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Daily shampooing became the norm in the USA in the '70's and '80's, but shampoo was never intended to be used every day


Synthetic shampoos were only introduced onto the market in the 1930’s and it was available for almost 40 years before daily shampooing of hair became a norm in the USA.

It was only in the 1970’s and 1980’s that Americans began washing their hair on a daily basis.

Now, however, there is widespread belief that it is, in fact, very bad for the hair and the scalp to shampoo every day because shampoo removes the natural oils (sebum) produced by the scalp.

This causes the scalp to produce more oil to compensate, and a vicious circle ensues.

Some dermatologists say that it is best to gradually increase intervals between washes to allow the sebaceous glands to produce at a slower rate, thereby normalizing the body’s natural rate of sebum production.

It is not certain why the American public started the practice of daily shampooing, because even early shampoo manufacturers made it clear that it should not be a daily practice.

According to an article published in the ‘New York Times’ in 1908, “hair specialists recommend the shampooing of the hair as often as every two weeks, but from a month to six weeks should be a better interval if the hair is in fairly good condition.”

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There is a mine in Pennsylvania where federal employees process retirement data manually and on paper - moving paperwork from desk to desk without capturing it on computers!


The weirdest workplace of the U.S. Government has to be the caverns of an old Pennsylvania limestone mine which was turned into offices for the Office of Personnel Management. Here 600 employees work 20 stories deep underneath the Pennsylvania countryside.

It is not only the location that is weird, but the method they use to do their job is most astounding!

The federal employees in the caverns process retirement paperwork of other federal employees – manually and on paper!

Yes, you read it correctly. The data is not punched into a computer, but is manually processed and kept in manila files!

This is done by retrieving records from filing cabinets and then moving it through the system from desk to desk and from cavern to cavern, following five steps in this snail pace process that is just as slow today in this age of computer technology, than it was in 1977!

This process is not done underground because it is top secret. The only reason these offices are in an old mine is because it was the only space the government could find that was large enough to accommodate the 28,000 file cabinets in one space!

During the past 30 years more than $100 million was spent in an effort to automate the old-fashioned process and make it run at the speed of computers, but for some unknown reason this did not work and the mine, its workers and its paperwork are still stuck in the distant past.

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Greed may be good on Wall Street, but it certainly wasn't in Ancient Rome. Roman tribune Gaius Gracchus was, first and foremost, a social warrior. The changes he made in office turned him into a belo


Greed may be good on Wall Street, but it certainly wasn't in Ancient Rome.

Roman tribune Gaius Gracchus was, first and foremost, a social warrior. The changes he made in office turned him into a beloved celebrity among many Roman citizens. However, it also landed him in hot water with fellow politicians.

During a day of extreme political unrest, a feud broke out between Gracchus' supporters and the supporters of one of his opponents, senator Lucius Opimius. The scuffle left Quintus Antyllius, one of Opimius' attendants, dead.

Opimius used his attendant's death as a way to demonize Gracchus. With the Senate's blessing, Opimius demanded that Gracchus turn himself over for trial. There would be no negotiations.

In response, Gracchus ran away and, with help from his slave, committed suicide at a sacred grove.

Opimius put out a reward for Gracchus' head, announcing that whoever retrieved it would receive its weight in gold. Soon, his head was discovered and brought to the Senate by a man named Septimuleius.

However, when Opimius weighed his former opponent's head, it measured in at over seventeen pounds. After some investigation, it was discovered that Septimuleius removed Gracchus' brain and filled his head with molten lead.

For his dishonesty, Septimuleius received no reward. Instead of removing someone else's brain, perhaps he should have used his own.

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Flat glass is made by melting glass on top of a pool of molten metal!


Float glass is a sheet of glass made by floating molten glass on a bed of molten metal, typically tin, although lead and various low melting point alloys were used in the past. This method gives the sheet uniform thickness and very flat surfaces.

Modern windows are made from float glass. Most float glass is soda-lime glass, but relatively minor quantities of specialty borosilicate and flat panel display glass are also produced using the float glass process.

The float glass process is also known as the Pilkington process, named after the British glass manufacturer Pilkington, which pioneered the technique in the 1950s.

Float glass uses common glass-making raw materials, typically consisting of sand, soda ash, dolomite, limestone, and salt cake.

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The Power Rangers is Basically Recycled Footage Of An Almost 40 Year Old Japanese Show.


Unless you're a big big Power Rangers fan, you probably didn't know this one.

The Power Rangers are actually a Japanese import from a long running series called Super Sentai. The basic premise is the same: a team of (almost always) 5 people are chosen to magically transform into super warriors to fight evil.

Have you ever noticed that the fight scenes when the rangers transformed, and all the Zord scenes always looked completely different than when you were able to see the rangers' faces? That's because the show basically reused footage from the Japanese show.

If you're reading this, the Power Rangers probably defined your childhood in the 90s. You'll be surprised to learn that Super Sentai series has actually been around 1975. In fact, that recycled footage I just talked about? That was from the SIXTEENTH season of the Super Sentai series.

Yes, there were 16th seasons of Japanese Power Rangers before they became famous in America.

When the first season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was a success, the American producers asked the Japanese production company to please shoot more fighting scenes so they could make more episodes of the MMPR show. However, that was all they did.

After that, the Western production simply rebooted the show every time a new Japanese series started. That's why the early Power Rangers changed costumes so often and that's also why nowadays, they just start a new series every year.

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