A Norwegian study suggests that teens learned comprehended texts…

readingA Norwegian study suggests that teens learned comprehended texts better when they read that text on paper, not on computer screens. The test studied tenth-graders, and found that those who read on screens remembered less than their paper-reading peers, both for fiction and non-fiction texts.

Your heart rate slows when your face touches water…

Your heart rate slows when your face touches water, its called the mammalian diving reflex. There’s a guy who has worked on controlling this reflex to the point where he is able to hold his breath under water for over 20 minutes.

Former billionaire Chuck Feeney has given away over 99% of his 6.3 Billion…

Chuck-FeeneyFormer billionaire Chuck Feeney has given away over 99% of his 6.3 Billion dollars to help under privileged kids go to college. He is now worth $2 million dollars.

We all know drugs and alcohol shorten lives, but by how much?

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We all know drugs and alcohol shorten lives, but by how much? Turns out that we lose 25,439 potential lifetimes EVERY SINGLE YEAR because of substance abuse.

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Students at The Johns Hopkins University collaboratively decided…

studentsStudents at The Johns Hopkins University collaboratively decided to opt out of their final since the professor set his curve based on the highest score grading it as 100%. They chose to receive a score of zero making it the highest grade, thereby getting 100%.

Magician and skeptic James Randi created an organization…

James-RandiMagician and skeptic James Randi created an organization in that will give $1,000,000US to anyone who can demonstrate a paranormal ability.

The founder of Scientology once fought a 68 hour naval battle…

USS-PC-815The founder of Scientology once fought a 68 hour naval battle with two non-existent Japanese submarines after operating his vessel’s SONAR incorrectly.

Tomatoes are from America and weren’t introduced…

tomatoesTomatoes are from America and weren’t introduced in Italy until the 1540s.

Cheap pink White Zinfandel aka “jug wine” was invented by mistake…

whitezinpicCheap pink White Zinfandel aka “jug wine” was invented by mistake. Instead of dumping it, Sutter Home bottled it, marketed it and it’s been the 3rd top selling wine in the U.S. for more than 30 years, making the owners fabulously wealthy and angering wine snobs.

A 5064 year old pine tree in California is the oldest living individual tree…

Pinus-longaevaA 5064 year old pine tree in California is the oldest living individual tree known in the world, whose exact location is kept secret. It was alive while Stonehenge was under construction and around the time that humans developed their first writing system.

In China you need to fill out paperwork and get government…

Reincarnation-BanIn China you need to fill out paperwork and get government approval if you want to be reincarnated.

Certain bears in Russia have become addicted to sniffing…

bear-sniffing-jet-fuel-croppedCertain bears in Russia have become addicted to sniffing Jet Fuel out of discarded barrels. Going as far as stalking helicopters for the drops of fuel they leave behind.

If you have nerve damage to your hand, or other body part…

wrinklingIf you have nerve damage to your hand, or other body part, it won’t wrinkle when submerged in water.

Up until the 18th century, the fork was considered…

forksUp until the 18th century, the fork was considered an elitist tool used by the (primarily Italian) upper class. Other Europeans considered it “unmanly,” “excessive,” and “an insult to God.”

30 years ago, you could buy a Lifetime, Unlimited First-class…

airlines30 years ago, you could buy a Lifetime, Unlimited First-class Travel pass with American Airlines for $250,000.

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