Page 8 - Interesting Facts

in 2008 a beach was stolen in Jamaica. The 500 truckloads of sand remain missing to this very day.


A beach theft is an unauthorised and illegal removal of large quantities of sand from a beach leading to the full or partial disappearance of the beach.

This happens in small scales all around the world, but is rarely ever done on a large scale.

There were two largely reported beach thefts recently. One was in Hungary on an artificial beach. The other was in Jamaica and was done to a genuine beach. There were reportedly 500 truckloads of sand stolen without anyone noticing there!

The beach that was “stolen” was the beach at Coral Springs in Jamaica’s parish of Trelawny. Jamaica's Prime Minister Bruce Golding took a personal interest in the theft and ordered a report into how such a large quantity of sand could have been stolen, transported and presumably sold.

After three months of investigating, the police failed to find any leads. Some have suggested that there was collusion between the criminals and some police officers, but Jamaican police denied this.

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Pigs can't fly but they do swim in the Bahamas!


Pigs are more confident in their beach bod than most people are. In some parts of the Bahamas they are seen wading through the water without a care in the world. They have become such a familiar sight in certain areas, that locals have nick-named said areas “Pig Beach.”

Apparently, the pigs are very easy to spot and can frequently be found laying in the sand. The species of pig is known as the domestic pig (Sus Scrofa). Because locals often bring food, the pigs will run into the water and actually swim to greet the oncoming boats.

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Almost 95% of Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes! Find out how this helped lower infant mortality rates in that country


About 95% of Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes, and this, it turns out, is a very good thing indeed!

Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.

How is that achieved by letting a baby sleep in a cardboard box? Well, it isn't really the box itself that lowered the infant mortality rate. It's how you get the box that made the difference.

All expectant mothers in Finland can choose between a cash grant from the state, or a start-up box. The box is filled with everything you will possibly need after your new baby arrives.

It contains bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products for the baby, as well as nappies, bedding and a small mattress that makes the box double up as a crib. All of this is worth a lot more than the cash grant, so 95% of parents opt for the box.

But to get a box you have to see a doctor or a pre-natal clinic during the early stages of pregnancy. Boxes also do not contain bottles and dummies and that encourages breast feeding.

So in order to get the coveted box, more mothers have gone for pre-natal care than in the past and more mothers are breastfeeding.

Both these practices lead to healthier babies and that is how the box helped lower infant mortality rates.

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Sleeping on your left side might help you relieve heartburn!


Also known as pyrosis or acid indigestion is a burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone.It’s a very annoying pain we get from the regurgitation of gastric acid. This causes a pain that often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw! And what’s worse is that it could indicate a gastroesophagael reflux disease (GERD), or something worse.

Most of us have had that horrible sensation before, but there is a solution to cease the pain and the symptom itself. Several studies suggest that sleeping on the right side aggravates heartburn, while sleeping on the left tends to calm it.

A hypothesis suggests that by sleeping on the right side or lower esophageal sphincter, whose job is to retain food in the stomach and not allow it to get back to our throat, relaxes and therefore the stomach acid rises and the heartburn begins.

So you might want to ask your Doctor if sleeping on your left side could make you feel better and also make his job easier!

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Women are 6 times more likely to be abandoned by their spouse after being diagnosed with cancer or MS!


No one wants to receive a life-threatening diagnosis. If you do get the news that you have cancer or MS or a brain tumor, you would hope that your spouse would stand by and support you. Battling an illness is tough enough without having to worry about your partner abandoning you. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.

Serious illness causes extreme stress and can lead to separation and even divorce. Depending on the situation, this marital discord can affect the patient's survival. In a study of 515 married patients with life threatening illnesses, researchers found that spousal abandonment was six times more likely if the patient was a woman.

According to the study, female gender was a strong predictor of spousal abandonment. Further, when divorce or separation did occur, the patient's quality of life and quality of treatment were negatively affected.

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