There were at least seven…

There were at least seven types of alcoholic beverages in the Americas before European contact. One of them is made from pineapple, and another is made from the honey of a domesticated stingless bee. 00

A small town in West Virginia asked…

A small town in West Virginia asked the Soviet Union and East Germany for help with replacing a bridge after being ignored by the West Virginian goverment. The Soviets sent a journalist to investigate and within one hour the state finally agreed to pay for it. 00

“Breaker boys” between age 8-12 were…

“Breaker boys” between age 8-12 were employed to work 10 hours a day, 6 days a week to separate impurities from coal. Despite public disapproval, the practice of employing children in this line of work lasted for decades, only finally ending in the US in the 1920s. 00

You can always see your nose, but your brain has the ability to ignore it

Have you ever wondered why your nose never seems to get in the way of your vision, even though it’s right there in the middle of your face? Or why, once we’re dressed, we no longer feel the clothes against our skin? It’s basically our brain’s way of being selective, hence the term “Unconscious Selective Attention”. If, after all, our brain had to constantly be giving us up to date information on whether our nose was still in place, or what clothes we’re wearing, there would simply be no time for it to get on with the other important things

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The History of Boxing Day

Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26th, taking place after Christmas Day. In Ireland, it is also known as Saint Stephen’s Day and in other European countries such as Hungary, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia, it is celebrated as the Second Christmas Day. Where did Boxing Day come from? Today, nobody is certain as to why the day is celebrated. The day originated in Britain and is why it is still celebrated in former British controlled areas. The origins of the day remain unclear but there are a variety of reasons behind it. One suggests that it was the

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Facts About Uluru / Ayers Rock

Estimated to be about 600 million years old, Ayers Rock is now officially called Uluru, its Aboriginal name. It was named Ayers Rock by William Gosse in 1873 after Sir Henry Ayers, who was the Chief Secretary of South Australia at the time. It has been home to Aboriginal people for at least 20,000 years. Its indigenous owners, the Anangu, believed that they are the direct descendants of those who created the features in the surrounding desert landscape and the living things that reside there. They regard themselves as the ones who are completely responsible for the protection and maintenance

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Scientists have unexpectedly found…

Scientists have unexpectedly found that the bacterium Colwellia psychrerythraea, an extremophile, can survive at -196 Celsius degrees, the temperature of liquid nitrogen. They’re not sure how this is possible. 00