Interesting Facts

The United States may be home to some of the greatest innovations and cities in the world, but to millions, it offers no home at all.

According to statistics, in a given year there are as many as 3.5 million homeless people in the U.S.That’s about 1% of the entire population.

The scariest statistic of all is that 23% of these are families with children.

There are a host of factors which are attributing to the problem and a few major issues have been highlighted and efforts made to alleviate homelessness. These include offering more affordable housing, comprehensive health care and assistance programs.

Homelessness also has a massive effect on education and educating the homeless youth is thought to be critical in breaking the cycle of poverty. Health is also a major concern as the homeless simply cannot afford decent health care, many attributing mental illness as one of the main reasons for becoming or staying homeless.

Another issue surrounding homelessness is public attitude and stigma. A 2002 national survey stated that 71% of people say that police should remove homeless if they are keeping shoppers away from an area and 51% would like the homeless removed from public parks if they are driving other people away.


Every single tweet is archived in the Library of Congress.

Yes, Congress is taking steps to ensure that you’re online legacy remains intact. Every public tweet since Twitter’s inception in March 2006 has been and will continue to be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. This means that the library is ingesting more than 50 million tweets every single day. 

The best part of this entire story is that the Library of Congress actually tweeted this information on April 14 2010. This was on the same day their number of followers surpassed 50 000. The implications of this are overwhelming. Just think, social networking has made it possible for future generations to find out what was once “trending.” 

All the people that we misquoted, and what exactly we had for lunch that one time. And, of course, every single OMG Fact that we've tweeted out!


Nine porn stars are letting fans fondle their breasts...for charity, of course!

So imagine the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge...but with a LOT more boobs. And instead of pouring ice or freezing cold water on yourself, you're grabbing said boobs.

This is ultimately the notion behind nine porn stars baring their breasts and doing their part to help the "Stop! Aids" campaign in Japan. Roughly translated, this event is being called "Boob Aid" and it's exactly what you think it is.

For 24 hours straight, these philanthropic vixens are removing their bras and allowing anybody to come up and fondle them—as long as they pay first, and their money goes towards funding for the campaign.

This is hardly the first time for this event. It has actually happened annually since 2003, and this year it's going to be broadcasted on adult cable television.

Iku Sakuragi, a 21-year-old porn star, is totally on board and ready for the event.

"It's for charity," said Sakuragi. "Squeeze them, donate—let's be happy."


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The "cocktail party effect" is the human body trick that allows us to tune in one one sound when we are surrounded by many., much like at a cocktail party

Humans are the result of millions of years of nature's engineering, so it's not surprise that our bodies can do some pretty amazing things. One of these things it what psychologists call the "cocktail party effect." This is the ability to distinguish and pay attention to one particular voice out of a multitude of sounds.

Our ears take in a huge number of different sounds, often at the same time. Sometimes it's overwhelming, but if you close your eyes and focus, you can almost always pick up on and follow one particular sound. It's a feat of nature that let's us make sense of the world by creating order from chaos.

When concentrating on one sound, our minds are essentially declining to process the other sounds. If you're at a cocktail party, for example, and tune out of your conversation to listen to the conversation next to you, you're going to miss what your group is saying. In this way, the ability to pick up on one particular voice and the ability to tune things out are very closely related.


Why can't you sell your Superman fan fiction? Bill Clinton!

Since the dawn of creativity, people tried to find a way to protect what was rightfully their work and ideas.

Copyright provided the perfect solution of allowing a creator to obtain some revenue for their work while allowing it to enter the public domain after some years.

However, over the last century that journey to the public domain has gotten longer and longer—and that's why you can't sell your Superman fan fiction!

Bill Clinton signed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act in 1998 to extend the life of copyrighted material an extra 20 years, an additional fifth of a century! People looking forward to reinventing, reissuing and revive some of the most iconic works of the 20th century would have to sit on it for another significant patch of time. Maybe they can pass the idea down to their children!

If it weren't for the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, Superman would have entered the public domain on January 1, 2014. That would have been really bizarre, especially since the Man of Steel continues to be in contemporary pop culture and big blockbuster movies!



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