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There’s a Chinese fruit 300x sweeter than sugar and is used to treat diabetes and obesity!


The Siraitia grosvenorii is kind of like the holy grail for people with a sweet tooth like me: It’s extremely sweet with nowhere near as bad for you as traditional cane sugar (or high fructose corn syrup).

While the FDA only approved the fruit in 2009 for consumption in the US, it has been used in China for years as a low-calorie sweeter for drinks and in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diabetes and obesity.

One thing that was blocking the use of the fruit in other applications is that it has a lot of interfering aromas. However, Procter & Gamble has patented a process for isolating just the sweeter part.

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Singapore has the highest ratio of millionaires in the world!


After Singapore gained independence from the British Empire in 1965, there was a surge in foreign direct investment, and the state led a strong drive for industrialization that ended up creating a modern economy.

They have the second freest economy in the world and are experts at trading. Singapore is the 14th largest exporter and 15th largest importer in the world. They also have the highest trade-to-GDP ratio at 409.7% and is the only Asian country to have a AAA rating right now.

All this success means that a lot of people became really rich. So rich, in fact, that in Singapore 1 out of every 6 households has $1 million or more in disposable income, the highest ratio in the world!

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The Avengers had sounds from the original Hulk TV show!


The old Hulk TV series is one of those iconic shows that has stood the test of time in pop culture consciousness. Seeing Lou Ferrigno painted green kicking ass is still remembered and parodied.

Turns out, even though we can’t see Lou Ferrigno kick ass, we can hear him doing it still. When the sound designer of the 2009 Avengers movie were trying to come up with the perfect roar for the Hulk, they tried a mix of animals.

The director of the movie kept saying that the Hulk sounded too much like a monster and he wanted a human element in the roar. In the end, the sound designer decided to include a combination of Mark Ruffalo (who played The Hulk), Lou Ferrigno and a couple of other people in the final mix for the Hulk!

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Lawrence Fishburne lied about his age to be in Apocalypse Now!



Lawrence Fishburne’s most famous role is Morpheus in the Matrix Trilogy, yet had he never lied about his age for Apocalypse Now he would most likely never have had to opportunity!

In the 1970’s Fishburne began acting and when the legendary war epic Apocalypse Now was casting, he immediately wanted a role. At the age of fourteen he auditioned, yet knew that they would never hire such a young actor for a war movie. Instead he said that he was 17, which was the age of the character he was hoping to play and was cast in the movie!

Producers found out, yet kept him anyway and strangely the filming took so long he was actually 17 by the release of the movie!

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Lawrence Fishburne lied about his age to be in Apocalypse Now!



Lawrence Fishburne’s most famous role is Morpheus in the Matrix Trilogy, yet had he never lied about his age for Apocalypse Now he would most likely never have had to opportunity!





In the 1970’s Fishburne began acting and when the legendary war epic Apocalypse Now was casting, he immediately wanted a role. At the age of fourteen he auditioned, yet knew that they would never hire such a young actor for a war movie. Instead he said that he was 17, which was the age of the character he was hoping to play and was cast in the movie!






Producers found out, yet kept him anyway and strangely the filming took so long he was actually 17 by the release of the movie!

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