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

Google Death Benefits!

If an active Google employee dies, the company will continue to pay, his or her spouse, 50% of their salary for the next ten years. Additionally, if the employee has children, the firm will pay each child a monthly stipend of 1,000 dollars till the age of 19. If a child is a full-time student, the stipend will continue to the age of 23. There are 34,000 employees who currently have this benefit.

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Rousseau, Renowned Author on Education Abandoned His Own Children

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, author of Émile, Or Treatise on Education admitted that he had placed his five children in an orphanage. Heavily criticized at the time, notably by Voltaire, he attempted to explain the situation in his celebrated autobiography The Confessions.

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Most Phone Numbers in American Films Begin with "555"

In American movies, phone numbers most often begin with "555". It's not a coincidence, because the numbers 555-0100 to 555-0199 were specifically reserved for use in movies, so that no one is bothered if their number appeared fortuitously.

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Louis Pasteur And The Invention Of Vaccine

It was not Louis Pasteur who invented the principle of vaccine, but Edward Jenner. He had observed that farm laborers in contact with cows developed a natural immunity against human smallpox.

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The 1969 Movie Production of ''Shark'' - The Attack Sequence Is Real!

In one of the scenes, a stuntman had to fight with a tranquilized shark. Unfortunately, the drugs didn't work as predicted, and the actor got totally shredded by the beast.

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The Maggie Simpson Supermarket Scan

In one of ''The Simpsons'' TV episodes, Marge and Maggie are checking out groceries at the supermarket. Maggie, who is sitting on the conveyor belt, is accidentally scanned along with the groceries as Marge reads her magazine, Mom Monthly. Maggie is scanned at $847.63 (which represented the monthly cost of raising a child at in the United States) and is dropped into Marge's shopping bag.

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Bridges And Resonance - A Physical Phenomenon

It is very dangerous and banned for a battalion of soldiers to cross a bridge marching in step. Indeed the bridge can enter into a resonance, a physical phenomenon that makes the bridge wave and may lead to its destruction.

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The Beginning of the 21st Century is Less Violent

International news sources give the impression that we are presently living in a society that is particularly violent. However, the last decade (2001 - 2010) was the least violent since 1840 (with less than a million deaths due to conflicts) all the while seeing the world population increase six-fold.

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Book Covers Made Of Tanned Human Skin

In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, some books, mostly dealing with medicine, were bound with a cover made of tanned human skin, which usually came from people on the death row. Today, you can still find copies sold to collectors for a fortune.

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NASA Blackout - Another False Warning

The article titled "NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 6 Days of Total Darkness in December 2014!'' originating from Huzlers website was a hoax. Because the story went viral, a lot of people believed it was real.

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French President’s Great-Grandaughters - Stars of the Hollywood Screen

Emily and Zooey Deschanel are famous American film stars, featured in the series Bones and Weeds. They are the great grand-daughters of Paul Deschanel, President of the French Republic in the 1920s.

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Colds and Drafts

The common cold, contrary to popular belief, is not caused by exposure to drafts or cold air but solely by contamination (coughs, sneezes, contact with saliva or nasal secretions).

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