Page 5 - Interesting Facts

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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The only difference between Tylenol Cold and Tylenol Flu is the box! Marketing genius or absolute madness?


There's a lot of difference between getting a cold and getting the flu. Colds typically leave you sneezing and sniffling for a couple of a days, while the flu is much more serious. The flu can typically give you a fever and leave you fatigued, and if left untreated, can sometimes lead to hospitalization.

Despite the major difference between these diseases, Tylenol treats them the same way!

Both Tylenol Cold and Tylenol Flu contain the exact same ingredients—a pain reliever, a cough suppressant, and a nasal decongestant. The only difference between the two medicines is the box!

No matter what kind of sickness you have, remember to drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest!

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The world's top English Scrabble players are Thai, and don't speak any English! The way they win sounds crazy hard


You're a master of the English language. You can unscramble the little Scrabble tiles to form just about any word, hitting those double letter and triple word scores. Little do you know that you're actually at a disadvantage to those that don't know how to speak a lick of the language!

In the British National Scrabble Championship the final play was with the word "coniines," which neither of the finalists probably knew the definition of. Not all of the words on the board could be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, but they're still legal plays, thanks to the Scrabble Dictionary. The difference? Once a word gets in the Scrabble Dictionary, it never leaves, unlike outdated words that gets phased out.

Players tend to memorize a list of words without caring about the definitions. Many of the world's best Scrabble players are Thai that don't speak a word of English, but can spell it out pretty well. In fact, knowing English puts that player at a disadvantage.

Of course, if a house rule states you have to supply a ballpark definition, those world-class stars will fail miserably.

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