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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

 

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Chameleon pens produce multiple color tones as you draw. The ink changes from light to dark in front of your eyes, allowing for seamless gradation shading on any kind of paper. Source Source 2

Thomas J. Grasso, a twice-convicted murderer, was executed by lethal injection in 1995. His last words were, “Please tell the media, I did not get my SpaghettiOs, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.” Source

Costa Rica’s Territorio de Zaguates, or Land of the Strays, is a shelter where dogs can roam free but also have access to the indoors. Humans are welcome to visit, but there’s no pressure to adopt because it’s a no-kill shelter and the animals are so...

When Rob Lopez tried to prank his 2-year-old by waking him up dressed as Darth Vader, he found out his son is actually a complete badass. As soon as Sebastian woke up, he immediately grabbed his light saber, began a mighty duel, then decided to chill...

World War I ended at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Source

According to Switzerland’s law, social animals like guinea pigs must have a buddy with them. Owning only one is considered animal abuse and is illegal. Source

If 10% of American smokers quit today, it would save the country $63 billion in healthcare costs in the first year alone. Source

Flea, the bassist for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, is an avid beekeeper who cares for over 200,000 bees in his backyard. Source

There are giant river otters that can grow up to 6 feet long and take down caimans for lunch. Source Source 2 Source 3 Photo: Wired Photo: reddit/imgur Photo: reddit/imgur Photo: reddit/imgur

This is what Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party headquarters looked like in 1934, right before the elections. Because the Fascist Party was the only one on the ballot, people could only mark ‘si’ or 'no.’ Mussolini won 99.84% of the vote....

Prior knowledge strongly influences your perception of reality. This optical illusion went viral because people lost their minds trying to find what’s hiding in the brick wall. Once you’ve seen it, your brain will never let you unsee it. If you’re...

Mike Anderson was sentenced to 13 years in prison. When his order to report to jail never came, he turned his life around, started a family, and opened his own business. The jail discovered the error on his ‘release date’ 13 years later and...

Climate change is moving our geographic North Pole. The balance of the Earth’s axis is affected as polar ice melts, and, as a consequence, the North Pole is moving east toward Europe at 10 cm a year. Source Source 2

Cats kill billions of animals every year, have been labeled one of the top threats to wildlife, and are blamed for causing the global extinction of at least 33 species. Source Source 2 Source 3 Today is National Blame Someone Else Day, which occurs...

Andrew Jackson’s pet parrot was removed from his funeral for cussing incessantly. Source

Someone found the world’s oldest stash of weed. 2 pounds of 2,700-year-old, still-green marijuana were found with an Aryan mummy inside China’s Yanghai Tombs. Tests show it could produce THC, which means our ancestors were getting high off of it,...

Maple Match is a new website that hooks Americans up with Canadians so they can move north to avoid “the unfathomable horror of a Trump presidency.” Source Source 2 Source 3

You can charge your phone with a plant. The Bioo Lite planter harnesses the energy plants create during photosynthesis to charge just about any device, day or night. Source Source 2 The Indiegogo campaign tripled its goal. Ships in September. They...

Photographer Christian Richter travels Germany in search of modern staircases and often sneaks into private buildings to find the best shots. He says the message he takes away from them is that life is not a straight line, but rather a bunch of steps...

Sculptor and beekeeper Ren Ri uses bees and chance to create his art. Ri places a queen bee at the center of each structure so worker bees will build around her, and every week a roll of the dice determines how he shifts the box. This process changes...

 

 

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