Escaped in air balloon

In 1979, two families escaped East Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. They flew for 28 minutes at −8 °C (18 °F) with no shelter as the gondola was just a clothesline railing. They landed just 10km (6.2 mi) from the border. The escape was planned out over 1 and 1/2 years and took […]

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Here are the ‘Do’s and Don’t’s’ From the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

We’ve been here before as far as pandemics go—exactly 100 years ago. But have we learned anything since then?

From 1918 to early 1920, the world was held captive by a virus known as H1N1, or the Spanish Flu. Like COVID-19, it spread across the globe within a matter of months. When it was all said and done, 500 million people—about a third of the world’s population—had been infected, and approximately 50 million people died.

COVID-19 is a different virus, but the story of its spread is quite similar; people even had the same arguments about wearing masks and social distancing that we have today. The evidence is in this “Do’s and Don’t’s” lists from the 1918 pandemic that appeared on Twitter and immediately went viral.

The most important things on the list—wearing a mask, washing your hands, and avoiding crowds—are things we’re supposed to be doing today. But even 100 years ago, we had to plead with people to heed this advice and listen to scientists.

Most people complied, but a lot didn’t; there were four waves of the disease before the pandemic ended in April 1920.

Had they done what they were supposed to do, there’s no doubt that the infection and death tolls would have been lower, and the pandemic would have ended earlier.

We’re still relatively new to COVID-19, and we can still mitigate the damage. While there’s no way of eradicating COVID-19, we can pay attention to science and keep ourselves and others safe.

You know what they say: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Are you doing all you can to keep yourself and others healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic? Let us know in the comments below!

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“What Do You Know Is True, Even Without Evidence?” Here’s What People Said.

Sometimes in life, you have just have a feeling about something and you KNOW it’s true, even though you have absolutely no evidence or facts to back it up.

I guess some call it faith and others would call it ignorance, but each person is definitely different in this respect.

And I think it’s safe to say that some of these beliefs are harmless and some can be extremely dangerous, especially when it comes to conspiracy theories and politics…

AskReddit users sounded off about what they believe to be true even though they have nothing to back it up.

1. A famous true crime case.

“Casey Anthony killed her daughter and her parents know it too!

The justice system failed that poor baby.

And to me, what’s worse is last year she apparently said she wants another child/children.”

2. Very confusing.

“That my last boss secretly hated me even though we had, on the surface, a very positive relationship.”

3. Hmmmm. Maybe?

“The Truman show was made to make me think the entire world watching my every move was a ridiculous notion.

But I know better…”

4. Might be true.

“That the key to happiness is low expectations.”

5. Mob front.

“There’s a travel agency that’s been around in my town for as long as I can remember.

I wholeheartedly believe it’s a front for the mob.”

6. Hollywood legacy.

“That a LOT more famous actors than we realize are secretly the children of other famous actors from the previous generation.

I call it the Hollywood B*stard Theory.”

7. A lot of people will be mad.

“George R R Martin will never finish the last Game of Thrones book.”

8. Interesting…

“I’m convinced I watched Flight 93 go down.

I would never share that in real life because it’s grim and no one would believe me (the geography of the reports are off ). I saw it clear as day from Kent State’s main campus in Ohio.

I didn’t know what I was seeing other than I remember thinking “that plane is way way too low (we had a aviation college so planes were common) and too big and it’s jerking around like how a toddler drives a power wheels truck….”.

Continued on to class. You don’t wanna be late even at a liberal college.”

9. Could be…

“Flat Earthers are just doing it for attention.

They really don’t think the Earth is flat.”

10. Guts.

“Gut bacterial imbalance can change a person fundamentally — physically, mentally, emotionally.

One day they’re going to cure some impossibly vexing diseases and conditions when they figure out that it’s all connected to what lives in your guts.”

11. A scary thought.

“That actual, proper snuff films exist.

There’s too much depravity and perversion in the world for that not to be the case.”

12. Guilty!

“That Andy Dufresne was guilty in the Shawshank Redemption.

It’s never actually proven that he didn’t kill his wife and her lover. We just have his word and a story made up by an inmate that wanted to be liked by Andy and his friends.

Also what are the chances that his wife and lover were murdered the same night that Andy was going to kill them himself, before he changed his mind?”

13. From the deep…

“There is some Godzilla sh*t at the bottom of our oceans.

Deep sea gigantism will not fail me.”

14. I started it.

“Back when I was 18 I got my first tattoo, the Squaresoft logo on my upper arm. It was 2001 and I was also on my own in a new state.

I was and still am a huge RPG fan and it’s the height of my geekdom. Well, I sent in a picture of me and my tattoo with a short letter about me and my favorite games to Official PlayStation Magazine.

They published my letter and photo along with the caption “We don’t know whether to be impressed or frightened.”

The very next month they started a “Tattoo of the Month” section and I am absolutely sure 100% that I either started that or was the story that proved the concept, the test.

Unless someone can come from that team’s time and tell me I’m not, I’ll always believe I was the start of that.”

Do you have any extremely strong beliefs like this?

If so, please share them in the comments.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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People Share the Terrifying Facts That Keep Them up at Night

I was a total worrywart when I was younger.

I’d lay in my bed at night and just think of all of the terrifying things that might happen: World War III, an asteroid hitting our house, packs of wild dogs roaming the neighborhood. Basically anything that could potentially cause me harm.

Now, I guess I’m just too tired to stay up past 11 p.m. most nights…hooray for getting old!

But some people are like that their whole lives! Always terrified of what’s around the next corner, what could go wrong, and, most importantly, of ACTUAL, scary FACTS that worry them to no end.

Here’s what AskReddit users had to say about the terrifying facts that keep them up at night. Let’s take a look.

1. On the edge.

“If I lose my job or he loses his job, we have some savings but capitalism will eat us alive and leave us no quarter.

If one of us gets injured or gets cancer, same thing.”

2. Irreversible.

“Humanity is well on the way to destroying itself, it’s now irreversible, but everyone is ignoring the glaring evidence and continuing on business as usual.

We’re going to see worldwide famine within the next few years but people will ignore this warning too.”

3. A reckoning.

“The dollar is worthless.

The treasury is not just empty, it owes the rest of the world trillions, and the government somehow owes itself more trillions. Despite this, or more probably because of this, we continue to spend more than the rest of the world combined on the deadliest military in history.

There will be a reckoning, and I don’t think it will be gentle or pretty.”

4. The world is crazy right now.

“The great depression is now almost certain to repeat itself since economic relief was killed by greedy republicans who were angry they didn’t get to give the lion’s share of 1 trillion dollars to their corporate pimps.

Along with the expiring legislation goes COVID-specific unemployment benefits, individual and family relief checks, EVICTION MORATORIUMS! That last one…

This nation just straight slept through the pure hatred and violence of the republicans’ actions yesterday. People don’t get what’s about to happen here. We’re going to have 15-20% homelessness by the end of the year if relief packages are not put in place.

You think the George Floyd protests have been rough? Most of the BLM protestors have something to lose. Maybe not much for some of them, but probably SOMETHING.

These newly minted homeless will have N O T H I N G to lose by going absolutely apesh*t in the streets. And I won’t have a godd*mn thing to say against them when they do. Maybe it’s about time for some of that good guillotine action…

Keep your non-perishables up to date and well stocked. Get a back log of water.

Things are about to get weird.”

5. Excessive.

“Humans kill roughly 60 billion land animals per year for unnecessary food while at the same time deforesting rainforests, polluting the atmosphere, consuming large amounts of water, creating breeding grounds for infectious diseases, using antibiotics unsustainably, and contributing to heart disease and obesity, but no one seems to care because “bacon tastes good.””

6. Saddens the heart.

“That we as a human race, decided on which race dependent on color of skin was inferior to the rest.

Saddens the heart to think older generations who suffered won’t know whether their efforts worked. (also includes genders).”

7. I feel this one.

“My dogs will pass away someday.

It’s kept me up at night multiple times.”

8. Truth.

“Humans are more disgusting and selfish than we ever admit.”

9. The Big Bang.

“The big bang could’ve been caused by a civilization that developed weapons of mass destruction and were just in a loop of evolution until eventually we become advanced enough to create an explosion so big we destroy and recreate everything from scratch.

Yeah, thank about that!”

10. A rough time.

“I’m about to be 30 in 2 years.

I’m still single and haven’t had as much s*x in life as my peers. I fear that I’ll be this awkward undesirable old dude that’s bad at s*x that’s just wandering the earth only working, doing chores and sleeping for the most part.

A lot of my peers are living in houses with furniture while I live in an apartment with little furniture. I’m working at a call center that I hate.

I am seeking another job preferably in programming since I have a bachelor’s, but due to lack of experience in that field, no one is hiring.”

11. Every day is important.

“That you have absolutely no idea if the next day will be your last. You could be with your SO having the time of your lives, picking up some food, watching a movie at your place, drinking.

Then next day comes, you get hit by a drunk driver while out on the road.”

12. Hard to think about.

“That my parents are aging and will eventually die.

I’m an only child and feel like when they die my connection to my childhood and the people that understand me and love me unconditionally will be gone.

The link to me will be gone and I’ll essentially be alone in the world.”

13. Nuclear war.

“At anytime the US wants we could start a nuclear war and the person who has control over that is umm…. underprepared for the job.

Or that at anytime Russia wants or North Korea wants or basically any other country with access to nuclear power could decide that they want to nuke us and do it.”

14. Collapse.

“The Earth’s ecosystems are collapsing, and with it our ability to collect food and water.

Billions are going to die due to hunger and violence in the coming decades.”

15. THIS.

“The fact that human beings don’t understand the concept of putting a d*mn face mask on and saving thousands of lives when they go to their local grocery store.”

16. The end.

“The end of the universe.

Not the last star, or the last neutron star that glows.

All matter has decayed as protons have half-lives.

Black holes will decay, and moments of brief light in millennia of pure darkness come as black holes collide.

After a very certain point, time becomes meaningless as whatever remains will be so stationary, you cannot observe it.

The universe achieves true equilibrium as the universe in one time point in the far future is indistinguishable from the next second, next month, next year, next millennia, next googleplex years later.”

What do you worry about at night?

What causes you to lose sleep?

Talk to us in the comments and spill your guts out!

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Great Facts That We Think Will Impress You

It can be hard to sort through the endless information out there on social media and the Internet.

Where’s the good stuff? The interesting stuff? Heck, where’s the REAL stuff?

Well, look no further, because we consistently bring you great fact sets that will pique your curiosity and, most importantly, IMPRESS YOU.

Hey, it’s what we do!

Here are 10 more facts that we know will impress you.

Enjoy and feel free to share these with your friends and family!

1. That’s pretty wild!

All from the “mother tree”.

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2. I think we might need to bring these back…

For kids and adults! We all need to lose weight!

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3. Keep this in mind.

A lot of psychos out there.

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4. She ruled as a king.

What a life story.

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5. More than friends?

It sure seems like it…

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6. Yikes. That looks horrible.

No wood in there.

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7. Which type are you?

I think I might be the Hemingway.

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8. Watch it in slow-motion.

It’s always fun!

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9. The Sea Peoples.

Who were they?

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10. The Angel’s Glow.

It saved their lives.

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Now we want to hear from you!

Have you seen anything online lately that has really impressed you?

Facts? Stories? Charts? Great photos?

Please share them with us in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

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10 Interesting Facts for You to Enjoy Today

We all need a break…a FACT break, that is!

And we think we have some damn good ones lined up for you to look at that will make you think about the world in a new and interesting way.

Hey, it’s what we do…and we LOVE doing it!

So dive into this set of facts and feel free to share it with your family and friends.

Enjoy!

1. That is horrifying.

Can you imagine these creatures roaming around?

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2. A true story.

And a tragic one.

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3. That should get them to talk.

Let’s start from the beginning…

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4. That’s kind of crazy to think about.

Did you know about this?

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5. Mayday! Mayday!

Make sure you use it the correct way.

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6. Women are survivors.

And they always have been.

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7. I wish they lived to be 80…

But, such is life…

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8. I love this idea!

Let’s bring it over here!

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9. Stop and smell the roses.

It’s good for you.

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10. And they never forgot this…

They’re still kind of worshipped, aren’t they?

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How about you?

Have you seen any facts or interesting stories lately that have really caught your eye?

Share them with us in the comments.

Please and thank you!

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Fascinating Facts That’ll Make You Think

Ready to put your thinking cap on?

I know I sure am!

In that case, we’re happy to present you with another set of great facts that will stimulate your brain and make you ponder all kinds of facets of life.

What else could you ask for, really?!?!

Are you ready to get your learnin’ on?

Let’s do it together!

1. Let’s see how rich you are…

Let me see your pineapple, sir.

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2. It happens to even the most famous people.

All throughout history…

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3. This makes a lot of sense.

Kids need their fathers.

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4. Monkeys using money.

They’re pretty sharp, aren’t they?

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5. Well, that’s a relief.

Forgetfulness is okay!

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6. Mind your business.

He was a smart man.

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7. This guy! Right here!

I’m very thankful for this invention.

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8. Is this obscene?

No, but this is hilarious.

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9. I did not know that!

Very interesting stuff!

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10. An offer he couldn’t refuse.

That sounds like a very loud cat!

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Now we want to hear from you.

Have you seen any really interesting facts or articles lately?

If so, please share them with us in the comments.

Thanks in advance!

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Would You Die for Your Country? People Talk About This Complicated Question.

Patriotism is complicated and it varies among people. And it’s obviously totally different depending on the country that you come from.

Americans are typically pretty patriotic people and I think many of them would say they’d die for their country.

But it is a very complicated question…

AskReddit users shared their thoughts.

1. From the UK.

“If we were under threat then yeah. I

f we weren’t under threat and Boris was like, “let’s invade [insert Middle Eastern country]” then no.”

2. Only for a good reason.

“If there was a real enemy threatening to invade and kill or enslave my loved ones then yes

But for oil? Not happening.”

3. A strong NO.

“That’s a strong no.

No politicians are willing to work for the country.

Losing my life for the war created by them is nothing but vain.”

4. It’s complicated.

“No. Not inherently.

Dying (and worse, killing) simply ‘for your country’ has been the anthem of leaders sending the young and terrified to die in battle for centuries.

I would, however, die for the people I love, the places I choose to make my life in and the core ideals I consider most important for the benefit of mankind. At the very least, I’d go into battle for them.

What I’d really be thinking just before I die is unknowable to me – maybe I’d regret it all.

I dunno.”

5. Only for defense.

“In defense of my people, sure.

Attacking to give my people an economic advantage, no way.”

6. I just live here.

“I would die for my friends and family.

I wouldn’t die for my country, it doesn’t care for me individually.

I just happen to live here.”

7. It depends…

“Defensively: probably. If you are defending home and family it makes sense

Offensively: hell no. How many offensive wars in history were justified?

I die trying to kill some other guy just defending his home so some aristocrat a thousand kilometers away can have his moment?”

8. From Hong Kong.

“As a Hongkonger, I would die for my people against my ‘country’.”

9. Nope.

“Nah.

I’m not dying for an oil company.”

10. No way.

“Absolutely not.

I’ll fight tooth and nail for my family, but that’s it.”

11. Not gonna happen.

“Hell no.

Its a random assortment of strangers, a government I have no say in and a flag I don’t care about.”

12. Fighting Irish.

“Ireland is a small nation. We dont have much in defense. No aircraft artillery, tanks, or anything. We need our allies more than ever.

But if it came down to invasion by anyone or army of any size. I’d d*mn well defend it with everything I got.

Because its gonna take a whole lot to make us Irish quit.”

13. Arbitrary lines.

“Nope.

I don’t care about serving and protecting arbitrary lines on a map.

Most don’t, most who enlist only do it for the free college, adventure, etc. No one’s died protecting my country from an actual threat since WW2. All the deaths since then have been for absolutely nothing.

Decades of men and women sent off to die for nothing. It’s infuriating, and no one cares. I respect those who give a sh*t and would sign up if there was an actual threat, and I pity those who have or do serve and actually think anything they did/do is protecting anyone they love.

It’s all a game, paid for in blood. And everyone pretends it’s okay to just carry on like that.

Not a game I’ll ever be playing.”

14. Finland.

“The question hits pretty differently depending on where you live. When we are talking about defending Finland, we are talking about a situation where a small country known for it’s well-being, happiness and progress is being attacked by a corrupt and oppressive mafia state with population almost 30 times larger.

The original question sounds very different if you are an American with knowledge about the recent history of American military involvement than it sounds for a generic Finn.”

Finns aren’t openly that patriotic but when it comes to defending this land we are f*cking mental. We have had this discussion many times in school and with my friends and basically everyone says they would give their life for this country.”

15. Maybe…

“There’s a big difference between dying for your country and dying in the name of it.

Would I die to advance our medical knowledge or environment or something? Sure.

Would I die because some politician got angry at another country?

No thank you.”

Now we want to hear from you.

How would you answer this question?

Talk to us in the comments, please!

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