There is a remote, Alpine village in Austria with a population of just over 1,000 which has its own underground/metro line. It’s just 1.3 km long, has 4 stations and connects a parking lot with some ski lifts located at the opposite ends of the village.
Our skin is covered in invisible stripes. First observed by Alfred Blaschko in the early 1900s, they appeared not to follow any known body system. Visible only under UV light, these stripes now known to be cellular relics of fetal development from singular-cell beings to fully formed humans.
Monks in Westminster Abbey would eat 6,000 calories a day normally and 4,500 a day when “fasting”. They drank a gallon of beer and 10 oz of wine and ate 2.25 lbs of bread, 5 eggs, and 2 lbs of meat or fish a day. Many monks became obese and suffered related conditions.
The Beidane people of northern Africa throw lavish parties for divorces as well as marriages. These events emphasize that divorce is not merely the end of a marriage but a transition to a new phase of life.
Carbon Chauvinism is a term coined by Carl Sagan which assumes that all extraterrestrial life must be made of carbon because carbon-based humans are unable to imagine life made of radically different biochemistries.
The reason drinking is so prevalent on Saint Patrick’s Day is because St. Patrick died during lent and to celebrate his life properly, restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day.
A metastudy in 2017 with over 10k participants found that daily vitamin D doses reduced the chance of contracting respiratory infections by 19%.
There’s a Hot Waitress Economic Index – an informal measure of the state of the economy that is compiled by counting the number of attractive people working as waiters/waitresses.
Bacteria are becoming more tolerant of hand sanitizers, but that regular hand washing with soap is a solution: “It’s the physical action of lifting and moving them off your skin, and letting them run down the drain”
There is a conference for all towns and cities named Newcastle, held every 2 years. Where members meet up at a Newcastle and discuss how to form better relationships around the world