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  • What dinosaurs really sounded like

    What dinosaurs really sounded like

    Who could forget the terrifying, eardrum-bursting roar of the Tyrannosaurus rex in "Jurassic Park"? Though memorable, this movie representation is far from accurate. Key Facts: "Jurassic Park" creators combined the sounds of a baby elephant, alligator and tiger for the dinosaurs' roars. Birds use...

  • We're all family here

    We're all family here

    Tracing your family tree far into the past presents a conundrum: You'll eventually have more distinct ancestors than people who have ever existed on Earth. Key Facts: If you traced your family tree back 64 generations, it would contain one quintillion separate individuals. As early as 300 BC, there...

  • Why we see faces in random places

    Why we see faces in random places

    Have you ever looked at the front of a car and seen two eyes and a mouth in the headlights and grill?  Key Facts: Seeing faces in things that have no faces is an example of apophenia. Apophenia is defined as "an unmotivated seeing of connections, and specific feeling of abnormal meaningfulness."...

  • There's no such thing as cold

    There's no such thing as cold

    Believe it or not, cold does not actually exist. Key Facts: What you're experieincing when you experience cold, is the absence of heat. Temperature is the energy of clashing atoms. A cubic meter of deep space would make you freeze instantly due to the lack of atoms. Temperature is a measure of...

  • How a Chicago restaurant produced no trash for 2 years

    How a Chicago restaurant produced no trash for 2 years

    The trash can really pile up in just a single day at a restaurant. Key Facts: In just one hour at a typical restaurant, about 8 gallons (30.3 liters) of garbage are produced. One sustainable restaurant in Chicago called Sandwich Me In saw this as a challenge to do something different. Amazingly,...

  • Celebrate a frozen dead guy this winter

    Celebrate a frozen dead guy this winter

    In the small mountain town of Nederland, Colorado, a three-day festival brings in 15,000 people every year: Frozen Dead Guy Days. Key Facts: The activities at Frozen Dead Guy Days include live music, a hearse parade, a casket race, a frozen salmon toss and more. "Grandpa" Bredo Morstoel is the...

  • Nintendo is older than you think

    Nintendo is older than you think

    When you think about card games, Nintendo is likely not what comes to mind first. But that's exactly how the world-famous gaming company began. Key Facts Nintendo was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi, a talented maker of Hanafuda playing cards. Nintendo's earliest video-game hit was called Radar Scope,...

  • Put your dance moves to good use

    Put your dance moves to good use

    Anyone who's ever broken it down on the dance floor knows how draining a dance club can be. Two engineers from Holland came up with an innovative to put the energy to use: the Sustainable Dance Floor. The concept, which was launched in 2005, puts springs beneath floors and gears that convert the...

  • There's danger in the water

    There's danger in the water

    There's danger in the water and it's called naegleria fowleri. Key Facts: Naegleria fowleri is about a quarter of the width of a human hair. From 2001 to 2010, 32 people were infected by Naegleria fowleri in America. About 80 percent of Naegleria fowleri infections have occurred in males who were...

  • Here's how to really get away from it all

    Here's how to really get away from it all

    Al Worden really knows how to get away from it all. Key Facts: Worden was a pilot in the Air Force, then made a major career change in becoming an astronaut. Colonel Worden was the command module pilot on NASA'a Apollo 11 that landed on the moon on July 26, 1971. Worden returned from this historic...

  • The mother of many mother tongues

    The mother of many mother tongues

    The languages spoken in Europe, the Middle East, and India all likely evolved from one original language. Key Facts: Proto-Indo-European (4000 B.C.) or PIE, is recognized as the language from which all Indo-European languages are descended from. Middle Egyptian is the typical form of Egyptian from...

  • Why should we care about cow burps?

    Why should we care about cow burps?

    Cows and other livestock produce methane, a prevalent greenhouse gas, as they digest their food.  Key Facts: Pound for pound, methane is about 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide in terms of its impact on climate change. A cow's diet can affect the amount of methane the cow produces. Reducing...

  • Welcome to the world's largest nudist colony

    Welcome to the world's largest nudist colony

    The world's largest nudist colony is the size of a small city.  Key Facts Clothing is prohibited in the naturist village of Cap d'Agde in France. The naturist village of Cap d'Agde in France has 180 businesses, a marina and a 2-kilometer stretch of beach. One major idea behind nudity in nudist...

  • Welcome to Liberland

    Welcome to Liberland

    A new tiny country popped up onto the world map in April of 2015.  Key Facts Liberland is a taxless, unregulated micronation founded in April of 2015. The current permanent population of Liberland is zero. Liberland states that their only military weapon is "diplomacy." The micronation of Liberland,...

  • What are the Marfa lights?

    What are the Marfa lights?

    On the side of a desolate road in Texas sits a sign that reads "SEE MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS." What does it mean? Key Facts The Marfa lights are a strange phenomenon that occur year-round in Marfa, Texas. The Marfa lights are also referred to as the "Marfa ghost lights." There is a Marfa Lights Festival...

  • The sought-after feeling of flow

    The sought-after feeling of flow

    The concept of flow was popularized by positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, who researched this type of enjoyable immersion by speaking to artists, athletes and other people who often "lose themselves" in their work. Key Facts: The experience of flow requires a good balance between the...

  • You have more in common with your friends than you think

    You have more in common with your friends than you think

    A 2014 study found that friends could be a kind of "functional kin," sharing certain genotypes with each other to gain an evolutionary benefit. Key Facts: Your genes may be similar enough to those of your friends that you could pass as fourth cousins. Some of the most common genes shared between...

  • Is bottled air really necessary?

    Is bottled air really necessary?

    The city of Beijing faces very serious issues in terms of air pollution. Key Facts The notoriously smog-filled city in China raised its smog alert from orange to red in the later parts of 2015. During that time, demand for bottled fresh air from Vitality Air went through the roof. The Canadian...

  • The forgotten pastime of pro-walking

    The forgotten pastime of pro-walking

    For a brief period of time in America, competitive walking was the hottest spectator sport. Key Facts The sport was known as pedestrianism. From the 1870s through the 1890s, people would watch competitive walking races take place indoors, outdoors, in small towns, in big cities and anywhere else....

  • Thank these underwater cables for your Internet connection

    Thank these underwater cables for your Internet connection

    In total, the network of cables that spans the ocean floor between continents is hundreds of thousands of miles long. Key Facts The thickest of the submarine communication cables are no thicker than a soda can. Some submarine communication cables are as deep underwater as Mt. Everest is high. The...

  • This is what happens at a magician's funeral

    This is what happens at a magician's funeral

    The International Brotherhood of Magicians is the world's largest organization for the magical arts. Key Facts: When a member of this organization dies, a very special and intimate ritual is performed at the funeral: it is called the Broken Wand Ceremony. This ritual is performed at the request...

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