Brain Burns More Calories Than Muscle But Thinking Harder Won't Burn More Calories

Monk statue pointing to head.

The human brain can burn up to 20% of our calories and burns more calories per pound than muscle.

Leap Year Is Skipped Every 100 Years, But Not Every 400 Years

How to tell if it is a leap year.

The Earth doesn't quite keep an exact 24 hour day due to the speed at which it rotates. A complete rotation of the Earth actually takes only 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds. We try to account for this by adding, or not adding, leap years.

Allen Funt, Creator of Candid Camera, Was Aboard Hijacked Plane. Some Passengers Thought It Was One of His Pranks.

February 4, 1969 Ocala Star-Banner newspaper article written the day after by Candid Camera creator Allen Funt.

As the Creator and host of the very popular hidden camera prank television show Candid Camera, Allen Funt had a hard time going anywhere without being recognized. Including hijacked Eastern Airline flight 7 on February 3, 1969 where some passengers believed the hijacking was orchestrated by him for the show.

Average Russian Drinks Over 10 Liters of Alcohol Over New Year's Holiday

Russian Girl Drinking Vodka on New Year's

In Russia, the New Year's holiday is celebrated for 10 days during which 1.5 billion liters of alcohol are consumed. That is a little more than 10 liters (2.6 gallons) per person and the empty bottles of mostly vodka and whiskey would stretch around the Earth 17 times if set side-by-side.

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is the National Dish of Canada and Most Popular Grocery Item

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. National dish of Canada.

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is more popular in Canada than anywhere else in the world. Often referred to simply as Kraft Dinner or even KD in Canada, it has achieved so much success that it has been called the National Dish of Canada and is the most popular item sold in Canadian grocery stores.

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Polar Bears Appear White But Have Black Skin and Clear Fur

Polar bear profile with yellowing fur.

Polar bears are famous for being white but their skin is actually black and their fur is clear. 

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Apollo Astronauts Returning to Earth Had to go Through Customs and Declare Moon Rocks

Apollo crew's moon rocks customs form.

When returning to Earth after becoming first to land on the Moon the Apollo astronauts had to go through U.S. Customs at the airport and fill out the usual declaration form stating what they were transporting. They declared they took a flight from the Moon to Honolulu and were transporting moon rocks, moon dust, and stated that any threat of disease was "to be determined."

Old Fashioned Root Beer Can No Longer be Manufactured

Root beer bottles.

The primary ingredient used in traditional root beer recipes was found to cause permanent liver damage and cancer in 1960 so the United States FDA banned its use in mass-produced products. Therefore the root beer products we now see labeled original, traditional, and old fashioned are actually very different from the real original root beer recipes.

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KFC Christmas Tradition in Japan

KFC's Colonel Sanders dressed as Santa Claus in Japan.

The most popular Christmas dinner tradition in Japan is to eat fried chicken from Kentucky Fried Chicken. This tradition began in 1974 as the result of an aggressive "Kentucky for Christmas" advertising campaign designed to help the KFC franchise take off in Japan.

A Shuffled Deck of Cards is Unique

Shuffling playing cards. Photo by PeacockArmageddon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/harby/)

In theory every time you sufficiently shuffle a deck of cards you are making history by creating a new unique order of cards that has never existed.

Martin Luther King Jr. Nobel Prize Celebration Dinner Not Well Supported Until Coca-Cola Threatened to Take Company Out of Atlanta

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at a rally in Crawfordville, Georgia. 11 October 1965.

To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s win of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 an interracial dinner was planned in Atlanta. When local business leaders refused to support the event the then CEO of Coca-Cola threatened to pull the company out of the city out of embarrassment.<--break->

Actual and Advertised Lumber Dimensions Never Match

Building frame.

When is a 2x4 not 2 inches by4 inches? When you actually measure it! In fact, all dimensional lumber commonly used in building construction is called by it's nominal name rather than its actual dimensions, which are always smaller.<--break->

Black Friday Term Origin, Retailers Feared It Would Scare Shoppers Away

1960's traffic jam.

The name Black Friday was originally coined by Philadelphia traffic policemen in 1960 who used it describe how thick the traffic in City Center was the day after Thanksgiving. Retailers tried to change the name because they thought it would scare shoppers away.

Christopher Columbus Facts and Information

Painting of Christopher Columbus after his death by Sebastiano del Piombo, 1519. There are no known portraits of Columbus during his life.

There is much about Christopher Columbus' voyage in history that is often retold inaccurately or is left out, leaving us with an incomplete picture. Columbus is often credited with bravely sailing towards the edge the believed-to-be flat Earth and finding America, neither of which are quite true. The truth is that Columbus didn't bravely sail toward a flat Earth cliff, he knew the planet was a sphere. He also didn't spot America first, he just took credit for it. He did, however, manipulate people, was violent, and facilitated human trafficking and rape on a large scale.

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic Bottles in Ocean

In 1988 NOAA scientists predicted a section of the Pacific Ocean would contain plastic marine pollution drawn there by converging ocean currents. It was later proven that the prediction was correct and the area is generally referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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