DNA tests of 39 of Adolf Hitler's living relatives suggest he had both Jewish and African ancestors. history.com/.amp/news/stu…
Due to its isolated location, the Icelandic language has changed very little from its original roots. Modern Icelandics can still read texts written in the 10th Century with relative ease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Bears are considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the most intelligent land animals of North America. They possess the largest and most convoluted brains relative to their size of any land mammal. In the animal kingdom, their intelligence compares with that of higher primates. pbs.org/wnet/nature/arcti…
IQ tests only measure your intelligence relative to everyone else. If we as a group all got smarter or dumber, the IQ numbers would stay the same. 123test.com/interpretatio…
Rabbits can smell their dead relatives in the feces of predators newsweek.com/rabbits-can-…
Real tequila is made from the blue agave (agave azul) plant, a relative of the lily family. Blue agave can take anywhere from 6 to 12 years to fully mature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga…
Today I learned about Bayard Rustin, an openly gay black man who advised Martin Luther King Jr. on the principles of nonviolence, was a major civil rights leader, and was the main organizer of the March On Washington. He has been largely forgotten (especially relative to other activists) due to his sexuality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
On 6 may 1990, over 1.2 million people from Romania and the Republic of Moldova met at the border set on Prut river, as the restrictions were temporarily lifted. The event was known as the Bridge of Flowers. Many people brought flowers to meet the relatives they haven't seen in decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The world's fastest land animal relative to its size is Paratarsotomus macropalpis, a sesame-seed-sized mite native to southern California. Scientists recently clocked P. micropalpis traveling 322 body lengths per second – which, to scale, would be like a person running 1,300 miles per hour. io9.gizmodo.com/the-faste…
The closest relatives taxonomically to Seals is believed to be Bears en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Chimpanzees and Bonobos are our closest relatives. Chimpanzees are closer to Humans than Gorillas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Japanese prisoners who are on death row are informed on the morning of their execution.their relatives, lawyer are told afterwards. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
Today I learned of Pax Americana, a period of relative peace beginning around the middle of the 20th century, brought about by the dominant power of the United States. Similar time periods were Pax Romana and Pax Britannica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax…
Kids falling victim to tampered Halloween candy is an urban myth. None of the reports have found to be true. In one case a child died from heroin found at a relative's. In another a child died after eating cyanide-laced candy from his father who'd taken out a life insurance policy on him. joelbest.net/halloween-sa…
Luis Felipe, leader of the Latin Kings, sentenced to life imprisonment with 45 years to be served in solitary confinement in an unprecedented sentence. No one is allowed to write him letters , no one to visit unless close relative, which he has none and the Judge will be in control whole time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lui…
The Elo rating system, a method to calculate the relative skill level of players in different competitive games, originated from two player games such as chess and its creator Arpad Elo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arp…
The peanut butter jelly time guy died in a police shootout and was relatives with Snoop Dog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buc…
Sylvia Bloom, A law firm secretary amassed more than $ 8 million by paying attention to her boss investments. She lived a modest life that Her friends and relatives flabbergasted when they knew about her wealth. She left almost all of her wealth to charity when she died. cnbc.com/2018/05/08/how-a…
The closest relative of the common head louse is the gorilla louse, which only infects gorillas. It is speculated that modern human lice are descended from gorilla lice that parasitized early humans that slept in gorilla nests or butchered gorilla corpses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pth…
Elephants are known to take a great interest in the bones of their deceased and to mourn for dead relatives and Magpies have been observed burying their dead under twigs of grass smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Indian actress Kangana Ranaut initially aspired to become a doctor at the insistence of her parents. Her relatives were unhappy with her decision to enter the film-making industry, and they did not correspond with her for several years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Relative to it's population, Idaho is the fastest growing state in the US with roughly 25% of it's migrants coming from California idahoatwork.com/2018/03/2…
Polaris aka the North Star, appears stationary in the sky because it is positioned close to the line of the Earths axis projected into space. As such, it is the only bright star whose position relative to a rotating Earth does not change. earthsky.org/astronomy-es…
Giraffes' closest relatives are Okapis, half-zebra, half-giraffe, and ossicones! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oka…
The first state-issued license plate in the USA, a Massachusetts plate from 1903, is still being used by a relative of the original licensee. historicvehicle.org/licen…
In the past, the natives of Tonga would cut off finger tips and offer them to the Gods. They did this to cure a sick relative. This resulted in a severe shortage of finger tips. nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/s…
A biological phenomenon (Island Gigantism) in which the size of an animal species isolated on an island increases dramatically in comparison to its mainland relatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
Naturalist William Bartram described finding a "painted vulture" during his travels in Florida in the 1770s. No one else has ever found this supposed Florida bird. It's not known exactly what the "painted vulture" wasβ€”it could have been a subspecies or relative of the living king vulture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Today I learned about the elephant bird that went extinct around 1000 -1200 BCE. The birds were so large they could reach the weight of 1,600 pounds and grow as tall as 9.8 feet. There eggs had a circumference of 35 inches. They once lived on Madagascar and the closest living relative is the Kiwi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Today I learned about Genetic Sexual Attraction. It occurs between β€œclose blood relatives who have been separated during the critical years of development and bonding and are reunited after as adults,” independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Kurds are the Closest Relatives of Jews "In 2001, a team of Israeli, German, and Indian scientists discovered that the majority of Jews around the world are closely related to the Kurdish people – more closely than they are to the Semitic-speaking Arabs or any other population that was tested." 2001translation.com/Kurds…
Bonobos, our closest living relative, are the only other animals that French Kiss en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
Today I learned about serial killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, who besides killing friends, coworkers and relatives, would target and murder entire families. They'd kill the men and children first, while keeping the women as slaves in their bunker until they were murdered or died of their injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Puyi, the last Qing emperor of China, was imprisoned by the CCP for 10 years, then upon being released given a job sweeping the streets. On his first day of work he got lost and told passers-by his real identity and that he was "staying with relatives and can't find my way home" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puy…
The Nicobar Pigeon is the closest living relative of the Do Do Bird. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
The big-headed turtle of SE Asia has a skull of solid bone that is so large in proportion to its body that it cannot be withdrawn into its shell for protection. It has legs covered with large scales and a tail that is very long and muscular, the longest tail relative to body size of any turtle. animaldiversity.org/accou…
Today I learned about the unique funeral rites of the Toraja, a tribal people in Indonesia who care for their deceased relatives long past their time of death. vice.com/en_in/article/a3…
Relative to other animals humans are born prematurely and thus can be "socialized to a far greater extent than any other animal". Human babies are highly dependent for YEARS on adults (vs. e.g., kitten leaving mother weeks after birth) and thus can be taught/nurtured for better or worse. nationalpost.com/opinion/…
Bride kidnapping(marriage by capture) was a historically widespread practice and still continues today in parts of Asia and Africa. According to some sources, the honeymoon is a relic of abducting the bride and going into hiding to get her pregnant and avoid reprisals from her relatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Today I learned about the Expanding Earth Hypothesis. It asserts that the position and relative movement of continents is at least partially due to the volume of Earth increasing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
A couple in Berlin during WWII, who lost a relative in battle, left handwritten anti-Nazi government postcards around the city for more than two years before being caught and later executed. The 2016 film "Alone in Berlin" depicts this story, albeit with artistic license. film.avclub.com/the-only-…
Today I learned of the copepod, the strongest animal on earth relative to size. At only 1mm long, they are over 10 times stronger than any other living animal on the entire planet. phys.org/news/2010-05-str…
The Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is a colorful bird mainly found on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean. Its plumage is metallic green and red, and its bill bears a small blackish knob. This pigeon is considered to be the closest living relative of the now extinct dodo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Elephants have eyelashes (and extremely long ones, relative to the size of their eyeball, at that). youtu.be/VfJ7FVhAcdQ
Spiders are incapable of constructing anything resembling a normal logical web that would be of any functional use when given caffeine, even relative to other potent drugs tested (LSD, Speed and Marijuana) ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?…
The Venezuelan poodle moth was first brought to the attention of entomologists in 2009 after being photographed, and even now the moth remains very poorly understood. It is believed that the moth is extremely rare. The furry muslin moth is considered to be its close relative based on morphology. mymodernmet.com/venezuela…
"Nepotism" stems from nephew, referring to the practice of having a cardinal elevated by a pope who was that cardinal's relative. From the middle of the Avignon Papacy (1309–1377) until Pope Innocent XII's anti-nepotism bull (1692), a pope without a cardinal-nephew was the exception to the rule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned about the Rosenstrasse Protest, where Non-Jewish wives and relatives of Jewish men protested Nazi Germany's policy of deportation of Jewish men. It was the only mass public demonstration by Germans during the Third Reich. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Deep-Sea Gigantism is the tendency for species to be larger than their shallower-water relatives. Proposed explanations include: scarcer resources; greater pressure; and colder temperatures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
Einstein’s last words were spoken in German to a nurse who didn’t speak German and are lost for ever. During Einstein's autopsy, the pathologist stole his brain. He kept it for forty years in a tupperware container, before being convinced to return it to Einstein's relatives. fromthegrapevine.com/life…
The closest living relatives of Sea Cows are Elephants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir…
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke a creole language associated with the descendants of slaves called Gullah as his first-language and that his relative silence on the Court is due in part to self-consciousness from being teased about the way he spoke as a child in rural Georgia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
On December 20, 1963, the Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners, who were allowed one-day visits to relatives in the Eastern sector for the holidays. history.com/this-day-in-h…
In 2002 paramedics in Poland were arrested for killing patients and selling their information to funeral homes who would contact their relatives to make funeral arrangements. The funeral homes then added the cost of the bribes they paid the killers to the funeral bills of the victims' families. thelancet.com/journals/la…
Charles Darwin & his wife were first cousins. They had 10 kids, 7 making it to adulthood. Worried that his marriage had something to do with the deaths, he began to experiment with plants. He learned that with any kind of breeding, it's better to cross-breed than to keep relatives together. phys.org/news/2010-05-dar…
Two slaves escaped in relative luxury from Georgia to Philadelphia in 1848 when Ellen Craft masqueraded as a white male and her husband William pretended to be her slave smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Both black and white rhinoceroses are actually gray. They are different not in color but in lip shape. The black rhino has a pointed upper lip, while its white relative has a squared lip. The difference in lip shape is related to the animals' diets. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Fallacy of Relative Privation - is when you complain about a problem and the listener points out that there are people with way worse problems than you, therefore your problems are no big deal in comparison. logicallyfallacious.com/t…
Bees dance to each other in the hive to tell each other where to find good pollen. The angle of the dance is the angle relative to the sun, the tempo of dance is the distance, the duration of dance is the quality of the pollen, and the dancer hands out free samples to whoever’s watching! articles.extension.org/pa…
If a spaceship were able to travel at the speed of light, it could travel anywhere instantaneously from the perspective of those on the ship. However, the ship would still appear to travel at the speed of light relative to those on Earth. This is due to a concept called length contraction. phy.olemiss.edu/HEP/Quark…
The last undiscovered tribe of Australians 'discovered' themselves by finding relatives they had left behind 20 years earlier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
All early Presidents up to James Buchanan paid the salaries of their private secretaries out of their own pockets; these roles were usually fulfilled by their relatives, most often their sons or nephews. Thomas Jefferson had one messenger and one secretary en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
The Dodo Bird's ancestors were normal sized pigeons, and was subject to Island gigantism which is a biological phenomenon in which the size of an animal isolated on an island, increases dramatically, compared to its mainland relatives. Thus it grew larger than normal pigeons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
Kiwi birds are not the closest living relatives of New Zealand’s extinct moa. South America’s tinamous is. nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar…
Myrtle Corbin was known as the "Four-Legged Girl from Texas" due to a parasitic twin and was buried under concrete by her relatives to prevent grave robbing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myr…
Jelly fish and comb jellies are not relatives ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/i…
The United Kingdom has more tornadoes, relative to its land area, than any other country. physicstoday.scitation.or…
Quinoa is botanically a relative of swiss chard and beets rather than a β€œtrue” grain. wholegrainscouncil.org/wh…
The London Underground has its own subspecies of mosquito, which is more aggressive towards humans than its surface-dwelling relative. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
There exist jellyfish relatives that parasitize fish eggs and grow "inside out", with guts on the outside and skin on the inside. They evert themselves into a more normal arrangement shortly before exiting the eggs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
The closest relatives of the North American, goose-like Common Loon are actually penguins. loon.org/about-loons.php
Okapis are the only known relative to giraffes youtube.com/watch?v=ImrUr…
Today I learned of the Smolensk Air Disaster in which Poland's President, his wife, Former President, Military staff, Parliament members and officials, members of clergy and relatives of victims of Katyn massacre- whose 70th anniversary commemoration event they were attending were killed in an Air crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
Today I learned of Charles Vance Millar, a Toronto lawyer who died in 1926 with no relatives. In his will, he left all his remaining assets (equivalent to $9 million CAD) to the woman who had the most babies within 10 years of his death, creating a "baby race" where woman competed to have the most babies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Fossils reveal a 12-foot bird that lived alongside early human relatives. The nightless behemoth was three times the size of a modern ostrich and may have been a food source for our early European cousins. on.natgeo.com/2FDgSHB
The quarterback, halfback, and fullback positions' names all originated from the relative distance they lined up from the offensive line. Quarterbacks were typically the first position player to touch the ball, so they became the player most likely to throw it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful…
Today I learned of the "Daughter from California" syndrome, a situation in which a long-lost distant relative arrives at the hospital at which a dying elderly relative is being treated, and insists on aggressive measures to prolong the patient's life, or otherwise challenges the care the patient is being given. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dau…
Puyi, the last Emperor of China, spent his last years as a commoner in Beijing under the communist regime. On his first day of work as a street sweeper, he was lost and told passersby, "I'm Puyi, the last Emperor of the Qing dynasty. I'm staying with relatives and can't find my way home." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puy…
Two women tried to smuggle their dead relative's body onto a flight by putting him in a wheelchair and putting sunglasses on him. It was only when airport staff tried to check him in and he wouldn't respond that suspicions were raised news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/86046…
Today I learned of polar gigantism, which is the tendency for animals dwelling in polar or deep-sea waters to grow larger than their shallower-water relatives. The exact reason for this phenomenon is unknown. jeb.biologists.org/conten…
The red panda is so unique, it has no close relatives. It's the only living species in its genus AND family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Today I learned of the final 3 of Big Brother season 2, who were isolated inside the house when the planes hit the Twin Towers on 9/11. One of the 3, Monica, had a relative inside the World Trade Center at the time of the attacks. youtu.be/S6omREKjPlo
Historically, Azerbaijani and Turkish speakers have been able to communicate with relative ease. Reza Shah Pahlavi of Iran (who spoke Azerbaijani) met with Mustafa Kemal AtatΓΌrk of Turkey (who spoke Turkish) in 1934 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aze…
The reason so many tractor trailers in the US are registered in Oklahoma is because of tax and fee incentives beginning in the 1980s, while the relative burden on passenger vehicles was much higher. tulsaworld.com/archive/ok…
The Doomslayer is a relative of William J. Blazkowicz doom.fandom.com/wiki/Doom…
Ostracods have the oldest recorded fossilized penis. With it, they produce the largest amount of sperm relative to its size. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ost…
The 1st title of "Where the Wild Things Are" was "Where the Wild Horses Are" - until Sendak realized he could not draw a horse. So he drew the Wild Things, modeled after his relatives. pbs.org/now/arts/sendak.h…
Today I learned of Jose Salvador Alvarenga, who survived 14 months lost at sea was sued for $1 million by the family of his crewmate, who accuse him of eating their relative in order to survive. people.com/celebrity/cast…
The raccoon dog (a close relative of foxes) is the only canine known to hibernate. youtu.be/Jd8_uHTmzWo
The order of exposure to something effects your relative liking of it sciencedirect.com/science…
Schizophrenic voices are shaped by local culture. Patients in America hear voices asking them to do violent things whereas in Africa and India the voices they hear are usually of dead relatives or nice voices offering comfort news.stanford.edu/2014/07…
Within a split second, the human nose modifies the moisture of inhaled air to a constant relative humidity of 75%, and the temperature to a constant of 98.6F (even if the air is 40F or 100F) drgreene.com/qa-articles/…
While the US averages 10 times more tornadoes than the second place country of Canada, the UK averages more tornadoes relative to its land area than any other country ncdc.noaa.gov/climate-inf…
When his teammate died on the pitch due to cardiac arrest, Italian footballer Antonio Di Natale took financial responsibility of his disabled sister as his teammate was her only living relative left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Half of your life's perceived experience is over by 18 due to the decrease in the relative year length as you get older. This means the time period from 18 until you die at 100 will feel as long as since you could remember anything until the age of 18. lifehacker.com/this-inter…
It is illegal to bury your dead relatives in Longyearbyen, Norway en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
The closest living relative to the Elephant bird, which weighed over 700kg, is the Kiwi, which weighs under 4kg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
In 1970 Eva von Zeppelin, a relative of the Zeppelin aircraft's creator, threatened legal action against Led Zeppelin on the grounds of their use of Hindenburg crash photos in artwork. As a result, the band was billed as "The Nobs" during their February 1970 Copenhagen gig. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Led…
Australia's "Aged Dependent Relative Visa", where a person applies for their aging foreign parents to migrate to Australia, has an approximate 50 year waiting period and costs $6,100, making it virtually impossible to actually qualify. sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/p…

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