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Monday, December 14, 2009

Ripley's Believe It Or Not

A 2009 Road Safety Campaign in New Zealand featured billboards that would bleed on rainy days.

For The Love Of Tank! After his dog was bitten on the nose by a rattlesnake, Bobby Jenkins of Goshen County, Wyoming, USA, sucked the dangerous venom from the wound, and was hospitalized himself.

A hibernating mammal can lose as much as 40 % of its body weight over winter.

The Stannard Rock Lighthouse is the only structure on a large, 23 miles off the coast of Lake Superior. It was staffed only by men for 8 decades until it was automated in 1962.

Rhesus Monkeys at Japan’s Osaka Zoo were fed so much by visitors that the primates became obese, weighing up to 3 times their normal weight. They are now on a strict weight-loss regimen.

ENIAC, in 1946, was the world’s first general purpose computer. It weighed 30 tons and occupied an entire room. Its computing ability can be recreated today on a silicon chip smaller than your thumbnail.

London’s 1 million security cameras only help solve crimes at a rate of about 1 per thousand.

Belarus lost so many people during World War II (1941 – 1945) that its population didn’t recover to pre-war levels for more than a generation.

During one of the voyages to the Americas, Christopher Columbus’ crew angered the native population of Jamaica, but managed to pacify them by “magically” predicting an eclipse (with the help of an astronomer’s almanac)
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