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There's a venomous tree in Australia whose sting is so bad that people and animals have killed themselves from the pain!


The Gympie-Gympie tree may have an amusing name, but it'll leave you in agony. The tree, which is native to Australia, is one of the most venomous plants in the world. It's been said that one sting feels like you're being burned with acid and electrocuted at the same time. Within minutes, victims start swelling up to the point where it's difficult to breathe.

Stories dating all the way back to 1866 talk about tree. One such story tells the tale of a road surveyor's packhorse getting stung and 'going mad.' There are also lots of folklore about horses purposely throwing themselves off of cliffs after getting stung. Unfortunately, those tendencies aren't limited to animals. One story tells of an officer who shot himself after getting stung by the tree because he was driven mad by the pain.

There's no cure for the sting, but there are treatments available. People who think they could come into contact with one, such as foresters and timber workers, are often supplied with respirators, thick gloves, and anti-histamine tablets.

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Lack of exercise kills as many people as smoking does! Find out how much you should exercise to stay healthy


Everyone's always advised to get some exercise, and now, it just might save your life one day. Researchers have found that a lack of it is tied to heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. It causes nearly a tenth of the deaths worldwide, the same amount as how many people die from smoking!

Nearly a third of adults don't get the recommended amount of exercise. Despite this, measures haven't been taken to try to promote it more, though it's been found that even something as simple as improving street lighting can boost activity.

How much exercise is enough to prevent disease? Experts say that a brisk, half-hour walk five times a week is enough to help prevent many of the diseases than can be caused by inactivity.

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A pair of brothers who were compulsive hoarders were killed when all the stuff they hoarded fell on them!


Hoarders are more than a popular reality television show. Hoarding is a real and sad problem. Before the general population became aware of this though, there were two brothers that were known for the peculiar behavior.

Homer Lusk Collyer and Langley Wakeman Collyer lived in Manhattan in the late 1800s and early 1900s. As they were rarely seen, rumors followed the brothers around. They compulsively collected furniture, books, musical instruments and numerous other items. They would then set booby traps in their home to ensnare any intruders.

Both sons allegedly attended Columbia University. One studied law and the other engineering. Both men were eccentric. They became recluses over the years and rarely left their New York City brownstone. In 1917, after they failed to pay their bills, their telephone was disconnected. In 1928, their gas, electricity and water were turned off.

In 1947, the police got a tip that there was a dead body in the house. They forced their way in and had to search through mounds and mounds of junk before they found his body. He had died of malnutrition, dehydration and cardiac arrest. The next month, a workman found Langley's body not ten feet from where his brother was found. He had been crushed by falling debris while bringing his brother food.

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A person who receives an inheritance from a very distant relative is called a "laughing heir!"


In the law of inheritance, a “laughing heir” is a person who gets all of the stuff and none of the pain. He/she is a person who is legally entitled to inherit the property of a deceased person who had no immediate family, because they are distantly related to the deceased. For the same reason, they have no reason to feel sad or mourn the death of that individual. Thus, in theory, they should only feel joy at receiving new stuff. Hence the term “laughing heir.”

Some jurisdictions have a “laughing heir statute,” which eliminates inheritance rights when the remaining relatives become too remote. In this jurisdiction, if no relative falls within the limitations set by the statute, then the property is transferred to the state-which, in that case. Is also kind of a “laughing heir.”

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American scientists predicted a devastaing avalanche in Peru, but no one listened. Unfortunately, they were right!


In 1962, American scientists David Bernays and Charles Sawyer, who were studying in Peru, reported seeing a huge vertical slab of rock being undermined by a glacier. They realized that should it fall, it would completely destroy the town of Yungay.

When David and Charles reported this information, the local government was furious. They ordered the two to either retract the information or leave the country. The scientists fled, and citizens were forced to keep quiet about the impending disaster.

Unfortunately, it still stuck. On May 30, 1970, an earthquake caused the unstable rock in the mountain to collapse. This caused the glacial ice to fall in an avalanche, which buried the town and killed 20,000 people. There were only 92 survivors!

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