Bobsledding was accidentally invented by adventurous English tourists. This story is crazy!
Bobsledding was accidentally invented by adventurous English tourists. This story is crazy!

Bobsledding is a relatively modern sport. Well, modern in the sense that it did not evolve just post-dinosaur! The first formal bobsled competition was held in 1884. But how did it all begin?

We have a few jolly British lads to thank for that! English tourists decided to stay at a mineral spa in the town of St. Moritz during winter after the hotelier ‘sold’ the idea to them to avoid another long season of empty rooms.

The more adventurous of his English guests became rather bored and adapted boys’ delivery sleds for fun. They attached two sleds together with a board and attached a steering mechanism to the front sled. They proceeded to speed down the village’s roads, lanes and alleys, frequently colliding with unsuspecting and, I am sure, very surprised pedestrians.

It took a couple of years of pedestrian peril before the hotelier built a special track where they could safely (at least from the pedestrian point of view) practice their fun. This first natural ice half-pipe track was built in 1870 and it is still in operation! The name of the sport appeared when competitors adopted the technique of bobbing back and forth inside the sled to increase its speed.

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A company called Holy Smokes will take your cremated ashes and place them in bullets!
A company called Holy Smokes will take your cremated ashes and place them in bullets!

Some people want to be buried in a cemetery, others want to have their ashes spread across an ocean, but some people, such as the founder of Holy Smokes, Thad Holmes, want to have their ashes loaded into 250 shotgun shells and used by their loved ones to hunt animals.

Thad is an avid outdoors man, and so is his son, and they both believe that the best way for his son to remember Thad is to use him once every year to hunt an animal. This simply bizarre idea evolved into a business ran by Thad called Holy Smokes.

Basically, people send the company their loved ones ashes, and in return, the company places the ashes in 250 shells (of the family’s choosing) and then sends the shells back to the family to use. This one of a kind business charges $850 for their services.

After just a few months of the business being in operation, they already have a website and have had two different families use their services!

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Gerald Ford became Vice President and President of the United States without ever being elected to either position!
Gerald Ford became Vice President and President of the United States without ever being elected to either position!

The Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution deals with issues of succession to the Presidency and puts procedures in place for both filling a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, as well as responding to Presidential disabilities. The Twenty-fifth Amendment was adopted on the 23rd of February 1967. The Amendment has been invoked six times since its inception — twice with regards to Gerald Ford.

Spiro Agnew resigned on 10 October 1973, leaving the position of Vice President open. President Richard Nixon nominated Representative Gerald Ford of Michigan to succeed Agnew as Vice President, in accordance with the Twenty-fifth Amendment. The United States Senate voted 92 to 3 in favor of Ford and the House of Representatives voted 387 to 35 in favor. Ford was sworn in on 6 December 1973.

When President Richard Nixon resigned on 9 August 1974, after the Watergate scandal started unravelling, the Twenty-fifth Amendment had to be invoked again and Vice President Gerald Ford succeeded Nixon to the office of President. This resulted in Gerald Ford to be the only person ever in the history of the United States of America to be Vice President and President without being elected to either office by the citizens of that country.

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Nokia has found a way to recharge your cell phone using radio waves. Learn more about their new technology here
Nokia has found a way to recharge your cell phone using radio waves. Learn more about their new technology here

Nokia is a Finnish communications and information technology corporation. They do business worldwide and are known for their internet services and cell phones. More recently, they have been working on a more environmentally friendly way to charge cellphones without wasting unnecessary electricity.

Nokia claims that it has created the technology to charge a cell phone using radio waves while that same cell phone is on standby mode. Standby mode is when electronics devices are not in use, but are still on. Similar to when computers hibernate. Even though the phone is not in use, it is still giving off radio waves. The same goes for televisions and computers.

The radio waves that a device gives off are very weak and small and do not hold much power. Nokia has developed the technology to gather all radio waves from miles away and from several devices. The more devices in a larger area means more power. The more power it has, the easier it would be able to charge a phone. This new technology suggests that when their phone is on standby mode, the phone will automatically charge without even being plugged in!

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There was a gene called Pokemon but had to change due to legal action!
There was a gene called Pokemon but had to change due to legal action!

Pokemon, formally called Pok, is a gene found by researchers in New York to cause cancer. Many news reports joked about the relation between the popular cartoon and the carcinogen! The brand was being associated with causing cancer.

Because of this, Pokémon USA was not thrilled by the jokes. The Nintendo sub-division threatened to sue the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center because of an unflattering relation between their brand and cancer! The researchers eventually gave in to Pokémon USA’s demands and changed the gene’s name to Zbtb7.

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Ever wonder why keys are in the order they’re in on the keyboard?
Ever wonder why keys are in the order they’re in on the keyboard?

The keyboard we most commonly use today is called the “qwerty” keyboard for obvious reasons, but did you ever wonder why the letters are in that order?

It’s actually because the original keyboards would jam if letters that were next to each other were pressed in too rapid succession.

In 1874 Christopher Sholes, who developed the layout, was aiming to slow typists down by putting the most common letters in the most hard to reach places, and thus reduce jamming.

Although modern technology has no issue with jamming, the keyboard stuck and is still the one we use today!

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A Batman villain was deemed “too gruesome and too violent” for TV! Which villain?
A Batman villain was deemed “too gruesome and too violent” for TV! Which villain?

The 1960’s television series ‘Batman’ was the first time the character was brought beyond the realm of comics. Due in large part to comics being subject to strict censorship at the time, the show was kid-friendly and stressed many moral lessons including the importance of using seat belts, doing homework and drinking milk among children.

Because of the kid-friendly nature of the show, the character Two-Face was scratched for being “too gruesome and too violent.” The character was imagined as a news anchor who was disfigured when a television set exploded in his face.

Who was going to play Two-Face in the series? Clint Eastwood was discussed for the role. This was right around the time when Eastwood was making a name for himself in the ‘Dollars’ trilogy. No doubt he would have been a scary villain.

It’s interesting to see how things change over the years. Less than 40 years after this series aired came Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy. It’s hard to imagine a more gruesome and violent character than Heath Ledgers portrayal of The Joker.

It’s a shame Eastwood never had the chance to show us how he could do in such a role. I don’t think he’s too broken up about it, though. He’s had a pretty good career without this one.

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In Churchill, Manitoba you have to trust your neighbor with your car. If not, he might be mauled by a polar bear.
In Churchill, Manitoba you have to trust your neighbor with your car. If not, he might be mauled by a polar bear.

Imagine living in such a tight community that every single person trusts each other, and not only that, they have to. Because if they don’t someone could end up getting mauled by a polar bear.

In Churchill, Manitoba, you have to trust each and every person around you not to steal your car. The reason is that if you lock it, you will be punished by the law. This is the only place in the world where there is a rule against securing your vehicle this way. However, the reason is a good one.

Because there are around 950 polar bears around the Hudson river, one of the inhabitants could be attacked and mauled at any second, and what is worse than running for your life only to discover that a spotted safe haven, some stranger’s car, is locked? The answer is next to nothing.

In an effort to prevent polar bear related deaths, the government of the area outlawed locked car doors to provide quick escapes from hungry, or aggressive beasts.

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Our modern medical standards wouldn’t be possible without the horseshoe crab. Find out why!
Our modern medical standards wouldn’t be possible without the horseshoe crab. Find out why!

If you really want to strike it rich, don’t worry about digging for gold or trying to strike oil. Head to the sea and find yourself some horseshoe crabs to drain and make a killing. It turns out their blood is key in the world’s medical arsenal.

The horseshoe crab has a very simple immune system that was discovered in 1971. Its blood binds and clots when it comes in contact with fungi, viruses, and bacterial endotoxins. It contains a compound, Limulus Amebocyte Lysate, or LAL for short, that is an easy way for the Food and Drug Administration to test for any bad stuff in new drugs. Now, every drug and surgical implant certified by the FDA is tested using LAL.

On the world market, a single quart of the crab’s blood runs around $15,000, making it an incredible business for those that live where they are abundant. According to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, approximately 250,000 horseshoe crabs are needed to fuel the medical testing each year.

There is good news: The blood can be extracted from the little crabby guy without killing them, and there have been no signs of any long-term injury. It’s a win-win…sort of.

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During the 2011 riots in London, bookstores were the only thing left completely alone!
During the 2011 riots in London, bookstores were the only thing left completely alone!

When chaos strikes and you don’t know where to go, when everyone is rioting and looting, will you join the masses? Where would you loot first to get what you need? The electronics store? Perhaps, a bookstore. No? Neither would any of the 2011 London rioters.

While nearly every other kind of shop from furniture stores to antique shops, was attacked, those who sold the ancient treasure of book-bound knowledge were left completely untouched. While it is an objective fact that books wouldn’t keep you alive or help feed your family during such chaos, this does make an unfortunate statement about the priority of modern global culture.

Some bookstores in London even felt comfortable enough to leave their stores open. One employee figured that it would be a good thing. He even remarked that if they were to steal something from their store they “might learn something.”

Unfortunately, one bookstore was in fact vandalized. It was theorized that the store was attacked because the owners were openly gay.

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