The Arctic Monkeys’ performance on Jimmy Kimmel had to be canceled because Kanye West talked for too long.
The Arctic Monkeys’ performance on Jimmy Kimmel had to be canceled because Kanye West talked for too long.

The Arctic Monkeys are an indie rock band from England.

With the charting of their fifth, most recent album, AM, they became the first independent-label band to debut at number one in the UK with their first five albums.

To support the album, they were scheduled to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 9 October 2013, before starting a 100 concert tour in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

They didn’t get to play that show, however, because Kimmel’s guest Kanye West talked for too long.

A week later the band performed the first two singles form the album, “Do I Wanna Know?” and “R U Mine?” on the show’s outdoor stage.

The album was the second fastest selling album of the year, trailing only Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and featured in many end of year lists as one of the best of 2013. It even made it to NME magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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There is such a thing as a ‘silent migraine’ and sufferers of this type of migraine do not experience the headache - but that does not mean the get off easy!
There is such a thing as a ‘silent migraine’ and sufferers of this type of migraine do not experience the headache - but that does not mean the get off easy!

If you hear the word ‘migraine’, you probably think of a debilitating, throbbing headache.

But a migraine doesn’t always have to include a headache.

There is such a thing as a silent migraine. Sufferers of silent migraines do not come off easy, just because they do not experience the pain phase.

Typical migraines come in four phases.

The pre-headache phase can include muscle stiffness, mood changes, fatigue and food cravings. These symptoms can occur hours or days before the onset of a migraine.

Then there is the ‘Aura’ phase that sets in immediately before the headache comes. These include changes in the visual field, like flashing lights or zig-zag lines. It can also include hallucinations that include scents and sounds.

Sufferers of silent migraines experience both these phases in its full intensity and sometimes the hallucinations are even worse for those who suffer from this type of migraine.

Typical migraine sufferers will then experience the intense headache that silent sufferers do not.

The post-headache phase, which silent migraine sufferers also do not go without, is when the depression or euphoria sets in, difficulty concentrating or thinking is experienced and some people also describe it as like suffering from a bad hangover.

A silent migraine can be very frightening because the visual symptoms are acute and still very disruptive to daily activities. Because there are no headaches, sufferers and those around them don’t always realize what’s happening.

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Vin Diesel played Dungeons and Dragons for over 20 years!
Vin Diesel played Dungeons and Dragons for over 20 years!

Vin Diesel is known for playing the ‘tough guy’ in most of his films, and is recognized mostly by his appearances in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Vin Diesel is also known for starring in the semi-successful film, xXx.

As it turns out, Diesel is not only a tough guy, but he is a tough guy who isn’t afraid to admit that he’s been playing Dungeon and Dragons for over 20 years. He’s not a fake fan, either. Diesel wrote the introduction for the book 30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons and Dragons.

If you don’t think that is enough to prove his allegiance to Dungeons and Dragons, go watch the film xXx again and look for a tattoo on his stomach that reads ‘Melkor’ - it’s the name of his D&D character.

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Separating bananas from their bunch slows down the ripening process
Separating bananas from their bunch slows down the ripening process

Fruit ripens. We all know that. It gets softer, less green and often sweeter even though there’s a higher acidity level.

Not all fruit ripens at the same speed, however, and sometimes it’s possible to speed up or slow down a fruit’s ripening process.

If you want a banana to ripen fast, you should keep it in its bunch, and if you want it to last a little longer before ripening, separate it.

It’s been shown that when a banana is separated from the bunch, it takes longer to ripen.

Around the world, people have been speeding up the process of ripening for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptian harvesters slashed open the figs they collected to stimulate ripening, and Chinese farmers would leave pears in closed rooms with incense burning.

Both of these things have been proven to speed up ripening.

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The most profitable item on McDonald’s menu is its fountain drink. It costs between 13 and 18 cents to produce a drink.
The most profitable item on McDonald’s menu is its fountain drink. It costs between 13 and 18 cents to produce a drink.

Drinks are often the most profitable item in restaurants.

The Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics reports that the biggest mark-ups on any restaurant menu are drinks and side dishes, thus maximizing the profits for the business.

This holds especially true with fast food restaurants. McDonald’s, for example, spends between 13 and 18 cents to produce a soft drink.

That includes the syrup, the cup, water, ice, electricity, labor, and wastage.

If the particular restaurant has customers fill their own drinks, you can essentially take labor out of that as well.

A medium sized soft drink at McDonalds costs them 15 cents or less. The typical profit margin on fountain beverages is approximately 85%. McDonald’s profit margin is 90% or more because of their volume purchasing power.

Concentrate for 50,000 Cokes costs $2.60, including labor. A single penny’s worth of syrup makes almost 200 cups of Coke.

The new McCafe has only increased their profits from drinks, and is considered one of the main driving factors in the company’s growth. They plan to expand the McCafe globally.

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When wounded, Thomas Baker ordered his squad to leave him propped against a tree with a pistol and 8 bullets. They later found his body in the same position with 8 dead Japanese soldiers around him.
When wounded, Thomas Baker ordered his squad to leave him propped against a tree with a pistol and 8 bullets. They later found his body in the same position with 8 dead Japanese soldiers around him.

The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor the United States gives.There have been less than 3,500 of these medals ever given out.

A few thousand may seem like a lot, but considering the number of servicemen there are and have been, this is a miniscule percentage.

It wouldn’t be fair to compare any of these recipients, as they all have performed “personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.”

Still, there are always some that stand out from the rest. One of these men was Thomas Baker, a member of the US Army during WWII.

When his entire company was pinned down, Baker voluntarily took a bazooka and dashed alone to within 100 yards of the enemy and knocked out the strongpoint. His deeds didn’t stop there, though.

Some days later, when in a vulnerable position crossing a field, Baker again voluntarily took up a position in the rear to protect the company against surprise attack, and came upon 2 heavily fortified enemy pockets manned by 2 officers and 10 enlisted men which had been bypassed.

He killed them all by himself.

Five hundred yards further, he discovered 6 men of the enemy who had concealed themselves behind our lines and destroyed all of them.

Impressive, but Baker still wasn’t done stating his case for the medal. From his Medal of Honor summary on the Army’s website:

“On 7 July 1944, the perimeter of which Sgt. Baker was a part was attacked from 3 sides by from 3,000 to 5,000 Japanese. During the early stages of this attack, Sgt. Baker was seriously wounded but he insisted on remaining in the line and fired at the enemy at ranges sometimes as close as 5 yards until his ammunition ran out.”

He refused to let his comrades carry him to safety because he didn’t want to risk their lives. He was left propped up against a tree with a pistol and 8 rounds. His body was later found in the same position, gun empty, with 8 dead Japanese soldiers around him.

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A woman sued Cap’n Crunch claiming she thought their “crunchberries” were real fruit. The judges response is priceless
A woman sued Cap’n Crunch claiming she thought their “crunchberries” were real fruit. The judges response is priceless

People will try to sue over anything they can. After all, it’s easy money, right?

Just ask the lady who successfully sued McDonalds when she was burnt by their coffee.

In some cases this might work, but often these lawsuits don’t go anywhere.

Perhaps the shortest lived case was brought to court by Janine Sugawara of California in 2009.

She claimed that she had purchased the cereal Cap’n Crunch with Crunchberries because she believed “crunchberries” indicated she was eating real fruit.

Sugawara alleged that after four years of purchasing the product she had only recently discovered that said “berries” were in fact simply brightly colored cereal balls.

Judge Morrison England, Jr.’s response to this was pretty on point.

He said “In this case…it is simply impossible for Plaintiff to file an amended complaint stating a claim based upon these facts. The survival of the instant claim would require this Court to ignore all concepts of personal responsibility and common sense. The Court has no intention of allowing that to happen.”

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Want to feel old? Check out these movies that are now over 30 years old!
Want to feel old? Check out these movies that are now over 30 years old!

Time flies, and things always seem to feel like they happened just yesterday.

For example, many movies from the 80’s are now considered “classics,” but if you ask someone who saw them in theaters, they would probably say that it doesn’t seem even close to that long ago that they came out.

Ghostbusters and Gremlins both came out on the same day: June 8th, 1984. That’s now over 30 years ago!

Two weeks later another classic hit theaters: The Karate Kid.

Those aren’t the only movies you’d recognize from that time.

1984 saw the release of Beverly Hills Cop, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Footloose, Sixteen Candles, The Terminator, and Revenge of the Nerds.

Fans of quirky, cult films won’t be left out here, either. This is Spinal Tap saw its debut this year as well.

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A Polish octor Saved a Village From Nazis by Creating a Fake Epidemic
A Polish octor Saved a Village From Nazis by Creating a Fake Epidemic

It often takes the worst of times to find the best of us.

This was true during the holocaust when countless people risked their lives for others, whether it was hiding Jewish families in their homes or helping them in any number of other ways.

One doctor managed to save at least 8,000 people from almost certain death.

To do this, he created a fake epidemic in a town which caused the Nazis to quarantine the area.

The Doctors name is Eugene Lazowski, and he created this false epidemic by injecting dead Epidemic Typhus bacteria, basically vaccines, into people. When their blood was tested, it came back positive for the deadly disease.

Lazowski did all of this himself and had to send the blood out to the Germans who would test it. It comes as no surprise, then, that the Nazi’s sent a few men to confirm what was going on.

When this happened, Lazowski didn’t panic. He greeted them with a warm meal and drinks.

The superior officer was enjoying the drinks so much that he just sent the younger two to test the patients. Scared for their lives, they took the blood as quickly as possible and left without doing any real investigating. The blood, of course, came back positive for the disease.

Lazowski had also faced death many other times during the war. When working with the Red Cross, his train was attacked, but he was luckily not on it at the time.

He also escaped a prisoner-of-war camp by himself by jumping the fence and then pretending to tend to an unattended horse. The soldier that was investigating the noise of the fence didn’t give him a second look.

Talk about guts. This man is a true hero.

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Alaskan Killer Whales sometimes eat deer and moose swimming between islands on the northwest coast of Alaska
Alaskan Killer Whales sometimes eat deer and moose swimming between islands on the northwest coast of Alaska

Killer whales are some of the fiercest predators not only in the oceans, but in the entire world.

They are found in all oceans, from the arctic and Antarctic to tropical seas, and have no natural predators.

Their prey is just as diverse as the seas they are found in, although individual populations often specialize in a certain type.

Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals like seals, and even large whales.

Land animals can’t be left out of their prey either. They have been known to feed on deer and moose that try to swim between islands off the northwest coast of North America.

Even birds can fall prey to these intelligent hunters. They can actually regurgitate fish to attract birds to the surface and then eat the birds when they go for the fish.

Resident killer whales, as opposed to transient killer whales, have never been observed eating other marine mammals, but they are known to occasionally harass and kill porpoises and seals for no apparent reason.

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