Remarkable, thought-provoking stories and photos from around the world
Most people have heard of Koko, the gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan. When Fred Rogers took a trip out to meet Koko for his show, not only did she immediately wrap her arms around him and embrace him, she did what she’d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off.
This mynah bird has got people talking by becoming best pals with a dog. The pair are so inseparable their owner has built a perch so the bird can ride around on the dog's back. Owner Qiao Yu says the animals became best friends after being kept in the same room together at his home in Jinan, in northern China's Shandong Province. He says the dog starts barking if anyone tries to approach the mynah. The mynah returns the favour by catching fleas on the dog and combing its hair while it sleeps.
The Basic House by Martin Azua is a temporary house that can be folded up to fit in your pocket. Created from a metalized polyester material, when unfolded it self inflates with body heat or from the heat of the sun to provide an instant shelter. Once inside the shelter, the material reflects your body heat to keep the user warm. If reversed the material will reflect the sun to keep a cool interior.
For the cost of one penny, this vending machine would deliver one cigarette at a time, pre-lit and ready to smoke. England, 1931.
On December 31, 2008 in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah Georgia, 17-year-old Jesse Greathouse took a video of this apparition. It appears to be a small child running in the distance. He appears gray, either due to the lighting or his clothing. He then appears to leap into a tree, then drop down and vanish. Jesse says he did not manipulate the tape in any way, and a special-effects expert says that it doesn't look like the video was faked.
The Lovers of Valdaro, locked in an eternal embrace, were believed to be no older than twenty years of age when death occurred. Tragically, their story is unknown. Ironically, they were found in the city of Mantua in Italy - the same city Shakespeare chose to set the story of Romeo & Juliet.
This light bulb has been working continuously for 110 years. It was made by a competitor to Thomas Edison named Adolphe Chailet and is located at Fire Station Number 6 in Livermore, CA. It has survived earthquakes, moves, and changes in voltage and still provides light. It hangs outside the fire station and lights a small area. Chailet designed lightbulbs to last indefinitely but for some reason people didn't like his bulb and he went out of business.
CON MAN? Thomas Edison, and he goes down as one of the biggest assholes in modern history. He built a reputation as a great inventor by stealing or buying the ideas of more talented men. He went out of his way to discredit & destroy the careers of his competition. The list of things he didn't invent, but took credit for includes: the light bulb, x-ray photography, movies, audio recording, the electric chair & wax paper. He also did not invent the use of AC electricity that now powers the world.
In the late 1800s, one suffering from impotence, addiction to morphine, or belly aches might be prescribed John Pemberton’s French Wine of Coca. The wine concoction contained caffeine and 8 1/2 milligrams of cocaine (equivalent to snorting about 1/2 line). Though after 1903 you know it as Coca Cola.
Want to know what was in this amazing syrup? Well, one grain (65 mg) of morphine per fluid ounce, cannabis, heroin and powdered opium, which were the active ingredients to put your little one to sleep. It also had sodium carbonate, spirits foeniculi, and aqua ammonia in it, because....why not? Removed from the market in 1938 after 89 years of service!
Used to be named Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda! This soon got shortened to 7Up Lithiated Lemon Soda, and then just 7Up in 1936. Because lithium is used as one of the most common treatments for bipolar disorder! Charles Grigg, included this substance in the soda's formula because he thought it could be used as a selling point. He believed the naturally-occurring lithia found in underground springs could be promoted as a mood regulator.
Violetta 'The Half Woman' was born around 1906 without arms or legs. She performed in many famous circuses and sideshows. She moved herself by hopping from place to place on the bottom of her torso, and was able to manipulate objects with her mouth enough to comb her own hair, dress herself, thread a needle, and sew. Violetta was married and wore her wedding band on a gold chain around her neck.
Wally Hanson, a retired Albany New York policeman, got an unexpected surprise. While visiting his dentist for a routine check up, a mysterious object was discovered in a tooth. “It’s weird as hell.” He said. ”It’s a tiny electronic implant of some sort. I have no idea how it got there. It wasn’t there when I had my teeth X-rayed a year ago.” His dentist, Dr. Fred Wallington said. “I've never seen anything like this. There is no opening anywhere near the implant. No scarring or filling."
Alexandria’s Genesis, also known as ”violet eyes” (a mutation). When someone is born with Alexandria’s Genesis, his eyes are blue or gray at birth. After six months, the eyes begin to change their original color to purple, and it lasts six months. During puberty, the color deepens to dark purple, a purple color, a royal purple, or blue-violet and remains so. It does not affect a person’s vision, and women that are born with this genetic mutation do not menstruate, but are fully fertile.
Some facts about the 1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell. Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married began.
Perhaps one of the strangest cases of foreshadowing the world has ever known was a novel written in 1898 by Morgan Robertson about a ship called Titan that crashes into an iceberg. And, of course, in 1912, the RMS Titanic crashed into an iceberg as well. Although the novel was written as a work of fiction, it strangely foretold the events of what would come to be one of the most famous disasters of all time.
In 1961, Leonid Rogozov, 27, was the only surgeon in the Soviet Antarctic Expedition. During the expedition, he felt severe pain in the stomach and had a high fever. Rogozov examined himself and discovered that his appendix was inflamed and could burst at any time. With a local anesthesia, he operated himself to remove the appendix. An engineer and a meteorologist assisted surgery.
Jeanne Louise Calment of France (1875–1997) had the longest confirmed life span of 122 years, 164 days. She is the only person to have lived past 120, the next oldest person being 119. She rode her bike until she was 100 and lived alone until she was 110 and her sight started to fail. She started smoking at age 21 and quit at age 117 (!!). She reportedly ate a kilogram of chocolate a week.
This is a tardigrade aka Water Bear. It is the most extreme extremophile discovered to date. It can survive temperatures of -459F to 304F, can withstand 1000 times more radiation than any other known creature, can be re-hydrated after 10 years without water and can survive the vacuum of space.