Lucius Cincinnatus, a Roman statesman and military leader was given absolute power to rule the empire when it was attacked. After his victory, he immediately resigned his post as Dictator and went back to farming. The city of Cincinnati is named in his honor.
The ancient Romans in Pompeii had “nearly perfect teeth” because of the lack of refined sugar in their Mediterranean diets.
Global warming will lead to substantial decreases in barley crop yields, causing beer shortages and a sharp rise in the price of a pint, according to a new study.
Some farmers in Bangladesh have switched to raising ducks instead of chickens, because during catastrophic floods, ducks float.
Of all the humans tested so far, everyone has contained the same DNA from 1 of at least 2 ancestors. Mitochondrial DNA being traced back matrilineally to a specific “mT-Eve,” and a Y-chromosome being traced back patrilineally to a specific “Y-chromosomal Adam.” We are not descended from a singular couple, but rather we are all seemingly descended from singular ancestors that may have lived hundreds of thousands of years apart.
Chuck Yeager broke two of his ribs two nights before a test flight. Worried an injury would have him removed, he told almost no one and snuck a broom handle into the plane to help him seal the hatch. He then proceeded to become the first human being to break the sound barrier.
Ernest Hemingway had often complained the FBI was tracking him, but was dismissed by friends and family as paranoid. Years after his death released FBI files showed he had been on heavy surveillance, with the FBI following him and bugging his phones for nearly the final 20 years of his life.
Crows in urban Japan and the United States have innovated a technique to crack hard-shelled nuts by dropping them onto crosswalks and letting them be run over and cracked by cars. Then they retrieve the cracked nuts when the cars are stopped at the red light.
While directing his movie “City Lights”, Charlie Chaplin made actress Virginia Cherrill re-do a scene where she says “Flower Sir”? 342 times. The movie was a silent film.
Car makers employ sound engineers to give car doors that satisfying ‘thunk’ when closed.