Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

The Dead Sea Facing a Certain Death

The Dead Sea is situated 1407 feet below sea level, making it the deepest point on earth. Due to intensive human water consumption, climatic changes, and evaporation the Dead Sea level is dropping at an alarming rate of 3 feet per year, causing many to fear it will disappear.

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Haagen Dazs - The American Version

You are probably a fan of the delicious Haagen Dazs ice cream. But did you know that it is a 100% American product, whose name was chosen to sound Scandinavian? The brand name was created in the Bronx by Reuben Matus in 1961.

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Why Do We Dye Heating Oil?

Some fuels are colored to allow authorities to detect fraud inconsistent with the their intended use. This is the case of heating oil, which is colored pink to detect motorists who are using it as fuel. Note that in case of fraud with heating oil, the motorist is liable for a heavy fine and in some countries, the fine is based on the vehicles cumulated mileage.

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Can Garlic Really Play a Role in Determining Fertility?

The first-ever fertility test was invented by ancient Egyptian doctors and consisted of inserting a clove of garlic in a woman’s vagina. If, the following morning, the woman had garlicky bad breath, she was declared fertile. This archaic test, which dates back to 1500 BC, actually allowed for testing the tubal patency of the fallopian tubes.

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What Is The Full Birth Name Of Pablo Picasso?

The full birth name of Picasso is Pablo Picasso's Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. You can now understand why he always signed his paintings using only ''Picasso''. He didn't sign checks with his whole name either.

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The Sahara Is Not The Largest Desert In The World

The Sahara at 3.47 million sq mi / 9 million km2 is NOT the largest desert in the world. If we accept the definition of a desert as a wilderness area that receives less than 7.9 inches of rainfall per year and has a definite lack of vegetation and an almost nonexistent population.

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The Power Of A Crocodile's Jaws - 50% Awesome

If you ever find yourself face to face with a crocodile, you can control its snout by preventing it from opening its mouth (Do not try this at home). Although its jaw has phenomenal power to clamp onto prey, the muscles allowing the jaw to open are incredibly weak. That is is why when transporting these animals; a simple strip of duct tape is enough to neutralize their lethal capacity.

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Origin of the Name of SEAT Automobiles

The name SEAT stood for the acronym Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo (Spanish Touring Car Company, in English) founded in 1950.

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Humidity Sensors in Mobile Devices

Many mobile devices (phones, mp3 players, etc..) have moisture sensors that allow the manufacturer to determine whether the device received for service had been exposed to a liquid. If this is the case, the warranty will be refused.

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Sweden Opts Out of British Driving System

In 1967, Sweden changed the direction of traffic. Instead of driving on the left side of the road as the were used to, they converted to right side driving like the rest of continental Europe. Authorities had to ban traffic for 5 hours in order to change all the signs, and the army was requisitioned to help.

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Wearing Green on Stage - Is It Really a Sign of Bad Luck?

While it is common knowledge that wearing green on stage brings bad luck, do you know the origins of this superstition? First of all, during the 18th century green dye contained arsenic, and Molière, the famous playwright, died while clad in green.

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Lavoisier, Persona Non Grata, During the Reign of Terror

Lavoisier, also known as The Father of Modern Chemistry, was guillotined on May 8, 1794 (during the Reign of Terror) in Paris, at the age of 50, along with his 27 co-defendants. Although widely circulated as being true (doubtful) Lavoisier apparently requested a 15 day stay of execution in order to finish his research.

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