Ants use “social immunization” – if one is infected with a fungus, they still lick the ant, spreading it throughout the colony. This practice both kills some of the spores, and builds immune resistance.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has donated over $10,000,000 to charity since they started touring.
In Japan there’s a communal event called ‘rui-katsu’ (tear-seeking). It’s when people get together to watch sad clips and then cry to relieve stress.
American psychologist George Stratton conducted experiments in which he either wore glasses inverting images both upside-down and left-right or a contraption that forced him to see his body from above. He found that it took only a few days for his brain to adapt to the new orientations.
If we could capture just 0.1% of the ocean’s kinetic energy caused by tides, we could satisfy the current global energy demand 5 times over.
Because of prenatal scans and boys being the preferential gender in China. That in 20 years there will be 30-50 million men without wives in China.
Finding Nemo had the opposite effect that was intended. Despite its negative portrayal of keeping fish in aquariums, the use of clownfish prompted the demand for aquariums to triple. Demand was met by large-scale harvesting of tropical fish from the wild which devastated Clownfish Populations.