Miscellaneous

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Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight (is it true?)

You may have heard the saying: ‘Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight’ but does a red sunset really mean you are going to have good weather? Yes! The colour red indicates that dust particles are suspended in the atmosphere under the effect of high pressure. This mass of air coming from the west means that …

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There are 10 million viruses in one drop of sea water

The average count of viruses in 1ml of surface layer water is about 10,000,000. The world’s oceans are teaming with viruses. A litre of seawater typically contains billions of viruses – the vast majority of which remain unidentified. Viruses: Essential to human existence Viruses play an essential role in the life of microorganisms like plankton. …

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A skydiver jumped 25,000 feet without a parachute, check out the video

Luke Aikins had made over 18,000 skydives in his life but in 2016 he made his first jump without a parachute. He reached speeds of 150 mph as he plummetted for two minutes, always keeping an eye out for the tiny square of net that he needed to land on. The daredevil jumper was accompanied …

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Hamburger University is harder to get into than Cambridge, Harvard or Oxford

Hamburger University is a corporate university owned by the McDonalds fast food chain. The university began with a meeting in a in suburban Chicago basement in 1961 between Fred Turner and Ray Kroc. Kroc was CEO at the time and Turner would later become CEO. During his lifetime Kroc took the franchise from 6 to …

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There are no countries in the world that begin with the letter W

And before you start saying what about Wales? Wales is a constituent country of the United Kingdom and is not recognised as a sovereign state! Out of the 195 sovereign states in the world recognised by the United Nations, there are no countries that begin with the letter W. What about Wales? Wales is politically …

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The largest line dance in the world

The largest line dance in multiple locations took place in 2016 in China. 50,085 people took part in the synchronised line dance which took place simultaneously in twelve cities across the country. Sports stadiums and public squares were filled with dancers all wearing the same red costume. The dancers were mostly from local line dancing …

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Only 2% of the world’s population have blonde hair

Blonde hair is extremely rare globally. 84% of the world’s population have black or dark-brown hair, including most of Africa and Asia. Blonde hair is most common in northern European regions. https://www.holleewoodhair.com/hair-color-statistics/ Why do people have blonde hair? People evolved to have blonde hair because, as they migrated north, the lighter the skin and hair, …

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Why the French for undertaker is ‘croque-mort’ (bite the dead)?

An undertaker in France is called a ‘croque-mort’. ‘Croque’ meaning to nibble or bite and ‘mort’ meaning dead. It is thought that the word comes from the middle ages when undertakers used to bite the toe of the deceased to check that they were definitely dead. In France the word ‘croque-mort’ is given to employees …

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Why you should never eat grapefruit before taking drugs

If you’re on medication, maybe think twice before tucking into your morning grapefruit. Taking drugs at the same time as eating grapefruit can exacerbate the effect of the drugs and cause serious side effects. Grapefruit contains a chemical that affects your enzymes and makes the effect of many medicines much stronger than normal. The chemical …

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Welcome to the wonderfully cute world of Rabbit Show Jumping

Rabbit Show Jumping (or Kaninhop in Swedish) began in Sweden in the late 1980s and is now an international sport with tournaments being held around the world. The sport began from a rabbits enthusiasts club in Sweden who decided to hold a tournament to see whose rabbit could jump the highest/furthest. The first national championship …

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Penguins’ exciting day out at the Museum

When staff at Kansas Zoo noticed that their Peruvian penguins seemed to be a bit bored and perhaps missed having visitors, they decided to take them to the museum. The three penguins, called Bubble (5), Maggie (7) and Berkley (8) had the Nelson Atkins Museum all to themselves due to the Corona lockdown and were …

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