There is an extinct genus of ape, Gigantopithecus blacki, which stood up…

Gigantopithecus-smallThere is an extinct genus of ape, Gigantopithecus blacki, which stood up to 9.8 feet tall, weighed as much as 1,190 pounds and have lived alongside modern humans for tens of thousands of years. There are people out there that think Gigantopithecus might be the origin to mythological characters like Bigfoot.

A lot of buildings, including hospitals, don’t have a 13th floor…

Friday-the-13thA lot of buildings, including hospitals, don’t have a 13th floor because so many people fear the number, which itself a condition called triskaidekaphobia. They include Napoleon and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who refused to travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. According to livescience.com, Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party that a friend warned him to avoid. “It was bad luck,” Twain later told the friend. “They only had food for 12.” In fact, in Paris, the site says, superstitious diners “can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.”

Probably 99.5% of the truffle oil on the market…

oregon-white-truffle-oil-croppedProbably 99.5% of the truffle oil on the market is completely synthetic. No truffles are involved in the process at all. From Wikipedia: “Most truffle oils are not made from actual truffles, but are a synthetic product that combines a thioether (2,4-dithiapentane), one of numerous aromas or odorants found in truffles, with an olive oil or grapeseed oil base.”