The Library of Alexandria is, even to this day, one of the most well-known libraries in the world. It’s most famous for having been burned down, resulting in the loss of nearly all the world’s knowledge at the time.
How did they acquire so much of this knowledge? One way was through incoming ships. Any books that were found were copied onto scrolls. The original manuscript was then kept in the library, and the scroll given to the owner!
Just how much was lost during the fire? Historians say it’s impossible to tell, since no documentation from the library has survived. However, some estimate that more than 500,000 scrolls were lost forever to history.
There’s a lot of difference between getting a cold and getting the flu. Colds typically leave you sneezing and sniffling for a couple of a days, while the flu is much more serious. The flu can typically give you a fever and leave you fatigued, and if left untreated, can sometimes lead to hospitalization.
Despite the major difference between these diseases, Tylenol treats them the same way!
Both Tylenol Cold and Tylenol Flu contain the exact same ingredients—a pain reliever, a cough suppressant, and a nasal decongestant. The only difference between the two medicines is the box!
No matter what kind of sickness you have, remember to drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest!
Wal-Mart is known for their low prices, but in 2008, they decided they wanted to be known for movie-making. ‘Proud American’ features five stories that follow the founding of Wal-Mart and Coca Cola. They intended to capture the American spirit by following these stories. Mastercard and American Airlines also offered sponsorship, and their product placement can be seen throughout the film.
Despite all of the big brand names, the movie didn’t do well. It earned only $96,076 throughout 750 theaters. It’s considered the lowest-grossing wide release in movie history. It currently has just a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Folklore rarely recounts anything that really happened, but when a story is told through three different texts, it’s hard to dispute some fantastical, mysterious events. Such is the case with the “Utsuro-bune” that showed up in Japan in 1803. The tale provides more questions than answers.
According to the legend, a hollow ship reached the shores in the Hitatchi province with a beautiful young woman inside, along with many texts written in an unknown language. The woman had red hair and eyebrows and was elongated by artificial white extensions, which could have been made by white fur or white-powdered textile streaks. The mentioned hairstyle could never be found in any literature.
The woman was friendly, though off, and held onto a quadratic box made of a pale material that nobody was allowed to touch. She didn’t speak a lick of Japanese and couldn’t communicate with the fishermen that found her. Eventually the fishermen returned her to the Utsuro-bune and sent it back into the sea, since they believed it was her predetermined destiny.
Ufologists claim that this story represents solid evidence for an alien visit to the small Japanese town. Drawings depicting the woman and Utsuro-bune even have a very saucer-like appearance.
You’re a master of the English language. You can unscramble the little Scrabble tiles to form just about any word, hitting those double letter and triple word scores. Little do you know that you’re actually at a disadvantage to those that don’t know how to speak a lick of the language!
In the British National Scrabble Championship the final play was with the word “coniines,” which neither of the finalists probably knew the definition of. Not all of the words on the board could be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, but they’re still legal plays, thanks to the Scrabble Dictionary. The difference? Once a word gets in the Scrabble Dictionary, it never leaves, unlike outdated words that gets phased out.
Players tend to memorize a list of words without caring about the definitions. Many of the world’s best Scrabble players are Thai that don’t speak a word of English, but can spell it out pretty well. In fact, knowing English puts that player at a disadvantage.
Of course, if a house rule states you have to supply a ballpark definition, those world-class stars will fail miserably.
These victims are usually those that are caught outside during thunderstorms. However, lightning has injured—and even killed—those who have been indoors.
Lightning strikes into the ground near homes, sending jolts through pipes and into sinks and bathtubs. Not only do metal pipes serve as effective conduits for these electrical charges, but it has even been reported that individuals standing near windows and talking on landline phones have also been injured by lightning.
Little things can have a really, really big impact.
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming used to have an issue with deer overrunning the vegetation. They would consume the wild saplings that were supposed to populate the forest with beautiful trees, but instead would never see growth past a foot or two.
Unsure of how else to solve this problem without introducing more unnatural and potentially harmful substances to the natural ecosystem, scientists decided that it would be beneficial to reintroduce wolves to the park which had been previously removed.
The effects happened immediately—the deer that populated the area congregated in places where they were less likely to be trapped by the wolves. This freed up a lot of land for vegetation to begin to flourish.
The trees weren’t the only things that changed. A huge domino effect caused an increase in other animal populations and improved the rivers’ abilities to resist erosion because of the strong roots of the newly birthed trees.
We all know the major dangers in America today aren’t terrorists or giant hurricanes—it’s cancer and heart disease that are doing all the killing. But what’s next on the list isn’t something your doctor will be able to treat. In fact, doctors are the sole cause of it!
The third biggest cause of death in America is medical mistakes. According to a recent issue of Journal of Patient Safety, the number of patients susceptible to mistakes is staggering. Between 210,000 and 440,000 patients that take a trip to the hospital suffer a type of preventable harm that contributes to their death per year.
There is some dispute about that number, however. A spokesman for the American Hospital Association is confident that the number is closer to 98,000 deaths per year, even though three prominent patient safety researchers claimed Journal of Patient Safety’s study had credible methods.
If the 440,000 number is correct, that would be roughly one-sixth of all deaths in the United States each year. Turns out going in for your usual checkup can be dangerous after all!
President James Garfield was shot in Washington DC on July 2, 1881 at 9:30 AM, less than 4 months into Garfield’s term as the 20th president of the US. Although he did not die immediately, he died 11 weeks later of complications resulting from the wound. He was the second of 4 US Presidents to be assassinated, and lived the longest after the shooter, compared to the others.
The culprit was Charles J. Guiteau or Freeport, Illinois. He practiced law in Chicago and started an unsuccessful law firm. He briefly became a preacher before he turned to politics. He wrote a speech in support of candidate Garfield. The speech was delivered at most twice, but Guiteau believed he was responsible for Garfield’s victory. He demanded to be made an ambassador, but his requests were rebuffed and eventually told to never return to the Secretary of State.
Angry, he bought a gun. He had the choice between a revolver with a wooden grip or one with an ivory grip. He chose the ivory grip because he wanted it to look nice when it was eventually displayed in a museum.
He then stalked President Garfield until he had a chance one day at a railroad station. Guiteau shot Garfield in the back twice before handing himself to the authorities. He was later executed by hanging.
The white paper cups are used for hot beverages and are lined with polyethylene plastic to keep the paper intact by protecting it from the hot drink. The paper on the outside of the cup is needed for its rigidity and to keep the form of the cup. Unfortunately, the plastic liner makes the cup unrecyclable in most paper recycling systems.
Starbucks says they continually look for other options so that their cups may be recyclable, but have yet to find anything. Their hot beverage sleeves were made to eliminate double cupping and are recyclable. They are made of 60 percent post-consumer recycled fiber. They also give a 10 cent discount when customers use their own cups instead of Starbucks’ disposable ones.
Starbucks has also begun to offer “for here” mugs to customers who stay in the store to enjoy their coffee. They also recycle milk jugs, cardboard, and paper used by the coffee chain to store their supplies.