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The Truman Show delusion is a mental condition in which a...



The Truman Show delusion is a mental condition in which a person believes that their life is a staged reality show and they are being watched by cameras. Source


did-you-kno:On Black Friday in 2014, a group of Hells Angels in...



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On Black Friday in 2014, a group of Hells Angels in California waited in line for 5 days to buy out Walmart’s entire stock of bicycles so they could donate them to kids in need. Source


There’s a ‘Crystal Clear Pumpkin Pie’ that...



There’s a ‘Crystal Clear Pumpkin Pie’ that supposedly tastes just like the real thing. The chefs at Chicago’s Alinea restaurant make the see-through dessert by distilling traditional pumpkin filling with water, which becomes a flavorful liquid that gets set in clear gelatin. Source Source 2 Source 3


HAI, TUMBLR! GUESS WHAT? I MADE A BOOK!With a little help from...



HAI, TUMBLR! GUESS WHAT? I MADE A BOOK!

With a little help from my friends, of course. I may be biased, but I think it would make a GREAT gift for the holiday season… just sayin’.

“Where can I buy it,” you say?? Oh! Well, how about:

RIGHT HERE

OR HERE

Look! It’s all illustrated and everything… s’cute.

YOU COULD ALSO BUY ONE HERE

{shameless self promotion ended.)


We use the terms ‘white meat’ and 'dark meat’...



We use the terms ‘white meat’ and 'dark meat’ because the Victorians were prudes. In the early 1800s, people found it vulgar to say the words 'leg,’ 'thigh,’ or 'breast’ (especially around women), so they had to find more 'appropriate’ phrases to use when talking about their meat. Source Source 2 Source 3


Going down a slide with a young child in your lap puts them in...



Going down a slide with a young child in your lap puts them in danger. Their little feet can get caught on the way down as your weight keeps pushing forward, which causes their legs to twist. Experts who studied injury data advise against letting kids go down a slide with you, because the majority of sliding-on-lap injuries for children under 6 are fractures of the lower leg. Source Source 2


did-you-kno: This had escalated into what were basically...



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This had escalated into what were basically neighborhood block parties. 

People hosted gatherings, men got drunk and beat drums, kids were cross-dressing (boys wore heels and gowns, girls wore Prince Albert coats) and they prowled the streets on Thanksgiving morning.


However, lots of people got pissed off about it. Angry (and sadistic, omg) New Yorkers threw heated coins called “red pennies” into the streets and laughed when kids burned their fingers trying to get them. But nothing stopped the ragamuffins… until the Great depression. 

This change left grown-up ragamuffins nostalgic, even about red pennies. “I remember how my fingers got blistered,” patrolman Leo Carey recalled to The New York Times in 1931. “But they don’t have any real fun like that any more.”

h/t Mentalfloss 


Owning a dog can help you live longer. Studies show having a...



Owning a dog can help you live longer. Studies show having a dog lowers your risk of heart disease, especially if you live alone. Source Source 2 Source 3


Turkey doesn’t have enough tryptophan to make you drowsy. If it...



Turkey doesn’t have enough tryptophan to make you drowsy. If it did, you’d get tired any time you eat a turkey sandwich. Eggs, cheese, spinach, and bacon all have more tryptophan per serving than turkey, which contains the same amount of tryptophan as chicken does. Source Source 2 Source 3


Cats imitate baby humans whenever they want you to feed them....



Cats imitate baby humans whenever they want you to feed them. Hungry cats emit a vocalized, high-frequency purr that’s in the same acoustic range as the cries of a hungry infant, and humans subconsciously recognize it as being more urgent than other purrs. Source Source 2


Butterball has a 24-hour hotline for turkey emergencies. The...



Butterball has a 24-hour hotline for turkey emergencies. The 50+ experts at the Turkey Talk-Line answer 100,000+ calls a year, including concerns from people who forgot to thaw their turkeys, questions from someone who wanted to brine a turkey in their washing machine, and major freak outs from a family whose Chihuahua crawled inside their turkey and couldn’t get out. Source Source 2 Source 3


Even if you’re healthy, eating too much sugar can slow...



Even if you’re healthy, eating too much sugar can slow your metabolism and negatively affect your overall health. Source Source 2


Wearing a tiny portrait of your lover’s eye on your...



Wearing a tiny portrait of your lover’s eye on your jewelry was a secretive romantic gesture in the 18th and 19th centuries. When the Prince of Wales fell in love with a catholic widow and proposed by sending her a locket with a painting of his eye inside, it wasn’t long before it became a popular trend to wear ‘Lover’s Eye’ jewelry on your wrist or near your heart to symbolize the love you have for another. Source Source 2


did-you-kno:If your nearest Waffle House is closed, you should...



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If your nearest Waffle House is closed, you should probably run. Because the 24-hour chains only shut down during absolute devastation, FEMA unofficially determines the severity of natural disasters by whether local Waffle Houses remain open or not. They call this “The Waffle House Index.” Source


The oldest sibling is usually the most well behaved. 1st-born...



The oldest sibling is usually the most well behaved. 1st-born children receive more parental attention in early childhood, and their main influences are generally adults. This leads to them developing better behavioral habits than their 2nd-born siblings, who get less overall attention and often learn more from other kids than they do from grown-ups. Source Source 2 Source 3


The first whale on Earth lived 50 million years ago, had a long...



The first whale on Earth lived 50 million years ago, had a long nose and tail, walked on land, and was about the size of a wolf. Source Source 2 Source 3


Borat had an FBI file. During filming for the 2006...



Borat had an FBI file. During filming for the 2006 mockumentary, there were numerous complaints of a strange man driving around the country in an ice cream truck. When the FBI tried to track down Sacha Baron Cohen at his hotel, he was one step ahead of them and ‘went missing’ for a while so the movie wouldn’t lose its star. Source Source 2


did-you-kno:2/3 of the planet’s wildlife could be extinct by...



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2/3 of the planet’s wildlife could be extinct by 2020. According to the World Wildlife Fund, our animal population already declined 58% between 1970 and 2012, and we’re on the edge of a new era in which human activity has irreversibly altered the ecosystem. This loss of wildlife would be the largest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Source


‘Send Me to Heaven’ is a mobile game where you...



‘Send Me to Heaven’ is a mobile game where you compete for the top score by throwing your phone into the air as high as you possibly can. The creator designed it with the goal of 'destroying as many iPhones as possible,’ but Apple promptly banned it from the App Store. Google Play reviews give it an average rating of 4 stars, but there are many 1-star complaints from angry players who think 'the app broke their phone.’ Source Source 2 Source 3


Winning 3rd place might be better than coming in 2nd. People...



Winning 3rd place might be better than coming in 2nd. People are generally happier winning a bronze medal than they are a silver, because it’s easier to be in a position where you’re grateful to have gotten a medal at all than it is to feel like you came so close to winning the gold and then blew it. Source Source 2