In 1669 King Louis XIV banned pointed, sharp knives in an attempt to reduce violence, and that’s why table knifes are dull and rounded today. Apparently, this measure worked, but did not stop dinner table altercations entirely, but rather made them slightly less bad.
A whale known as “the world’s loneliest whale” is the only one known to produce “songs” at 52Hz. Although the sonic signature is that of a whale, the frequency is unique in no other whale uses it to answer back. His songs were first detected in 1992. A 50-day search for him will start this Fall.
In the 1500’s Russia had a mentally disabled Tsar who enjoyed nothing more in life than ringing bells and whose mismanagement led to the 15 year Time of Troubles. But they loved and respected him anyway.
As late as 1850 doctors had little respect and parents joked that if a son failed at everything Else he “could always become a doctor”
Before being stationed in Antarctica Australian physicians have their appendix removed to ensure they do not get appendicitis.
The schizophrenic artist Mary Barnes discovered her talent while undergoing treatment at Kingsley Hall during which she was encouraged to regress to a childlike state and paint on the walls with her feces. When they needed a solution for the smell, they decided to give her paint.
“Huh?” is a universal word and is found in roughly the same form and function in spoken languages across the globe.
The family of Chris Benoit, the 40 year old wrestler who killed his wife and son before hanging himself in 2007, consider his death a result of brain damage, after tests showed years of wrestling injuries left him with the brain of an 85 year old with an advanced form of dementia.
The Scottish town of Dull has formed a “trinity of tedium” with the towns of Boring (USA) and Bland (Australia).
In 2009, Colorado initiated its Family Planning Initiative to provide low-to-no cost birth control to 68 family clinics around the state. Between 2009 and 2013, the state’s teen birth rate dropped by 40%.
Pablo Picasso painted this when he was 15 years old.
The term “devil’s advocate” was originally the church official appointed to argue against a candidate for sainthood.
Spiders can use Earth’s electrostatic field to propel themselves up to 2.5 miles into the atmosphere.
The Nazis forced approximately 90 Gypsy inmates to drink nothing but seawater just to see what would happen. The resulting dehydration was so severe that inmates licked newly mopped floors just to get a single drop of fresh water.
Yuri Gagarin’s heart was beating at 64 beats per minute just half an hour before the launch that would bring him to space. 64 BPM is lower than the average person’s pulse just after waking up in the morning.