95ab616d7ed3755e887c0c8abd77dfdd0fef68b0 Amazing Facts

Can You Really Knock Someone Out Harmlessly Like in the Movies?

Jun 4, 2022

It is a classic action-movie scenario. At the climax of the story, our hero must infiltrate the villain’s lair, which is guarded by a small army of gun-wielding henchmen. But despite being gifted with the obligatory perfect aim and bottomless magazines, for one reason or another our hero can’t simply charge in guns blazing. Perhaps this is a stealth mission, and gunfire would attract too much attention. Or perhaps like MacGyver or Batman our hero has an aversion to guns or tries to avoid ...read more

Can You Really Make Yourself Immune to Poison by Taking Tiny Doses Over Time?

Jun 8, 2022

Mithridates VI, also known as Mithridates the Great, was the ruler of the Kingdom of Pontus, a region of northern Anatolia in what is now modern-day Turkey, from 120 to 63 BC. In 120 BC Mithridates’ father, Mithridates V, was assassinated by poison, allegedly as part of a conspiracy lead by his wife, Queen Laodice VI. Throughout his life, the younger Mithridates lived in fear of being poisoned, and began taking small non-lethal doses of various poisons in order to build up an immunity. Afte ...read more