Rabies has virtually been eradicated in Switzerland. They placed chicken heads laced with vaccine in the Swiss Alps and the foxes ate it and became immune
Rabies has virtually been eradicated in Switzerland. They placed chicken heads laced with vaccine in the Swiss Alps and the foxes ate it and became immune

Between 26,000 and 55,000 people still die of rabies each year! 95% of those deaths occur in Asia and Africa.

It is still present in 150 counties around the world and about 3 billion people live in regions where infections occur.

Most small island nations are virtually rabies free and also Switzerland managed to almost completely eradicate the viral disease.

The Swiss discovered that foxes were the main source of rabies in the country. Dogs are easy to vaccinate, but to get hold of an entire fox population living mostly in the Swiss Alps, is another matter entirely!

If you have ever read European folk tales or even just tried to raise chickens in an area with a fox population, you will know that foxes just love eating chicken. Instead of catching and wrestling with rabid foxes to get them vaccinated, Swiss scientists came up with an idea that is genius in its simplicity.

Chickens were slaughtered and the chicken heads were laced with live attenuated vaccine. Those chicken heads were then placed in the Swiss Alps and the foxes, unable to resist chicken, devoured all the chicken heads offered to them - thereby unknowingly becoming immune to the rabies virus!

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NASA plans to start a garden on the Moon next year!
NASA plans to start a garden on the Moon next year!

It’s a great time to be alive when all of the cliches seen in sci-fi movies time and time again are starting to become a reality.

Men landing on the moon, versatile rovers roam Mars and now we’re just a couple years away from starting plant life on our neighboring celestial bodies.

Arabidopsis is a small flowering plant that is closely related to mustard or cabbage, both useful when trying to colonize another planet ecologically. More importantly, it contains one of the model organism that is key for studying plant biology, especially since it’s the first plant to have its entire genome sequenced.

NASA, the American space agency, set its sights on Arabidopsis to be part of the first garden on the Moon and Mars. Ambitiously, NASA plans to have it planted on the Moon by 2015, as in next year. Mars isn’t that far behind with a target date of 2021.

This very well could be the first step of plans to one day send men and women to live on distant worlds, hopefully with food and water already set up for them.

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President Johnson was sworn in by the first woman to do so, and remains the only time done on an aircraft.
President Johnson was sworn in by the first woman to do so, and remains the only time done on an aircraft.

A keystone moment in woman’s history came after a nation-shocking tragic event.

Judge Sarah T. Hughes was the first woman to administer the presidential oath of office for President Lydon B. Johnson after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

She got the opportunity due to the extreme impromptu nature of the ceremony.Hughs was chosen by Johnson himself because of their long standing friendship.

They managed to cram 27 people into the tight quarters of the presidential plane, Air Force One. Auxiliary power was disconnected from the plane, resulting in a non-functioning air conditioner.

The plane was instructed to take off as soon as possible, so the inauguration took place while the plane’s four engines powered up. It is still the only time an inauguration took place on an aircraft.

Johnson was sworn in using a missal found by the side table in Kennedy’s Air Force One bedroom since a bible was nowhere to be found. It was almost that exact moment that the nation learned of Kennedy’s death via Walter Cronkite’s broadcast.

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This guy cried wolf 9 times without knowing it
This guy cried wolf 9 times without knowing it

The award for the worst present goes to whoever got this guy an emergency satellite locator beacon.

They should have known better that he wouldn’t read the instructions and would end up causing more trouble than he could possibly get into by activating time after time…after time. Turn it off already!

An avid skier was given a very useful tool for those that know how—and when—to use it. A “personal locator beacon” or PLB broadcasts to a international satellites that are linked to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center every time it is turned off.

The lucky recipient mistook it for an avalanche beacon that should be turned on any time he went skiing.

In a 12 week period, from December 11, 2009 to February 11, 2010 he sent out nine false alarms that were plaguing the rescue teams and law enforcements all winter long.

He was only discovered when he accidentally left the beacon on and drove to a doctor’s appointment in Boulder, Colorado where the rescue teams caught up with him and managed to fix the situation.

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There used to be $10,000 bills! Find out why you won’t find those anymore.
There used to be $10,000 bills! Find out why you won’t find those anymore.

In today’s economy, with inflation running rampant year after year, it’s not uncommon for people to have to carry wads of $100 bills just to cover expenses week to week. Things cost a ton of money nowadays.

Still, the U.S. won’t make anything higher than a $100 bill available, causing some heavy wallets and oversized wads. Turns out that is exactly what the government wants.

There were higher denominations that were last printed on December 27, 1945 but weren’t officially discontinued on July until, 1969.

They included $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 as early as 1961. In 1969 the larger bills started being taken out of circulation by President Nixon. As of 2009, only 336 $10,000 bills, 342 $5,000 bills and 165,372 $1,000 bills were known to exist.

Nixon decided to take large denominations out of circulation since electronic transactions were used for legal, large-scale transfers. Large bills were being used to make illegal transactions such as drug trading across the border and counterfeiting.

Without large bills, transferring major sums of money would be more risky and a huge pain in the butt for the cartels.

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Jim Carrey has only done one sequel in his career. He refuses to do any others!
Jim Carrey has only done one sequel in his career. He refuses to do any others!

Jim Carrey, one of the comedic front men of the 1990’s and early 2000’s has starred in a plethora of movies that were instant classics such as ‘The Mask’, ‘Liar Liar’ and of course, ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’.

Despite sequels being almost instant cash grabs, Jim Carrey has only ever starred in a sequel to his films, as he starred in two Ace Ventura films.

Sources claim that Jim Carrey has too much integrity to do a sequel to his movies, because he doesn’t want to essentially make the same movie a second time.

The only sequel Carrey starred in was still very early in his career and he was looking for any opportunity to make a name for himself!

Some other notable actors (for the most part) that refuse to do sequels despite pressure from executives are Bill Murray (without counting Garfield and Ghostbusters), Will Ferrel (without counting Anchorman 2), and surprisingly, Adam Sandler!

Although Sandler has released enough awful movies in the past few years that maybe he should consider starring in sequels to his classic hits.

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After Balto’s death in 1933 his remains were mounted by a taxidermist and he can be seen at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
After Balto’s death in 1933 his remains were mounted by a taxidermist and he can be seen at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

In 1925 the residents of Nome, Alaska, were being threatened by an outbreak of diphtheria—a highly contagious disease that could be potentially deadly.

The children were especially at risk, but the closest antitoxin was nearly a thousand miles away in Anchorage.

The severe weather conditions grounded the only available plane and the only way to get the serum to Nome was by way of sled dog teams. More than 20 mushers and 150 dogs participated in that race against time!

The conditions were hazardous and the temperatures plummeted to below 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Musher Gunner Kaasen and dog team led by Balto did their run almost entirely in the dark, and Balto managed to stay the course during a complete white-out.

The final team and its sledder was asleep at the final stop where Kaasen was supposed to hand over the serum, so he made the decision to continue with Balto in the lead. When Kaasen arrived in Nome with the serum, he gave all the praise to his dog, Balto.

After Balto died 1933 his remains were mounted by a taxidermist and donated to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. There is also a statue of the canine hero in Central Park.

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The 1980 movie ‘The Blues Brothers’ had a budget that included cocaine!
The 1980 movie ‘The Blues Brothers’ had a budget that included cocaine!

We all know making a movie requires a budget.

From paying the caterers and hair stylists to making sure the leading lady has everything she needs in her trailer and then, of course, paying the cast and crew.

And that is not even half of it.

The budget for filming the movie ‘The Blues Brothers’ had an added extra. There was a budget for cocaine!With John Belushi on set, it had to be quite a substantial budget, at that.

The cocaine was supposed to be limited to night shoots to bring Belushi to life at night, but the cliché “everybody did it”, has been mentioned—particularly by Dan Aykroyd.

Dan says he himself had it under control—never using to such an extent that “I wanted to buy it or have it.”

Belushi, however, had a serious problem and he knew it. He would disappear off set and once Aykroyd found him in a stranger’s home, sleeping, after having raided the man’s fridge!

Apparently he told his wife Judy: “I’m fine. I can’t stop now until I finish the movie. It’ll be fine when it’s over.”

Unfortunately Belushi never managed to kick the habit and he died of an accidental overdose in 1982.

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Theodore Roosevelt suffered from asthma as a child and the doctors prescribe smoking cigars and drinking whiskey! Not surprisingly, it did not work
Theodore Roosevelt suffered from asthma as a child and the doctors prescribe smoking cigars and drinking whiskey! Not surprisingly, it did not work

When Theodore Roosevelt was a child he suffered from some serious illness. He had debilitating asthma, and the condition was not at all well understood at the time.

To treat his coughing and breathing problems, doctors prescribed anything from smoking cigars and drinking whiskey and coffee to vacations at the coast!

Of course the first three of these suggestions are now known to do more harm than good. His family tried all the suggested treatments, but not surprisingly, none of them worked.

Theodore also suffered from headaches, toothache and abdominal pains. Eventually it was decided to keep him confined indoors.

As a result he never really played with other kids his own age. He was privately tutored at home until he went to college.

His loneliness and isolation is probably what lead him to write down his experiences, thoughts and feelings in his journals. He continued writing in his journals until the night he passed away.

His father told him it is important to strengthen the body in order to strengthen the mind, and built him a gymnasium in the house.

Theodore also started taking boxing lessons because he was being taunted by some older boys.

Due to all this physical activity he started gaining strength, and eventually his asthma disappeared.

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Parrots can dance perfectly to the beat of music and scientists believe it is because they can also learn to mimic sound
Parrots can dance perfectly to the beat of music and scientists believe it is because they can also learn to mimic sound

Humans are not the only species that can learn to dance to music. Scientists have discovered a link between the ability to mimic sound and the ability to dance.

This is not a large group, but it includes whales and dolphins, seals and sea lions, elephants, some bats, parrots, hummingbirds and songbirds.

The ability of these animals to move to a beat depend on strong ties between the sense of hearing and motor control.

Parrots are particularly skilled in keeping in perfect beat with music, usually bobbing their heads in time to the rhythm. Looking at the two celebrity internet sensations, Alex the African Grey parrot and Snowball, the white cockatoo, their moves are best when they are listening to their favorite song.

This might leave you thinking they have been trained to make certain moves at certain times during the song, but scientists who studied the two birds considered that and conducted tests to see if that is the case.

They played music the parrots never heard before at different speeds, and the birds consistently caught onto the beat and soon they were shaking their tail feathers and dancing to the music.

The scientists found fifteen examples of vocal learning species of animals that can dance on YouTube—14 parrots and one Asian Elephant. The conclusion is that you have to be able to learn to mimic sounds before you can learn to move to a beat.

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