An animal shelter in Maricopa County, Arizona, has a program where you can spend your 4th of July comforting the animals and keeping them calm during the loud fireworks.
Women named Virginia are disproportionately likely to move to Virginia in their adulthood. The same logic applies to women named Georgia and to those whose surnames begin with “Cal” (California) and “Tex” (Texas).
Instagram can sub-license your content. This means that it could licence a user’s photograph or video to any third party, for free, without seeking permission, giving any notice or offering any payment to the user.
In medieval Germany, married couples could legally settle their disputes by fighting a Marital Duel. To even the field, the man had to fight from inside a hole with one arm tied behind his back. The woman was free to move and was armed with a sack filled with rocks. The man had three clubs at his disposal. If he touched the side of his hole during combat, he would forfeit one of his clubs. Whoever lost the battle would be put to death.
Texas still has a mutual combat law. This means that duelling is still legal according the Texas penal code. The law states that any two individuals who feel the need to fight can agree to mutual combat through a signed, verbal or implied communication and have at it (fists only, however).
A firefighter at Chernobyl, Vladimir Pravik, reportedly had his eye colour change from brown to blue from the immense dose of radiation he received. And that was the least of his worries.
In 2012, a Cleveland woman arrested for a traffic infraction was ordered to stand for 2 days holding a sign that read “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”
Chess Grand Master Ossip Bernstein was arrested by the Bolshevik secret police and ordered to be shot. As the firing squad lined up, an officer asked if he was really the famous chess master. The officer made Bernstein play a game for his life against him. Bernstein won easily and was released.
In China there are centres for internet addiction with treatments that can be so rough that some patients have died. Some facilities use electro-shock treatment as part of the cure, and among roughly three hundred such centres in China, there have been seven reported deaths.
The world’s purest fresh water has been found on the southern tip of Chile, in a town called Puerto Williams, after numerous scientific studies. The water has been found to have only two chemical parts per million, hence making it the world’s cleanest.