10 most interesting facts of the week

10 most interesting facts of the week


  1. The at-sign, @, is not a modern invention. It has been found on documents as old as 1345.
  2. Netflix uses Torrent data to decide what to buy rights to.
  3. Once a woman took part in the search for a missing tourist in iceland, to realize hours later that she was the missing person.
  4. In 2009, scientists discovered that a single, ant mega-colony had colonized much of the world on a scale rivaled only by human civilization, including 1 super colony spanning 3,700 miles along the Mediterranean coast.
  5. The Han dynasty of China drilled for natural gas, transported it in pipelines and gas containers and burned it in stoves … in 200 BC.
  6. The Guinness World Records stopped recording heaviest pets to discourage deliberate overfeeding.
  7. Ants do not have traffic jams because they don’t have egos, don’t mind collisions, and are very disciplined in crowded pathways.
  8. In Denmark it’s illegal to burn the flags of foreign countries but legal to burn the Danish flag.
  9. In 1986, a system administrator looking into a $0.75 accounting error uncovered a KGB hacker that was stealing nuclear secrets.
  10. Not only did Roy Sullivan survive seven lightening strikes, but after he was struck the seventh time he fought off a bear by hitting it with a tree branch, making it the 21st time he hit a bear with a stick.

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