A couple of Chinese cities were flooded to make a lake, and they were forgotten for more than 40 years!
The Qiandao Lake (Thousand Island Lake) is located in Zhejiang China. It's an artificial lake that was made in 1959 after the Chinese completed a hydroelectric power station. To make it, they flooded a valley that was 573 sq km. The lake got its name because it is dotted with 1078 large islands and a few thousand smaller ones.
Although the water from the reservoir is used to make mineral water, it has recently been turned into a tourist attraction because people remembered that there were a couple of cities that were flooded to make way for the reservoir!
Shi Cheng and He Cheng were ancient cities that were built over 1300 years ago and were large business hubs along the Xin'anjiang river. The cities, along with many other towns that were also flooded were forgotten for 40 years until a local tourism office thought up a way to make them into a tourist attraction.
There are currently a bunch of plans in the works, like scuba diving tours or even submarine tours, but the brittle condition the walls could be in is a concern. Check more pics and info on the plans at the source.
LEGO employees that had 25 years of employment at the Hohenwestedt, Germany factory were given a solid gold LEGO brick as a token of appreciation. The brick was the size of a standard 2x4 brick and weighed 25.65g of 14K gold.
If you have one, you might want to sell it, as they're fetching about $15,000 nowadays.
OK, let's get this out of the way, this isn't really a 'fact' in the sense that the Santa doesn't really have reindeers and Santa isn't real. However, it's still an interesting fact to learn that all the reindeer we hear about in Christmas lore are probably female.
Why is this? Well, it so happens that most male reindeer drop their antlers by early December. This means that if we go by probabilities, it's more likely that most of Santa's reindeers are female!
This is a pretty smart way to stimulate commerce during the crucial month of December. To prepare for the Christmas season, the Norwegian government halves everyone's income tax by half. The result, of course, is that your paycheck is a little bigger in November.
The point is that if you have a little more money on your bank account come December, you'll be able to buy more Christmas presents for your kids or family. This makes people happier and stimulates the economy. Smart!
The Great Auk was a flightless bird that lived in the north parts of the Atlantic Ocean. It looked very much so like a penguin. It was an important part of many North American cultures, as it was a source of food and also a symbol in their mythology.
The Little Ice Age reduced the population of the Great Auk because polar bears were able to travel further south and ate them. Humans also started systematically slaughtering them for food and for their eggs.
In 1840, the last seen Great Auk in the British Isles was caught and killed. Three men caught him and kept it alive for 3 days. Then, a large storm arose and the people thought the auk was a witch and that it had caused the storm. They beat the auk with a stick and killed it, making the Great Auk the only British bird made extinct in modern times.