Casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese that contains live maggots. The maggots can jump up to five inches out of cheese while you’re eating it, so it’s a good idea to shield it with your hand to stop them jumping into your eyes.
A family of people with blue skin lived in Kentucky for many generations. The Fulgates of Troublesome Creek are thought to have gained their blue skin through combination of inbreeding and a rare genetic condition known as methemoglobinemia.
Nintendo's beloved "Mario" character came about due to Nintendo being unable to make a deal with King Features Syndicate to use their Popeye characters. The game that eventually became "Donkey Kong" (Mario's debut) was originally envisioned as a Popeye game, with Popeye climbing ladders and jumping over obstacles to rescue Olive Oyl from Bluto. When negotiations with King Features fell through, Nintendo simply changed Bluto into a gorilla,Popeye into Mario, and Olive Oyl into a generic damsel in distress.
When "Donkey Kong" became a smash hit, of course, King Features saw the error of their ways and allowed Nintendo to use Popeye and his friends in an arcade game... that ended up looking very similar to "D.K."
Source: Society for General Microbiology "Scientists now need to determine the clinical importance of the new species, as similar bacteria have been found to infect humans. "Further testing will establish whether the species is a threat to human health," says Dr Bakir. "We hope our study will benefit the formulation of hairspray to prevent contamination in the future."
Society for General Microbiology. "New Species Of Bacteria Contaminates Hairspray." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 March 2008.
This guy comes into my work today to return some Ambesol... He thanks me for making it so easy... he says, "I was really nervous about returning my herpes medicine." Say what? I didn't have to know that dude. Move it along so I can hit up that hand sanitizer. Why would he tell me that?
In 1665 the village of Eyam in Britain had an outbreak of the black plague. Thanks to a quick thinking minister who advised self quarantine for infected people, and a deal with the next closest town for supplies in exchange for coins left in a bowl of vinegar (to sterilize the coins) the rest of Britain did not get affected by the outbreak. A surprisingly large percentage of Eyam citizens survived (although it was still devistating), and not just because of the precautions, for some reason the townsfolk of Eyam had a higher than normal percentage of people who were immune to the plague.
Oh and a corollary fact to the one I posted just now about Eyam... the Gene that is responsible for the immunity to the Black Death turns out that it may be the key to immunity to HIV and AIDS as well.
The 90s rock band "Ugly Kid Joe" got their name because they were picked to open a show for a band called "Pretty Boy Floyd."
They had been using the name "S.W.A.T." (which stood for "Suburban White Alcoholic Trash"), but the band members thought it would be funny to see "Pretty Boy Floyd" and "Ugly Kid Joe" listed on the marquee together. The concert ended up being cancelled, but the name stuck.
A U.S. park ranger named Roy C. Sullivan held the record for being struck by lightning the most times, having been struck — and surviving — seven times between 1942 and 1977. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot in 1983. I don't know his situation, but I wonder if his depression was a result of being struck by lightening, if depression is why he shot himself?
You said Quote " Speaking of bathrooms......the first American film to feature toilet flushing was Psycho. It is odd how we all remember the shower scene instead." End Quote ************************** It's hard to tell exactly where you got this one, because it is in your exact words on many sites (minus the BTW) http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/126482? … ost2670033 You said Quote " After Fredric Baur died, his ashes were buried in a Pringles can. BTW, he invented those cans we love to recycle & re-purpose." End Quote
I found some more of yours that you got from the internet. I wouldn't have posted this, but you started with me first
Here's a fun evolutionary fact I like to throw out to people at times. You know our goose bumps that pop up when we're cold or scared or angry? Those are useless leftovers (vestigial reflexes) from our much hairier ancestors.
Not too much different from cats and other animals who get all 'poofy' when in the cold or fighting, these goose bumps raise hair on our skin when we're cold, to trap air, causing a layer of insulation, to keep us warm, and raise hair during emotional stress (when we're scared, angry, etc.) to make us look larger and more intimidating to ward off predators.
None of this is very helpful to us anymore, of course, but that doesn't make it any less fascinating.
It's probably due to the fact that most children play indoors in the Winter, so when spring comes they play extra hard outdoors. This results in growth hormones being released more abundantly, therefore growth in the children
Back in Victorian England (or maybe earlier), the best surgeons weren't the ones with the greatest medical knowledge; they were the ones who could saw a leg off fastest. One particularly fast surgeon was performing a leg amputation, but in his haste also cut off the finger of his assistant. A member of the public in the viewing gallery, on seeing this, had a heart attack and died, the patient died from the operation, and the assistant died a few weeks later from infection. It's the only surgical operation known to have a 300% death rate.
Some historians believed the children's game of hopscotch began as a Roman soldiers training drill. The soldiers would have to do long intricate hopscotch courts in full armour. It is believed that children started playing hopscotch as a way to imitate soldiers, so when kids play hopscotch they are really playing at being a soldier
I can believe that. I doubt that it had occurred to him that the force of his body hitting the ground might explode his heart in his chest, or that he could be impaled by something. Breaking hearts seems to be his strong suit.
When the Simpsons first went on the air, none of the writers expected it to last beyond the initial six episodes. Therefore they had several "big reveals" put aside for a potential "last episode" which fortunately were never used. Marge's hair was so tall because living so close to the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant had caused her to mutate and grow a single long bunny ear out of the top of her head (ala the bunny character "Binky" in Matt Groening's other creation, Life in Hell)... therefore her big beehive hairdo was covering it up.
Hello-- I signed up for the HP ads program a while ago--perhaps a month or so after it was opened up to everyone... I notice my daily earnings are nicely above what I ever got from Google (that's not to say I'm anywhere near the payout threshhold). However, I'm...
Does the time of day you post a Hub effect the amount of views?It seems if I post my hubs too late PST they don't seem to get the views if I posted it at 6 or 7, have you found this the case? Also the new layout seems to give me much fewer views... It's been a bummer how much clicks have declined...
Did you tip on the pre-tax amount or the post-tax amount of your bill?I ran across an article a while ago, I think on Yahoo or MSN, anyways it said that people should tip based on the pre-tax amount. I never thought to do that. What do you think?
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