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During Absence Seizures People Will Often Just Look Like They are Staring Off Into Space and May Walk Around Aimlessely

absence seizure facts

During absence seizures, the person will often appear to be just staring off into space.  There is no typical jerking or twitching as is associated with many other types of seizures.  Absence seizure victims may also move from one location to another without purpose or thought behind it.  If they are speaking when the seizure hits, they may or may […]

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Porcupine Quills are Just Extremely Enlarged Hairs

A porcupine’s quills are just extremely enlarged specialized hairs that have unusually (compared to other mammals) thick layers of keratin, which is the main structural component of hair and finger nails, among other things.  These thick layers of keratin make porcupine quills extremely rigid and good for poking things. A Cat’s whiskers are also just specialized hairs.  With cats, these […]

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Kirk Douglas’ Real Name was Issur Danielovitch Demsky

Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch Demsky.  His parent’s original surname was Danielovitch, but they changed it to Demsky when they immigrated to the U.S. in 1912.  When Douglas first started acting on Broadway, he went by Isadore Demsky, then changed it completely to Kirk Douglas just before enlisting in the navy during WWII.  I couldn’t find any reliable source […]

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About 50% of All Poinsettias Sold in the World are Sold by the Ecke Family

Poinsettia Facts

The Ecke family of Encinitas, California once had a virtual monopoly on poinsettia sales starting in the early 20th century due to the fact that they discovered a way to create compact, fuller poinsettias by grafting two varieties of poinsettia together.  Other poinsettias sold at the time tended to look more like the weeds they are.  In the 1990s, however, […]

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The First Mirrors Were Simply Water Placed in a Darkly Colored Vessel

History of Mirrors

Mirrors in ancient times were typically just small pools of collected water with the vessel containing the water having a dark color to it. As early as 6000 BC in Turkey people started manufacturing non-water mirrors.  These early mirrors were usually made of obsidian, which is a naturally occurring volcanic glass.  These pieces of obsidian would be cut appropriately and […]

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Earthworms Can Consume About 1/2 to 1 Times Their Body Weight Every Day

Earthworms can consume about 1/2 to 1 times their body weight every day.  They also will eat just about any dead organic matter along with processing a variety of garbage and even tiny rocks that have organic matter on them, grinding the rocks into a paste that will enrich the soil.  They are quite literally nature’s garbage disposals.  Earthworms also […]

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Helicopters Won’t Just Drop Like a Rock if the Engine Dies, They are Actually Designed to Be Able to Land Safely This Way

Myth: Helicopters will drop like a rock when the engine shuts down. In fact, you have a better chance at surviving in a helicopter when the engine fails than you do in an airplane. Helicopters are designed specifically to allow pilots to have a reasonable chance of landing them safely in the case where the engine stops working during flight, […]

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A Group of Rioting French Tailors Once Destroyed the Factory of the Inventor of the Chain Stitch Sewing Machine

In 1830, a French tailor by the name of Barthelemy Thimonnier patented a sewing machine that used the chain stitch; the first such machine to replicate sewing by hand.  By 1841, he had a factory with over 80 machines and a contract with the French army for uniforms.  However, the factory was destroyed by a riotous group of French tailors […]

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Sharks, Stringrays, and Chimeara All Possess an Organ That Allows Them to Detect Electric Potential

Shark Facts

Sharks, stringrays, and chimeara all possess an electroreceptive organ called an ampullae of Lorenzini.  This organ gives them the ability to detect even small variations in electric potential.  They can use this to detect magnetic fields, among other things. Suddenly sharks with lasers attached to their heads seems even more dangerous. Reference

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