China’s Great Firewall inventor had to use a VPN during a presentation on the merits of internet censorship.
A Navajo blanket was appraised on PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” for $500,000. After seeing the broadcast, a disabled man realized he had a similar blanket which had been sitting in his closet for 7 years. He took it to an auctioneer and its final bid was $1.5 million.
In 1797, Fath Ali, the Shah of Persia, received a complete set of Britannica’s 3rd edition, which he read completely. After this, he extended his royal title to include “Most Formidable Lord and Master of the Encyclopedia Britannica.”
A British Navy Stoker managed to escape from a sinking submarine and get to the surface over a 100 feet up. He then swam five miles to land.
A study has found that American Christians are willing to pay $7.17 for a priest to pray for them, and $4.36 for a layperson to pray for them. Atheists were willing to pay $3.54 for someone not to pray for them.
Homework was extremely controversial in the 1800s and early 1900. In 1901 California even banned homework for everybody under the age of 15.
Salt was so precious in ancient Rome, it made up a portion of a soldier’s pay, which is where we get the word salary from, (from the Latin for salt, sal).
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word “kinda” has been around since the early 20th century. It calls “whatcha” a “nonstandard contraction.” “Hafta,” on the other hand, is called “informal”, while “lemme” is a “contraction”.
The reason pineapple often stings your mouth is because it contains flesh-eating enzymes that digest your mouth.
Over the last 300 years, strange bronze dodecahedrons have been found among Roman archaeological sites. Archaeologists are still uncertain what their purpose was.
The ancient Greek philosopher Plato c. 360 B.C. theorized that the classical elements of the world were made of these regular solids. The five Platonic Solids were thought to represent the five basic elements: earth, air, fire, water, and the universe.
The cube is associated with the earth, and reconnecting energy to nature.
The octahedron is associated with air, and cultivating acceptance and compassion.
The tetrahedron is associated with fire, and perpetuates balance and stability.
The icosahedron is associated with water, and enhances creative though and expression.
The dodecahedron is associated with the universe, and represents mystery and meditation.
Plato stated that the dodecahedron was “used for arranging the constellations on the whole heaven.” The dodecahedron can be seen as representing the universe with the twelve zodiac signs corresponding to the twelve faces of the dodecahedron.