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20 Facts That Will Shatter Your Conception Of The World

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1. Did you know that France and Great Britain have considered uniting as one country on at least two separate occasions?

Once in 1940 and once in 1956. There was even a name suggested for the new nation: Franglettere.

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Once in 1940 and once in 1956. There was even a name suggested for the new nation: Franglettere.

2. There are more than 200 bodies lying frozen along the climb up Mount Everest. Many have been used for decadesas unofficial trail markers by mountaineers on their way to the summit.

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The body of a climber named Tsewang Paljor, dubbed by many mountaineers as "Green Boots," is the most well known one.

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The body of a climber named Tsewang Paljor, dubbed by many mountaineers as “Green Boots,” is the most well known one.

3. Pope Francis used to work as a bouncer at a night club.

His other former jobs included sweeping floors, working in a chemistry lab, and teaching literature and psychology.

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His other former jobs included sweeping floors, working in a chemistry lab, and teaching literature and psychology.

4. To give you a sense of how much time flies: 1990 is closer to JFK’s assassination than it is to today.

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

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President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

5. Because the Eiffel Tower in Paris was such a huge success, London wanted to build one for itself, as well.

Here are 6 of the 68 drafts under consideration for the "Great Tower for London" in 1890.

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Here are 6 of the 68 drafts under consideration for the “Great Tower for London” in 1890.

This was the final draft.

Parts of the Great Tower were actually constructed. However, the company went bust, and that was the end of the British Eiffel Tower. Today, Wimbledon Stadium is located at this spot.

6. The cappuccino drink is named after the the Capuchin monks that it kiiiinda resembles.

It all makes sense now.

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It all makes sense now.

7. There was a speech prepared in case the first moon landing ended up as a catastrophe.

Titled "In Event Of Moon Disaster," you can listen to the full speech here.

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Titled “In Event Of Moon Disaster,” you can listen to the full speech here.

8. During the Middle Ages, people walked like this — with the ball of their feet touching the ground first, instead of the heel.

This was because most shoes weren't well-soled, so you had to walk very carefully.

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This was because most shoes weren’t well-soled, so you had to walk very carefully.

9. The international dialing code for Russia is 007. Seriously!

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10. Kim Jong-un would be younger than Harry Potter.

Kim Jong-un was born in 1984; Harry Potter was born in 1980.

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Kim Jong-un was born in 1984; Harry Potter was born in 1980.

11. A “moment” is actually an Old English unit of time, and it lasts 90 seconds.

12. Here’s something morbid to think about: Every year, you unwittingly live through your death anniversary.

Let that sink in for a sec.

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Let that sink in for a sec.

13. Facebook’s dominant color is blue because Mark Zuckerberg has red-green color-blindness.

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14. Beethoven was able to hear his own work by using bone conduction: He’d bite a metal rod that attached to his pianowhile composing.

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15. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is hollow inside.

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16. The vibrator was invented because doctors found the task of giving women orgasms to be quite exhausting.

They needed something "to spare their hands the fatigue they developed giving hand jobs to a steady stream of 19th-century ladies who suffered from 'hysteria,' a vaguely defined ailment easily recognizable today as sexual frustration." And there you have it.

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They needed something “to spare their hands the fatigue they developed giving hand jobs to a steady stream of 19th-century ladies who suffered from ‘hysteria,’ a vaguely defined ailment easily recognizable today as sexual frustration.” And there you have it.

17. The oldest “yo mama” joke was a riddle found on a 3,500-year-old stone tablet in Iraq.

Unfortunately, the punchline has been lost over time.

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Unfortunately, the punchline has been lost over time.

18. If you were able to drive directly upward, you’d only be a 1-hour drive away from outer space.

The Fédération aéronautique internationale (the international governing body for aeronautics) defines the Karman Line, which lies 62 miles above sea level, as the border between our atmosphere and space.

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The Fédération aéronautique internationale (the international governing body for aeronautics) defines the Karman Line, which lies 62 miles above sea level, as the border between our atmosphere and space.

19. This video (in German) uses UV light to show just how effective wearing sunscreen is.

20. And finally, yes, your life has been an entire lie: Barcode scanners actually read the white spaces in between the black bars.

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The scanner is “reading” the intensity of the light reflected back by the white spaces.

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