Talk about benefits: Clif Bar employees get paid to exercise for 2.5 hours every week!
Talk about benefits: Clif Bar employees get paid to exercise for 2.5 hours every week!

Most people know Clif Bar & Company for their namesake product, the ever-popular CLIF Bar.

However, it seems this company is also a fantastic place to work.

In addition to standard benefits, Clif Bar & Co. offers a number of company-specific perks.

For example, while many corporations have an on-site gym, Clif also has a rock climbing wall, dual-purpose yoga/dance rooms, and massage rooms.

In keeping with with their outdoor-driven, health-conscious image, Clif gives employees two-and-a-half hours of paid exercise every week, complete with personal training. Employees are allowed to bring their dogs to the office and have access to counseling and life coaching.

But the benefits don’t stop there. In 2010, Clif Bar & Co. adopted an employee stock ownership program. This means that, collectively, 20 percent of Clif is owned by its workers.

Clif Bar & Co. was named one of Outside magazine’s Best Places to Work for five years in a row.

The company is owned by Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford. It is currently run by CEO Kevin Cleary.

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This crazy cat breed looks like a leopard and acts like a dog! Best of all, you can own one!
This crazy cat breed looks like a leopard and acts like a dog! Best of all, you can own one!

Looks like this cat has the best of both worlds.

The Savannah cat is an interesting breed. First crossbred in 1986, the Savannah is a hybrid between a domestic cat and the wild African serval.

Though the cat’s coat depends on the domestic cat used in breeding, it is often known for its black spots, giving it an appearance similar to that of a leopard. In ideal litters, kittens will have cheetah-like tear-streak markings running from their eyes to their whiskers.

However, unlike domestic or wild cats, the Savannah’s personality is surprisingly dog-like. Similar to canines, Savannahs posses a great deal of loyalty and are known to follow their owners around. They can even be taught to play fetch and walk on a leash.

Unlike other cats, many Savannahs do not fear water. In fact, some even enjoy it, and it’s not uncommon to see Savannahs submerge themselves in the bath, play with their water bowls, or shower with their owner.

Savannahs may be owned in Canada and most parts of the United States, along with other countries. However, Australian cat-lovers are out of luck, as the Savannah cat is banned for being a potential threat to the nation’s native wildlife.

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Being a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd World Country depends on its Cold War orientation!
Being a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd World Country depends on its Cold War orientation!

During the Cold War, countries allied with capitalist countries and NATO were known as 1st world countries. Communist countries and the Soviet Union were known as 2nd world countries. Third world countries referred to countries not allied with capitalist nations or NATO.

Third world became somewhat synonymous with underdeveloped and poor countries. It is now seen as politically incorrect to use the term “third world country.” 

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Conspiracy theorists rejoice: after his autopsy, JFK’s brain disappeared and was never found!
Conspiracy theorists rejoice: after his autopsy, JFK’s brain disappeared and was never found!

The assassination of John F. Kennedy is a magnet for conspiracy theories.

From the shooting itself to the social aftermath, thousands of different theories have flooded the world attempting to explain what happened.

Aliens, government cover-ups, the Illuminati: we’ve heard them all before. And, as much as people would like, they generally don’t amount to much.

But it seems a new theory, this time concerning JFK’s autopsy, is gaining some steam.

According to The Daily Beast, JFK’s brain has disappeared from the official assassination archives. Even more disturbing, however, is that the photographs taken of the original brain seem to have been replaced with inaccurate duplicates.

James Swanson, author of ‘End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy’, claims to know why this is.

According to Swanson, JFK’s brain was stolen by his brother, Robert Kennedy. However, the author claims it was not stolen to cover up a government conspiracy.

Rather, he believes Robert stole his brother’s brain to keep the world from knowing about JFK’s health problems and drug use. Though the brain would not have revealed these issues, a frightened man in the 1960s could have easily believed it would.

As with all Kennedy conspiracy theories, Swanson’s thoughts should be taken with a grain of salt. However, it is certainly an interesting idea and, even if untrue, is worth thinking about.

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Brandenn Bremmer had an IQ of 178! He started reading at the age of 18 months and playing piano when he was three. He committed suicide when he was fourteen
Brandenn Bremmer had an IQ of 178! He started reading at the age of 18 months and playing piano when he was three. He committed suicide when he was fourteen

In March 2005 fourteen year old Brandenn E. Bremmer committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a .22 caliber rifle.

His parents were shocked because, according to them, he did not show any signs of depression.

According to his mother, Brandenn taught himself to read when he was 18 months old and at 3 years of age he could play the piano and finished the schoolwork of a first grader.

It was said that Brandenn had an IQ of 178. Only one in a million people have an IQ score of 180 and above. This means Brandenn was truly a genius. However, he only once sat for an IQ test when he was about five years old, but refused to finish the test. He did score a partial 178.

He started courses at Colorado State University at age eleven after graduating from high school and just before his death he had completed a second CD of his own compositions that were very similar in style to that of Yanni, the Greek pianist and composer.

Despite the boy’s very busy life, his parents say he enjoyed camping, swimming, fishing, skating, watching cartoons and playing computer games.

Brandenn left no suicide note explaining his decision to take his own life.

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There are only 5 countries in the world that still use Fahrenheit to measure temperature, the Bahamas, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Palau, and the United States.
There are only 5 countries in the world that still use Fahrenheit to measure temperature, the Bahamas, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Palau, and the United States.

American’s are stubborn and will often argue that their way is the best no matter what. For example, the Fahrenheit scale is still used for temperature despite it not making total sense as a temperature scale.

Once upon a time Fahrenheit was used by almost all English speaking countries, but in the 1960’s and 70’s most of these countries switched over to Celsius, with the United States being the most noticeable exception.

Today, only five countries, including the United States, use the Fahrenheit scale. The Bahamas, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Palau, and the United States and associated territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands) use the scale for every day applications, though the scientific community around the world uses either Celsius of Kelvin. Canada sometimes uses Fahrenheit, but the official temperature scale is Celsius.

Celsius is now considered the international standard for measuring temperature. It’s likely that one day in the future the remaining Fahrenheit-loyal countries will switch over to this scale. Surely once the United States changes the others would follow suit.

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Without gin and underage drinking, we would never have Dr. Seuss. Curious? Read on!
Without gin and underage drinking, we would never have Dr. Seuss. Curious? Read on!

Dr. Seuss hardly needs an introduction. Most kids should be familiar with his famous poems and books, including Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Horton Hears a Who.

His real name was Theodor Geisel, and he was a member of the Dartmouth College class of 1925. At Dartmouth, he joined the humor magazine Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, eventually becoming editor in chief.

At Dartmouth, he was caught drinking gin, and so the Dean insisted that he resign from all extracurricular activities, including the magazine. In order to continue working on the magazine without the Dean’s knowledge, he came up with the name Dr. Seuss.

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How do you respond to KKK threats? If you’re this man, with a letter reading ‘Kiss My Ass’!
How do you respond to KKK threats? If you’re this man, with a letter reading ‘Kiss My Ass’!

It seems not everyone is scared of the Klan.

In 1970, Alabama attorney general Bill Baxley reopened a case about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

The bombing, a racially-charged terrorist attack that resulted in the death of four black children, contributed heavily to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Alabama Klansmen protested Baxley’s dedication to the case. In 1976, Edward R. Fields, the Grand Dragon of the New Order Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, sent Baxley a hostile letter accusing the attorney general of harassing patriots.

It’s safe to say that Baxley’s response was not what the Grand Dragon expected.

Typed on official letterhead and addressed to “Dr. Fields”, Baxley’s response was one simple sentence:

“My response to your letter of February 19, 1976 is—Kiss my ass.”

The following year, Baxley’s work led to the conviction of Klan member Robert “Dynamite Bob” Chambliss, who served the rest of his life in prison.

Baxley currently works as an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama.

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In the US, you’re twice as likely to kill yourself rather than be murdered!
In the US, you’re twice as likely to kill yourself rather than be murdered!

Some recent data reveals some troubling information about the relationship between murder and suicide.

According to research by the United Nations, Pan American Health Organization, and World Health Organization, the United States has a murder rate of 5.8 people for every 100,000.

Though low, this statistic is significantly higher than countries like Japan and the United Arab Emirates, which both have a rate of 0.5 people per 100,000.

However, it pales in comparison to countries like Colombia and South Africa, both of which have murder rates of over 60 people per 100,000.

Aside from murder rates, however, this data reveals another interesting fact: the relationship between murder and suicide rates.

It seems that, in most cases, countries with lower rates of murder have higher rates of suicide.

The United States’ suicide rate is 10.85 people for every 100,000, meaning it is nearly double the country’s murder rate. Similarly, Japan has a suicide rate of 23.7 people, nearly 50 times higher than its murder rate.

On the opposite spectrum, Jamaica has a very high murder rate of 49 people per 100,000. This is in contrast to its very low suicide rate of only 0.35 people.

It’s difficult to say whether these rates are closely related or not. However, the both could stem from differences in culture.

For example, Jamaica’s high levels of drug and alcohol use may explain its higher murder rate. In the same way, Japan’s poor working conditions—which led to the creation of the term karōshi, meaning death by overwork—may explain of the country’s higher suicide rate.

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Daily shampooing became the norm in the USA in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, but shampoo was never intended to be used every day
Daily shampooing became the norm in the USA in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, but shampoo was never intended to be used every day

Synthetic shampoos were only introduced onto the market in the 1930’s and it was available for almost 40 years before daily shampooing of hair became a norm in the USA.

It was only in the 1970’s and 1980’s that Americans began washing their hair on a daily basis.

Now, however, there is widespread belief that it is, in fact, very bad for the hair and the scalp to shampoo every day because shampoo removes the natural oils (sebum) produced by the scalp.

This causes the scalp to produce more oil to compensate, and a vicious circle ensues.

Some dermatologists say that it is best to gradually increase intervals between washes to allow the sebaceous glands to produce at a slower rate, thereby normalizing the body’s natural rate of sebum production.

It is not certain why the American public started the practice of daily shampooing, because even early shampoo manufacturers made it clear that it should not be a daily practice.

According to an article published in the ‘New York Times’ in 1908, “hair specialists recommend the shampooing of the hair as often as every two weeks, but from a month to six weeks should be a better interval if the hair is in fairly good condition.”

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