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And that's the beauty of it. You never know what these guys will drop next! Continue scrolling to check out their recent posts and fire up our earlier piece for the older ones.

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Turning left puts drivers against the flow of vehicles coming the other way, which leads them to wait 30–45 seconds each time with the engine running. A new routing system introduced a few years ago, which calculates routes favouring right turns, saves the whole UPS 10 million gallons (38 million litres) of fuel every year. On top of that, right turns are more safe, leading to only 1.2% of crashes instead of 22.2% for left turns.

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magnadar
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1 year ago

Now imagine how many they actually use per year

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The team at Ferdio aren't quite sure if there's an actual pattern to which facts their followers like the most. "In general, it seems that facts which are surprising and relatable get the most attention," a company spokesperson told Bored Panda.

"We always try to do proper research and properly check the fact before we illustrate it. If it's questionable, we skip it ... We always try to rely on academic and scientific literature with reliable sources."

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Thanks to modern television screens, dogs are able to watch TV as well as humans⁠⁠Human eyes can register around 55 images a second, while dogs, better at detecting quick movements, can see around 75 images a second. Older television sets were flickering around 60 times a second, good for humans but not adapted to dogs. New television screens have higher frequencies, so dogs can finally appreciate what happens on TV.

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Alastor the radio demon
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1 year ago

My cat watches TV with us

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 year ago

When I fostered a kitten I tried one of those cat apps: it had moving bugs he could stomp, alternating with water dripping. Poor wee dear would wait to catch the bug when it was supposed to "come out" from the side of the iPad, and tried to drink the water :D I think he'd have given it a 10/10 for realism!

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Dinorange
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah i remember my childhood-dog not being impressed by the tv at all; and all these dogs on tiktok are going crazy about what's happening on the screen - I was like WHAT? Now I understand! Thanx

M O'Connell
Community Member
1 year ago

I've definitely observed this with cats. High-resolution LCD panels are much clearer at close distances than color CRT screens ever were.

Crochet lady
Community Member
1 year ago

My beloved dog who I just lost last year watched Homeward Bound on rainy days when he was stuck in the house more. He absolutely loved that movie and would stand with his paws on the tv stand and put his ball down for the dogs in the movie, he would bark at really exciting parts He would also run around to the back of the tv looking for the dogs. He also liked the live action version of the Lion King. I miss that boy, miss watching movies with him.

Angus Carnegie
Community Member
1 year ago

if only they could speak english

Grace and Lucy
Community Member
1 year ago

While dog sitting for my son his French Bull dog not only watched pro basketball but ran from one end of the tv to the other end syncing himself with the players. He asked for a uniform but I told him , wait til Christmas.

AnimalsRuleHumansDrool
Community Member
1 year ago

My dog likes to bark at other dogs on screen.

GFS gogo
Community Member
8 months ago

dogs appreciate technology

Crazy Meerkat Lady
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

So why is my pupper not interested

PKMN Trainer Link
Community Member
1 year ago

My dog loves tv

Chaotic-Pansexual-Gemini
Community Member
1 year ago

I always see my dogs watching tv with us. They seem so intrigued

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
1 year ago

So that's why my doggos watch movies with us.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

My dog hates all the horses on Tv. But loves nature shows

denzoren
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh wow, I never thought of this.

tail_bite
Community Member
1 year ago

... if I get a dog they can watch me play botw yay

bruh (still *me*)
Community Member
1 year ago

Good boi now let’s watch

Nathan Pogorzala
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my Wally loves to watch TV.

Rick Krivoniak
Community Member
1 year ago

So, before flat screen TVs, dogs couldn't see humans?

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 year ago

No, the catho-ray tube televisions worked on a specific frame rate per second that is compatible with human vision, but not other species.

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Hanni
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1 year ago

And that's why we don't watch TV anymore...my dog is too scared of the fast changing images.

Daniel Atkins
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1 year ago

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Oh great so now pets can get screen addiction now.

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Several species of ants, attines, started farming 55 to 60 millions of years before humans did. Their 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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magnadar
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1 year ago

Do they also abuse the farmers by paying them too less to survive?

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When the company started Factourism, each of their fact posts included only a simple title, an illustration, and a link to the source. Eventually, however, they realized that many readers don't click the link, so they started to include a small description next to their facts as well.

Even though Factourism has been running for quite some time now, Ferdio say they aren't running out of ideas. "We have an ongoing list of hundreds of facts that are waiting to be checked and illustrated. However, we tend to spend more time on researching sources to make sure that each fact is well-documented."

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Wine glasses are seven times larger than they used to be⁠⁠{Weekend Repost}⁠The average wine glass from the 1700s was about 66ml, against 417ml in the 2000s. That is a finding of research conducted by scientists from the university of Cambridge. Comparing 411 glasses from the past 300 years found in museums, catalogues, and other sources, they found that their size got six to seven times larger during that time. The larger increase has been happening in the last few decades, leading to the question of what it can mean in terms of alcohol consumption.

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• Lemønchu •
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1 year ago

Shhh... we can still get away with it if we keep quiet

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trees Can Send Secret Warning Signals To Other Trees About Incoming Insect Attacks⁠
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plants Can Communicate With One Another. Some Correspond With Each Other By Emitting Volatile Organic Chemicals, Some Even Send Electric Signals. The Meaning Of The Messages Can Have Different Goals, Such As Alerting About Insects, Advising Nice Directions For Growing, Regulating Temperature, Etc.

Plants can communicate with one another. Some correspond with each other by emitting volatile organic chemicals, some even send electric signals. The meaning of the messages can have different goals, such as alerting about insects, advising nice directions for growing, regulating temperature, etc.

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bruh (still *me*)
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1 year ago (edited)

I’ve got eyes on insects, on your three.

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The project recently culminated in a book. "Factourism: An Illustrated Journey of Funny, Horrible, and Unbelievable Facts About...Everything" offers to discover remarkable information about science, animals, history, and other areas, presenting 150 of the most extraordinary things that have happened in our world.

The interesting pieces of trivia are accompanied by bright, colorful illustrations just like on Factourism's Instagram account, and each beautifully designed page holds something unique.

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The visibly never ending shelf-life of honey is surprising: archaeologists have excavated honey from thousands of years ago, and it’s still unspoiled. One reason is that as a substance, honey has very low moisture, an environment in which very few bacterias can survive. Another is that it is very acidic, again a characteristic that bacterias don’t like. Finally, the bees produce hydrogen peroxide from the nectar, a known antiseptic, to the point that honey can be used in traditional medicine to treat wounds against infection. In a word, honey is hell for bacterias and other microorganisms, so as long as it is sealed and not mixed with anything, they won't dare grow on it and spoil it.⁠

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nunya bussiness
Community Member
1 year ago

they found 3,000 year old honey in a tomb from ancient egypt. heres the full article if you want to read it: https://beemission.com/blogs/news/worlds-oldest-honey

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Play-Doh was originally sold and used as a wallpaper cleaner⁠⁠. The company making Play-Doh, then called Kutol, was mainly producing soap, until the supermarket chain Kroger ordered wallpaper cleaner, a common product at a time where households were heated with dirty coal, from them in the 30s. They started producing the clay-like cleaner, and it soon became their main product. However, the use of wall cleaner declined greatly by the time the 50s arrived. That’s when employee Kay Zufall came in: she had seen a magazine wallpaper cleaner used as a material for kids to model Christmas decorations. She suggested selling the dough as a creative toy for kids. They removed the detergent in it, added colouring and an almond smell, and finally marketed it as Play-Doh.

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john smith
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1 year ago

I'm retired, and to this day, if I get a chance to pop the lid on a can, in a Walmart or a dollar store, I don't hesitate. The pleasant, unique, apperantly almond scented aroma(never knew this till today), immediately brings me back 50 or 60 years. More proof about how memories and smells are intertwined.

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Some cities in the US used to have ‘ugly laws’, fining people $1 to $50 for how they looked⁠⁠And by ugly, mayors mostly meant poor or with a disability. The laws were a pretext to force beggars, people with missing limbs or visible diseases, to stay away from public space. From the 19th century, several cities of the West and Midwest had laws like this. The last one, in Chicago, was only repealed in 1974.

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bruh (still *me*)
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1 year ago

I’d be in for life

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Pigeons, birds with a pretty good visual memory, were trained at classifying mammograms: some with and some without cancerous cells. If they were right, they would be rewarded with a treat. After two weeks, they were able to be 85% accurate. And when using four birds working on the same images, the accuracy of diagnosis went up to 99%. The birds’ newfound medical skills could be used to improve medical imagery data.

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bruh (still *me*)
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1 year ago

It’s time to replace greys anatomy with doctor Gideon the pigeon

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A donut-shaped planet is technically possible⁠⁠⁠{Weekend Repost}⁠Even if extremely unlikely to happen naturally, the possibility of a planet shaped as a torus — the true name of a doughnut shape — is not physically impossible. Researchers have made simulations and calculated the gravitational forces implicated, and everything seems alright. The weather would be very peculiar, and there could even be moons with orbits going through the central hole.

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Eva the Egg
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1 year ago

FiNe tHe wOrLd iSnT FlAt, ItS A DoNuT

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Don’t mess with a crow: they will remember your face. Researchers have been either nice or not nice to crows for scientific purposes, all while wearing different masks. Crows were able to remember which masks were not nice to them, and scans of their heads showed that a region of the brain associated with bad memories — until now only studied in mammals — was activating in the presence of a face they remembered as threatening.

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Charlotte Yu
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1 year ago

found my spirit animal

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The powerful producers of the MGM film required the teenage actress to look as young and thin as possible so as to fit their whim, so they imposed on her a strict diet of some soup and coffee, along with an abundant amount of cigarettes so that would not get too hungry. On top of that, she was put on pills to reduce her appetite and to keep her awake during the long filming hours and a forced lack of sleep. Not exactly “wonderful”.

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Aunt Messy
Community Member
1 year ago

It's what eventually killed her. She became addicted to amphetamines and that triggered a lifetime of drug problems. Elizabeth Taylor lived longer, but she became addicted to amphetamines while filming "National Velvet" so that she would look child-like, and because of an injury while filming also became addicted to opiate pain killers and suffered back and neck pain for her entire life.

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If everyone on the planet consumed as much as the average US citizen, four Earths would be needed to sustain them⁠⁠{Weekend Repost}⁠A set of data produced by the Global Footprint Network measures the ecological impact of the populations of different countries. Their footprint is calculated using statistics about the natural resources used to make the products they consume, as well as their carbon emissions. The researchers calculated the amount of land and sea necessary to sustain each country. The whole world needs 1.5 Earths to be sustainable the way we consume now, and if the entire humanity were to consume the way the United States does, we would need 3.9 Earths. Yet it isn’t the worst, as it is topped by Kuwait (5.1 Earths), Australia (4.8 Earths), the United Arab Emirates (4.7 Earths), and Qatar (4.0 Earths).

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Nathan Pogorzala
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1 year ago

Wait? we are not the biggest consumers? impossible. we need to be #1. (sarcasm on)

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The Scots language has 421 words for snow⁠⁠The Historical Thesaurus of Scots is a big dictionary of the Scots language, the native language of Lowland Scotland, in which academics have been compiling every single known word the language ever had (even though it focuses for now on vocabulary about the weather, sports and games, topics cherished by Scots). And a lot of them have to do with snow: 421 collected so far.

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Jenna Bois
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1 year ago

I mean it makes sense, there's umpteen different TYPES of snow.

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Cheerleading started as an all-male activity⁠⁠Cheerleading in the US can be traced back to the late 19th century, when male students rebelled and, besides taking part in riots, also started practising sports in universities. One of the earliest documented examples of cheerleading dates from 1877, happening at Princeton University. It’s only in 1923 that the University of Minnesota allowed women to join, and most universities followed much later, in the 1940s. By the 1970s, most cheerleaders were women.⁠

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Loretta
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1 year ago

If the first case was in 1877, it's the 19th century, not the 18th.

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Baby giraffes are born falling 1.5 metres to the ground⁠⁠. It’s no secret that giraffes are very tall animals, but a lesser known fact is that they give birth standing up. The first experience of a giraffe calf is a 1.5 metres (about 5 feet) high fall. Infants are then able to stand up in the first half hour of their life, and can run within 10 hours.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

And yet human babies are completely helpless for the first 6-12 months lol.

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29% of San Francisco’s air pollution comes from Asia⁠⁠. Geochemists have analysed the air of the San Francisco Bay Area, both from an urban spot and from a coastal location, looking at pollution particles smaller than 2.5 microns over the course of six months. They have found that 29% of these were 208Pb particles, a specific form of lead that is characteristic of East Asia.

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Foodie panda
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1 year ago

packaged air lol

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Cip IESAN
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1 year ago

Good guys! Better than pooping from a tall branch on the head of some tourist taking a break under the tree!

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There are no stop signs in Paris⁠(the last one was removed in the 2010s)⁠⁠With over 2 million inhabitants and a considerable amount of cars, the French capital has managed to do just fine without any stop signs, a sight that is usually very common in cities. At any unmarked crossing, drivers follow the “priority to the right” rule: cars coming from the right have the right of way. And of course, bigger intersections have traffic lights. It wasn’t always the case, with the last known stop sign disappearing from its street sometime between 2012 and 2014.⁠

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RoseTheMad
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1 year ago (edited)

Putain = Bitch/Whore xP

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The IKEA catalogue is as widespread as the Bible⁠⁠With a print run of more than 200 million copies for each edition, the IKEA catalogue is a bestseller — if it was being sold, that is. It is one of the top most printed books, along with the Bible, the Quran, and Harry Potter.⁠

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Charlotte Yu
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1 year ago

honey let's not forget Agatha Christie and Shakespeare.

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There is a polar bear jail in Canada⁠⁠The town of Churchill in northern Manitoba, visited by a thousand polar bears in the summer, has a special facility for the most troublesome or dangerous of these special visitors: nothing else than a jail, comprising about fifty cells where the bears are locked up to one month and without food. After that, they are flown far away from the town with a helicopter. The theory is that this would be memorable enough for the bear that they won’t want to approach the town ever again, even though they cannot find food anywhere else any more since the ice in the region has melted and their usual food, seals, are now not that common.

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François Carré
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1 year ago

Way to punish the animals for what humans are actually responsible for.

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Queen Elizabeth was a mechanic during WWII⁠⁠During the second world war, Elizabeth II, then princess, now queen of the United Kingdom, was working full-time as a mechanic and driver to help the war efforts. She was 18 in 1944 when she decided, against her father’s (King George V) initial opinion, that she would join the Auxiliary Territorial Service, a women’s branch of the British army. A photo from that time has her fixing a car engine while her mother Queen Elizabeth I is visiting.

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Marianne
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1 year ago

The queen's mother was absolutely not Queen Elizabeth I. :D

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Tennis players produce up to 3 litres of sweat an hour. ⁠⁠A tennis player can create more sweat than their body is able to replace during a 5 hours match, especially when the weather conditions are very hot. Players have to be selective about what balls to put effort into, in order to reduce their own heat and not outdo what their body can take.⁠

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Cip IESAN
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1 year ago

Thanks for not drawing straws with the boxes!

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Steve Jobs Chose The Name Apple Because It Would Be Placed Before Atari In The Phone Book⁠
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when Steve Jobs And Steve Wozniak Created Apple In 1976, The First Of The Two Steves Came Up With The Name Apple For Two Reasons: He Had A Nice Experience Working In An Apple Orchard A Few Years Earlier, And The Name Would Get Them Before Atari In The Phone Book, The Company Where Jobs Was Working Previously.

When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created Apple in 1976, the first of the two Steves came up with the name Apple for two reasons: he had a nice experience working in an apple orchard a few years earlier, and the name would get them before Atari in the phone book, the company where Jobs was working previously.

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Dave P
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1 year ago

actually Woz explained the name was connected to Newtons Apple story, which was also their original logo

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We hold 0.2 mg of gold inside us. ⁠⁠An average person weighing 70 kilograms hosts 43 kg of oxygen, 16 kg of carbon, 7 kg of hydrogen… and 0.2 mg of gold.

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Cip IESAN
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1 year ago

I know some old people who hold more gold in their mouth...

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From the 1200s, the Tower of London started to host a menagerie of exotic animals, the ancestor of what would eventually move and become the London Zoo in the 1830s. The place was finally opened to the general public under Elizabeth I. The entrance was half-pence, but was free if you brought a cat or a dog.

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Marianne
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1 year ago (edited)

I don't think people would bring their pets, but rather strays that they found in the streets or unwanted kittens/puppies. They probably were a nuisance in the cities anyway, so it would be a win-win (I'm just assuming, but makes sense to me).

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A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers on a hot air balloon⁠⁠1783. The Montgolfier brothers, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne, have been doing experiments with hot air balloons for about a year, when they got invited to make their first demonstration with passengers in Versailles, attended by the king Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. The passengers are three farm animals, chosen for their characteristics: a sheep that is not that different from a human, a bird that can fly and a bird that can’t. The balloon flew eight minutes and went 500 metres high, before landing peacefully. The animals were almost fine: the duck was not disrupted, the sheep was eating its hay like nothing happened, but had sat on the rooster, breaking its beak. They became honoured residents of the royal menagerie. A month later, the brothers flew a new balloon, this time with people in it.

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Michelle M
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1 year ago

A sheep, a duck and a rooster walk into a balloon...

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Left-Handed People Tend To Live Shorter Lives Because Almost Everything Is Designed For Right-Handed People⁠
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studies Have Shown That Life Is On Average Shorter For Left-Handers. One That Looked At 1,000 Californians Found Out That The Left-Handed Portion Died On Average 9 Years Younger. They Discovered That Left-Handers Are Also Five Times More Likely To Die In An Accident.⁠

Studies have shown that life is on average shorter for left-handers. One that looked at 1,000 Californians found out that the left-handed portion died on average 9 years younger. They discovered that left-handers are also five times more likely to die in an accident.⁠

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Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
1 year ago

Hm, well I thought I read somewhere that this was a myth, and that this was thought to be true because of the obituaries of some newspapers in the 80s or 90s where most of the people who died happened to be left-handed.

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Cacao Plants Are Slated To Disappear By As Early As 2050 Due To Climate Change⁠
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cacao Plants Are Cultivated In A Very Narrow Strip On The Globe: They Grow Only Around The Equator, In Places That Have Relatively Stable Temperature And Humidity During The Year. But In The Next Few Decades, The Climate Of These Regions Is Expected To Become Warmer And Dryer, Leaving The Cacao Nowhere To Be Grown. Giant Chocolate Companies Like Mars Are Working With Scientists To Find Solutions, Like Making Gmo Cacao Plants Able To Withstand These Conditions, But We Are Certainly Reaching The End Of Chocolate As We Know It.

Cacao plants are cultivated in a very narrow strip on the globe: they grow only around the equator, in places that have relatively stable temperature and humidity during the year. But in the next few decades, the climate of these regions is expected to become warmer and dryer, leaving the cacao nowhere to be grown. Giant chocolate companies like Mars are working with scientists to find solutions, like making GMO cacao plants able to withstand these conditions, but we are certainly reaching the end of chocolate as we know it.

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Noel Bovae
Community Member
1 year ago

Obviously not ideal, but couldn't they just make gigantic greenhouses? All this technology we have, and we can't build a room that can grow freaking chocolate? 🤔

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The most frequently used password is 123456⁠⁠{Weekend Repost}⁠“123456” has been for several consecutive years the most widely used password, according to a list collecting all those which were hacked and leaked. The top 10 also includes the very imaginative “123456789”, “12345678”, “1234567”, and “12345”. As for the second most used password, it is “password”.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

How though, since most websites these days you need to have an upper-case letter, number, sometimes a symbol and a partridge in a pear tree.

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