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A man planted a 1360-acre forest all by himself!


As a teen, Jadav Payeng began burying seeds near his birthplace near the northern Indian Assam region. Soon after, he moved there permanently to dedicate his life to growing this forest. His life work has resulted in a massive jungle of 1,360 acres that he planted single-handedly!

Payeng says he was inspired as a teen when he saw a large number of snakes dead on a sandbar after a flood. He realized that snaked died because they didn’t have any trees to protect themselves from the heat. People told him that this sandbar was not going to be able to grow anything and that he should try to grow bamboo instead. He kept going and even displayed great knowledge of ecological balance: He even transplanted ants to his ecosystem to have natural harmony.

His reserve now serves as a haven for birds, deer, rhinos, tigers and elephants. What’s funny is that Indian officials didn’t know about this reserve until 2008.

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St. Peters Missouri once installed street signs in kilometers due to a misunderstanding!


In 1996, the federal government passed a resolution that required departments to change all construction documents to metric, measuring concrete in kilograms instead of pounds, for example.

The town of St. Peters Missouri took that to mean that they needed to switch EVERYTHING from Imperial to Metric units. So to comply, they started changing their town’s speed limit road signs to kilometers per hour to miles per hour.

Town officials insisted on the change, despite the fact that many people thought it was foolish and also not required by the government at all. Think about it… if you see a road sign that says 60, you’ll think that you can go 60mph, when the conversion means that really you can only go about 37mph.

We tried to see if the metric signs are still up in St. Peters but we couldn’t find it. If we got any readers from there, let us know in the comments!

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The more a pool smells like chlorine, the more poop it has!


You probably associate a strong chlorine smell with a really clean pool, don’t you? The reality could not be farther from the truth. In reality, chlorine only has a strong smell when it reacts with impurities in the water. A well-managed clean pool has no strong chemical smell.

This is why it is strongly recommended that you shower BEFORE going into a public pool. This will wash away sweat, body oils, cosmetics and traces of poop and urine on your body. Otherwise, you’re just taking a dip into everyone’s dirty bathwater.

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Insulin grown in space is up to 9x more efficient than the earth-grown kind.


This sounds like a very sci-fi headline but it’s true. In 1998, NASA managed to grow insulin crystals that were much smaller than the ones grown on earth.

How small? They compared it to being able to seeing grains of powdered sugar on a donut instead of just the donut from 180 miles away. In other words, space insulin is a lot lot tinier than the Earth one.

The smaller size makes it easier for the body to absorb it. How much easier? Well, they reduced the need for insulin intake from 1-3 times a day to just once every three days!

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3D mapping helped discover an ancient Maya city!


Holtun, or Head of Stone, lay hidden under the thick Guatemalan rain forest. However, in 2010, using GPS and electronic distance-measurement technology, researchers were able to plot out the locations and elevations of a seven-story-tall pyramid, an observatory, a ritual ball court and even houses.

Archaeologists had always known that the city was there, but they hadn’t been able to really explore until they were able to use this technology. They’re excited to find Holtun, because it’s not a big metropolitan area, but rather a small city.

Why are they excited for that? Well, they hope to learn what every day life was for people who weren’t part of the larger metropolitan areas such as Tikal, something that hasn’t been explore much until now. Learn more about Holtun city by clicking the source.

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