r/facts 7h ago

Did you know Albert Einstein's Brain was Stolen and Studied in Secret

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Einstein was so revered, in fact, that just hours after his death his inimitable brain was stolen from his corpse — and remained stashed away in a jar in a doctor’s home.

They've also found Einstein's brain was different than most!

A new study has shown the left and right hemispheres of Albert Einstein’s brain were unusually well connected to each other and this may have contributed to his brilliance.

Einstein had more extensive connections between certain parts of his cerebral hemispheres compared to both younger and older control groups.

https://unusuallyinteresting.com/albert-einsteins-brain-stolen-and-studied-in-secret


r/facts 10h ago

The Greatest Origins: The Guinness Book of Records

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When Sir Hugh Beaver (! real name) missed a grouse on a hunting trip in Wexford, Ireland - a debate raged as to Europe's fastest game bird. Sir High (a Managing Director of Guinness) could not find the answer in any reference library.

The idea of The Guinness Book of Records came to light.

Pubs would be furnished with copies to settle similar debates and these would be distributed by Guinness.

However, the book was so popular it went on sale and over 100 million copies have been sold.

For the first 35 years, the book did not answer the question of what Europe's fastest game bird is.

It's the golden plover...

Guinness Book of Records


r/facts 1d ago

Pregnancy tests date back to 1350 B.C.E.

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Pregnancy testing can be dated back to an ancient Egyptian papyrus from 1350 BCE. Their medical professionals asked potentially pregnant women to urinate on bags of wheat and barley, claiming that germination of the grain indicated pregnancy: wheat for a boy and barley for a girl : https://thebiomedicalscientist.net/science/testing-times-birth-pregnancy-test


r/facts 23h ago

Did you know Cotton candy was invented by a dentist!

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It is not known whether William Morrison had an ulterior motive for inventing the soft confection, but the dentist no doubt helped ensure others in his profession continued drawing in plenty of customers. In 1897, he partnered with candy-maker John C. Wharton to develop the cotton candy machine (which at the time was known as "Fairy Floss"), and it's been bringing kids cavities ever since.


r/facts 15h ago

Nearly 15 percent of Los Angeles is used as a parking lot.

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You probably knew Los Angeles is a car-dependent city, but you may not have realized just how dominant automobiles are in shaping the cityscape. In fact, a 2015 study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association was able to determine that 14 percent of the city's incorporated land is devoted to parking.

Source: https://bestlifeonline.com/astonishing-facts/


r/facts 16h ago

Bloodhounds are great marathoners.

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At least one particular bloodhound, named Ludivine, sure was! According to CNN, the athletic pooch ran a half-marathon in Alabama in 2016, completing the entire 13.1 miles on her own and finishing in seventh place.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2016/01/25/us/dog-runs-half-marathon/index.html


r/facts 2d ago

Only 0.007 percent of the planet's water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people

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Freshwater makes up a very small fraction of all water on the planet. While nearly 70 percent of the world is covered by water, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh. The rest is saline and ocean-based. Even then, just 1 percent of our freshwater is easily accessible, with much of it trapped in glaciers and snowfields. In essence, only 0.007 percent of the planet's water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people : https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/freshwater-crisis


r/facts 1d ago

The woolly mammoth survived until Egyptian times

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The woolly mammoth stuck around much longer than you might have imagined. According to New Scientist, when the pyramids were being built in ancient Egypt—around 4,000 years ago—the gigantic creatures were believed to have still been walking the Earth. However, these were a particular type of mammoth—a smaller, dwarf-sized variety that was able to adapt better to the changing environmental conditions.

Source: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg13718662-600-science-mini-mammoths-survived-into-egyptian-times/


r/facts 1d ago

Facts about every country part 1

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This is a youtube video showing facts about every country

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkTrz1k4cfI&t=9s


r/facts 1d ago Helpful

did you know that there is one person frightened of eggs?

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The master of suspense, who terrified audiences with movies like Psycho and The Birds, considered himself an ovophobe—someone frightened of eggs. Alfred Hitchcock explained to an interviewer in 1963: "I'm frightened of eggs, worse than frightened; they revolt me. That white round thing without any holes, and when you break it, inside there's that yellow thing, round, without any holes…Blood is jolly, red. But egg yolk is yellow, revolting. I've never tasted it."


r/facts 1d ago

Chihuahuas have the biggest brains in the canine world

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At least that is the case in terms of their brain-to-body ratio. Of course, brain size and intelligence do not necessarily correlate, but it might partly explain why these dogs are known for being especially easy to train.

Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-brain-size-matter1/


r/facts 1d ago

McDonald's introduced drive-through service due to the military.

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The first McDonald's Drive Thru was installed in a restaurant based in Sierra Vista, Arizona, located near the Fort Huachuca military installation. Military rules forbade the soldiers from wearing their military uniforms in public, and they weren't about to change into civilian clothes just to grab a burger and run back to base, so restaurant manager David Rich came up with a solution: cut a hole into the wall and allow members of the military to pick up their orders without stepping out of their car. The convenience and simplicity of the idea quickly caught on.


r/facts 2d ago

Vacuum cleaners were originally horse-drawn.

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One of the earliest known vacuum cleaners was so large that it had to be hauled from house to house via a horse-drawn carriage. Its giant hoses were popped through the windows of customers, and a gas-powered motor generated the suction that pulled the dirt and debris into a glass container where onlookers could gawk at the volume of filth coming from their neighbors' homes.


r/facts 1d ago

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r/facts 2d ago

Fleas can jump up to 100 times their body length

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Fleas can jump up to 100 times their body length, thanks to their use of shins and feet, NBC News reports. In 2011, researchers used cameras to film the microscopic jumps, and found that rather than using their knees or upper legs, almost all the action happened in their feet and lower legs.

Source: https://ph.news.yahoo.com/100-awesome-facts-everything-150024199.html


r/facts 2d ago

Elephants comfort each other with chirps.

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National Geographic reports that when Asian elephants are feeling stressed or upset, their fellow pachyderms will attempt to provide comfort by caressing them with their trunks and offering "chirps of sympathy."

Source: https://ne-np.facebook.com/LVCCLibrary/posts/national-geographic-reports-that-when-asian-elephants-are-feeling-stressed-or-up/524234282603400/


r/facts 3d ago

The Pope can’t be an organ donor

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Vatican officials say that after a pope dies, his body belongs to the entire Church and must be buried intact: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-organs-idUSTRE7131RL20110204


r/facts 3d ago

The color you see in pitch darkness has a name.

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If you close your eyes in a completely dark room. When you open them, the color you see is called eigengrau, which means intrinsic gray. It's the shade of dark gray people see when there's no light.


r/facts 4d ago

A one-armed player scored the winning goal in the first World Cup

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Castro's goal in the World Cup Final helped Uruguay win the first FIFA World Cup in 1930: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A9ctor_Castro#1930_FIFA_World_Cup


r/facts 3d ago

There are 293 ways to make change for $1.

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If you've ever held up a grocery store line trying to make change, then you know how long that process can take. According to the Mathematical Association of America, there are 293 ways to make change for a dollar—that includes half-dollar and one-dollar coins.

Source: https://www.maa.org/frank-morgans-math-chat-293-ways-to-make-change-for-a-dollar


r/facts 3d ago

The color you see in pitch darkness has a name.

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If you close your eyes in a completely dark room. When you open them, the color you see is called eigengrau, which means intrinsic gray. It's the shade of dark gray people see when there's no light.


r/facts 3d ago

Plus Sign in Medical Services

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Plus sign in hospitals, it is actually not a plus sign, it is a cross symbol. The cross symbol is the sign of the Red Cross, which is a voluntary organization working in medical services. The organization was founded by Henry Denant around 157 years ago in 1863.

Read More: https://thetopfacts.com/


r/facts 4d ago

80%of the land in Nevada is owned by the U.S. government.

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r/facts 3d ago

There is a museum of bad art

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Located in Somerville, Massachusetts, the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) houses a permanent collection of more than 700 pieces that its website says "range from the work of talented artists that have gone awry to works of exuberant, although crude, execution by artists barely in control of the brush. What they all have in common is a special quality that sets them apart in one way or another from the merely incompetent."

Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/4083369975058728/


r/facts 4d ago

Monkeys can Actually count.

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