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    George Widener.He grew up in a homeless shelter

    due to a lack of understanding of autism. Eventually, however, he found a release for his incredible mathematical mind through art.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Flashback Photo

    Can you guess what this is? This picture was taken in 1956... Answer below. It's a hard disk drive back in 1956... With 5 MB of storage.  In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first "SUPER" computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and...
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    26-30
    Apr 28, 2013

    Wartime Urban Legends : The CIA’s Whale

    Parade.During the Cold War, a rumor arose that the CIA had the unlikeliest agent on its roster: a dead fin whale named Goliath. Caught by Norwegian whalers in the 1950s, Goliath was mounted on a truck and toured all over Europe well in the 1960s. While already bizarre in itself...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Knights, The Arbalests UnchivalrousKnights were

    the supreme force on the battlefield for centuries and it was starting to look as if no one could ever replace them. Ironically, their end was brought about by a very simple invention called the arbalest.The arbalest, invented in the 12th century, was a kind of super crossbow...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 26, 2014

    Mausoleum Of Qin Shi Huang,

    Xi’an, China.The Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum is the 2,200-year-old burial site of China’s first Qin emperor. Most famous for its partly excavated terracotta army which lies to the north and south of the mound, many foreigners do not grasp that the mausoleum is in fact...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 26, 2014

    Wartime Urban Legends : The Angels Of Mons.

    According to an article by British author Arthur Machen, angels allegedly helped the British army from being utterly annihilated by numerically superior German forces in Mons, Belgium during the opening days of World War I. Just as the German soldiers were about to step in for...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Gottfried Mind.This Swiss savant could draw.

    More specifically, he could draw cats. And draw them he did. He even came to be fondly known as the “Raphael of Cats” due to his peculiar ability.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Stephen Wiltshire.Called the “human

    camera”, he can draw entire cityscapes perfectly after just taking a glance at a bird’s eye photo.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Wartime Urban Legends : Pershing’s Pig

    Solution Against Muslim Rebels.When the Americans fought and subsequently occupied the Philippines in the 1900s, they had an harder time in the Muslim South than the Christian north. Though poorly-armed, the Moros (ethnic Muslims) relied on their religious fanaticism to fight...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    James Charles Castle.

    Born in Idaho, James spent most of his days making incredible art out of random trash. For pencils he used sharpened sticks, soot, and saliva.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Ceilidh Evans’ heirloom jingle dress.

    A jingle dress is a ceremonial garb of the Métis people (one of the Aboriginal tribes of Canada). These dresses are made for each specific girl after they have a dream of what it is supposed to look like. When Ceilidh Evans was seven years old, she dreamt of a hot pink...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 27, 2014

    Wartime Urban Legends : The British Could Set

    The Sea On Fire.The British had a weapon that could incinerate all sea-borne invaders. Specifically, it was a mine filled with flammable liquid that could spread quickly over water and burn anything in its path.This was just one big ruse. The originator of this deception...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Prasanna Virupaksha Temple,

    Hampi, India.Amid the mesmerizing ruins of Hampi, a World Heritage Site, the Prasanna Virupaksha Temple—also known as the Underground Shiva Temple—lay buried for over 400 years before it was rediscovered in the 1980s. Believed to have been used by the royal household...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 26, 2014

    many times i have seen the question"why did the

    chicken cross the road" i found a photo that will answer this question.
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    Sep 16, 2015

    Stinky Facts About Marijuana : Cannabis Cup.

    Since marijuana is a naturally occurring plant and not a synthetic drug, it can be developed into a variety of strains. The strains can give the plant a unique taste, color, smell, or potency. Some varieties of cannabis, such as hemp, have no recreational value and can be used to...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 28, 2014

    Baldwin Street, Steepest street in the world.

    Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand boasts the steepest street. New Zealand has many cities built on or around mountainous and hilly areas, and Dunedin is no exception. This street (and many others in New Zealand) were designed by British town planners who had never been to...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 26, 2014

    Chadil Deffy, from Thailand,

    had been dating Sarinya Kamsook for ten years after meeting her at university. However, when one day she asked him for his hand in marriage, he rebuffed her – citing a heavy work load.In January 2012, Sarinya was killed in a car accident. According to Deffy’s friends...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 25, 2014

    Tony Deblois.He began performing on the piano

    at the age of 2. Since then he has mastered over 20 instruments and memorized thousands of songs.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Richard Wawro.While most of us eventually put

    down our crayons, Richard never did. He’s drawn some amazing masterpieces using nothing more than Crayola.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Wartime Urban Legends : The Wild Soldiers Of

    World War I.During the First World War, a rumor ran rampant that soldiers from opposing sides defected and subsequently went into hiding together. Wild claims pervaded about their living together in abandoned caves, villages, and even in trenches. They stayed hidden during the...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Gilles Trehin.As a savant,

    he learned to draw almost before he could walk. He then began creating society he called “Urville”. Today he has written and drawn numerous books on his fictional society.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Jedediah Buxton.Although he had no formal

    schooling he was a mathematical monster. He could deal with such large numbers in his head that he had to invent names for them.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    During World War II, it was considered to be

    dishonorable for a Japanese soldier to surrender and be taken prisoner. So when the United States invading the island of Guam, in 1944, ten Japanese soldiers refused to surrender and instead fled into the jungle to live and fight another day. They thought the news of the...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 25, 2014

    Alonzo Clemons.Although he has an IQ of only 45,

    like Stephen he can recreate things perfectly through sculpting after only catching a glimpse of them.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    A Double Double

    A "buccula" is the name given to a person's double chin.  I am so glad I don't have a double chin but I could go for another double right now. :)
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Feb 19, 2011

    Operation Solomon, Massive Evacuation Military

    Operation.Operation Solomon happened on January 5, 1985, after the termination of Operation Moses due to a media leak. The IDF went on a flash aerial operation to transfer almost 15,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel whose lives were now in danger. In order to evacuate the Ethiopians...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 26, 2014

    Sea Cucumbers Liquefy ThemselvesSea cucumbers

    have a famous defense mechanism that we’ve told you about before. They eject their guts at predators, and regrow them later. Yet they have a second, equally unusual defense mechanism—they can liquefy themselves. Essentially, they unhook the bonds keeping their cells...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Haskay-bay-nay-ntayl,

    ‘the tall man destined to come to a mysterious end,’ Haskay-bay-nay-ntayl or ‘the tall man destined to come to a mysterious end,’ was better known as the Apache Kid who was said to have been the fiercest Apache next only to Geronimo. A notorious outlaw of...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 26, 2014

    Months, starting on Sunday,

    will always have a Friday the 13th. Just like people, dogs and cats can be left-handed or right-handed
    jml2000 jml2000
    61-65, M
    1 Response Sep 6, 2014

    Daniel Tammet.In spite of being able to learn

    Icelandic in less than 1 week, if you ever meet Daniel more than once he won’t be able to remember your face.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Professional Cuddling Service is Available!

    xDAnother strange way people are making money is by offering a professional cuddling service. It’s not an isolated phenomenon. People can buy a cuddle in LA, Japan, and the UK. Some professional cuddlers are rumoured to make around $360 a day. Cuddling strangers for a...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 25, 2014

    John Koon and His Succes Story.

    John Koon is the quintessential American entrepreneur. Opening the first-ever auto parts businesses in New York City, he began making millions in profit at the age of 16 with Extreme Performance Motorsports, a company that became one of the main suppliers for MTV’s hit...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 27, 2014

    Jesse Mattos class ring.

    In 1938, an 18-year-old Jesse Mattos had lost his high school class ring when he accidentally flushed it down the toilet at work. At the age of 90, Mattos once again proudly wears his ring. While on the job, city worker Tony Congi found the ring and recognized the crest as the...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 27, 2014

    The Knights’ Halls,

    Acre, Israel.The Knights’ Halls were built by the Hospitaller Knights, a monastic order who devoted themselves to caring for the injured and ill during the First Crusade. Cleverly engineered underneath the castle and prison of Acre—the port city and entrance to the...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 26, 2014

    1) when you are ignored by a person whose

    attention means the most to you , the reaction in your brain will be similar to physical pain
    27O22O16 27O22O16
    70+
    Feb 20

    Wife carrying competition.

    At Sonkajärvi in Finland each year there is a competition to see who can carry their wife over an obstacle course in the fastest time. Originally the course would involve wooden fences and boulders for the contestants to navigate. Now they simply have to cover a 250m metre...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 25, 2014
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    2 Responses Dec 23, 2015

    Why The Celts Fought Naked

    I haven't been able to verify this story but it was amusing enough that, true or not, I had to share it... The average celtic family owned just one sheep. One sheep can produce about one square yard of wool in one year. It takes nine yards of wool to make a kilt (hince the...
    FordPrefect42 FordPrefect42
    41-45, M
    5 Responses Feb 19, 2011

    Did you know that during the time of the

    dinosaurs that cockroaches were 6 feet in length or height depending on whether they were crawling or climbing?
    Hugmybear Hugmybear
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jan 26, 2014

    The Origin Of The London Stone Remain a

    MysteryThe London Stone, also known as the Stone of Brutus, is an unassuming piece of history. It’s located at 111 Cannon Street in London, behind a grate in the wall of a disused office building. You can see its resting place on Google Street View, directly underneath a...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 26, 2014

    Flo and Kay Lyman.Another set of twins with

    unbelievable calendar counting abilities, they can name the day on which any date falls.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Wartime Urban Legends : The German

    Corpse-Utilization Factories.Ever heard of the controversial myth of how the Nazis manufactured soap out of the fats of their prisoners? Their predecessors were also guilty of this horrible atrocity—according to the British anyway. During the World War I, the German...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Chavin De Huàntar,

    Peru.The pre-Colombian pilgrimage center of Chavin de Huàntar covers an area of around 12,000 square meters (130,000 sq ft). Consisting of artificial terraces and squares, coated stone buildings, and a sunken plaza, its impressive appearance authenticates the site’s...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 26, 2014

    Kim Peek.Known as a “megasavant”,

    he can recall the complete contents of over 12,000 books from memory.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Wartime Urban Legends : Russian Soldiers In

    Scotland.This urban legend was very scary—at least to Germans anyway. During the First World War a rumor circulated that innumerable Russian soldiers had been transported from their homeland all the way to Scotland in preparation for an invasion against Germany. People...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    The Racist Truth Behind The Ice Cream Truck

    Tune/Song. Next time you hear that familiar tune, try to tune it out. The tune is from a racist song created by the devil. It should actually be removed.Sad! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_IC3tUFl3w
    theslyfox theslyfox
    36-40, M
    Jun 23, 2015

    Qanat Firaun, Jordan.

    The Qanat Firaun, or Gadara Aqueduct, is the ancient aqueduct that supplied water to the Roman-Hellenistic Decapolis cities of Adraa, Abila, and Gadara. Only rediscovered in 2004, the 170 kilometer (105.6 mi) pipeline is not only the longest underground aqueduct of antiquity, but...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 26, 2014

    Jason Padgett.Another savant

    that acquired his abilities after being struck in the head, Jason has supposedly come up with an accurate visual explanation for e=mc2.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Julieth Brindak & ‘Miss O’ Dough.

    When she was only 10, Julieth Brindak began drawing a group of made-up characters she called “cool girls,” including a primary character named “Miss O.” At 16, she launched a social networking site for tweens, called “Miss O & Friends,&rdquo...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 27, 2014

    Stinky Facts About Marijuana : Where The Wild

    Buds Grow.In modern times, the marijuana plant rarely gets the opportunity to spread like a weed. The horticulture of cannabis is heavily controlled, and we often grow the plants in an unnatural life cycle. Some of the most natural marijuana is found in parts of the Himalayas...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Wartime Urban Legends : The Crucified Soldier.

    Sadly, horrific atrocities are the norm when it comes to war. Yet sometimes we hear of a story so vile and gruesome that we question its accuracy. The “Crucified Soldier” is one such story.According to this troubling legend, soldiers from both sides of the First World...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Smoking was entertaining

    for me now I'm bored
    earthandstars earthandstars
    41-45, F
    Feb 3

    Wartime Urban Legends : The Fragging Phenomenon.

    The Vietnam War saw numerous cases of American soldiers who attempted to kill off officers they deemed incompetent or unpopular. The preferred method of assassination was a fragmentation grenade (hence the term “fragging”) because they were harder to trace than...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    Ellen Boudreaux.Without looking at a clock she

    can tell you the time down to the second, she’s memorized almost every song ever written, and because she’s blind she get around using echolocation by making chirping noises.
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    St. George Monastery,

    Israel.Located in the West Bank of the Palestinian territories, St. George Monastery is another of those monasteries you wouldn’t want to go sleepwalking in, seeing as there’s a sheer drop down one side. The sixth-century Christian sanctuary is accessible by a...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    Jan 26, 2014

    Wartime Urban Legends : Tale Of The Truck.

    Ever wonder what was inside on the ball atop American flagpoles? If tall tales are to be believed, the ball (or “truck”) of the flagpole contains a bullet, rice, and a match (other versions also specify a razor). Supposedly, the three items are to be used to prevent...
    KittyReika KittyReika
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 28, 2014
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