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Why Cane Toads Didn't Help Australia's Sugar Crops
In the mid-1800s, cane toads were introduced to the Caribbean by local sugar cane producers to help control the beetle grubs which were eating their crops. Toads were later shipped to Hawaii and, in 1935, to Australia. 101 survived the trip to a research station in northeast Queensland. Within a year, researchers had harvested more than 1.5 million eggs and released the baby toads into the area's rivers and ponds, whence they spread all across northern Australia. Ironically, though the toads wreaked ecological havoc and caused great annoyance among the locals, they did little to help the sugar crops. Cane beetles, it was discovered, perch too high off the ground for cane toads to reach them.
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Gardens of Vatican
The Portuguese, impressed by the elephants which Sri Lankans used to fight wars & build monuments, brought one to Europe. It fought no wars & built no monuments. Instead, fed on cake, it died of dyspepsia & was buried in the Gardens of Vatican City.
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Internet mocks ruling upholding Apple's iphone design patents
Not long after a jury in the Californian city of San Jose concluded on August 24th [2012] that Samsung should pay Apple just over Not long after a jury in the Californian city of San Jose concluded on August 24th [2012] that Samsung should pay Apple just over $1 billion in damages for infringing six of the American firm's software and design patents, stills from a year-old sitcom episode, in which a character demonstrates an absurd triangular tablet computer, began recirculating on the internet. The images were being used to poke fun at the jury's ruling that the South Korean firm had copied the shape of Apple's wildly popular iPhone, which (like most) is rectangular with curved corners. billion in ...
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Chris Evans' Instagram Dick Pic Blooper
While attempting to post an Instagram video one day in 2020, Chris Evans shared a video with his 5.7 million followers. Unfortunately, Even didn't trim the clip, which revealed a gallery of videos and pictures, including one featuring a photo of his erect penis. Though Evans quickly deleted the clip, screenshots immediately hit Twitter, sending the site into a frenzy with ample jokes about the mishap. Evans later received some support from his brother, Scott Evans, as well as “Avengers” co-star Mark Ruffalo and Chrissy Teigen. Ironically, at the time Chris and his younger brother, Scott, were playing a game—called “Heads Up.” Chris Evans’ response to his self-leak? He spun it to support voting in the upcoming U.S. presidential ...
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Young Albert Einstein Vs Professor Heinrich Weber
As a student at Zurich Polytechnic, Albert Einstein locked horns with physics professor Heinrich Weber. Weber, who had no interest in new developments in the field, was also a stickler for outdated rules. On one occasion, he made Einstein rewrite an entire research report because his first attempt had been submitted on paper of the wrong size. Einstein mocked Weber by deliberately calling him "Herr" instead of "Professor" and later wrote, "It is nothing short of a miracle that [our] modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry."
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English Truancy Officers Run A Blitz
One day in November 2003, police in North Tyneside, England conducted a blitz on children skipping school. Truancy officers found a surprising number of students on the streets—because their schools were closed and they had been given a day off.
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Why Jeremy Clarkson Thanked Some Environmentalist Protesters
Top Gear host & motor enthusiast Jeremy Clarkson was occasionally the target of environmental protesters. Clarkson always shrugged them off, saying on one occasion that a custard pie he'd had mashed into his face had tasted "delicious." Oao, Clarkson was amused to discover that the horse manure which protesters had thrown over the gate at his home in Chipping Norton, England, had landed in his rose garden. "Thanks a lot," he remarked during a talk show appearance later, "you've made my roses fantastic!"
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Jaromir Jagr - bad injury
NHL star Jaromir Jagr was injured in the first game of the first round of the 2006 NHL playoffs. How? He was trying to punch another player.
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Keri Russell - bad hair day
After the first season of "Felicity," Keri Russell shocked viewers and the network by cutting her hair. The network was flooded by angry letters and phone calls, the show's rating dropped by 20%, and it was soon canceled.
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Why Tom Holland Liked Spider-Man's New Suit
During a talk show appearance in 2019, Tom Holland was asked if he liked the new suit he wore in Spider-Man: Far From Home. "I do yes," he replied. "Um, because I can go to the bathroom in it, mainly." "In Iron Man 1," he added, "Robert wore the full suit. And then, if you watch Iron Man 2, he wore, like, American football pads that were red and gold. I'm on my fifth movie and I just got a zipper. So it's been a steady climb." "Well," fellow guest Tom Hanks joked, smoking an imaginary stogie, "you earned it kid. You know, I find that when you make enough movies, you get a zipper in the end... but you ...