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Melbourne, Australia, used to be called Batmania. It was named after John Batman.

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The pygmy gecko’s skin is hydrophobic. This combined with its low weight allows the gecko to literally stand on water.

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The French word for wooden shoe, ‘sabot’ is the probable root of the word sabotage: and refers to the tactic by early Dutch unionists of throwing sabots into the gears of factory or farm machinery, effectively stopping work until the equipment could be repaired.

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63% of registered American voters believe in at least one political conspiracy theory.

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In medieval parts of what is now 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.

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At its height in the early 00s, Blockbuster Video earned nearly $800 million through late fees alone, making up 16% of its revenue.

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The idea that people used to think that the world was flat is actually a modern misconception and “with extraordinary few exceptions no educated person in the history of Western Civilization from the third century B.C. onward believed that the Earth was flat”.

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The entire population of Canada (35 million) is less than that of California (39 million).

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Scientists have found a star emitting strange light patterns. Some have theorized that these could be due to structures built around the star by an advanced alien civilization.

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During her 67-year reign, Queen Victoria survived at least 7 assassination attempts. One attempt was by an 18-year-old hunchbacked dwarf, who was later caught when police rounded up every hunchback and dwarf in London.

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David Boreanaz was given the part of ‘Angel’ in Buffy after a kind dog walker suggested him for the role.

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There are breeds of chickens, called araucanas, that lay blue eggs and other breeds that lay green and red eggs.

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In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake came up with an equation to estimate how many detectable civilizations might exist within our galaxy. Today’s optimistic estimate is 72, 800.

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Former NASCAR Driver Tim Flock had a Monkey Co-pilot named “Jocko Flocko”. He is recognized as the only winning Monkey in NASCAR History.

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Surviving an airplane crash is extremely common. A study detailing all airplane crashes between 1983 and 2000 showed 95.7% of all people involved survived. Even in the most devastating cases, the survival rate was 76.6%.

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The Ancient Greeks had a word, akrasia, to describe the lack of will that prevents us from doing something that we know is good for us.

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The wrinkling of fingers and toes when taking a bath is an involuntary reaction of the autonomic nervous system that increases the ability of hands and feet to grip wet environments.

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There was a 37-yo German woman who suffered an accident at the age of 20 that left her blind also had Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personalities). One of her personalities, a teenage boy, can see.

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There are 17 different phases of ice which are created under various temperatures and pressures.

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Eskimos eat the entire polar bear except the liver because the dose of Vitamin A is lethal.

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