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50 Surprising Facts about Maps

May 25, 2022

1 Old Map in Chimney In 2016, an intricate, a 300-year-old map of the world was discovered wedged into a chimney in Aberdeen to stop a draft. It was delivered to the National Library in Scotland for painstaking restoration. 2. The world's oldest, largest, and intact map from the middle ages is the 'Mappa Mundi' located in England. It depicts geographical, historical, and religious highlights of 1300. It is a map of the world's knowledge from a spiritual and earthly narr ...read more

50 Really Fascinating Facts about Stamps

May 26, 2022

1 The Elvis Stamp In 1993, when US postal service issued a commemorative postage stamp honoring Elvis Presley's 58th birthday, fans mailed envelopes with first-day issues of the stamp to fictitious addresses so that they would receive their letters back, marked with the words "return to sender." 2. The USPS mistook a Las Vegas replica of Statue of Liberty for the real one in New York when creating the Lady Liberty "forever" stamp in 2010, resulting in $3.5 million payo ...read more

50 Shocking Facts about Parasites

May 26, 2022

1 Toxoplasmosis Gondii Toxoplasmosis Gondii is a brain parasite which spreads through cat feces, which slows rats, and causes attraction to cats. This parasite is transmissible to humans and can cause humans to excessively care for cats. Also, infected female humans (and rats) are more likely to find infected males attractive. 2. Henneguya Salminicola is the first known animal that doesn't use oxygen to breathe. It is an 8-millimeter white parasite that infects the fles ...read more

Random #338 – 50 Fascinating Random Facts

May 27, 2022

1 Wright Brothers Promise The Wright Brothers only flew together on the same flight one time, a six-minute flight on May 25th, 1910. They promised their father, Milton, they would never fly together to avoid the chance of a double tragedy and to ensure that one brother would be alive to continue their flight experiments. 2. The Financial Modeling World Cup is essentially the World Cup for Competitive excel users. Participants solve real-life case studies by building fin ...read more

50 Historic Facts About Castles & Palaces Around the World

May 28, 2022

1 Amber Room Amber Room was a chamber in Catherine Palace (near St Petersburg) which was decorated with amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Constructed in the 18th century, it disappeared during World War 2. It was considered an "Eighth Wonder of the World." Reconstruction of the original Amber Room was installed in the Catherine Palace between 1979 and 2003. 2. Potala Palace in Tibet has been the official residence of the Dalai Lama from the 7th century un ...read more

50 Creepy Facts About Mummies You Didn’t Know

May 30, 2022

1 Egyptian Nobelwomen Mummies According to Greek historian Herodotus' book "The Histories," the bodies of noblewomen in ancient Egypt would be delivered to embalmers three to four days after their death so that they would not find the corpse enticing. 2. When the mummy of Pharaoh Ramesses II needed to be moved to Paris for restoration, it was issued an Egyptian passport that listed his occupation as "King (deceased)." The mummy was received with the full military honors ...read more

50 Interesting Facts About The Electromagnetic Spectrum

May 31, 2022

1 Visible Light Human only perceives 0.0035% of the electromagnetic spectrum with our eyes. This 0.0035% is known as visible light and comprises everything the human eye alone can detect in the universe. The range of visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum is so small that if you were to lay out the practical electromagnetic spectrum from Los Angeles to New York, the visible wavelengths would be nanometres across, small enough to pass through a surgical mask. 2. ...read more