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20 ‘DID YOU KNOW’ FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

 

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The Sharp Dressed Man provides 
gently-worn suits for men who are 
trying to get back on their feet after 
incarceration, homelessness, or 
significant life challenges. 

“I’ve never worn a suit before. Now I feel like I can take on anyone and win.” 

“I felt special getting attention from the staff. When I looked at myself in the mirror I felt so handsome. It made me feel like I am ready to get a job.” 

Source

18-year-old Joshua Browder created 
a ‘robot lawyer’ that allows people to 
get free, custom-generated legal 
documents to appeal their wrongly
issued parking fines. “I’m not trying to encourage illegal parking, but if you look at the statistics, around half of all parking tickets are appealed and I think a lot of these penalties are issued incorrectly. There is big business in penalising motorists, raking in £100 million in profit for councils, according to the RAC.”“I think it is a huge shame that those most likely to make a mistake and get a ticket are the most vulnerable members of society — the elderly and disabled.” “Money does not motivate me. I just don’t think councils should be unfairly — and in some cases illegally — penalising those who don’t have the time, legal knowledge or energy to appeal.”“I won’t make any money from it because it’s a public service. I just want to help people. There is so much wrong-doing and that to me is a terrible shame. If only people knew what to do about it and exercise their rights.”‘I hope to also help the disadvantaged fight for their rights, but with all the power of the internet.“It’s estimated 
that his service has already 
saved users $3 million.

  Source

There’s a Japanese cafe that turns 
their salads into little cakes to make 
them seem more exciting. Food 
stylist Mitsuki Moriyasu created the 
‘Vegedeco Salad’ to transcend the 
'random vegetables in a bowl’ 
experience and prove salads that 
look better, taste better. 

  Source Source 2

There’s a spider catcher designed for 
people who hate killing spiders but can’t 
handle moving them outside. The long
handle and squeeze trigger allow you to 
gently trap spiders from a safe distance 
so you can easily release them into the 
wild without getting too close.  Source

There’s an amusement park in 
Transylvania that’s 400 feet below 
ground. Photos: Shutterstock/RossHelen/RaduBereanPhoto: Cristian BortesThis converted salt mine in Turda, Romania is one of the world’s oldest, having been mentioned as early as 1075.

Photos: Cristian Bortes / Enrico Strocchi

Photos: Cristian Bortes

The man-made cavern is always 54 degrees with 80% humidity, and is relatively free of allergens and bacteria.

Photos: Cristian Bortes

It was a working mine starting in the 17th century until it became a cheese storage facility and a bomb shelter in 1932.Photo: someone10x

60 years later, it was transformed into a magical underground amusement park.

Photo: Salina TurdaPhoto: someone10xVisitors can go bowling, ride on a Ferris wheel, row around the indoor lake, or play mini golf, ping pong, and basketball. 

Photo: someone10x

Source   Source 2

There’s an interactive ‘murder map’ that 
pinpoints all the homicide locations in 
London since 1811. Each pin is colored 
to indicate the method of killing, and 
clicking on a pin also reveals the victim’s 
profile and links you to their case details.  Source

A single sperm cell carries over 
37 MB of DNA data. An image 
file that size would be larger 
than 18 Tumblr GIFs combined.  Source Source 2Yet they can up’load’ in seconds…

You can call a random Swedish person 
and talk to them about their country. Just for fun. If you’re into that kind of thing.Swedish Tourist Association CEO Magnus Ling says, “In troubled times, many countries try and limit communication between people, but we want to do just the opposite.”“We are making Sweden the first country in the world with its own phone number and giving our fellow Swedes the opportunity to answer the calls, express themselves, and share their views, whatever they might be.”

To be connected to a random Swede, call +46 771 793 336. That’s +46 771 SWEDEN. Awwwww.Source   Source 2

American Gothic artist Grant Wood 
entered a Crayola-sponsored drawing 
contest when he was 14 years old. 
He not only won 3rd place, but later 
said placing in the contest inspired him 
to continue pursuing an art career.  Source

If you give wasps colored paper, they 
make rainbow nests. Captive wasps at 
The University of Florence built 
themselves a psychedelic house after 
biology student Mattia Menchetti 
gradually introduced them to a colorful 
variety of paper materials.  Source Source 2 Source 3

He also helped convince Abraham Lincoln to let African Americans fight for their own freedom.Source

We know more about the 
surfaces of Mars and the moon 
than we do about the bottom 
of our oceans.  Source

Cats and dogs can get addicted to 
lasers. Teasing your pets with a 
laser pointer winds them up until 
they can’t stop because it activates 
their prey drive, and they eventually 
spend their lives wishing and waiting 
for something they can never catch.  Source

Brad Spencer builds people with 
bricks. He sculpts the bricks, 
fires them, then reassembles 
them with mortar just like a 
stone mason would. His projects 
can be found throughout the US.  Source

On April 18, 1930, the BBC announced, “There is no news today,” and played piano music instead.  Source

Justo Gallego Martínez is using found 
materials to build a cathedral in Spain 
all by himself. He’s been working on 
the project ever since being kicked out 
of a monastery 50 years ago, which 
inspired him to begin construction on 
a church of his own.  Source Source 2Photos: 

Susana Girón, 

JMPerez 

“I do it for faith. That’s clear, no?”

Photos:

 Eoghan Macguire , 

Jose Javier Martin Espartosa 

“My mother was very pious. She taught me my faith and I love the Church. So I put everything into this.”

Photos: 

archdaily.mx, 

Jose Javier Martin Espartosa

“Realising my ideal spurs me on. People today are very passive, they don’t value anything. They’re slaves to worldly things.”

Photo:

Susana Girón 

“People have called me crazy and insulted me. But they’re ignorant.”Photo: 

Jose Javier Martin Espartosa

“When I look at what I’ve created, it overwhelms me and I give thanks to the Lord.”Photo: 

 Eoghan Macguire

"If I lived my life again, I’d build this church again, only bigger. Twice the size…”

Photo:

sarahglez.wordpress.com

“… Because for me, this is an act of faith.”

The Jastrow Illusion can make two 
curved objects of the same size appear 
different when compared vertically. 
Because the shorter edge of the upper 
figure is next to the long edge of the 
lower figure, it’s difficult for your brain 
to see them as identical.  Source Source 2

Artist Alison Moritsugu collects fallen 
logs and lets them dry out for up to 
10 years so they can be well-preserved 
once she adorns them with beautifully 
painted landscapes. She imagines her 
series as a way to explore the 
juxtaposition of having an image of 
nature embedded into actual nature.All images © Alison MoritsuguSource Source 2 Source 3

The cave pools at La Grotte de St Marcel 
d’Ardèche in France were discovered 
by a hunter in 1836 when his ferret fell 
through a crack. Their damn-like 
terracing is created when rimstone 
forms from the minerals in the water.  Source Source 2

There are an unusual amount of 
knitting supply stores in Alaska.  Source

 

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