Monthly Archives: January 2011

The term ‘computer bug’ was coined after a moth flew into into a computer’s circuitry.

The moth was discovered on the circuit board of the U.S. Navy’s Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator while it was being tested at Harvard University in September 1947. After removing the pesky insect, the machine’s operators put out the word … Continue reading

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A Bajau fisherman hunts fish on the sea floor using only one breath.

A BBC special called “Human Planet” featured the amazing ability of Sulbin, a Bajau diver from the Philippines. Sulbin is able to hold his breath for over 2 ½ minutes on the sea floor while searching for a fish to … Continue reading

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The CIA had 638 different plans to kill Fidel Castro, including: poisonous cigars, and killing him with exploding mollusks when he was scuba diving.

In “638 Ways to Kill Castro” a book and Channel 4 documentary, a Cuban security officer named Fabian Escalante outlines a large number of the CIA’s assassination attempts on the Cuban dictator. Naturally none of them have succeeded. Some of … Continue reading

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2 people have died playing “Chubby Bunny”

Chubby Bunny is a game wherein you put a marshmallow in your mouth and attempt to recite the phrase “Chubby Bunny”. If you succeed, you put another marshmallow in your mouth. If you fail, you get eliminated. This goes on … Continue reading

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UK citizens are the most surveyed people in the world.

There are up to 4.2 million surveillance cameras in Britain. There’s roughly 1 camera for every 14 people. Britain is also the worst country in the Western world at protecting individual privacy. The two worst countries in this regard are … Continue reading

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The highest-scoring Scrabble word is “quixotry.”

The old record for highest scoring word used to be “quartzy”, but that record has been beaten by “quixotry” (a rash and impractical act, a la Don Quixote).  (source)

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A Twinkie is 68% air.

This means you can compress 100 Twinkies into a space that would only appear to fit 32! Check out the experiment proving this ratio that students at Rice University performed in a bathroom!  

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