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30 fascinating facts that sound like a lie, but turn out to be true

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Many of us are used to believing facts. However, sometimes they sound so implausible that we are not ready to take them seriously. And such facts can be found not one or two, but much more. This is proved by a thread on Reddit, where, in response to a request from user Aden_Elvis77 to share facts that seem to be fiction but are real, people began to share their findings from the world of information.

 

Things you won't believe until you double-check (they prove that the world is not at all what it seems)

 

We at Bemorepanda share them with you. If you want to double-check some of them - please do! In any case, that's exactly what we did. After all, is it possible to take at face value that a person ate ... an airplane? That's it!

 

1. So strawberries are berries or not?

Strawberries are not berries, while bananas are berries.

 

Meowsommar, alleksana

 

2. About Chimborazo in Ecuador

Everest is not far from the center of the earth. The peak of Chimborazo in Ecuador is 2.1 km further away, what's even crazier is that Chimborazo isn't even the highest mountain in the Andes.

 

SkinnyObelix, Michael Clarke

 

3. What is the shortest flight in the world?

The shortest commercial flight in the world lasted 57 seconds. It was a Loganair flight between two Scottish islands, Westray and Papa Westray. Then the shortest commercial flight was recorded with a length of 2.7 km.

 

AnneKellyy, Josue Isai Ramos Figueroa

 

4. Hunger in the world cannot be overcome not because there is not enough food.

An endless supply of food will not solve the problem of world hunger. We actually have more than enough food to end world hunger, the problem is distribution/logistics.

 

honeybutterbuscuit Dennis Siqueira

 

5. Plastic Flamingos vs. Real Flamingos - Who's More?

There are more plastic flamingos on Earth than living ones.

 

The same is true for unicorns. Joke:)

 

Positive-Source8205, Alan Levine

 

6. Mankind Designed The Atomic Bomb Faster Than It Moved From Bronze To Iron

It took people longer to go from a bronze sword to an iron sword than from an iron sword to an atomic bomb.

 

Joe_PM2804, Ricardo Cruz

 

7. Where are the ears of crickets located?

Getty Images / iStockphoto / Aratehortua

 

The ears of crickets are located on the legs.

 

Eli_JMI, Miguel A. Padrinan

 

8. Perhaps one of the strangest pistols in the world

Associated Press

 

The CIA has made a heart attack gun.

 

9. People have an extremely developed sense of smell for ... rain

Humans smell certain components of the smell of rain (in particular, geosmin, which is part of petrikor) much better than sharks smell blood in water.

 

Ratmatazz, Anna Atkins

 

10. Incredible skill of the 20th President of the United States

James Garfield (20th President of the United States) could write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other.

 

TheDangerHeisenberg, Aaron Burden

 

11. What is the blood pressure of a giraffe?

The average blood pressure of a giraffe is about 300/190. They must have high blood pressure in order for the blood to reach the neck and oxygenate the brain. I am totally impressed with their cardiovascular system.

 

Anastasiaanne, Gary Bendig

 

12. Can a person eat an airplane?

Once a Frenchman ate an entire plane.

 

CauliflowerDaffodil, Khamkeo Vilaysing

 

13. That's how much dirtier a coal power plant is than a nuclear one

One coal-fired power plant generates more toxic waste per year than any nuclear power plant has ever produced.

 

ob-2-kenobi, Jason Blackeye

 

14. Strange platypus glow

The platypus glows under black light.

 

KingZaneTheStrange, Meg Jerrard

 

15. Female monitor lizards can breed without males

Komodo dragons usually reproduce sexually, but females in captivity have been known to reproduce by parthenogenesis without the need for sperm.

 

Dusty_Roller, Spencer Weart

 

16. Eyes see the world not as it is, but the brain corrects everything!

Our eyes see everything upside down, but our mind perceives everything as it should.

 

Alexisallore, Paul Savage

 

17. Greater Texas

Each person on Earth can have about 950 88 sq. m in Texas and leave the rest of the world completely empty. (Not that anyone wants this!)

 

Murky Purple, Marcy Reiford

 

18. The color of carrots in the past will surprise you.

In the Middle Ages, carrots were purple.

 

MermaidandtheKraken, Darya Pino

 

19. Almonds are almost peach

Almonds belong to the peach family.

 

RifleShower, Nacho Fernandez

 

20. Who is older: sharks or trees?

Sharks are older than trees.

 

com2420, GEORGE DESIPRIS

 

21. How many ants are there in the world?

The number of ants on Earth exceeds the mass of all birds and mammals combined.

 

InquisitaB, Marco Neri

 

22. Where does black pepper really come from?

Black pepper is a stone fruit similar to an apricot.

 

Dreadsin, M Mahbub A Alah

 

23. Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima released an amount of energy equivalent to converting 0.7 grams (about the weight of a paper clip) of matter into energy.

 

tazzietiger66, US military

 

24. Does the brain distinguish between real and unreal?

Your brain can't really tell fantasy from reality.

 

Darya_Jaen, MART PRODUCTION

 

25. What is the chance of humanity dying out in the next 10,000 years?

Angelina Bambina Getty Images

 

According to the Doomsday Argument (the doomsday theorem), there is a 95 percent chance that human civilization will die out in the next 9120 years.

 

SheikhYekaterinburg

 

26. Math problem

Rope around the Earth: a challenge.

 

Take a rope tied tightly around a basketball. Now the rope must be lengthened so that there is a gap of one foot (0.000305 km) between the ball and the rope at all points, as if the rope were hanging a foot away around the entire ball. How long does the rope need to be for this? At 6.28 feet (0.0019 km).

 

Now take a rope taut around the Earth's equator. The task is the same - creating gaps of one foot around the entire Earth. How much should the rope be lengthened? At 6.28 feet.

 

This is so illogical that almost no one will believe it until it is mathematically proven.

 

-Slartibart, The New York Public Library

 

27. Do you believe in the existence of narwhals?

I am shocked at the number of people who refuse to believe that narwhals are real animals. I have one tattoo on my forearm so I guess people talk to me about it more than usual lol. It usually ends with me showing photos to Google and they are still skeptical.

 

cheechiie, PAO press service

 

28. What marks the film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"?

"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" marks the only time that Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny officially appear in the same place at the same time, as well as Daffy and Donald.

 

The screen time of all characters from both companies was timed to the frame to ensure they had exactly the same amount of time with their characters.

 

Yuni_smiley, epicurious_aussie

 

29. Brazil is very big...

Brazil's northernmost point is closer to Canada than Brazil's southernmost point.

 

prof_dynamite, Lara Jameson

 

30. And finally, one fact about basketball player Shaquille O'Neal

In his entire NBA career, Shaquille O'Neal has only made one three-point shot.

 

berlinheroes, Cubahora

 

 

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40-unusual-products-that-famous-brands-have-released-and-surprised-us

Increasing the ways consumers can interact with a brand is often quite a challenge to implement.

 

Miracles of marketing: what unusual products were released by companies that the whole world knows

 

This usually requires companies to go beyond their comfort zones, search for non-standard solutions and competently implement them. One of the ways is for a well-known company to start producing (or rather selling) a product that is completely inconsistent with their image and direction of work.

 

For example, barbell pancakes from Samsung... or McDonald's playing cards. How do you like that? Maybe a Coca-Cola screwdriver set will surprise you more?

 

Read below, we have 40 unusual products that famous brands have released and surprised us. It doesn't look like them at all, but it's true!

 

1. Thematic deck of McDonald's cards. In the hands of the king is a potato with an emblem, and in the hand of the queen is a burger

 

2. Audi is dog friendly. My car came back from the service center with these dog toys in the back seat.

 

3. Signature Subaru honey from my local dealership

 

4. Crayola Calculator

 

5. My dad has a working Mitsubishi sharpener from 40 years ago, and you can still adjust the sharpness of the pencil on it.

 

6. I was cleaning my old apartment and found a 1982 Coca-Cola screwdriver set.

 

7. This luxury watch from Nintendo

 

8. Porsche Buyers Get Paperclips In The Shape Of A Porsche 911

 

9. Turkish Muslim woman working at McDonald's wears McDonald's branded hijab (Istanbul, Turkey)

 

10. USB Power Bank disguised as a Honda mini generator

 

11. It was in a hospital in the UK. They have a toy MRI machine in the hospital waiting room

 

12. When you order a knife directly from Fällkniven, they also send you these branded plasters in the same package.

 

13. Spice Twix for popcorn, ice cream, dough, cookies and more

 

14. My neighbors park their Lamborghini in the yard.

 

15. Found this old Volvo cap where the strap is a seat belt

 

16. McDonald's made a french fry radio in the 80s

 

17. The radio I found in the attic looks like a Coke vending machine.

 

18. KFC made logs

 

19. Dodgeballs at a Dodge showroom

 

20. Still using a Coleman-made 12V Marlboro car fridge from the Marlboro catalog from the 90s.

 

21. Colgate Beef Lasagne

 

22. Packages of ketchup and mayonnaise that were brought to me in a restaurant along with food.

 

23. If you thought that the perfect soap does not exist - here it is!

 

Mountain Dew shower gel is powerful. But the face soap from the chip maker is no less fun...

 

24. Volkswagen is the largest producer of a certain type of sausage (currywurst) in Germany.

 

25. Michelin Tire is the same Michelin company that awards Michelin stars to restaurants and hotels.

 

26. LEGO Brick sneaker model

 

27. I received KFC socks with my delivery order.

 

28. IKEA sells panama hats made from IKEA bags

 

29. Hairdryer with an electric motor designed by Ferrari

 

30. Scented wipes Dr. Pepper

 

31. Dr. Canned Beans Pepper. Pepper, I think you've gone too far this time.

 

32. PlayStation cufflinks

 

33. Big Mac shower gel (courtesy of Austrian McDonald's)

 

34. Hello Kitty Pasta Sauce?

 

35. Guinness is a famous brand of beer and the creators of the Book of Records are the same company.

 

36. Samsung opens a fashion store in South Korea

 

37. Samsung, it turns out, made pancakes for the bar

 

38. Sewing machine Toyota. Give your beloved a Toyota if she so wants it.

 

39. Mentos Strawberry Bath Bombs

 

40. Louis Vuitton fire extinguishers. If you fight fire, then fight with style!

 

World brands and their strange goods

 

Colgate

Main range: toothpaste

Experimental Item: Kitchen Entrees Ready Meals

The Colgate brand decided to be with us not only after meals, but also during. Ready meals under the brand of toothpaste caused only bewilderment of buyers. The expansion campaign failed.

 

Frito Lay

Main range: chips

Experimental Goods: Lemonade

Frito-Lay marketers thought: why not let consumers refresh and quench their thirst after eating their salty snacks? And they created Frito-Lay lemonade. But the buyers did not accept the new product. Either the chips weren't salty enough, or the lemonade wasn't tasty enough.

 

Bic

Main assortment: ballpoint pens, lighters, razors

Experimental Item: Disposable Underwear

The kings of disposable goods Bic decided to get even closer to their customers and created a line of disposable underpants. But the linen did not receive the attention of the audience, the production had to be stopped.

 

Zippo

Main range: lighters

Experimental Item: Women's Perfume

The world-famous brand of lighters Zippo has released a collection of women's perfumes in bottles in the form of lighters. But the fair sex could not get rid of associations with Zippo gasoline stuffing, and sales turned out to be miserable.

 

Harley Davidson

Main range: motorcycles

Experimental Item: Cake Decorations

Harley Davidson is not such a brutal brand as it seemed to many. The motorcycle icon produced not only bikes, but also branded bakery decorations. It is easy to guess that fans of the brand did not understand this move.

 

Dr. Pepper

Main range: soft drinks

Experimental Item: Barbecue Sauce

Dr Pepper technologists turned out to be bold experimenters and created a barbecue sauce with the signature taste of Dr Pepper soda. Buyers did not appreciate this, so the sauce was discontinued.

 

Cosmopolitan

Main assortment: women's magazine

Experimental item: yogurt

Marketers of Cosmopolitan magazine, popular among women, saw some analogy between yogurt and sex, they say, we need one and the other every day. Subtly noted! But this did not bring success: either the price of yogurt did not cause attraction among buyers, or the idea itself ...

 

Smith and Wesson

Main range: pistols

Experimental Item: Mountain Bikes

Known worldwide for its reliable and high-quality products, Smith and Wesson decided to produce not only weapons, but also peaceful goods - bicycles. Like many of the experimental products, their bikes were not appreciated. Pistols were more relevant.

 

Virgin

International conglomerate

Experimental item: wedding dresses

A risky move for Virgin, whose core business was air travel and banking, was to sell wedding merchandise. The name of the brand, of course, suits such products perfectly. But Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin, later admitted: "There were no sales at all."

 

Pond's

Main range: face cream

Experimental Item: Toothpaste

The American manufacturer of cosmetics and skin care products Pond's has released a new product - toothpaste. Despite the fact that all the taste tests were successfully passed, the customers did not like the pasta. Perhaps because of the strong association with face cream.

 

Evian

Main range: bottled water

Experimental Item: Water Bra

Evian decided to help consumers refresh not only from the inside, but also from the outside. They created a unique water-filled bra that you could even sunbathe in on the beach. But the customers didn't like it.

 

Cheetos

Main assortment: snacks with cheese flavor

Experimental Item: Lip Balm

Lays has been making salty Cheetos-flavored snacks for many years. Who would have thought that they would decide to release with the same taste ... lip balm! But, obviously, none of the buyers wanted to smell of cheese.

 

Gerber

Main assortment: baby food

Experimental Goods: Nutrition for Singles

One of the leading brands in the baby food market, Gerber, decided to take care of adults as well. They released a line of Gerber Singles purees for students and bachelors, all those who are not used to cooking for themselves. But Gerber's marketers didn't think about the fact that it's "not cool" for students to eat porridge in a jar, and for single people, an extra reminder of their marital status is very painful.

 

Hooters

Main activity: chain of restaurants

Pilot Activity: Air Freight

The global network of American sports bars Hooters in 2003 took up air transportation in the United States. The aircraft retained the orange and white design of the bars and the big-eyed owl symbol. On board, in addition to the usual staff, there were 2 Hooters-girls. But flights with busty girls, oddly enough, were not to the taste of the Americans. Flights were stopped in 2006.

 

Life Savers

Main assortment: lollipops

Experimental Item: Soft Drinks

The candy brand Life Savers wanted to expand its range and created a soda that was identical to candies in taste and color. But lovers of sweets did not approve of the new product.

 

Diesel

Main range: jeans

Experimental Goods: Wine

In the early 90s, Diesel acquired its own vineyards. They thought why the grapes should be wasted, and began to produce wine. Diesel brand wines began to be sold in branded boutiques. But they could not compete in the wine and vodka market.

 

Guinness

Main range: stout

Experimental Item: Book of Records

The well-known Guinness Book of Records was first published in 1955 by order of the Irish brewing company Guinness. The decision to publish the book was visited by Guinness management when they saw how fierce disputes can be in bars regarding the record of this or that phenomenon. The book has taken root and is published annually to this day.

 

Michelin

Main range: tires

Experimental Product: Restaurant Guide

Back in 1900, Michelin decided to make more than just tires and released the Michelin Red Guide. Initially, it was a list of various places that could be useful to a traveler, such as hotels, repair shops, eateries or paid car parks. Today, Michelin is the most famous and influential of the restaurant ratings.

 

 

 

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There are one trillion species of living beings on the planet today. This is slightly inferior to the number of trees, which are about three trillion on Earth. Each type of animal is unique and has its habits and characteristics. For example, did you know that chinchillas have the thickest fur of any land mammal and that turtles were the first animals to fly around the moon? We still know little about the natural world, and intelligent people still have much to learn. But we already know a lot.

 

Animal Facts You Won't Find in Textbooks

 

At Bemorepanda collected facts about animals and discovered that our smaller brothers hide a lot from us.

 

 

1. The average length of a giraffe's tongue is 45-50 cm. And they can grab branches with it, sticking it out 35-45 cm.

 

By the way, their tongue is dark in color (some scientists believe that the color of the language protects it from burning in the sun).

 

2. Sea lion cubs communicate with their mother using a unique set of vocal sounds so they can recognize each other.

 

Moreover, such vocalization is unique and does not resemble the sounds of other females and cubs. So the mother and her children do not confuse the sounds of other relatives. Also, each puppy and female has a unique smell that helps to recognize each other. For example, a female can find her cub by unique sounds even among hundreds of others, and when she sees it, she sniffs it as the last check.

 

3. "Puppy eyes" - the result of the joint evolution of dogs and people.

 

“Puppy eyes” or “puppy eyes” are round eyes, raised brow ridges, and a piercing, mimic look directed into a person’s eyes.

 

Domestic dogs have evolved two muscles that exaggerate the size of their eyes, making them appear larger and more expressive—in other words, cuter and cuter.

 

4. Newborn baby elephants can't see well, so they recognize their mother by touch, smell, and sound.

 

5. Male giraffes use their very long tongues to catch the female's urine to find out if she's ovulating.

 

6. The fins of the octopus Dumbo (Grimpoteutis) are like the ears of an elephant. 

 

That's why Disney named his iconic baby elephant after the cute octopus. By the way, it is one of the world's cutest octopuses.

 

 

7. Hippos have pink sweat.

 

When hippos are hot, they produce unusual sweat (an oily secretion), a reddish substance that acts like sunscreen.

 

8. Wolves are afraid of strangers and hide. Because of this, they make poor guard dogs.

 

9. Ostriches swallow pebbles to grind food in their stomachs.

 

With no teeth, ostriches swallow pebbles, so their food is digested normally. An adult ostrich can eat about 1 kg of stones at a time.

 

10. Giraffes can run at speeds up to 55-60 km / h, which is quite fast for an animal that practically walks on high stilts.

 

Usually, their average walking speed is 15-17 km/h. Compared to a person, their relaxed walking for us is the sprint speed of a runner at maximum speed.

 

11. Goats and cows have their regional accent.

 

Cows, as a rule, moo differently depending on the country, region, and area where they live. The same applies to goats, but unlike cows, goats, once in a new place where their foreign relatives live, quickly adopt their unique “accent.”

 

12. Penguins settled in an abandoned minefield protected from poachers. 

 

Penguins are too small to detonate mines, but poachers can't get through.

 

The mines were planted in the Falkland Islands when Argentine commandos occupied the territory in 1982 during a conflict with British forces. Magellanic penguins have lived in the area ever since. And since the rooms are well marked and fenced off, no civilian was harmed by mines.

 

13. Cats can feed hedgehogs.

 

In 2017, at the Sadgorod zoo in the suburbs of Vladivostok, a cat “adopted” them and began to feed them. Thanks to the care of the mother cat, the little orphaned hedgehogs were brought up.

 

14. Giraffes can live longer without water than camels.

 

15. Giraffes have twice the blood pressure of humans.

 

In just a second or two, a giraffe can raise its head from ground level up to a height of about 4.5 meters and not faint due to a lack of blood in the head. If a person could do something like that, he would immediately faint. A hard-working heart and high blood pressure keep the giraffe from fainting.

 

By the way, their blood pressure regulation system became a hint to aviation engineers to create a plan for maintaining astronauts' life support systems.

 

16. No two giraffes have the same spotting pattern, but those living in the same area tend to have the same coat.

 

 

17. Seagulls often stomp on the ground - called their "rain dance" - to attract earthworms and other insects.

 

Their stomp imitates vibrations from real rain, which lures insects to the surface, who think it has begun to rain, and, to protect themselves from moisture, crawl to the surface, where cunning birds are waiting for them.

 

18. Cats are responsible for the complete extinction of 33 animal species.

 

Let's be clear: we are talking about the street (feral cats) and not about your pets ...

 

Every year, billions of living creatures become the prey of street cats, and as a result of their hunting, 33 species of animals and birds have disappeared from our planet forever.

 

19. Dogs prefer to go to the toilet facing the North Pole.

 

One study showed that dogs use the Earth's magnetic field when they pee. While observing the dogs, the scientists found that the dogs preferred to "defecate with their bodies aligned along the north-south axis" and wholly avoided the east-west direction.

 

20. Your dog is probably dreaming about its owner.

 

According to Deirdre Barrett, a clinical and evolutionary psychologist at Harvard, there is reason to believe that animals dream the same way humans do. It is likely that dogs also have dreams where they dream of ordinary "dog joys," such as walks or the joy of the owner.

 

 

21. Zebra mothers keep their cubs in the center of the herd to keep them safe from predators.

 

22. The oldest living creature was a mollusk that lived 507 years.

 

The mollusk specimen was named Ming. It washed ashore in Iceland. Age was determined by the rings on the shell, counting their number. One call - one year of life.

 

23. Millions of years ago, penguins lived about 2 meters tall and weighed 115 kg.

 

Scientists named the giant penguin Palaeeudyptes klekowskii.

 

24. Ants can survive falling from any height. 

 

Even from an airplane! The fact is that because they weigh almost nothing, they fall very slowly. In addition, they have an exoskeleton.

 

25. Some fish can recognize the face of their master.

 

Not all fish can do this. But some can learn to recognize familiar faces even though they don't have the area of ​​the brain that humans use to recognize faces. In the study that found this fact, scientists used only archer fish. But, as biologists believe, other small fish in the world may be capable of this.

 

26. Giant pandas are no longer an endangered species. The tiger population is also growing.

 

Bamboo bear populations have increased by 17% over the past ten years, changing their status from endangered to vulnerable. Not everything is terrible with the tiger population, either. For example, in India, home to 60% of the world's wild tiger population, their number in the wild has increased by 33%.

 

 

27. When a baby elephant is born in a herd of elephants, other females trumpet to announce to the entire social group of animals about the appearance of the baby elephant.

 

Elephants tend to stay in close "family" groups their entire lives. Elephant herds usually consist of females (males often leave the group to mate with females from other packs but sometimes team up with other solitary males to search for elephants together).

 

28. Pregnant dolphin mothers sing to their babies.

 

According to a study by the University of Southern Mississippi, USA, mother dolphins emit an "unusual whistle" for their baby until it is born. This whistling sound is believed to be a kind of "name" that the future dolphin remembers. Thanks to this sound, they can easily find each other after birth. After the calf's birth, other nearby adult dolphins will make less of their sounds, probably helping the calf learn to correctly identify its mother's whistle and use it to call for its mother.

 

29. The first animals to circle the moon were turtles.

 

We know from school that our country was the first in the world to send animals into space. We are talking about launching dogs into Earth's orbit. Did you know we were the first to send animals around the moon?

 

In 1968, turtles were sent on a space flight around the moon (not in lunar orbit) aboard the Zond-5 spacecraft.

 

30. Giraffe in Latin is "Camelopardalis," a reference to the era of the Romans, who believed that these animals looked like a mixture of a camel and a leopard.

 

31. Your dog loves you, not just because you give and walk his food.

 

Studies that measured dogs' levels of oxytocin (a hormone that helps build social bonds - also called the hormone of affection and love), heart rate, and other biometric indicators showed that hormone levels increased. Heart rate decreased as in dogs: humans and their dogs after interacting. When you pet your dog, you and your pet release more of the same hormone in the brain that makes you fall in love with each other, making you less nervous and more relaxed.

 

 

32. Filmmakers often add tails to actor dogs.

 

This is done when the dogs in the frame often wag their tails. For example, computer graphics experts give some husky dogs virtual seats in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This was necessary so the dogs did not look too friendly because they actively moved their tail during filming.

 

33. Dogs can approximately determine what time their owner can return home.

 

Have you ever wondered how your dog can tell when you will come home? It turns out that they do this by the remnant of the smell of a person who is not at home. If you or someone you live with come home at about the same time every day, you have probably noticed how your dog, shortly before the arrival of a family member, sits at the door or window and waits. According to research, a dog correctly determines the arrival time of its owner or family member by how much the smell of a person in the house has decreased in his absence.

 

34. The fur of chinchillas is so dense that it is impossible to get wet. So instead of bathing in water, they bathe in the sand.

 

These funny furries have ultra-plush fur. They have an average of 60-70 hairs per follicle, which makes their fur the thickest among all land mammals. For comparison: in most mammals, including humans, there is only one hair per follicle!

 

Because their fur is very thick and dense, if it gets into the water, it will dry for a very long time, which is not safe for funny rodents. This is because moisture can get close to the skin, leading to several skin conditions, including pyoderma (skin infection) and dermatitis (skin inflammation). Instead of soap and water, chinchillas are "bathed" in fine dust, which helps evenly distribute skin oils, cleans dirt and debris from fur, and leaves it silky soft.

 

35. Giraffes give birth standing up, which means that the first thing a baby giraffe will experience is a fall from a height of almost two meters onto cold, hard ground.

 

 

36. Hundreds of trees - if not more - grow yearly due to squirrels forgetting where they buried their food.

 

According to Rob Swihart, a wildlife professor at Purdue University, gray squirrels bury their food (nuts, acorns, etc.) everywhere but often forget where they set up their hiding place. These buried squirrel "treasures" have a good chance of eventually becoming mature trees.

 

37. Scorpions glow in the ultraviolet.

 

Scientists don't know why this happens, but they have many theories about it.

 

38. It turns out that the wasps taught us how to make inexpensive paper.

 

They scrape wood from trees and stumps and recycle it into the paper to build a nest. The French scientist René Réaumur noticed this, and this idea became revolutionary to reduce the cost of paper, which in the 1700s was made from cotton and linen rags, ropes, old sails, etc., which made the piece too expensive.

 

The idea of making paper from wood was not realized immediately. Still, after a while, the German priest Jacob Schaffer wrote a treatise on producing paper from alternative fibers in 1765-1771. In his work, he talked about paper samples from wasp nests, comparing them in more detail from different types of wood.

 

39. Sharks "taste" everything.

 

Like your three-year-old nephew or small child, sharks also put everything in their mouths. And most often because they are curious. So most shark attacks are actually because predatory fish are very interested.

 

40. Lions love to cuddle.

 

This is how they build and maintain a friendship with each other.

 

41. Eels swim for a long time only to mate and die.

 

Eels migrate from freshwater to salt water to mate; this journey will be the first and last of their lives. For example, European eels, living in fresh and brackish waters of Europe and North Africa, go to spawn at the end of their lives. To do this, they swim more than 6 thousand kilometers across the Atlantic to the Sargasso Sea, mate, lay eggs and then die.

 

42. Pregnancy lasts 15 months for giraffes.

 

 

43. Wolves mourn when one of the pack dies.

 

Wolf packs are a big family; when one dies, they begin to “sing” (howl) mournfully.

 

44. Alligators pretend to be trees to attract birds.

 

American alligators have been observed using baits for hunting birds. They carry sticks and branches on their heads, thus attracting birds that are looking for nest materials.

 

45. Giraffes sleep a maximum of two hours a day, usually no more than 10 minutes at a time.

 

46. ​​Dead ends make a couple for life.

 

After the birth of offspring, they equally share their parental responsibilities. Before mating, the birds do an unusual ritual: rub their beaks against each other.

 

47. Sheep are born with long tails.

 

48. Alex the parrot is the only animal in the world that asks a question about itself.

 

When a mirror was placed in front of him, seeing his reflection, he asked an existential question: "What color am I?"

 

49. Among cows, there are optimists from birth or pessimists - everything is like in people.

 

In the study, the scientists found that the fearfulness of cows is closely related to pessimism and is not a temporary mood of the animals.

 

50. Ginger cats are predominantly male, and tricolor cats are primarily female.

 

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When you get tired of following the personal lives of your friends on Facebook or Instagram and feel like you want to learn about something new in a unique, funny, and even interactive way many times, you can find a content alternative on Reddit. If you are new to this social network, we recommend some subreddits (interest groups) that you could follow. Gradually, you will see that a wide range of options opens up for you, depending on the passions or topics that interest you.


The good thing about Reddit is that the administrators of each subreddit care a lot about the veracity of the information distributed, its source and the informational value (depending on the group theme, of course), which makes the Reddit experience useful and interesting. Moreover, you have access to a lot of smart users who aim to create and track interesting content.


Bemorepanda collected top posts on Reddit for today.


1.A dollar pen is art


2.Backbreaking research


3.White privilege


4.How dad are you?


5.Waiting for the interview


6.The graphic difference seen by a child


7.Bergamo, Italy


8.Cool collegs


9.A scam


10.Creating portraits 


11.Hear me out


12.This is sad


13.Browsing Reddit


14.Tagging birds


15.Becoming a developer


16.This is Japan


17.Zoolander


18.Much confident


19.Just a white shirt


20.Blursed holding



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Hundreds of posts make it to the front page of Reddit. Bemorepanda ask how your friends always find interesting things on the Internet before you? They probably use Reddit, the self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet." Read more every day, but few will ever rise high enough to stand among the top Reddit posts. Only the best of the best of / r / can all have this honor.


In light of Reddit's recent community criticism, these high-class posts give us an insight into what the community as a whole values, reminding us that all this drama is largely a product of a vocal minority.

 

Of course, some subreddits are more popular than others, so we limit this list to 5 subreddit posts from 2020. Some of them are emotional, some of them are funny, but this makes it all. Not to mention, let's take a look at what the Redditors really enjoyed.


1.This reddit consists of a funny memory during lockdown. This was the 1st tour in 89, backstage in Vegas.


2.A meme can be a top reddit. It is called a short story and it starts with a Flat Earth.


3.This is a case from Minneapolis, the person who posted this video is pleasing people to make it viral. Make America see this! Police and National Guard patrolling neighborhood and shooting civilians on their own property.



4.Before and during the lockdown, people were going crazy about toilet paper. Everyone was buying it. So the message from this reddit is really clear.


5.This reddit is emotional. If you watch this, you can get tears in your eyes. It's a message that everyone needs to watch and hear. Everybody's trying to shame us.


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What is Reddit? It's a site that calls itself the "first page of the Internet." The most popular things on the web get here with the help of users. The process is simple.


Reddit is thus a kind of social aggregator of news and content, which is based on the popular vote. The community is known to be very pretentious and tough, but the entrance is harder, because Reddit catches on quickly, through the addiction it creates.


What can be uploaded to Reddit? Almost anything. At the end of this material we have put some links to subreddits, ie subcategories of the site, based on common interests. But these are a tiny part. Anyone can open a Subreddit and moderate it. The important thing is for users to come to it, just like you would a news sub-bred.


Thus, Bemorepanda collected the top 30 news on reddit.


1.China Uses Rape as Torture Tactic Against Uighur Detainees, Victims Say

Upvotes: 61.8k

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According to testimonies obtained by the BBC, women inmates in China's "re-education camps" for Muslim Uyghurs have been systematically raped and tortured.

 

The US government said it was deeply alarmed by BBC material detailing allegations of systematic rape of Uyghur women in Chinese camps.

 

"These atrocities are shocking and should have serious consequences," a government spokesman said.

 

British Government Minister Nigel Adams also on Thursday condemned in parliament the practice described in the material in the camps, calling it a clear evil.

 

It is estimated that over a million Uyghurs and other minorities are being held in camps in China.

 

The Chinese Foreign Ministry called the material, based on the testimony of several former prisoners and one guard, a fake.

 

Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that there is no systemic violence against women in China and that China runs all of its institutions in accordance with human rights guidelines.

 

"China is a country ruled by law, our constitution guarantees and protects human rights, this is embodied in our legal system, according to which governments operate," he said.

 

2.Police killed baby when shooting at father's truck, Canada watchdog finds

Upvotes: 18,2k

Тамир Райс

Police in the American city of Cleveland shot a 12-year-old boy who was holding a pneumatic pistol that was outwardly indistinguishable from a combat one.

 

Police said the teenager Tamir Rice was shot after failing to comply with a request to raise his hands in the air.

 

The police were called by a passerby who said that the teenager scares people by brandishing a pistol. The caller added that he did not know if it was a real pistol.

 

The police fired two shots. The boy died in hospital shortly after the incident.

 

Cleveland Deputy Chief of Police Ed Tomba said Tamir Rice did not shout any threats or point a pistol at the police.

 

According to law enforcement officers, the boy had an air pistol that lacked an orange safety indicator that would distinguish him from the real one.

 

The head of the Cleveland Police Association, Jeff Vollmer, said the police did not know the gun might not be real.

 

At the moment, the incident is being investigated. Both police officers are sent on administrative leave - this is standard practice in such cases.

 

3.Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza's 2015 and 2017 poisonings linked to the same FSB Unit that poisoned Navalny.

Upvotes: 6.6k

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Bellingcat's team of investigators found that FSB officers who followed Alexei Navalny on the day of his poisoning also systematically monitored the movements of opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. both before his first and second hospitalizations.

 

The opposition politician was allegedly poisoned twice. In 2015, Kara-Murza suddenly became ill while meeting with colleagues. The doctors diagnosed him with acute renal failure due to intoxication. For a long time, the politician was in a state of artificial coma, was connected to artificial life support devices.

 

"Unidentified substance" and "aggressive inaction": poisoning of oppositionists in Russia

Kara-Murza is sure that he was poisoned. An examination carried out in France established a significant excess of the norm for the content of heavy metals in the politician's body, but the Russian forensic medical examination was unable to confirm the poisoning.

 

Two years later, in February 2017, Kara-Murza was hospitalized in critical condition in a Moscow hospital with the same symptoms as the first time. Kara-Murza survived. As he later said, doctors claimed that his chances of survival were about 5%.

 

After the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, Kara-Murza said in an interview that the symptoms described by Navalny "coincide one to one with those symptoms" that he himself had with both poisonings.

 

4.Global salmon farming harming marine life and costing billions in damage |

Upvotes: 4,4k

Farm-raised Atlantic salmon are brought aboard a harvesting boat near Eastport, Maine.

The global salmon farming industry estimates that salmon farming destroys marine ecosystems through pollution, parasites and high fish mortality, causing billions of pounds a year.

 

Collectively, these costs totaled about $ 50 billion between 2013 and 2019, according to a report released Thursday.

 

Fish mortality has more than quadrupled, from 3% in 2002 to about 13.5% in 2019, only on Scottish salmon farms. About one-fifth of these deaths are reported as a result of sea lice infestation, but about two-thirds are not taken into account, so the actual mortality of sea lice feeding on the skin and mucus of salmon, in fact consuming live fish, it can be much superior. ...

 

Scotland is one of the largest producers of farmed salmon in the world and generates around £ 2 billion a year for the Scottish economy. But from an environmental perspective alone, it is estimated that Just Economics spent £ 1.4 billion between 2013 and 2019, which conducted research on a report called Dead Loss for the Changing Markets Foundation.

 

The large amount of wild fish used on salmon farms is also a growing concern. About a fifth of the world's annual catches of wild fish, about 18 million tonnes of wild fish per year, are used to produce fishmeal and fish oil, of which about 70% goes fishing. This poses problems for fishermen in developing countries, who see their stocks dwindle to feed Western consumption of farmed fish, according to the report.

 

5.Second Victim Dies Of Ebola In Congo, Marking Virus's Return

Upvotes: 3,3k

The second person to contract the Ebola virus died this week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This was another outbreak just three months after the country experienced the second worst outbreak of the virus in history.

 

The youngest victim came from North Kivu province, the World Health Organization and the Ministry of the Democratic Republic of the Congo said on Thursday.

 

The death came a week after the death of a 42-year-old woman from Ebola. As the wife of an Ebola survivor, she was admitted to intensive care on February 4 and died the same day. She was buried on February 5, but not according to good burial practice to prevent the spread of Ebola. In previous outbreaks, body manipulation has been minimized and carried out by trained teams.

 

The lab confirmed that she tested positive for Ebola the day after her funeral.

 

6.Shell says its oil production has peaked and will fall every year

Upvotes: 2,4k

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Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) has announced that oil production and carbon emissions have peaked as there are detailed plans for phasing out fossil fuels. Climate activists have said this is not enough.

 

The Anglo-Dutch company said in a statement on Thursday that it expects its oil production to fall by 1-2% annually, after a peak in 2019. Total carbon emissions are likely to increase in 2018, he said.

In September, Shell announced plans to become a zero-emission business (including its own and marketed products) by 2050 and switch to clean energy with European competitors BP (BP) and Total (TOT).

 

Oil giants have canceled billions of dollars in assets based on forecasts that global oil demand will never return to pre-pandemic levels due to changes in lifestyle and movement of people, as well as growing fears about the climate crisis .

Shell is now determining how he will achieve his goals. It wants to sell more clean energy by investing in carbon capture and reforestation projects to offset emissions. In addition, the business for the production and sale of biofuels will be expanded.

 

7.Iranian nuke scientist killed by Israeli 1-ton automated gun

Upvotes: 2.0k

The scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in Absard, a small city just east of the capital, Tehran, Iran, November 27, 2020 (Fars News Agency via AP); inset: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in an undated photo (Courtesy)

Leading Iranian scholar Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in November by a Mossad group using one-ton automatic weapons that were smuggled into Iran in parts, according to a report published in the Jewish Chronicle in London on Wednesday.

 

The report says the US was not involved in an operation that could have led to the cancellation of Iran's nuclear program for years.

 

The veracity of the message cannot be independently verified.

 

Apparently based at least in part on unnamed Israeli sources, the report came in time to send a signal to both Iran, which is openly violating the 2015 P5 + 1 nuclear deal, and the new US administration, which intends to renegotiate the agreement, stressing, that Israel's decision to take any action is necessary to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

 

Fakhrizadeh was killed on a road outside Tehran on November 27. Iran accused Israel of striking.

 

8.Senate votes to expand Canadians' access to assisted death; amendment allows people who fear losing mental capacity to make advance request

Upvotes: 1,8k

On Wednesday, senators voted to expand Canada's dying regime so that people who fear mental loss can seek medical attention in advance to commit suicide.

 

The amendment to Bill C-7 was approved by 47 votes to 28, with eight abstentions.

 

Senator Pamela Wallin, a member of the Canadian senatorial group that proposed the amendment, said the law now captures Canadians in a "twisted diagnostic lottery." She noted that someone diagnosed with terminal cancer may receive help in the form of death, but someone with Alzheimer's or other conditions that affect cognitive function may have already lost the mental capacity to consent at the time of diagnosis.

 

“As someone with a history of dementia in my family, I am looking for peace of mind that will give prior request and consent,” Wallin told the Senate.

 

“I am certainly not alone in this belief. Most Canadians have come to the same conclusion. "

 

Giving people the opportunity to submit written requests in advance indicating when they would like death assistance “would give those who fear losing their conscious abilities the confidence that they can access MAID (Assisted Death). where consent may not be possible, ”Wallin said.

 

9.EU Starts Work on Russia Sanctions Over Navalny Imprisonment

Upvotes: 1,7k

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The European Union is working on a proposal to impose sanctions on Russia over the imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was subjected to a near-fatal attack on a nerve agent that he and Western governments blamed Russian intelligence for.

 

EU ambassadors discussed punitive measures at a meeting on Wednesday, according to two diplomats familiar with the discussion. No Member State objected to the proposal, said one person, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations were private.

 

European Commission spokesman Peter Stano declined to comment on the talks, but added that "work is underway" on possible actions. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Tuesday that the EU's next steps could include sanctions and "presenting concrete proposals."

 

The sanctions deal came after Borrell was heavily criticized for a humiliating trip to Moscow last week, when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov used a joint press conference to condemn the bloc, criticizing the EU as a reliable partner. Russia simultaneously announced the expulsion of three diplomats from Poland, Germany and Sweden for "registered participation" in protests against Navalny's prison. EU countries reciprocated.

 

10.China bans BBC for 'content violation'

Upvotes: 1,9k

Beijing's media regulator say it's banning BBC World News. File image: Shutterstock

The Beijing regulator said early Friday that it had banned the BBC World Service from China for what state media called “grave content violations,” and RTHK also decided to stop the broadcaster's live coverage.

 

The ban by mainland officials comes amid a controversy over British broadcaster reporting on the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang and following a decision by the British broadcasting regulator to revoke Beijing-backed CGTN license.

 

The official Xinhua News Agency quoted the National Radio and Television Administration as saying, “Since the channel does not meet the requirements for broadcasting in China as an overseas channel, BBC World News cannot continue to operate in China.

 

11.Saudi Activist who led the campaign to legalize Driving for Women is Released from Jail

Upvotes: 1,0k

According to her family, Saudi Arabia has released the detained activist Lujain al-Khatlul, best known for spearheading a campaign to legalize driving for women in Saudi Arabia. She was held in custody for almost three years.

 

The 31-year-old activist was detained in May 2018 along with several other activists, just weeks before the Saudi Arabian government lifted the ban.

 

In December, a judge sentenced al-Khatlul to five years and eight months in prison under broad anti-terrorism law. The charges against her include exchanging information with foreign diplomats and journalists and trying to change the Saudi system.

 

The judge suspended part of her sentence and gave time for another part, which led to her release on Wednesday. Al-Khatlul has already appealed her conviction under the anti-terrorism law.

 

12.A group of tourists have gone missing in an infamous Russian mountain pass where nine people died under mysterious circumstances more than 60 years ago.

Upvotes: 892

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A group of tourists disappeared during the infamous roller coaster ride in which nine people died mysteriously over 60 years ago.

 

Eight Moscow tourists who ventured to the Dyatlov Pass in the Urals region did not return until Wednesday morning, as expected, a local resident told E1.RU.

 

The source said: “They were supposed to leave at eight o'clock this morning. But they have not returned yet and there is no contact with them. "

 

According to the source, tourists came to visit the crossing to honor the memory of the nine people who died on it in February 1959.

 

13.Undercover footage at French pig farm shows 'abusive' conditions

Upvotes: 795

video footage released by French animal welfare group, L214, appears to show pig cannibalism, dead animals lying in pens, and pigs in overcrowded pens

French veterinary officials have been accused of publishing the results of a "hopeful" inspection after secret footage of a farm in December showed pigs in conditions that continued to break regulations following allegations of abuse.

 

The farm is a supplier of the Herta de Frankfurter brand, partly owned by Nestlé, which is sold in most major UK supermarkets.

 

In December 2020, French nongovernmental organization L214 released classified images that appear to show pig cannibalism and other serious problems at a farm supplying Herta-branded pigs. The brand is 60% owned by the Spanish food company Casa Tarradellas and 40% by Nestlé.

 

The allegations led Waitrose to suspend sales of Herta products and Nestlé to suspend shipments from the Herta farm pending an investigation. Separately, the Allier region government has launched its own investigation.

 

On December 16, Allier effectively dropped all charges of mistreatment from the pig farmer. His statement said: "Overall, the inspection concluded that the farm is in good condition and there are no major inconsistencies."

 

However, new secret images, which were allegedly captured in January 2021 and released today, appear to show pigs in conditions that still violate French rules, L214 reports. The violations cited by NGOs include: lack of hay, straw or other bedding, lack of obvious fresh water, pigs with tied tails, and inappropriate floors.

 

14.Australian state of Victoria to go into Stage 4 Lockdowns from Midnight after 12 community transmission cases of UK COVID-19 Strain detected.

Upvotes: 766

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Health Secretary Martin Foley has said bluntly that the blockade is an attempt to avoid the “third wave,” a language that Victorian politicians usually try very hard to avoid, so I would say this is a sure indicator of how seriously they take it. flash.

 

“The important need to overcome this virus and make a short and abrupt transition is that we don't have a third wave. And the third wave will be a disaster, especially for our vulnerable Victorians. these people feel bad in hospitals. "

 

15.A leader of the Polish Women’s Strike, the movement that has led mass nationwide protests against a near total abortion ban in Poland, has been charged with criminal felonies. Marta Lempart was formally read the charges at the district prosecutor’s office in Warsaw

Upvotes: 488

The leader of the Polish Women's Strike, a movement that has led massive protests across the country against Poland's near-total abortion ban, is accused of crimes.

 

Marta Lempart told The Associated Press on Thursday that the allegations were made public at the Warsaw District Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday.

 

The charges against Lempart include insulting a police officer and provoking an epidemiological threat to organize protests during the coronavirus pandemic. According to Polish law, a person can receive from six months to eight years in prison for creating an epidemiological threat.

 

Lempart was also accused of praising church vandalism and "malicious obstruction" of religious services after positive comments in a radio interview that protesters sprayed paint on church facades and thwarted the masses during protests.

 

Lempart told The Associated Press that he sees the allegations as increasing political pressure on his movement.

 

Development is underway as the European Union has repeatedly expressed concern about the undermining of democratic rules in a member state. LGBT and independent media are also under intense pressure from the right-wing government.

 

16.Biden says call with Chinese leader Xi lasted two hours

Upvotes: 400

President Joe Biden said he spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping for two hours on Wednesday night.

 

“They will, if we don't move, they will eat our lunch,” Biden told reporters. It was their first phone call as leaders, and Biden said that a free and open Indo-Pacific region is a priority and that a standoff with Xi's warning would be a "disaster" for both countries.

 

17.Nepal has banned two Indian climbers and their team leader for six years from mountaineering in the country after an investigation found they had faked their 2016 climb up Mt Everest.

Upvotes: 483

Mount Everest, as seen from Namche Bazar, Solukhumbu district, Nepal 27 May 2019

Nepal has banned two Indian climbers and their team leader from climbing the country for six years after an investigation showed they provoked a climb to Mount Everest in 2016.

 

The ascent of Narendra Singh Yadav and Sima Rani Goswami was certified by the tourism department at that time.

 

A lawsuit was brought against them when they did not provide any evidence after Yadav was nominated for the award.

 

Mr Yadav and Ms Goswami have yet to comment on Wednesday's statement.

 

Reaching the top of the mountain at 8,848.86 m (29,032 ft) is considered a brilliant thing for climbers around the world.

 

18.These satellite images capture the enormity of India's devastating glacier collapse

Upvotes: 641

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Rescuers continue to hunt for survivors after severe floods in the Indian Himalayas, scientists were busy collecting pieces of data to figure out what happened.

 

Research is ongoing, but early reports suggest it was the result of what is known as a glacial lake eruption flood, and appears to have been premature.

 

The natural disaster that has dropped rocks, ice and water into river systems in northern Uttarakhand has already killed more than 20 people, and local reports suggest that at least 100 people are still not expected.

 

19.From Myanmar to Ethiopia, internet shutdowns become favoured tool of regimes

Upvotes: 368

When Myanmar's army generals staged a coup last week, they briefly turned off internet access in an apparent attempt to thwart the protests. In Uganda, residents have been unable to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media for several weeks after the recent elections. And in the northern region of Ethiopia, Tigray, the Internet has been on the decline in a matter of months due to wider conflict.

 

Globally, shutting down the Internet is becoming an increasingly popular tactic of repressive and authoritarian regimes and illiberal democracies. Digital rights groups say governments use it to suppress dissent, silence opposition voices, or cover up human rights abuses, raising fears of restrictions on free speech.

 

Regimes often cut access to the network in response to protests or civil unrest, especially in relation to elections, as they try to maintain power by restricting the flow of information, researchers say. It is the digital equivalent of the control over local television and radio stations that was part of the pre-Internet despots' manual.

 

“Over the years, the shutdown of the Internet has not been reported or reported incorrectly,” said Alp Toker, founder of Internet monitoring organization Netblocks. The world "begins to understand what is happening" by documenting such efforts.

 

20.B.C. man ordered to pay $7 million for brutal beating of teenager

Upvotes: 378

The Kamloops man was forced to pay nearly $ 7 million to cover health care costs and missed the opportunity of a teenager he nearly beat to death with a baseball bat because he broke into his yard.

 

Jesse Simpson was 18 and weighed about 135 pounds when she got lost in Christopher Teichreib's yard on June 19, 2016 after celebrating her high school graduation with a group of friends.

 

Teichrib, who was 39 years old and weighed 220 kilograms, was worried about a burglary next door.

 

According to B.C. According to the Supreme Court ruling, an elderly man punched and kicked Simpson and then beat him with a bat strong enough to inflict injuries, which an RCMP officer called "the worst he has ever seen," including when the victim was beaten to death. of death ".

 

21.Over 60% of S. Korean youth say unification with NK necessary: survey

Upvotes: 218

In the file photo taken on April 19, 2018, South Korean and US soldiers stand guard at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, north of Seoul, ahead of the historic inter-Korean summit talks at the village on April 27. (Yonhap)

The poll showed that more than six in 10 young people in South Korea find it necessary to unite with North Korea.

 

In a survey conducted by the Ministries of Education and Education of 68,750 elementary, middle and high school students across the country from November 2-30 last year, 62.4 percent said the two Koreas should be reunited.

 

This result is 6.9 percentage points higher than a similar survey conducted a year ago. Among the students who saw the need for unification, 28.4% cited a reduction in the threat of war, and 25.5% named common ethnic roots as the reason.

 

The proportion of those who considered merging unnecessary also rose to 24.2 percent, compared with 13.7 percent in 2018 and 19.4 percent in 2019. Potential economic and social problems that could sweat at the event were the most common reasons they cited for their opposition. 27.6 percent and 23 percent, respectively.

 

Of the total number of respondents, 13.4% stated that they had not decided on this issue.

 

54.7% of those surveyed said they consider North Korea a cooperative partner, up 10.9% annually. The share of those who considered the North a country to be wary of fell by 11.6 percentage points to 24.2 percent.

 

The share of those who rated the Seoul-Pyongyang relationship as “inconvenient” was 35.2%, an increase for the second year in a row.

 

The two Koreas are technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty. Seoul and Pyongyang have made progress in cross-border trade since the North's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which has subsequently led to historic high-level bilateral diplomacy.

 

But the peace did not last long as the summit of former US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in February 2019 collapsed without a peace deal. (Yonhap)

 

22.Ozone layer recovery back on track after China slows CFC-11 production

Upvotes: 236

Planet Earth seen from space

In recent years, scientists have been alarmed by the unexplained sudden increase in the amount of ozone-depleting chemicals in the atmosphere. Higher levels of trichlorofluoromethane, also known as CFC-11, are found in air samples despite being officially banned worldwide since 2010.

 

Scientists were concerned that this growth is slowing efforts to provide a thin layer of protection from the Earth's atmosphere, which absorbs most of the Sun's ultraviolet radiation. Unfiltered exposure to sunlight can contribute to DNA damage and increase the long-term risk of skin cancer and other health problems.

 

23.New Zealand schoolkids helping save butterfly on the verge of extinction

Upvotes: 257

Burnside Primary School students have made a special habitat for rare boulder copper butterflies.

An initiative led by Christchurch elementary school students helped create a new home for a local butterfly, so rare that it has no scientific name.

 

Fifteen copper boulder butterflies, relatives of the Canterbury copper butterflies, were released Thursday into purpose-built habitat at Burnside Elementary School.

 

Science teacher Bianca Voyak said the project was born after science students in grades 3 and 4 became "obsessed with insects," in part due to an advertisement for an insect collection at Countdown supermarket.

 

Voyak managed to convince Animal Planet's Ruud Kleinpaste to talk to the students.

 

24.Millions of counterfeit N95 masks distributed to health care workers in the U.S.

Upvotes: 185

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Thousands of fake 3M respirators have passed by American researchers in recent months, reaching the cheeks and beards of healthcare professionals and perplexed experts who say they are not much below reality.

 

N95 masks are prized for their ability to filter 95% of the smallest particles that coronavirus can carry. But the lies that have poured into the country have deceived health officials from coast to coast. According to the state hospital association, up to 1.9 million fake 3M masks have been shipped to about 40 hospitals in Washington state, prompting officials to alert employees and remove the masks from the shelf. Cleveland's elite clinic recently admitted that it has accidentally distributed 3M counterfeits to hospital staff since November. The Minnesota hospital did the same.

 

Nurses at the University of Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ have been extremely suspicious since November that the deformed and odd-smelling 3M masks they were given were knockoffs, and their concerns were fueled by the number of batches of masks. matches the number of batches of masks the company has listed on the Internet as possible fakes.

 

25.Trudeau's criticism of Trump cited at U.S. impeachment trial | CBC News

Upvotes: 170

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's critical comments about Donald Trump following the January 6 attack on the Capitol were recorded in the process of overthrowing the former US president.

 

Democrats, urging the U.S. Senate to condemn Trump for inciting insurgency and prevent him from running for office again, said Thursday the attack on the Capitol damaged the reputation of American democracy around the world.

 

Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas MP who is one of the layoff managers acting against Trump, argued that the circumstances surrounding the January 6 uprising could have devastating consequences for democracy around the world.

 

He said the US is at risk of losing the ability to promote free government beyond its borders.

 

Castro cited comments from China, Russia, and Iran, ridiculing the United States and suggesting that you think about your own business from now on. He quoted one senior Russian parliamentarian as saying: "The celebration of democracy is over ... America is no longer on its course and therefore has lost all rights to establish it."

 

26.ISIS could regain capacity to orchestrate attacks in 2021: UN official - Times of India

Upvotes: 155

Deputy Secretary General, head of the Counter-Terrorism Directorate Vladimir Voronkov said this at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

 

Today, the UN Security Council, chaired by Tunisia, held a ministerial meeting on “Trends, Challenges and Opportunities” to mark the twentieth anniversary of resolution 1373 (2001), which, among other things, established the Counter-Terrorism Committee. This decision was made after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States - in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.

 

Since then, as Voronkov noted, the threat of terrorism has not disappeared. Despite the loss of many leaders, Al-Qaeda is not only still functioning - it has turned into a dangerous transnational model of regional formations that parasitize on conflicts and deprivation of the population. In addition, new terrorist groups have emerged, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

 

ISIS is actively using social media to recruit followers around the world, create overseas cells and "nurture" foreign fighters.

“ISIS fighters were defeated in Iraq and Syria, having lost control over [occupied] territories. However, this grouping continues to pose a threat to the region, carries out attacks and tries to return to operations outside the region, "Voronkov stressed.

 

Today, he said, the priority is to bring to justice those responsible for crimes committed by ISIS, as well as to ensure the repatriation of thousands of foreign nationals with ties to ISIS, mostly women and children who are huddled in overcrowded camps, mostly in Syria.

 

“We must remain extremely vigilant, constantly remembering that for many states the terrorist threat remains very real,” the Deputy Secretary General warned.

According to him, today terrorists parasitize on the difficulties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and also use "manifestations of polarization and hate speech that have become more frequent during the pandemic."

 

27.Employees of Iron Ore mine in Canada's artic, stranded by indigenous protests write letter in support asking for expansion to be called off. Company theatens to fire workers who support indigenous protesters.

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The CBC received an open letter, written by a "sizable minority" of the Mary River mine currently stranded in Nunavut to protest, saying they recognize the Inuit as "the guardians of the country."

 

About 700 employees in the southern provinces have been stuck in the Nunavut mine after a group of protesters staged a blockade last week, blocking roads and runways. Protesters are protesting against my proposed expansion of the Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and fearing the consequences for the water and surrounding areas.

 

CBC verified the authenticity of the letter and recognized the anonymity of the miners. The letter was edited in style:

 

This is an open letter to the Baffinland Mary River protesters from a group of miners.

 

Our managers have warned us that a public statement about this may lead to its termination, so this letter must remain anonymous.

 

We are writing to express our full support for the efforts, means and purposes of your protest. We do not pretend to represent the views of the majority of Baffinland workers, but we represent a significant minority.

 

We recognize the Inuit as the legal custodians of this land and the people who must make decisions about how to use it.

 

Your protest has sparked a lot of talk among the workers here. Many of us are disappointed that our return flights have been delayed, but some also consider this a small thing compared to the hundreds of years of colonization and cultural destruction that Aboriginal people have experienced - and continue to experience - at the hands of Canadians. government and private sector.

 

This country saw the consequences of law and greed that led to the destruction of land for profit, and we are glad that you are fighting for the autonomy of your land.

 

You said that you are not dissatisfied with the workers, but the directors of Baffinland, and we would like to say that we also support not the bosses in the company, but you.

 

Many times we have looked back at huge piles of iron ore surrounded by kilometers of rusty snow, colossal diesel tanks and clouds of exhaust gases hanging over the camp, and thought, "What the hell are we doing here?"

 

We strongly believe that the company should listen to your requests and give you what you want, even though that won't be enough. Given the horrific history of this country and how your voices were drowned out in the process, what could be enough?

 

Despite the order now requiring you to clear the runway, we hope you can achieve your goal of preventing the doubling of production and the construction of the railroad in the second phase of the Baffinland project.

 

Pond Inlet Protesters Say Mine Expansion Ignores Nunavut Agreement

This expansion will obviously affect wildlife and the surrounding ecosystem, which will be another step towards destroying the means to support you through hunting. We see the importance of protecting the lifestyles that you have been practicing for millennia.

 

A message to the public only after learning of this: Baffinland workers are safe and not endangered at any stage of this situation.

 

The protesters from the very beginning said they would release flights in case of an accident. We have enough food to last for a long time, and although we are disappointed with the cancellation of our flights, as I said earlier, this is nothing compared to how important it is to listen to the voices of these people as they fight to protect their land and culture.

 

28.Twenty Israelis suspected of selling advanced missiles to Asian country — the suspects, who include former Israeli defense officials, 'developed, manufactured and tested' the weapons before clandestinely selling them

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Pictures shared by Israeli law enforcement agencies show equipment for sale by Israelis to an Asian country.

More than 20 Israelis, including former employees of Israeli defense firms, have been prosecuted for illegally selling weapons to their American rival in Asia.

 

Most of the details of the investigation, including information about the country in which the investigation is ongoing, were not disclosed. Sources familiar with the investigation said the case was extremely delicate as it could affect Israel's foreign relations and lead to a superpower crisis.

 

According to a statement by Israeli police on Thursday, an investigation by Shin Bet security found the suspects "have developed, produced, tested and sold military missiles to an Asian country."

 

The suspects, Shin Bet said, received instructions from "elements" in the Asian country in exchange for substantial sums of money and other perks. Contacts were maintained in secret. Some Shabak officials said there were fears that information about the missiles could reach enemy countries because the country to which they were sold has ties with them.

 

29.Ukraine bans registration of Russian COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19-related drugs, as a measure against Russian agression

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Ukraine has officially banned registration of the coronavirus vaccines developed by Russia, according to a government decree released Wednesday.

 

Ukraine, one of the poorest countries in Europe, has lagged behind in launching a vaccination program against COVID-19, which has infected more than 1.25 million Ukrainians and killed 23,934 since February 10.

 

But the Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly stated that the country will not use Russian vaccines such as Sputnik V, calling them "Russia's hybrid weapon against Ukraine."

 

Kiev and Moscow have been under control since the annexation of Crimea by Ukraine in 2014 and its involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

 

"Registration of vaccines, ... the production of which was carried out in a state recognized by the Ukrainian parliament as an aggressor state, is prohibited," the decree says.

 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said last week that Kiev has received 20 million doses of the vaccine from the Indian Serum Institute and the global COVAX scheme, and that the government hopes to begin vaccinating its 41 million population in mid-February.

 

In December, he agreed to buy 1.9 million doses of Sinovac Biotech in China for $ 18 per picture through a Ukrainian reseller. Ukraine also expects to receive 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from Poland.

 

Ukrainian investigators have launched an investigation into whether the government was buying the vaccines at high prices. Health Minister Maxim Stepanov said on Wednesday that the government is open and transparent about procurement.

 

30.100-year-old man charged with Holocaust atrocities

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The 100-year-old was charged with aiding and abetting murder in 3,518 cases at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

German prosecutors accused the 100-year-old former SS concentration camp guard of aiding the murder of 3,518 people.

 

According to the Neuruppin Prosecutor's Office in Brandenburg, the man is accused of witnessing the "knowingly and voluntarily" murder of prisoners in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg, north of Berlin, from January 1942 to February 1945.

The man's name is not disclosed due to German privacy laws.

 

The charges include involvement in the execution of Soviet prisoners of war in 1942 and support and incitement to the killing of detainees using the poisonous gas Zyklon B, as well as other shootings and murders of prisoners by creating and maintaining hostile conditions in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

 

Sachsenhausen was founded in 1936. It is estimated that of the roughly 200,000 inmates who passed through it, about 100,000 died there. During World War II, the number of prisoners in the camp ranged from 11,000 to 48,000.

 

Prosecutors believe the man could face trial despite his advanced age, Cyril Clement, Neuruppin's senior prosecutor, told CNN.

 

Clement told CNN that the Neuruppin District Court consulted with a forensic psychiatrist and found that the man could attend the trial, albeit only for a few hours a day, with interruptions.

 

Now the court is considering the possibility of continuing the trial. The defendant first has the opportunity to answer the indictment.

 

According to the Central Office for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes, German prosecutors are investigating several more cases related to the concentration camps in Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen, Mauthausen and Stutthof.

 

Just last week, the former secretary of the Stutthof concentration camp was charged with complicity in the murder of 10,000 people. Itzejo's prosecutors did not name the woman, but a statement said they charged her with “aiding and abetting murder in more than 10,000 cases,” as well as complicity in attempted murder.

 

Last year, the Hamburg District Court sentenced former concentration camp guard Bruno D. to two years probation. It turned out that he worked as an SS guard in Stutthof and, according to the court, helped and supported the murder of 5,232 people there.

 

Approximately 6 million Jews were killed in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Hundreds of thousands of Roma and people with physical disabilities or learning difficulties were also killed.


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