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

The Hidden Dangers of Cannonballs

During 18th-century naval battles it was not the cannonballs themselves that posed a danger, but the explosion of wood that occurred during the firing process. This process often resulted in injuries of the men on the bridge. In fact, cannonballs do not explode.

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The Intentionally Blank Pages At The End Of A Book

The blank pages at the end of books aren't there to take notes. It's rather the result of technical constraints assembling the pages. A typical first chapter will start using an uneven number (i.e., 1). Since books are printed in multiples such as 8, 12, 16 etc., if a subsequent chapter starts with an even number, for technical reasons blank pages are accumulated at the end.

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Charlie Chaplin And the Look-alike Contest

The famous actor and director Charlie Chaplin appeared incognito in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest in 1915 and did not even make the final.

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Drug Use Measured on Bills - You Probably Have Cocaine In Your Wallet

Sound outrageous? Not really! According to a recent scientific study, more than 90% of all US dollar bills present trace evidence of cocaine. The study of these bills will reveal consumption by geographic zones as cocaine is sometimes snorted with the assistance of bills.

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Why Are Formula One Mercedes Called the Silver Arrows?

The origin of this nickname date back to 1934 when von Brauchitsch prepared for the maiden Mercedes race on the Nürburgring circuit. Discovering that the vehicle surpassed the regulation 1653 pounds, the driver and racing manager decided to strip off the original white paint, exposing the silver aluminum surface.

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The Speckled Eyes Of David Bowie

David Bowie does not have different colored eyes. His left pupil is permanently dilated (following a punch received in a fight) and covers almost the entire iris, giving the impression that his left eye is a different color than his right eye.

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Is The Oyster Still Alive When We Eat It?

A properly stored oyster in a refrigerator with a damp towel over the container will live as long as a week. So, when exactly is an oyster no longer alive? The answer is ... it's the gastric sugar in your stomach that kills it.

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Camels Do Not hold Water In Their Humps

Camels have fat and not water in their humps. The water is in their blood which makes them very resistant to dehydration. They can drink up to 66 US gallons / 250 liters of water at once.

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Want to Print Your Own Money, Think Again!

Computer scanning and editing of bank notes is highly controlled in order to foil counterfeiting attempts. Adobe Photoshop and certain scanners have built- in counterfeit deterrence systems, resulting in a warning message popping up should you try to access a currency image. It is reputed that certain patches are available to bypass these security measures.

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