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Many white sharks shift from fish to marine mammals as they mature, but individual sharks show surprising variability in dietary preferences.

Marine Plants Can Flee to Avoid Predators

Animals that move backwards usually require a lot of energy

Having a balanced life is secret for healthy life in later ages.

Fewer than 20 million sperm per millilitre can indicate male infertility.

The Vatican has a cash machine that has instructions in Latin -

The phrase 'steal my thunder' comes from dramatist John Dennis,

The Rope to Heaven

What are Nukekubi?

The rings of Saturn fascinated and puzzled skygazers for many centuries. In the late 17th century,

Important Details of the Wedding Ceremony

The first ever recorded sale of a friction match took place on this day in 1827 - invented by British chemist John Walker,

Origin of 'Say cheese' while taking a photo snap

Exchanging Handkerchiefs and Wishing Each Other Good Luck

Weeping Statues

In the Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919, a huge tank of molasses burst on a warm day,

One of the Interesting Things in a Chinese Wedding Ceremony

Ernest Vincent Wright's 1939 novel 'Gadsby: Champion of Youth' is notable for not using the letter 'e' once in its 50,000+ words.

Richard T. James, the inventor of the Slinky -

Devil Worship

who are Zombies?

Snake Handlers of South America

5 ways to keep arthritis from slowing you down

According to a research sleeping pills taken by more than one million people in the UK may increase the risk of developing dementia.

Pregnant women who snore are at greater risk of getting high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia.

Kids should only eat light tuna once or twice a month to keep their mercury intake at a safe level.

Eating rice once a day can increase arsenic levels in the body by at least 44%

Scientists have invented ultra-thin electronics that dissolve inside the body once their job is done, which could be used for a range of medical roles.

People with lower intelligence are more likely to be unhappy than their brighter colleagues, according to UK researchers.

The Similarities between Drugs and Food, which are both addictive in nature

Seventy percent of people with pollen allergies suffer from pollen food allergy syndrome.

Across the United States, pollen countsare rising due to blooming plants and droughts. The dry weather conditions in many parts of the United States haven't allowed for natural pollen removal by rain.

Depression varies with age and gender

Common Symptoms of Depression

BMI indicates the relationship between weight and height.

The best indicator of the ideal weight for an individual is body fat percentage.

It is a fact; fresh fruits and vegetables should be eaten within days of being harvested for optimal nutritional value.

There has been a dramatic 22 percent increase in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in recent years,

Being exposed to the toxins in cigarettes, specifically nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide, can cause a plethora of illnesses

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400,000 people die every year from a smoking-related illness, and 3,000 of those deaths are the result of second-hand smoke.

Spicy foods cause an up tick in the body's histamine production.

Honey bees collect pollen from local allergy-producing flowers.

Research indicates that eating a low-salt diet will help decrease asthma symptoms by improving airway function.

Healthy bacteria, similar to those in the human digestive tract, are found in yogurt and probiotics.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), sugar consumption has increased 19 percent since 1970.

A four-year study done in New York schools removed all foods containing sugar, artificial sweetener and dyes from the cafeteria menu

Stress causes your body to release serotonin, the "feel good" brain chemical. Sugar artificially raises the serotonin level in your brain, causing you to want more and become addicted to sugar.

Side effects of diet pills

Potatoes over cooked may be carcinogenic

Autism differs between boys and girls

Jogging can increase your longevity by improving several aspects of your health,

Women can have the following additional risk factors for high blood pressure:

Energy levels and weight management are two areas deeply impacted by thyroid hormones.

Exercises that fight illness

American Psychiatric Association recognizes only two types of eating dis orders, anorexia and bulimia.

Several eye and vision changes can indicate other medical issues. Surprisingly, not all eye changes relate directly to vision.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus passed through direct sexual contact.

Eczema is a term used for a collection of skin conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed and irritated.

Animal Sacrifice

Egyptian Crocodile Worship

In the Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919, a huge tank of molasses burst on a warm day,

A U.S. Park Ranger called Roy C. Sullivan holds the record for being hit by lightning the most times -

The Torino Scale measures how likely an asteroid is to destroy the Earth -

While St. Patrick's Day is often associated with copious drinking, until the 1970s pubs in Ireland were actually closed on March 17.

The Haskell Free Library and Opera House holds the unusual distinction of having its stage in a different country to the audience -

The Candle Ceremony

In the early 1800s medical student StubbinsFfirth attempted prove (wrongly) that yellow fever wasn't

Asking the Girl's Father for Permission

Escorting the Bride to the Church

The path that led scientist Joseph Priestly to discover oxygen was started when he moved next door to a brewery,

George de Mestral, the Swiss electrical engineer who invented Velcro

The ancient Greek colonial city of Sybaris had their plumbing priorities in the right place.

Polterabend--the Evening with Lots of Broken Porcelain

The crow's nest of a ship is so called because,

The most commonly left-behind items on a plane

The continent of Asia accounts for 30 per cent of the Earth’s land but is home to 60 per cent of the world’s population.

The city of La Paz in Bolivia is safe from fires – the city is so high up that there is barely enough oxygen to keep a single flame alight.

One theory suggests that 75,000 years ago, the eruption of the super volcano Toba destroyed so many human lives that only 1,000 couples were left to reproduce!

When the Laki volcano in Iceland erupted in 1783, poisonous gas clouds swamped the land, killing half the country’s livestock.

Napoleon Bonaparte's wedding night ran into some trouble when,

King Charles VI of France - also, rather aptly it seems, known as Charles the Mad -

Inventor of Dish washing machine

Charles Dickens always slept facing north, in an effort to battle insomnia -

Receiving a Holy Shower

Tradition of the "Grinding Girl"

A Wine Ceremony Symbolizes Dedication

A Pinch of Red-Coloured Powder on the Bride's Forehead

In 1960, sleep researcher Ian Oswald of the University of Edinburgh

At the party to celebrate the drafting of the United States constitution in September 1787,

All Saints’ Day

Algeria National Day

The earliest known chain letter in history spread around America in 1888 -

Le Bateau, a piece by the great French artist Henri Matisse, was accidentally hung upside down

The first picture anybody ever clicked on the web was a promotional photograph of Les HorriblesCernettes,

Aldersgate Experience

Alpaufzug of Switzerland

Who are Witch Smellers?

Chinese Spirit Money

Who are Hungry Ghosts?

Self-Flagellation

Jivaro Head Shrinkers

The Temple of Rats in India

The shock wave from Nitro Glycerine explosion travels at 17,000 miles per hour.

German chemist Hennig Brand discovered Phosphorus while he was examining urine.

The pressure at the center of the Earth is 27,000 tons per square inch.

Nicotine gum was invented in Sweden in the late 1960s

Tossing the Bridal Bouquet and Giving nuts and Jujube

A Bouquet for the Virgin Mary

King Charles II is said to have had a fondness for collecting the dust that fell from the skin of Egyptian mummies,

King Otto of Bavaria - who 'ruled' from 1886 to 1913, and was quite mad - is reputed to have exercised his right to shoot one peasant every day.

Japanese scientists discovered a new species of bacteria, Microbacteriumhatanonis, which lives in hairspray. It's not yet known if it could infect humans.

The city of Richmond, Virginia is a historic one in the world of beer cans.

The equals sign was invented by a Welshman - physician and mathematician Robert Recorde,

The small town of Codell in Kansas was hit by a deadly tornado on May 20th, 1918.

It is reputed that when John Hetherington, the inventor of the top hat, first wore his creation in London,

When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911, one of the people arrested on suspicion of its theft was Pablo Picasso.

Famous lawyer Clement died while proving the victim was not murderer

Girls are born with about 300,000 eggs.

If you are taking the birth control pill these five drugs may interfere with its effectiveness: antihistamines, alcohol, analgesics, antacids, antibiotics.

There are over 40 brands of condoms on the market.

There are two different kinds of sweat glands: eccrine (no odour) and apocrine (odour when it comes into contact with bacteria).

Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV.

38% of boys and 21% of girls in Grade 11 reported using alcohol or drugs before sex.

In a recent survey of Grade 9 and 11 students, the main reason for not using condoms was that sex was not planned.

Fraternal twins come from two separate ova and two separate sperm.

A Malaysian tribe called the Senoi centers much of its culture around dreams. At an early age, Senoi parents question their children closely about their dreams.

Mosquitoes in the Canadian Arctic attack warm-blooded animals in such numbers that they could suck a naked human dry in four hours.

Shivering is caused by muscles contracting up to 20 times per second.

In South America a fish known as the payara has saber teeth that are two inches long. A common bait used to catch these freshwater fish is a small piranha.

Africa's Nile crocodile can measure twenty feet long and weigh two thousand pounds.

More than 10 percent of all the salt produced annually in the world is used to de-ice American roads.

The concept of a countdown before a rocket launch originated as a tension-building device in the 1929 movie The Woman on the Moon.

Bergy seltzer, which is the sound made by air escaping from icebergs, can be heard by sonar one hundred miles away.

The design of a U.S. coin cannot be changed more than once in 25 years without special legislation by Congress

Ralph Waldo Emerson died in 1882 from cold caught while attending the funeral of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The heaviest known meteorite to fall to Earth weighed about 60 tons.

The fastest temperature change on record is a rise of 49 degrees Fahrenheit in two minutes, from -4 degrees F to 45 degrees F. It happened in Spearfish, South Dakota, U.S.

When tea was first introduced in the American colonies, many people not knowing what to do with the it-- served the tea leaves with sugar or syrup and threw away the water they had been boiled in.

The umbrella originated in ancient Egypt, where it was used by the royal family and nobles as a symbol of rank.

One type of mushroom, the Ganoderma Applanatum, can live for fifty years and grow to a diameter of two feet.

A horse has sixteen muscles in each ear, which allows it to rotate its ears a full 180 degrees.

The Tinamou, a South American game bird resembling the quail, lays eggs having such a highly polished, glasslike surface that they reflect images like a mirror.