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If you buy something from Zappos on a Leap Day, you have until the next Leap Day to return it!


Zappos is a company known for being unique and weird in ways that are very good for costumers. For example, they have free returns for shoes you buy and you can return them up to a year later.

However, in their usual Zappos way, they have a really funny clause for people who buy stuff on February 29th. According to their website, you have until the next February 29th to return the shoes you bought! How’s that for a generous return policy.

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Any 2 humans are genetically more similar than 2 chimps from the same troop!


Thanks to a near-extinction event 75,000 years ago, all humans alive share an extremely high percentage of our genes with each other. This means that any two humans anywhere in the world are more similar genetically than two chimps from the same troop.

A reason for this is that humans might have almost gone extinct 75,000 years ago. The culprit is thought to be the Toba volcanic eruption that happened in Indonesia at around that time. The eruption was the equivalent of 1 billion tons of dynamite and it might have reduced the average global temperature by 5 degrees Celsius and started a new Ice Age.

This event might have left only around 1,000 to 10,000 breeding human pairs. From there, humans repopulated and prospered. However, the reason we share so much DNA is that we all come from those few thousands of people.

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Christopher Reeve trained with Darth Vader to prepare for his role as Superman!


Christopher Reeve was a virtual unknown when he was cast as Superman. In fact, he wasn’t the producer’s first choice at all. Robert Redford, James Caan and Clint Eastwood all turned down the role before Reeve got the part.

When Reeve signed, he was 6’4” and 188 lbs. To prepare for the role, the producer hired David Prowse, who played the body (but not the voice) of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies.

Reeve went through a rigid high-protein high-intensity workout regimen and he gained 33 lbs of muscle. He went from benching a personal record 40lbs to 320 lbs! He got conditioned enough to do all his own stunt work.

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Christopher Reeve trained with Darth Vader to prepare for his role as Superman!

Christopher Reeve was a virtual unknown when he was cast as Superman. In fact, he wasn’t the producer’s first choice at all. Robert Redford, James Caan and Clint Eastwood all turned down the role before Reeve got the part.

When Reeve signed, he was 6’4” and 188 lbs. To prepare for the role, the producer hired David Prowse, who played the body (but not the voice) of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies.

Reeve went through a rigid high-protein high-intensity workout regimen and he gained 33 lbs of muscle. He went from benching a personal record 40lbs to 320 lbs! He got conditioned enough to do all his own stunt work.

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The Space Shuttle didn't fly around New Years because its computers couldn't handle year changes!


The now-defunct space shuttle program was over 30 years old by the time it was decommissioned. It's no surprise that the computer software that ran it had some kinks that people had to work around. One of them was dates.

The computer program does not recognize when the calendar year switches. It would recognize January 1st as day 366 of the previous year. To fix the problem, they would have to basically reboot the shuttle, which would mean a period of time with no navigation updates or control of the vehicle.

This had some real world effects: In 2006, NASA moved a Space Shuttle launch by almost 2 weeks just to give the Space Shuttle more time before New Years. Learn more about the space shuttle program at the source.

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