Volunteers in Madrid watched for dog owners who didn’t…

Volunteers in Madrid watched for dog owners who didn’t pick up their dog’s poop and gathered the owner’s information by chatting until they had enough info to look up their addresses at the town hall. They then sent the poop to the owners’ homes with “lost and found” labels. According to Mayor Borja Gutiérrez, “It’s your dog poop. We are just returning it to you.”

A Viking woman could divorce her husband for many reasons,…

A Viking woman could divorce her husband for many reasons, including insulting her, being too jealous, not sleeping with her, or “wearing effeminate clothing, especially low- necked shirts exposing his chest”.

mindblowingfactz: Termites are being researched as a possible…

mindblowingfactz:

Termites are being researched as a possible renewable energy source as they can produce up to 2 litres of hydrogen from ingesting a single sheet of paper, making them one of the planet’s most efficient bioreactors. (source)

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In 1837, a British man sued a woman who bit off half of his nose…

In 1837, a British man sued a woman who bit off half of his nose after he tried to kiss her without consent. The judge ruled against him, stating that, “When a man kisses a woman against her will, she is fully entitled to bite his nose off, if she so pleases.”

Coffee was so important in Turkish culture that under…

Coffee was so important in Turkish culture that under 15th-century law, a woman had the freedom to divorce her husband if he did not provide her with enough coffee.

Despite it being common practice for casinos to ban card…

Despite it being common practice for casinos to ban card counters, a 1979 New Jersey Supreme Court decision banned all Atlantic City casinos from doing so, making them the only state in America where a casino is forbidden from throwing out skilled blackjack players.

Spiders don’t have muscles in their legs. They extend them…

Spiders don’t have muscles in their legs. They extend them using a system of hydraulics powered by their blood pressure. When they die, spiders’ legs curl up because the blood pressure is gone.

A custom construction company received permission from Disney to…

A custom construction company received permission from Disney to build a full-size replica of the house from Up. It’s located in Herriman, Utah.

To celebrate her 104th birthday, Holocaust survivor Shoshana…

To celebrate her 104th birthday, Holocaust survivor Shoshana Ovitz asked for a gift: That all her descendants come together for prayer at the Western Wall (the Kotel). This is the picture.

There’s a long history in Japan of female pearl divers who start…

There’s a long history in Japan of female pearl divers who start diving at the age of 12-13 and are active well into their 70s. They’re known as “ama” (which means “sea woman”). They endure freezing conditions and great pressure from deep-sea depths to get pearls, and they have a unique technique in which they release air in a long whistle as they resurface.