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If you leave the US with more than $5 in pennies or nickels, you could go to jail!


This seems like a weird and arbitrary rule no? However, there's a good reason for it. To safeguard against a potential shortage of these coins, the US has imposed a restriction on the amount of coins that a person can take when they leave the US.

If you remember from previous facts we've published, nickels and pennies are actually more costly than their face value. This means that a person trying to run a scheme could potentially gather thousands of these coins and melt them for their metals.

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You can use goldfish to keep horse troughs clean!


Aquarists and fish owners seem to have trouble keeping goldfish alive in tanks. This is because they're relatively large fish for the size tanks that they are usually held in.

One interesting way that you can learn this is the fact that goldfish can thrive in cattle troughs. This seems a weird place to keep goldfish, but actually they help farmers keep the troughs clean from algae and other bacteria.

The reason why they thrive is because these massive tanks hold between 150 and 300 gallons of water, while most people keep them in tanks that are about 30 or 55 gallons. This deteriorates the water quality that they live in and can lead to their death.

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There’s a river known as the River of the Dead in South Korea because of all the dead bodies that wash up from the North!


The Imjin river is the 7th largest river in Korea. It flows from the North to the South, crossing the demilitarized zone and joins the Han River downstream from Seoul. The Imjin river was also the setting of a battle during the Korean war.

One creepy thing about this river is that it’s been nicknamed the River of the Death by many in South Korea. This is due to the large number of bodies that have been seen floating down from North Korea.

The last time this was seen was in the 1990s, when there was a major famine in North Korea and millions are believed to have starved to death.

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You absorb more egg proteins if they’re cooked than if they’re raw!


You probably have the mental image of Rocky trying to bulk up by eating raw eggs. It’s a rather nasty image no? The reason for doing it that way is that some nutrients get lost after cooking.

An egg contains about 6 grams of protein, and when you eat them raw, you absorb roughly 50% of the protein. That means that 3 grams go to waste! Studies have found that when you cook eggs, the protein is absorbed at the rate of 91%.

The reason for the higher absorption percentage is that heat changes the molecular structural of protein. Not only that, but eating cooked eggs reduces other health risks, like salmonella.

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There’s a high school football stadium that cost $60 million to build!


High school football is a big deal in the United States. However, it’s a bigger deal in Texas than in most other states. There are high schools with facilities that rival many colleges in how big, expensive and luxurious they are.

Perhaps there is no best example of this than the Allen Eagle Stadium. The stadium holds 18,000 fans and cost $60 million to build. The architectures say that it’s something unheard of in High School athletics.

Even though the school will only play 6 home games in the stadium, it's promoters say that students will use the facilities every day, including a posh weight room. The facilities are so impressive that college recruiters take photos to take back to their own schools.

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