The park, located in Suwon, South Korea, is dedicated to the memory of Sim Jae-duck. He was the former mayor of Suwon and had a life-long obsession with toilets, to the point where he founded the World Toilet Association, wrote a book called "Happy To Be With You, Toilet," and even build a house shaped like a toilet that is the centerpiece of this park.
The park opened earlier in the year, and also features a museum dedicated to toilets. It includes high-tech (and useable) toilets, toilet signs from around the world, an art gallery of art inspired by toilets and even poop-shaped souvenirs!
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Ironically, GIF is not a word, but an acronym. It means Graphic Interchange Format, and although it's 25 years old, it wasn't until this year that Oxford decided to recognize it's cultural significance. As you probably know, the format is the most popular way to share animations online, mostly because of its compatibility with pretty much every web browser out there.
The format is exploding in popularity right now thanks to websites like Tumblr. We've also launched not one, but three sites based around GIFs this year because we recognized the popularity of the format. If you're curious Oxford also said that it was appropriate to pronounce GIF with either a soft or hard G, although the creators pronounce it Jiff like the peanut butter brand.
It's due to a rare genetic condition called ectrodactyly, or also "lobster claw syndrome." Although it occurs in the general population, it is particularly common in the Vadoma tribe of western Zimbabwe. The genetically-dominant condition affect about 1 in 4 babies born into the tribe.
Could it be an adaptation? Some theorize that it might have an adaptive benefit if it aids in tree climbing. However, the most likely reason for this condition to persist in this population is two-fold: 1. The trait is genetically dominant, and 2. The gene pool is limited amongst the Vadoma. It's against tribal law for people to marry outside the group.
In the late '60s Marlon Brando's career was taking a turn for the worse. He hadn't had a commercial hit in a few years, and he was building a bad reputation for being difficult to work with. Apparently, he was very unwilling to memorize his lines on set and often confronted directors with odd requests.
However, he had a couple of fans in director Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo, who wrote The Godfather with Brando in mind. Coppola had Brando submit a make-up test and felt electrified by what he saw. He really wanted Brando to play Vito Corleone.
Paramount Studios, however, did not want to deal with the temperamental actor. Eventually, though, the studio heads saw the screen test and decided to allow Brando to work on the movie. The rest is history, it was a mid-career turning point for Brando, who went on to achieve even bigger fame than he had before.
Three stray dogs saved 50 soldiers in Afghanistan. Two of them were brought to the US to live with them!
Sgt. Chris Duke, from the National Guard, and his fellow troops made good friends with some stray dogs they found while on tour in Afghanistan. Three were particularly close: Sasha, Target and Rufus.
One night, a suicide bomber was about to enter their quarters, covered in explosives. The three dogs somehow sensed the danger and defended their friends. They began barking and biting the bomber. The explosives detonated, but the only casualty was one of the dogs, Sasha.
When Duke returned home from Afghanistan, he really wanted to bring his favorite dog, Rufus. However, military regulations don't allow it. Still, he went to a veteran's assistance group called Hope for Warrior to seek help. Along with them, a Facebook group raised over $21,000 to bring the dogs stateside.
Eventually, both Rufus and Target were brought to the states and given to Duke and another soldier.