The mantis shrimp's punch is so fast, it boils the water around it when delivered and can break aquarium glass.

The mantis shrimp's punch is so fast, it boils the water around it when delivered and can break aquarium glass.

When you think about the creatures with the most speed and strength in the world, the mantis shrimp probably doesn’t come to mind, but maybe it should. These creatures look more like miniature lobsters than shrimp. At 2-5 inches, they pack quite a punch.


Marine biologist Roy Caldwell learned this in 1975 when he was working at USC Berkley. When showing someone the shrimp, he tapped on the aquarium glass to provoke it. The shrimp was provoked, alright, breaking the glass and flooding the office.


These shrimp come in two varieties that scientists call “smashers” and “spearers”. Smashers crush hard prey such as snails while spearers pierce soft animals using spines on the end of their specialized limbs.


Smashers strike extremely fast. So fast, in fact, that a normal camera can’t pick it up with any detail. A high-speed camera revealed that they swing their “clubs” anywhere from 31 to 52 mph. At the time this was the fastest strike of any animal, in water or on land, but a few land insects have overtaken that. When you consider that it’s a lot easier to move through air than water, it’s hard not to marvel at the speed.


They move so fast that the surrounding water actually boils. This produces destructive bubbles that quickly collapse. While it may not seem like bubbles can do much, this process can destroy ship propellers, pumps and turbines.


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The Parrotfish eats dead coral, an then poops sand. This sand poop is also responsible for nearly all the white sand beaches in Hawaii

The Parrotfish eats dead coral, an then poops sand. This sand poop is also responsible for nearly all the white sand beaches in Hawaii

Sand comes in many different colors, sizes and even shapes if you look close enough. It would be hard to have it all the same with an estimated seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains of sand in the world.


Many beaches around the world are known for their beautiful sand. Hawaii, for example, is consistently ranked among the top beaches in the world for its pristine, white sand. But this sand has an origin that might make you think twice about stepping onto one of those beaches.


The white sand of Hawaii is made up primarily of poop. That would be the poop of parrotfish. These fish bite off coral and grind it down into sand with their teeth. They don’t have stomachs, so it passes straight through them and out the other end as sand.


Larger parrotfish are like sand factories, producing as much as 840 pounds of sand per year. For Oahu’s snorkeling hot spot, Hanauma Bay where a few hundred parrotfish graze, that means hundreds of tons of fish-made sand per year.


Parrotfish aren’t the only creatures to poop sand, but they are the most proficient. Worms, sponges, and oysters also produce Pacific ocean sand.


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Mama June (Honey Boo Boo's Mom) rather than spending the money made from 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' has placed it in a trust fund for the education of her daughters and granddaughter.

Mama June (Honey Boo Boo's Mom) rather than spending the money made from 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' has placed it in a trust fund for the education of her daughters and granddaughter.

Reality television tends not to have the smartest people on the shows, and if professional athletes are any indication, it’s fairly easy to overspend and end up bankrupt. It’s refreshing, then, to see a reality star being responsible with their money.


‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ is a show about a family who’s young daughter is a child beauty pageant contestant. The family makes $15,000-20,000 every episode, but you won’t see them moving into a mansion or driving a Mercedes.


Mama June is putting 100% of their earnings from the show into a trust fund for her daughters and granddaughter. The only way they can withdraw money from the accounts before they’re 21 is for schooling or medical emergencies. The family is living on her husband Sugar Bear's income as a contractor.


The only thing she has bought since the show started was a 2005 Ford Expedition. Mama June commented on this saying "You're never gonna see me drive a Range Rover or a Mercedes ... I'll drive one if someone else pays for it. Never gonna live above my means."


June can’t be tempted to change her mind and spend the money, either. She has TLC, the network that airs the show, deposit the earnings directly into the fund. That’s some smart financing.


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President James Garfield entertained his friends by showing off his language and writing skills. Boring or awesome?

President James Garfield entertained his friends by showing off his language and writing skills. Boring or awesome?

Before television and the internet, entertaining guests was a pretty tough gig. Being the most powerful leader in the world, friends and guests expected a lot from the president.


And though much more boring than sharing a few brews while watching the game, President James Garield managed to blow everyone away with his awesome, multilingual party trick.


James Garfield was fluent and had the ability to write in both Latin and Greek, a couple languages that don't get you very far in the United States unless you're just showing off.


He was also the very first ambidextrous president, so he was able to write with both hands—at the same time.


Garfield's solution to his friend's boredom is to have them ask him questions and then write the answers in both Latin and Greek at the same time!


That may not be the infinite well of entertainment that YouTube is these days, but I know I'd still be entertained!


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The Canadian ice hockey team was considered to be so dominant in 1930, that it did not even participate in the knockout rounds and was put straight through into the gold medal final!

The Canadian ice hockey team was considered to be so dominant in 1930, that it did not even participate in the knockout rounds and was put straight through into the gold medal final!

Since 1859 the national sport of Canada had been lacrosse, but in 1994 it was declared the national summer sport, and hockey was declared the national winter sport.


But honestly...does anyone really think of lacrosse when they think of Canadian sports? Most people have always known for its passion for ice hockey.


The Canadian ice hockey team was considered to be so dominant in 1930, that it did not even participate in the knockout rounds of that year's World Ice Hockey Championships and was put straight through into the gold medal final!


The tournament was therefore played in order to find an opponent for the Canadian team for the gold medal match.


Germany beat Switzerland 2:1 in the final and that is when Canada made its first appearance. The Canadian team then beat the German team with an embarrassing score of 6:1 and won the gold.


The first World Ice Hockey Championships were played in 1920. Canada won gold in 1920, 1924 and 1928 at both the Olympics and the World Ice Hockey Championships during those years, which is probably why the Canadian team was considered dominant enough to only play the final game.


Of the 67 times that the Canadian team played at the World Ice Hockey Championships between 1920 and 2007, they won the gold medal 24 times.


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Although Methusela is credited with having been the longest living man in history, it is thought that it was a mistranslation and that he may have died just before he turned 97

Although Methusela is credited with having been the longest living man in history, it is thought that it was a mistranslation and that he may have died just before he turned 97

Methusela was the longest living man in history, according to the Hebrew Bible, and he grew to become 969 years old before he died seven days prior to the great flood.


Many have questioned the possibility of growing that old, and many explanations have been offered.


The ones that make the most sense and carries the most weight, are the ones that explain that there was a mistranslation and therefore a misinterpretation of how time was measured back then.


One of the theories is that 'lunar months' have been translated to read years. If that is correct, then Methusela would have died at age 78. The problem is that Enoch would then have had to have fathered Methusela when he himself was only five! That does not seem credible.


Another theory is that the Septuagint Genesis 5 numbers are in tenths of years. That would mean that Methusela died when he was almost 97. Enoch would then have been almost 16 when he fathered his son, which certainly is more feasible than becoming a father at age 5.


Whatever the argument or explanation, Methusela's name still gets used today to describe anything that is exceptionally old.


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In 2004 Forbes named J.K. Rowling the first person to ever become a billionaire from writing books, but she did not always have it easy

In 2004 Forbes named J.K. Rowling the first person to ever become a billionaire from writing books, but she did not always have it easy

In 1993 Joanne Rowling, also known as J.K. Rowling, was a single mother and, as she puts it, as "poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless".


She was living in Scotland with her daughter after leaving her abusive husband behind in Portugal. She completed the first 'Harry Potter' novel while living off state benefits.


In 1995 she submitted the book to 12 publishing houses and it was rejected by all of them!


In 1996 it was accepted for publishing by Bloomsbury publishing house mainly because the chairman's eight-year-old daughter liked it. They kindly suggested that Rowling should consider getting a day job because they thought it would be unlikely that she would make a living from her writing.


But boy, were they wrong! In 2004 Forbes named her the first person ever to become a US$ billionaire from writing books. Rowling refuted this and said she did have quite a lot of money, but was not a billionaire.


She was removed from the list in 2012 because, said Forbes, her US$160 million in charitable donations and the high tax rate in the UK meant she was no longer a billionaire.


Harry Potter is now a global brand worth an estimated US$15 billion and the last book of the series (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) has set the record for the fastest selling book of all times.


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Do you sit down at work? It may be killing you!

Do you sit down at work? It may be killing you!

Parents are always telling their energetic children to sit down and stay quiet.


Let's hope they don't continue obeying that rule as they get older since sitting still is one of the biggest causes of premature death in the world.


Couch potatoes be warned! Get off your butt and go have some fun.


A lack of physical activity isn't just one of the most common causes of death in the world—it's also the most preventable death.


The risk starts to greatly increase for those that sit more than five hours a day, which is way long than the average office work day.


If you don't just keel over and die from sitting around too much, you may come down with some chronic disease.


People who sit for more than four hours a day have a 40 percent higher risk of things like depression, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure and a whole mess of other non-fun things.


The cure is exercise. People who work out four hours a week or more are as healthy as those that sit less than four hours a day. Get out and take a walk!


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When a man disappeared in 1660, three of his servants were erroneously sentenced to death for his murder. This bizarre case led to the "no body, no murder" rule

When a man disappeared in 1660, three of his servants were erroneously sentenced to death for his murder. This bizarre case led to the "no body, no murder" rule

When 70 year old William Harrison of Chipping Campden in Gloucester disappeared in 1660, his wife sent a servant to go and look for him.


William went for a walk on the 16th of August and never returned home.


The servant, John Perry, did not return from his search and William’s son Edward went looking for the pair of missing men.


On his way to Charingworth he met Perry who said he could not find Mr Harrison.


On the main road between Chipping Campden and Ebrington, Williams' slashed hat and bloodied shirt were discovered, but his body could not be found.


When Perry was questioned he suddenly ‘spilled the beans’ and said that his brother Richard and his mother Joan Perry murdered Harrison for his money and hid the body, but that he had nothing to do with it.


There was a murder trial and the court found the entire Perry family guilty of murder, including John, and they were hanged together despite their pleas of innocence.


In 1662 however, Harrison re-appeared in Dover – very much alive! He told a tale of being abducted by pirates and sold into slavery in Turkey.


He managed to escape and made his way back home. Whether that was the truth is not known, but was is known for a fact is that three innocent people were sentenced to death!


It is unclear why John Perry accused his family of murder.


This case, known as the Campden Wonder, lead to the “no body, no murder” rule.


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The Blanket Octopus rips off the Portuguese Man O'War's tentacles and uses them for defensive purposes

The Blanket Octopus rips off the Portuguese Man O'War's tentacles and uses them for defensive purposes

The blanket octopus is a type of octopus that occupies shallow waters in subtropical and tropical oceans. They are called this because of the long, transparent webs that connect the dorsal and dorsolateral arms of the adult females.


Unlike most species of animals, the females are much larger than the males. They can reach 2 meters in length while the males are only a few centimeters long. The male dies shortly after mating and the female carries nearly 100,000 eggs at the base of her dorsal arm.


The blanket octopus is immune to the poison of the Portuguese Man O’War. This allows the males and immature females to rip off the man o’war’s tentacles and use them for defensive purposes. The females also unfurl their net-like membranes to increase their apparent size.


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