Ferdio is an infographic agency in Copenhagen, Denmark, and they're on a mission to inform the Internet about just how incredible our world really is.

To do so, Ferdio launched Factourism, a project dedicated to sharing facts that are 100% true and 100% fascinating. Tailoring them to fit online, Ferdo is illustrating the facts too, and the pictures are really cool.

Continue scrolling to check them out and fire up Ferdio's earlier submission to Bored Panda if you want more interesting trivia.

More info: factourism.com | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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Geese have excellent hearing, exceptional eyesight, are very territorial, aggressive, and loud. For all of these reasons, some police stations in rural parts Xinjiang Province now have geese guarding at night.

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Kaisu
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4 months ago

Makes sense, geese are ruthless and will fight anyone or anything

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"In a world where fake news, misinformation, and biased content are on the rise, it can be hard to separate truth from fiction. This shouldn’t be the case," a Ferdio spokesperson told Bored Panda. "Actually, the world is fascinating without faking it. Therefore, we created Factourism -- a place to explore all of the amazing facts of our world, combining our love for strange facts with our love for illustration."

Ferdio wants everyone to have zero doubt when it comes to their facts' legitimacy, so it provides the source for each one of them.

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Born in 1913, Sister Mary Kenneth Keller professed her vows with the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the 40s, before proceeding to get a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in mathematics and physics in the 50s. Finally, she completed her PhD in computer science in the 1965, one of the first two of its sort in the US, with her thesis “Inductive inference on computer generated patterns”.⁠

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Clove Kentwell
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4 months ago

I think I did a report about her in elementary school.

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"Sure, there already are a lot of fact-based websites and SoMe accounts, but most of these simply lack quality. When it comes to design and creativity, they often use stock images and/or text in a very generic way. The main problem, however, is that these facts are either doubtful or, even worse, non-existent in the first place."

There really isn't a theme that Factourism likes the most. "Our facts can both be hilarious, mind-blowing, horrifying and surprising covering all kinds of topics like nature, culture, brands, science, climate, history or technology," the spokesperson said. "We like that you can explore all sort of things from farts, selfies, pizzas, sweat, Ikea, Nutella, sex toys, you name it."

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Kids aged four and six were asked to perform a repetitive task, but offered the option to take breaks playing video games instead. No need to say that they didn’t persevere much at the assignment. But across both ages, they did spend more time working in the case they were impersonating Batman.

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Mark
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4 months ago

Na na na na na na na na, hoover!

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Ferdio is constantly collecting and looking for new facts in order to present their followers with the most interesting stuff. "Our ... list is massive, and we actually tend to skip more facts than we use for various reasons. But basically it comes down to whether or not a particular fact is surprising and trustworthy, as well as how much visual potential does it have."

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Several species of ants, attines, started farming 55 to 60 millions of years before humans did. They favourite food? Fungus. They organise themselves around cutting grass and leaves, bringing them back to their colony, watching after fungus growing on the harvested crop, and then collecting and eating the fungus. The fungus species evolves along with each ant species.⁠

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Katherine Boag
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4 months ago

Antgriculture

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Everyone in Ferdio has developed a keen interest in Factourism and the whole team is involved in one way or the other. Be it researching, designing, or publishing. "We're a small team of eight people, mainly consisting of graphic designers. The concept of Factourism is established, but we like that everyone has a different take on each fact. Currently, we add 2-3 new facts every week, but we also have a business to run, so we often plan a big batch of facts for the upcoming month."

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Seven configurations for each of the days that can start the year, times two for leap and non-leap years, it’s that simple.⁠

2020 started on a Wednesday and is a leap year, as we will get a February 29 like almost every 4 years. The last leap year to start on that day was 1992, as were 1964 and 1936, so search your attic and explore your local thrift shops, see if you can excavate a calendar to recycle for the new year!⁠

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Wazz
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4 months ago

I guess that's the 7 different days of the week that the 1st of January can fall, times two, one for leap years and one for non-leap years.

Lilly Rose Poppy
Community Member
4 months ago

Math!

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Luna Lovebug
Community Member
4 months ago

2020 got cancelled, so no need for a calendar

Justbenwithaone
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4 months ago

When can I re-use my 2020 diary? I haven’t written anything in this one. 🤔

R L
Community Member
4 months ago

2048

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Cathy Cee
Community Member
4 months ago

Dang, I thru out all my unused 1992 calendars in 1993. . .

Seabeast
Community Member
4 months ago

You can reuse your 2020 calendar in 2048 as well.

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
4 months ago

Easter Sunday falls on any Sunday between March 22-April 25, though...

NavyDave
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4 months ago

It's the first sunday after the first full moon after the spring evening.

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Claire Armstrong
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4 months ago

Is this another way of working it out - I noticed that there is 28 years between all those years 1936 - 1964 - 1992 - 2020 but I don't know if all the years would work out like that or if it's just the leap years, and I don't mind admitting I don't have the patience or the brain power or even the inclination to try and work it out lol

Paul Ellis
Community Member
4 months ago

"we will get a February 29 like almost every 4 years" WTF is "like" doing in that sentence? Get a grip

NavyDave
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4 months ago

Well, it's every forth year, but not if it's dividible by 100 and not with 400.

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Eniko Bata
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4 months ago

Leap years “almost every 4 years”???

Lorraine R
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4 months ago

I think that years that end with '00' are not Leap years, even though they come four years after the last Leap Year.

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ewadora
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4 months ago

I wish I could go back to 1992 and be good student for change. Now I would be to work from home in sweatpants, not just sit at home in sweatpants:)

Kesam
Community Member
4 months ago

I like using https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/repeating.html?year=2020 for stuff like that

Lexie Hayes
Community Member
4 months ago

I meannnnn... Ok

Amy Pontious
Community Member
4 months ago

Interesting

Yvonne Torburn-Clark
Community Member
4 months ago

Isn't that part of the perpetual calendar?

fainasKeturatis
Community Member
4 months ago

28, not 14, otherwise you could use the calendar from 2006 for 2020.

NavyDave
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4 months ago

1994 was 7 leap years back and 2020 is a leap year.

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nettie netwitch
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4 months ago

Who needs a calendar in 2020???

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow..:+}

Steve Cruz
Community Member
4 months ago

The only things I've kept around for 28 years are t-shirts and socks.

Damon Hill
Community Member
4 months ago

I've pissed off a number of people with this fact when they start that crap of "5 Fridays in this month and this won't happen again for another 875 years". I actually keep a chart with me that tells what years match which calendars. I also like ti when someone says "today's date is xx/xx/xx, this won't happen again for 100 years. I say and how is that any different than EVERY date? Some people still don't get it.

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
4 months ago

IDamn, and I have been trowing then away

BlueCustardAngel
Community Member
4 months ago

Except 1992 rocked! 2020 better do some crazy cool things quick if it's gonna catch up...... like everybody gets unicorns whose kisses are coronavirus vaccines and they poop rainbow skittles that can't be spent as any currency.... anywhere. Oh! And they grant wishes! That MIGHT make up for the 2020 sh*tiness thus far. But probably not

friendlyneighborhoodtheaterkid
Community Member
4 months ago

ayyyee leapyears my bday

Clifford Shaw
Community Member
4 months ago

I once had a "perpetual" calendar. Thanks for the memory

Carol Taylor
Community Member
4 months ago

where'd my comment go..??

Carol Taylor
Community Member
4 months ago

l remember mum used to hang the old calendars in the outside dunny..l found one that corresponded with the year we were in at the time, so l recycled it..

elfin
Community Member
4 months ago

Then there's this, just to confuse things. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_leap_year

V
Community Member
4 months ago

WOW

Jen
Community Member
4 months ago

This would of been useful to read either December time or January 1st.... not in May lol

Kayden Yan
Community Member
4 months ago

huh, i never thought of that...

Mascha Claessens
Community Member
4 months ago

But I already USED the 1992 calendar when I was one... :-( Now I'll still have to buy a new one!

JazzyWorld
Community Member
4 months ago

Mental Abuse To Humans. MATH.

EA
Community Member
4 months ago

This is hurting my brain trying to make sense of it

Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, we really don't need something to remind us it is 2020.

N G
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4 months ago

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Hmmm, i don't really believe this

NavyDave
Community Member
4 months ago

Criticism is good, but thinking before you type is better.

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#6

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Prolific in sketches and notes-taking, Leonardo da Vinci was ambidextrous. He was able to draw and write (in his infamous backwards script) with both his left and right hands.

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Mark
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4 months ago

So can I but nothing that you could read or tell what the picture is of ;)

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In the nineties, Ethan Zuckerman was working for a website named Tripod. The website was displaying advertising, but the ads were getting in the way of the content and announcers were not always happy with the pages their banners ended up appearing on. When a big car manufacturer was not that keen of having their ad displaying on a page about sodomy the website was hosting, Ethan came up with a solution: a simple piece of code that would open the ad in a separate window. The invention took on, and spread far more than anyone would have wanted, becoming one of the most hated form of online advertisement, and leading browser vendors to implement pop-up blocking features. Ethan finally went public with an apology: “I’m sorry. Our intentions were good”. He believes that “advertising is the original sin of the web” and is now the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media.⁠

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

That’s why I am grateful to the person who invented ad blocker.

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It’s no secret that today’s birds are descendants to what used to be dinosaurs. To study the locomotion of dinosaurs, researchers from the faculty of science of the university of Santiago realised that by moving backwards the centre of gravity of common birds, chickens, from their hatching to their adulthood, they could get the birds to walk more or less like dinosaurs used to. How? By having the chickens wearing artificial tails.

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Dat Bored Pugtato =0=
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4 months ago

Oh yeah! Pretty sure the chicken is related to the t-Rex. I read that somewhere?

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#9

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We know more than 7,500 cultivars of apples. Some are good for eating, others are better for cider, jelly, or ornamentation, certain are quite old and not fit for mass production.



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Martha Meyer
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4 months ago

Then why do they sell only the utterly tasteless ones in stores these days?

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elia 84631
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4 months ago

Great name and logo

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Not only rabbit can recognise the smell of faeces of known predatory species, but it has been found that they are also able to distinguish the ones that has specifically been eating other rabbits. If an area houses an animal a little too fond of eating rabbits in the near past, then it is probably best to avoid this place for a while.⁠

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Andrew Gibb
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4 months ago

I wonder how they discovered this...

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When grapes are put in a microwave oven, especially when cut in two, their shape and material refract the waves in a way that eventually ionise the sodium and potassium content of the fruit and create plasma that ignites and takes fire. A popular science-fair/YouTube trick, Canadian scientists have since studied the phenomenon and reproduced it using artificial water beads. They note that the science behind it could serve as a base to develop wireless antennas and superresolution imaging. All thanks to someone who once wanted to eat warm grapes.⁠

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Wazz
Community Member
4 months ago

If you cut a grape in 2 and put the 2 pieces touching each other in the microwave you can create a plasma

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A researcher from the University of Sydney who studied a herd of cows for five months established that each cow was expressing themselves individually, voicing their emotions: excitement, arousal, engagement, or distress. In the context of farming, the research concluded that by understanding the different moos, farmers can give their attention to the individual cows who need it.⁠

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Hans
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4 months ago

I guesse many animals communicate a lot, we merely ignore them.

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elia 84631
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4 months ago

I imagine Super Mario lives in prehistroric age

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Daria B
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4 months ago

And I'm eating cheese right now as I'm seeing this....

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⁠Cleaning exposes your lungs to chemical sprays and other cleaning agents, which causes damage to respiratory health in the long term. It is especially true for people doing cleaning as their job. A study found out that over time, the impairment caused by cleaning is similar to smoking cigarettes: “This study suggests that […] long-term respiratory health is impaired 10–20 years after cleaning activities. […] The effect size was comparable to the effect size related to 10–20 pack-years of tobacco smoking.” (A pack-year being the number of packs smoked in a day multiplied by the number of years spent smoking)

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Ben Smith
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4 months ago

I suppose it’s the exposure to chemicals...but then you’re left with a clean house....which is of course healthier than a dirty house. So I doubt the validity of this one.

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The US flag, stripes and stars, has been having a similar design since the 18th century. But with the number of states changing all the time, the number of stars had to change too. And who says a different number of stars says a different arrangement, so that they all fit satisfyingly in the blue rectangle. With the addition of Alaska and Hawaii in early second half of the 20th century, there was a need for a 50-stars design. The designer of the winning arrangement, 9 lines of alternating 5 and 6 stars, is called Robert Heft and came up with it as part of a school project. He spent a weekend cutting and sewing his flat proposal, which was accepted as an official flag by congressman Walter Moeller and finally adopted in 1960.⁠

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Rob Seymour
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4 months ago

He was the only person legally allowed to write on the flag. My parents met him years ago and got me an autographed flag. Pretty stinkin cool when you think about it.

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Or rather, a diamond can grow around another diamond, although there is only one instance of the rare phenomenon known to us. In 2019, miners in Yakutia, Russia made a curious discovery: a diamond with an internal cavity, holding another diamond. It might be over 800 millions years old and geologists have been coming up with hypotheses concerning how it was formed.⁠

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Wazz
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4 months ago

Shine bright like a double diamond

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and previously the Mir station, are not exempt of voting duty. They get their ballot as an encrypted PDF in their e-mail inbox, can cast their vote from one of the onboard computers, and send it back to their voting clerk. It initially required some adaptation in the law down back Earth to accommodate for this derogation, but now people in space can voice their political preference almost like anyone else.

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Hans
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4 months ago

Make a better choice next time...

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A small study, performed in 2008 in California on ten persons being recorded performing everyday office tasks, showed that they were on average touching their face 15.7 times an hour. If we consider a sleeping time of 8 hours, that’s about 250 times a day during waking hours.

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kathryn stretton
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4 months ago

I never realised how much I touched my face until i was told not to because of corona virus.

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Billionaire Jeff Bezos, entrepreneur behind Amazon and richest person in the world, is worth $110 billion. He earns $2,489 a second. In 15 minutes, he earn as much as what an American with a bachelor’s degree earns in their lifetime. In the meantime, many are the Amazon workers who are edging the threshold of poverty. Bezos is notably using some of his money to launch manned space programmes.

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Kaisu
Community Member
4 months ago

So he could easily spend that money on people who are struggling to survive, without it negatively affecting his finances at all. He just chooses not to.

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Anthropodermic bibliopegy. That is the proper name for binding books with human leather rather than another animal’s. A morbid practice that was occasionally done in the 19th century and earlier. Some of the resulting books are now conserved in the Harvard Library at Harvard University.⁠

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Roadkill The Brave
Community Member
4 months ago

It happened. I don't know how many books were originally bound that way, but I know it happened more than people thought. There was minimal difference to using human v.s. animal hide. The human skinned books creep me out less than what happened during the holocaust. Some of the Jews who had tattoo's were killed and their skin was used for lamp shades. Their hair was used to stuff pillows, and trust me when I say that you do not want to look to much further into that. It got pretty disturbing, especially Ilse Koch. Man, google at you're own risk, but there are more Human remains used for things than a lot of people know. Not like Ed Gein, but still, you'd be surprised.

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From outside, “the Manor” in Guelph, Ontario could look like any other strip club. But it isn’t: it offers social housing to people who are recovering from addiction, live in poverty, or are just out of prison; its owner has taken the endeavour to help the poor; and a Christian pastor has been hosting a weekly service there for the past six years.

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Mike Crow
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4 months ago

why do North Americans think nudity is bad? You see guns and violence (including death) on shows and movies are deemed acceptable for children but as soon as nudity is involved everyone freaks out.

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Osaka is home of the Gate Tower Building (Gēto Tawā Biru), a 16-storeys tower opened in 1992 and designed by architects Azusa Sekkei and Yamamoto-Nishihara Kenchiku Sekkei Jimushō. Three of it floors are crossed by a motorway, going through a large hole in the building. The road does not touch the building and is held by a bridge, while the elevator go straight from level 4 to level 8.⁠

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Mark
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4 months ago

Why go round when you can go through!

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The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in South West England was built around 5000 to 4000 years ago and believed to have been a burial ground and to have been used for spiritual purposes. It has since become one of the most well-known landmarks, and has been forever attracting visitors. It’s very recently that the site has been protected: the land has had many owners before finally becoming public, buildings – now removed – has been built near to it, people would chisel off bits of rocks to take home as souvenirs, and until 1977 indeed, it was allowed to climb on the rocks.⁠

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Jon S.
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4 months ago

Its no coincidence that the majority of the damage to the stones happened in the late 19th and mid 20th century, when they became famous but had no protection.

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We often think of dinosaurs as all living in a period far in the past. But the Mesozoic Era, as it is called, lasted from 250 million to 66 million years ago. In other words, it lasted almost three times longer than the time that separate us from it now. An early dinosaur like Stegosaurus lived about 150 million years ago. A later specimen like Tyrannosaurus lived around 67 million years ago. As for humans, the earliest australopiths appeared 4 millions years ago.

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Dat1grl
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4 months ago

I’ve heard t-Rex and triceratops didn’t exist at the same time, but not sure about the validity 😊

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More than 300 people have died on the Everest since it was first climbed about a hundred years ago. Since removing the bodies is a dangerous enterprise in itself, and a very expensive one, most are kept on the mountain, frozen on location. In recent years, climbing the mountain has become more popular and a record number of permits has been issued, leading the paths to be overcrowded and the risks of accidents higher – meaning even more fatal ascents.⁠

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Mark
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4 months ago

Yeee, knew this one, sadly it is also a mess of discarded equipment as well, mostly used oxygen cylinders.

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“Ahoy”. The nautical greeting could have been the first thing you say on the phone if the preferences of Alexander Graham Bell were followed. Rather, it is “Hello”, preferred by Thomas Edison and printed in the How-To guides of many early telephone books, that was adopted by the first telephone users. Its use then escaped the telephone lines to become the word we know today. Until then however, “Hello” wasn’t used as a greeting. It could express surprise of call for attention, but was not meant to mean “Hi”.

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Mark
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4 months ago

I'm still waiting for "smell ya later" to replace "goodbye"

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Most people don’t clean their phone and most people touch about 3,000 times a day. That's a lot less cleaning and a lot more touching than what happens to a toilet seat or flush. A study found a higher amount of bacteria, yeast and mould on phones than on toilets. Keyboards, mice and trackpads are also concerned.⁠

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Andrew Gibb
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4 months ago

I use grapes to touch my phone, then pop them in the microwave

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No Nazi party forcing their way into it: it was a joke. Erik Gottfrid Christian Brandt, an antifascist member of the Swedish parliament, nominated Adolf Hitler as a satirical comment on the nomination of Neville Chamberlain, UK prime minister who had just declared war on Germany. Brandt didn’t mean for his nomination to be taken seriously, and as soon as it was, he sent a letter to withdraw the application.

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Linus Nilsson
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4 months ago

I never understood why this is such an interesting fact. The nomination for the peace prize is open to anyone. That does not mean that the commitee has to consider it. If I'm not wrong I think Putin has been nominated each year the last six years

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