1. Approximately one fifth of all the publications from Japan are comic books.
2. The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called ‘mantles’) are radioactive–so much so that they will set of an alarm at a nuclear reactor.
3. If an infant becomes blind soon after they’re born they will still almost always see images in their dreams, but infants born with blindness will most likely never have dreams with images. People who were born blind do still have very emotionally intense dreams which include hearing, smells, feeling and taste. Now that’s an interesting fact about dreams.
4. Avocado is derived from the Spanish word ‘aguacate’ which is derived from the Nahuatl word ‘ahuacatl’ meaning testicle. I guess that it is referring to the shape. Avocados were known by the Aztecs as ‘the fertility fruit’.
5. The first electric Christmas lights were created by a telephone company PBX installer. Back in the old days, candles were used to decorate Christmas trees. This was obviously very dangerous. Telephone employees are trained to be safety concious. This installer took the lights from an old switchboard, connected them together, strung them on the tree, and hooked them to a battery.
6. The Earl of Condom was a knighted personal physician to England’s King Charles II in the mid-1600’s. The Earl was requested to produce a method to protect the King from syphillis.(Charles the II’s pleasure-loving nature was notorious.) Hence the word Condom for protection.
Sneakers were first made in America in 1916. They were originally called Keds. They became known as “sneakers” because the rubber soles allowed sneaking around silently. Source
Sugar was called”White Gold”. Until the late 1700’s sugar was a luxury that European nobility used to validate their rank and social power. Source
In 1998, Sony accidently sold 700,000 camcorders that had the technology to see through people’s clothes. Source
If you slowly pour a handful of salt into a totally full glass of water it will not overflow. In fact, the water level will go down. Explanation
Brazil takes up 47.8% of South America. Source
Hawaii is moving towards Japan 4 inches every year. Through satellite images we can see that the Island of Maui, Hawaii had been gradually moving toward Japan at a rate of 3 inches per year since 1976. Plate tectonic theory predicts that the plate that Hawaii is on will continue to move Hawaii in that direction at a rate of 4 inches per year. Source
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The rubble caused by an earthquake and tsunami fill the landscape in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after northeastern coastal towns were devastated by an earthquake and tsunami. (Associated Press/Kyodo News)
soldier holds a four-month-old baby who survived the tsunami with her family at Ishinomaki city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. (Yomiuri Shimbun/AFP/Getty Images) #
A man cycles by a ship at Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit Japan's east coast. (Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press) #
A family rests in a shelter in Soma city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011. three days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country's north east coast. On top of the losses of family and friends and property, evacuees in the area are now faced with the fears of radiation contamination from damaged nuclear facilities near by. (Wally Santana/Associated Press) #
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