Wearing sunglasses can improve your mood. Squinting your eyes in bright sunlight convinces your brain you are in a negative mood because people squint when they are angry. Wearing sunglasses can prevent you from squinting, and from involuntary frowning due to bright sunlight.
Five Lithuanian soldiers serving in a reconnaissance unit were declared missing during a military exercise. They thought the drill was ongoing and successfully evaded all forces sent to find them, including trained dogs and a helicopter.
In the Philippines, the legal term for car-theft is “carnapping.” This is because when cars used to be very rare in the country and were prized status-items, thieves would steal and hold them for ransom like in a kidnapping. Now the term is used for both car-theft and carjacking cases.
After all the local swans were eaten by alligators a Florida woman wrote to Queen Elizabeth for assistance. The Queen provided two royal Swans. The swans alive in Lakeland today are their direct descendants.
Scientists believe that the egg came first.The first chicken egg was laid by a bird who wasn’t a chicken.
The majority of coconuts are picked by trained monkeys. Most coconut oil and meat comes from Thailand where monkeys are used to climb trees and retrieve coconuts. Male monkeys on average get 1,600 coconuts a day, humans only get about 80.
A woman gave birth to her own grandchild. 61-year old Cecile Eledge served as the gestational surrogate for her son and his husband, carrying to term a baby created from her son’s sperm and her son’s sister-in-law’s egg. “I just never hesitated,” Eledge said. “It was unconditional love.”
A unit of ‘shyness’ called a dirac is named after the famous theoretical physicist and father of quantum physics, Paul Dirac. Known for his succinctness, his colleagues jokingly defined 1 dirac as 1 word per hour.
There are 3 trillion trees on Earth, which is more trees than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy and cells in the human brain.
A woman from the turn of the 20th century would sell people the time by letting them look at her watch. Ruth Belville, sold people the time. This was done by setting a Belville’s watch to Greenwich Mean Time, as shown by the Greenwich clock, each day and then “selling” people the time by letting them look at the watch and adjust theirs.