to chance. Scientists think it might be because stereotypes are subconsciously associated with names, and that people unknowingly change their own appearances to fit the stereotype of their name. Source Source 2


Game of Clones is a British game show that asks contestants to...



Game of Clones is a British game show that asks contestants to describe their perfect soulmate’s looks, then finds 8 exact matches. After dressing them all identically, the contestant completes a series of games to narrow them down to one true love, because, according to the show, when looks between 8 people are equal, all that’s left to go on is personality.  Source Source 2


did-you-kno:Dutch trains now run entirely on wind energy. The...



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Dutch trains now run entirely on wind energy. The wind powers 5,500 trips per day, enabling 600,000 daily train passengers to commute without any emissions. Over the course of an hour, a single windmill can power a train for 120 miles. Source Source 2


Mary Somerville is the reason for the word ‘scientist.’ A...



Mary Somerville is the reason for the word ‘scientist.’ A self-taught mathematician, astronomer, and physicist, she was a master of connecting the physical sciences. In 1834, she’d impressed a historian who found himself unable to publicly praise her because the only common description for that sort of scholar was ‘man of science.’ He then coined the term 'scientist’- but it wasn’t intended to be a gender-neutral noun, it was specifically a reference to Mary Somerville’s expertise. Source Source 2 Source 3


Target sells adaptive clothes for people with special needs....



Target sells adaptive clothes for people with special needs. Everything is tagless, made with soft materials, and has flat seams for comfort, and the kids clothing features hidden abdominal access, hidden snaps, velcro and zippers on the sides and back, and diaper openings for bigger sizes. Source Source 2


Cuddling this soft, bean-shaped robot like a teddy bear can...



Cuddling this soft, bean-shaped robot like a teddy bear can give you a better night’s sleep. Somnox is a sleep robot that reduces stress and anxiety using breathing regulation, soothing music, and the feeling of companionship, and then gently wakes you up at the desired time with sounds and breath adjustment. Source Source 2


did-you-kno: When 7-year-old Chloe Bridgewater wrote the...



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When 7-year-old Chloe Bridgewater wrote the ‘Google boss’ asking for a job, he sent her a personalized reply. Though it was only the second letter she’d ever written, it worked- CEO Sundar Pichai replied within days telling her to follow her dreams, learn about technology, and send him an application when she’s done with school. It gave her a big confidence boost, and she’s now ‘even more eager to do well at school and work for Google.’ Source Source 2

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Your birth year can help predict your odds of surviving a flu...



Your birth year can help predict your odds of surviving a flu pandemic. Studies show that flu virus types fall into 2 groups, and you develop a resistance to whichever type you first encounter. Entire age groups have fared better or worse during past flu outbreaks, which explains why young adults died in much greater numbers than older generations during the extremely deadly 1918 flu pandemic. Source Source 2


A 98-year-old mother moved into an assisted living home to help...



A 98-year-old mother moved into an assisted living home to help look after her 80-year-old son. When Tom Keating moved into a Liverpool assisted care home for more day-to-day support, his mom followed a year later. Ada visits Tom’s room every morning and evening to check in on him, because she says “you never stop being a mum!” Source Source 2


did-you-kno:Emma Stone is a high school dropout. She attended...



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Emma Stone is a high school dropout. She attended an all-girl Catholic prep school for one semester before deciding to drop out and pursue an acting career- so she created a PowerPoint presentation for her parents called ‘Project Hollywood,’ set it to Madonna’s song ‘Hollywood,’ and convinced them to move her to Los Angeles. Source


Clearing the area to the left of your driveway after it snows...



Clearing the area to the left of your driveway after it snows can help you avoid the ‘second shovel’. This gives the plows a space to push all the snow from the road that would normally end up blocking your way, and then you won’t have to shovel twice. Source Source 2


The universe is light beige. After astronomers surveyed the...



The universe is light beige. After astronomers surveyed the light from over 200,000 galaxies, they determined that the average color of the observable universe is a shade of beigeish white they call “Cosmic Latte.” Source Source 2


did-you-kno:Consuming 70 cups of coffee, 13 consecutive shots of...



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Consuming 70 cups of coffee, 13 consecutive shots of alcohol, 1.59 gallons of water, 85 chocolate bars, or 2 ground cherry pits is enough to kill you. Source


You can buy a LEGO replica of your house. The scale models are...



You can buy a LEGO replica of your house. The scale models are detailed inside and out, down to the art on your walls and appliances in your kitchen. Source Source 2


Preemies at Oregon’s Salem Hospital wear clothing made...



Preemies at Oregon’s Salem Hospital wear clothing made by prisoners. When the hospital couldn’t find the right clothes for the tiny preemies, inmates at a local correctional facility designed special outfits for them. A facility representative said the crew “wanted these outfits to be perfect, and they would not settle for anything less.” Source Source 2 Source 3


Rapper 50 Cent forgot he’d agreed to accept Bitcoin...



Rapper 50 Cent forgot he’d agreed to accept Bitcoin payments for purchases of his album Animal Ambition in 2014. The 700 bitcoins, worth approximately $463,000 at the time, are now valued at about $7.7 million. Source Source 2


did-you-kno: Medieval English longbows could fire an arrow...



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Medieval English longbows could fire an arrow further than 300 yards - which is almost the distance of 3 football fields. So much strength was required to operate them that ancient skeletons can be identified as longbow archers due to their enlarged left arms. Source

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Binge-watching TV before bed makes it harder to fall asleep....



Binge-watching TV before bed makes it
harder to fall asleep. Watching random
shows doesn’t have the same effect - but
binge-watching gives you a stronger
sense of involvement with the story, and
the higher level of engagement keeps
your mind active longer.
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Fruit flies drink alcohol when they are sexually frustrated. ...



Fruit flies drink alcohol when they are sexually frustrated. Source Source 2


“Schnapsidee” is the German word for a ridiculous...



“Schnapsidee” is the German word for a ridiculous idea that only sounds good when you’re drunk. Source Source 2 Source 3