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A library in Dublin locks the readers in cages while reading…

A library in Dublin locks the readers in cages while reading rare books to prevent them from walking off with them.

Photo : Marsh’s Library

Diarrhea was the leading cause of death in the American Civil…

Diarrhea was the leading cause of death in the American Civil War and there was an unwritten code of honor among Civil War soldiers, “that forbade the shooting of men while attending to the imperative calls of nature”

A wildlife photographer who was bitten by a black mamba captured…

A wildlife photographer who was bitten by a black mamba captured the bite on camera and survived without antivenom. The bite ruptured an artery in his calf which bled profusely expelling the venom from the wound. 

Photo : Mark Laita / wired

There is a woman who would burst into laughter when seeing other…

There is a woman who would burst into laughter when seeing other people being tickled. She has an unusual condition called mirror-touch synaesthesia.

One of Saturn’s moons, Mimas, looks like the Death Star and its…

One of Saturn’s moons, Mimas, looks like the Death Star and its heat signature resembles a Pac-Man.

When stepped on a landmine, it does not make a soft “click”…

When stepped on a landmine, it does not make a soft “click” and explode after the pressure is lifted as shown in the movies. Instead, It explodes the moment you step on it.

Sleeping under a weighted blanket can help reduce insomnia and…

Sleeping under a weighted blanket can help reduce insomnia and anxiety.

Back when the NY subways used tokens, criminals would jam the…

Back when the NY subways used tokens, criminals would jam the slot and then suck out the token with their mouths. To discourage this, subway workers would put hot chili powder in the slots.

A conservation effort made to save the critically endangered…

A conservation effort made to save the critically endangered toolache wallaby ended in disaster after 10 of the last surviving members of the species were accidentally killed in the attempt to capture them for a breeding program. They are now extinct.

Cats adapted to living with humans by hunting rodents in grain…

Cats adapted to living with humans by hunting rodents in grain stores and domesticated themselves.