Page 2 - Interesting Facts

Despite popular belief, the City of London is actually one of the smallest cities in England!

It appears that, even in terms of territory, things aren’t always as they seem.

Many believe the City of London is one of the biggest cities in England. It’s even referred to as ‘the City’ by many United Kingdom natives, implying incredible size.

However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

With an area of only 1.12 sq miles, the City of London is the smallest English district by size. It is the second smallest in population, beaten only by the Isles of Scilly.

Why, then, do so many people think the City of London is massive?

The problem seems to be mostly semantic. Similar to the difference between New York and New York City, the City of London is located within a greater area known as London. This London, despite not being known as the City of London, is considered a city, and is in fact England’s capital city.

A number of famous landmarks are located in the City of London, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Old Bailey.


This game store added an 'Immortal Soul Clause' to their EULA, and 7000 people still agreed to it!

I believe EA has a similar clause for Origin users.

Every day, people are bombarded with a massive amount of service agreements. From signing up for a new website to updating a computer program, everything seems to have a novel-length Terms of Service page to go along with it.

As such, it’s no surprise that most people don’t read them. In fact, so few people read these End User License Agreements that it’s become a popular joke. ‘South Park’ even did an episode all about it.

But could a company actually use this fact for their own gain? Well, if this stunt by British store GameStation is any indication, the answer is a very firm yes.

On April Fool’s Day, GameStation updated their Terms & Conditions page to include a new clause which, among other things, said this:

“By placing an order via this Web site... you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul.”

Following the update, GameStation tracked how many customers noticed the change. In the end, over 7000 people, or 88 percent of the store’s online customers, ‘signed their soul away’ without even knowing it. The 12 percent that didn’t were given a £5 voucher.

Though very funny and harmless, especially to customers who don’t believe in souls, it does show how companies can use an EULA for less-than-noble purposes. Next time you’re bored, try reading the Terms page for your favorite website or program. You may be (un)pleasantly surprised.


This nuclear waste bunker is built to last 100,000 years! It will be one of humanity's last relics!

In many countries, large corporations dump their waste in places they shouldn’t. Instead of throwing their trash away properly, they get rid of it in locations that don’t have strong environmental laws.

However, that’s not the case in Finland, at least as far as nuclear waste is concerned.

In 1994, a change was made to the Finnish Nuclear Energy Act requiring all of the nation’s nuclear waste to be disposed of inside the country.

Just one problem: Finland didn’t have a storage facility to hold all of that waste.

To resolve this, the country began building a massive underground storage bunker on the small island of Olkiluoto. Between 2004 and 2011, the location for the facility was excavated, with plans to begin constructing the building itself in 2015.

The bunker will accept waste until 2120, at which point it will be sealed off. Current projections show the bunker lasting until the year 102,120, meaning it will probably be one of humanity’s last relics on Earth.


Some awesome lists!

This man tried to make a 'nationwide smiley face' by rigging bombs to mailboxes across the US!

Lucas Helder was a pretty average guy. A student at the University of Wisconsin–Stout, he may not have gotten all A’s, but he was well-mannered and had a pretty good attitude.

Nobody saw him as a bad kid.

Little did his colleagues know that Helder was planning something big.

During his time at Stout, Helder developed a rather extreme philosophy on life. In his mind, when your body died, your soul was set free. In his words:

“There are no rules out of the body.

The body is a temporary learning experience.

You learn in the body, and play out of the body.”

In order to spread his message, Helder hatched a deadly scheme. By attaching pipe bombs to mailboxes across the country, he hoped to create a ‘smiley face’ on the the United States map.

In total, Helder set 18 bombs over an area of 3200 miles. By the time he was caught, his makeshift explosives had injured six people, four of whom were mail carriers.

In 2004, Helder was deemed incompetent to stand trial and was committed to Minnesota's Federal Medical Center.


Cheese puffs and South Park, two American favourites, shared something quite unique for a brief period of time.

Cheese puffs were invented in the United States in the 1930s. They are created by extruding heated corn dough through a die.

They come in many different shapes such as curly, ball-shaped, straight or any type of irregular shape.

South Park is also somewhat of a proudly American invention. Debuting in 1997, South Park was received incredibly well, consistently earning the highest ratings and it still remains one of Comedy Central’s highest rated shows.

South Park has also won numerous accolades which included five Primetime Emmy Awards.

In August of 2011, South Park and Cheese Puffs joined forces for a short stint. A fictitious brand of cheese puffs called “Cheesy Poofs” appears regularly in South Park and in 2011, the Frito-Lay company made a limited run of Cheesy Poofs.

It seems a really nice gesture, a sort-of tip of the hat to the creators of South Park and a rather nice, brief reunion of two entities that normally would normally have nothing in common.



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