15 Strange Factoids To Indulge Fans Of The Weird

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15 Strange Factoids To Indulge Fans Of The Weird

A little more than a century before our days, there appeared a remarkable little volume called 'The History of Creation, as related in the Old Testament, with an Account of the Creation of Angels and Men.' In a few short pages we learn that, after a certain period since the Lord created the universe and all contained in it, the angels departed from their own world to inhabit the regions about it, and to dwell among the beings who lived on its banks. The angels, having no bodies, and being therefore in some respects less happy than the inhabitants of their new home, wished for bodies like theirs, and these were made out of clay.

Each angel body was created by fashioning pure ether through an incantation of words in the sacred tongue. Sadly, in the only surviving copy of the volume, these words were scrawled out and were overwritten by this list of fifteen facts:

Antarctica has the lowest infant mortality of any continent.

Antarctica has the lowest infant mortality rate of any continent: 0%. Eleven babies have been born in Antarctica, and none of them died as infants. In the 1970s and '80s, Argentina and Chile sent pregnant women there to give birth as a means of strengthening their claims on Antarctica. CRACKED.COM

Iceberg

Lobsters chew their food in their stomachs.

Lobsters have teeth in their stomach they use to chew food. Their food is chewed in their stomach between three grinding surfaces that look like molar surfaces. Their sense of smell is so fine that they can sniff out a single amino acid that tags their favorite food. CRACKED.COM

NOAA Fisheries 

Glossy paint helped to make candlelit homes brighter.

Glossy house paint was preferred in the 18th century for its ability to reflect candlelight. SMELTS : Before the mid-eighteenth century, paint with a glossy finish was preferred on paneled walls and woodwork due to its increased reflectivity, which was helpful for rooms that had candlelights. When plaster walls became popular, matte paint started to be preferred. CRACKED.COM

Country Living 

Wild pandas are made too comfortable to breed.

Pandas lose the urge to mate because we've made them too comfortable. The perfect environment created for wild pandas has made them too comfortable to feel the urge to breed. Scientists found that a panda's habitat is ideal when it is happy enough to thrive but not so comfortable that it won't move around or try to reproduce. CRACKED.COM

Zenger

Those old paintings of ridiculously large farm animals were meant as a flex.

Wealthy farmers commissioned paintings of large livestock to show off. Wealthy farmers in Britain would commission exaggerated paintings of large livestock as a status symbol, that they were somehow superior to other livestock farmers and breeders. CRACKED.COM

Atlas Obscura 

Hyenas cooperate better than primates.

Hyenas outperformed primates in cooperative problem solving tests. A 2009 Duke University study showed that the hyenas outperformed primates, with some subjects teaching inexperienced partners how to perform some tricks. CRACKED.COM

Duke Today 

It takes a long time for palm fronds to decompose.

Palm fronds can take up to 50 years to decompose. Palm fronds are extremely hardy and are difficult to process into mulch or compost. They account for 3.4% of the 1 million tons of waste each year in Phoenix, AZ landfills. CRACKED.COM

AZ Central 

The most accurate clock will remain so for billions of years.

There is a clock so accurate it does not lose or gain a second for billions of years. Ye's Optical Lattice Clock.is the world's most accurate clock. The clock would neither gain nor lose one second in 15 billion years-roughly the age of the universe. CRACKED.COM

CU Boulder 

Frank Sinatra broke someone’s skull with a phone.

Sinatra sent someone to the hospital for asking him to be quiet. In 1966, Frank Sinatra threw a phone at Frederick Weisman, breaking his skull and putting him in critical condition for 48 hours. Weisman had asked Sinatra and his friends to quiet down. CRACKED.COM

LA Times 

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