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50 Historical Facts about Pre-Columbian Americas

Jun 24, 2022

1 Mayan Chocolates The Mayan Civilization used chocolate as money and the disruption of the cacao supply which fueled political power may have led to an economic breakdown, causing the collapse of the empire. 2. The Aztecs modeled their capital on the nearby ruins of Teotihuacan, regarding it as "The City Of Gods." Teotihuacan was one of the largest cities in pre-Columbian America and the world at the time, and it was abandoned about a thousand years before the Spanish ...read more

50 Interesting Facts about Recalled Products

Jun 24, 2022

1 GM Faulty Ignition Recall On February 6, 2014, General Motors recalled 800,000 cars for faulty ignitions. The cars would shut off while being driven which meant drivers lost power steering and brakes, and the airbags wouldn't deploy. They knew about the problem since 2005 but never fixed it because it would have been 'too expensive.' About 124 people died due to the faulty ignitions before they began the recall process. 2. There was a product sold in the '80s and '90s ...read more

15 Fascinating Star Wars Facts From the Book of Boba Fett Making-of Documentary

Jun 24, 2022

Temuera Morrison with his helmet during the making of The Book of Boba Fett Screenshot: Disney+/Lucasfilm Why the hell were two episodes of The Book of Boba Fett about The Mandalorian? That’s one of many questions answered in Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett, a brand new one-hour documentary recently added to Disney+ that dives into the making of the most recent Star Wars streaming show. In the documentary, producers Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni , and Robe ...read more

50 Crazy Historical Facts You Never Knew – Part 2

Jun 24, 2022

1 Weapon Smeared with Poop Throughout history, during wartime, some armies used to wipe poop on their spears, so that when they stabbed or slashed their enemies, they had a lesser chance of survival due to the ensuing infection. 2. When the KGB tried to blackmail Indonesian President Achmed Sukarno with videotapes of the president having sex with Russian women disguised as flight attendants, Sukarno wasn't upset. He was pleased. He even asked for more copies of the vide ...read more

Android 13 Tries to Make Privacy and Security a No-Brainer

Jun 24, 2022

For years, Android’s security and privacy teams have been wrestling the world’s most popular mobile operating system to make it more controllable and updatable while still being open source and easy to deploy. And while scams, malware, and rogue apps are still real threats, the debut of Android 13 at Google’s I/O developer’s conference on Wednesday feels less like triage mode and more like a logical iteration. As Charmaine D'Silva, Android’s director of product management puts it, ...read more

Random #337 – 50 Interesting Random Facts

Jun 24, 2022

1 Shatner's Kidney Stone In 2006, William Shatner sold his kidney stone for $25,000 to an online casino. Shatner then donated all the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity, which builds houses for the needy. 2. In 2013, JCPenney sold a stainless steel tea kettle that attracted controversy due to its perceived resemblance to Adolf Hitler. 3. The 1st Minnesota Infantry lost 82% of their fighting strength on July 2nd, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg. This stands as the ...read more

Random #336 – 50 Lesser Known Random Facts

Jun 24, 2022

1 Outback Steakhouse Outback Steakhouse was founded in Tampa, Florida by 4 Americans who had never visited Australia. They simply saw an opportunity to ride the wave of popularity of all things Australian following the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee. Their concept was "American food and Australian fun." 2. Alan Turing, the cryptographer who was responsible for breaking the Nazi Enigma code during World War 2 was also an Olympic-level runner and he developed a new field of b ...read more

Random #335 – 50 Interesting Random Facts

Jun 24, 2022

1 David Bowie When David Bowie died in 2016, the German government thanked him for a concert he held in Berlin in 1987, stating it was a major reason Berlin was unified and tore down the Berlin wall. 2. After Lance Armstrong was stripped of his wins due to the doping scandal, seven successive Tour de France races (1999-2005) were officially declared without winners as so many riders who finished behind Armstrong were also associated with doping offenses. 3. Durin ...read more

Bullet point previews of Premier League matches - Reuters

Jun 24, 2022

Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Newcastle United - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - March 17, 2022 General view of premier league branded footballs before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com April 28 (Reuters) - Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of the 35th round of the Premier League from April 30 to May 2 (all times in GMT): Saturday, April 30 Newcastle United v Liverpool (1130) Register now for FREE unlimited acc ...read more

Asian community and culture in focus

Jun 24, 2022

C Chuck Wu VP, Engineering, Google Search The strength and resilience of the Asian community has been remarkable — especially in response to the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes over the past few years. In the U.S. alone, they rose 339% in 2021, according to a report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. But through this adversity, coupled with all of life’s other stresses, the Asian community has shone brighter than ever. As an Asian American, ...read more

50 Complicated Facts about Human Organs

Jun 24, 2022

1 Human Eye The human eye is capable of seeing some ultra-violet light but it is filtered out by the lenses in our eye. Painter Claude Monet had the lens of his eyes removed after developing cataracts. After the surgery, he started painting lilies that he had previously painted white before, as blue, leading to the idea that he could have been perceiving UV light, which most normal humans cannot. 2. We cry when we are happy because the hypothalamus in our brain can't ...read more

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