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

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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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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The Big Mac Is Selling Well… Maybe Too Well

According to the fast food chain McDonald's, it sold 900 million Big Macs in 2007 or 28 per second. Just in the United States alone, 550 million hamburgers were eaten, followed by Japan at 170 million.

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The Role of Catapults on Aircraft Carriers

Planes aboard aircraft carriers do not take off due solely to their propulsion power, as the length of the deck may be too short. Steam-powered catapults assist planes in reaching the speed necessary to take off.

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A Mushroom That Should Not Be Served With Wine

The shaggy mane, also know as the shaggy ink cap or lawyer's wig is an edible mushroom that taken alone is safe for humans. However, it should not be eaten with alcohol.

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There's A Glow-In-The-Dark Blue Phenomenon In San Diego

On the beaches of San Diego in September, you can admire the beautiful evening light-blue waves. This is due to a species of algae that, when shaken, creates a phenomenon of bioluminescence, and even allows surfers to practice their sport at night.

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Zanzibar, the Tiny Island That Set World Records

Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 16-31 miles off the coast of the mainland. It is famous for holding the record of being involved in the shortest war on record (37 minutes before surrendering to the British in 1896). On another note, it is the world’s #1 producer of cloves.

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Fake North Korean Fans at the 2010 World Cup

Given North Korea’s strict prohibitions on leaving the country, the government hired Chinese supporters to take the place of their country’s fans. It has been said that these fans/actors received airline tickets as payment for their presence and support of the national team.

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Alan Smithee - The film director who never existed

In some films, the director is named Alan Smithee. This name is fictitious and is used when a director is in conflict with producers over content and does not want to have his name associated with the movie.

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Birth Rates Higher During a Full Moon?

Contrary to popular belief. The moon has absolutely no influence on provoking births. Several studies have examined thousands of births, and their conclusions are identical: a full moon sees no increase in the number of births.

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Why Are The Simpsons Characters Yellow?

According to their creators, the Simpsons are yellow, so they are instantly recognizable when you turn the TV. Indeed, at the time of their conception yellow color was only slightly present in the "cartoons".

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The Origin Of The Granny Smith Apple Name

The Granny Smith, the greenest of all the apples, bears its name in reference to the person who accidentally created this variety, Maria Ann Smith. She was a "grandmother" (granny in English), a British citizen who migrated to Australia in 1838. Apparently, She threw an apple core in her garden, therefore creating the first apple tree that gave unique green apples.

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