Page 9 - Interesting Facts

Copper kills bacteria and replacing fittings like door knobs and taps with copper ones could stop diseases from spreading!

Are you germophobic or would you just like to find a way to keep your home as germ-free as possible without constantly cleaning or wiping down surfaces?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, we suggest that you replace all your door handles with copper door knobs and install copper taps, too.

If you can find a copper toilet seat and flush mechanism, even better. Go the whole nine yards and get a copper dustbin while you're at it.

Copper kills bacteria! It's called the oligodynamic effect and it was discovered in 1893 by Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli.

Copper and certain other metal ions have a toxic effect on molds, spores, fungi, and viruses.

A study found that copper fittings in hospitals kill bugs really fast. In a ten week trial at Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham, taps, lavatory seats and a push plate on an entrance door were replaced with copper versions.

They were swabbed twice daily and it was found that they had 95% fewer germs on them than the fittings the hospital usually used!

Although it is not yet certain how the copper does this, it is believed that it interferes with the bacteria’s metabolism, preventing them from feeding and destroying their DNA.

The study has shown that copper kills off the deadly MRSA superbug as well as E Coli. Copper door knobs and taps can be a simple yet effective way to stop diseases from spreading!


Barbie once made a handicapped doll. You'll never guess why it ended up being controversial!

The American with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990 and managed to bestow civil liberties to the disabled citizens of the United States and prohibited discrimination based on disability.

This was a huge step forward to helping those reliant on wheelchairs and others that required mobility assistance by requiring things like ramps and elevators in commercial buildings.

Even toys got in on the equality—which backfired like most things with good intentions.

In May of 1997 Mattel, the corporation behind Barbie, released the Share a Smile Becky doll that came with a pink wheelchair.

It was very forward thinking and had the best intentions of normalizing a disability while empowering young disabled women everywhere that they too could be Barbie.

Of course, that bit them in the butt the moment a 17-year-old with cerebral palsy from Washington remarked that the doll could not fit into Barbie's pricy ($100) Dream House elevator. It wasn't ADA compliant!

Mattel responded with an announcement that they would redesign the house in the future to accommodate the doll.

Of course, the house wasn't the only problem. Nearly all of Barbie's accessories, accommodations and vehicles could not fit the doll. Back to the drawing board!


A ruby is just a red sapphire. Both are the mineral corundum, a type of aluminum oxide, rubies just have a chromium impurity making them red.

Rubies and Sapphires are sold as separate stones, but are actually the same mineral! That mineral would be Corundum a crystalline form of aluminium oxide with traces of iron, titanium and chromium. Depending on the color, the mineral is called by different names.

Transparent specimens are used as gems, called ruby if red and padparadscha if pink-orange. All other colors are called sapphire. Green corundum, for example, is called a "green sapphire." The different colors are caused by different impurities in the mineral.

Rubies are rarer than sapphires and so cost significantly more. As with all gemstones, the price depends on the size and quality of the stone, but rubies will almost always have more value.

The price also depends on the extent to which the gem is treated. To find a stone without flaws is very rare, and so these are sold as "untreated" stones for a lot more than treated gems.

Green, yellow, pink, white sapphires all rarer, and thus more expensive, than normal, blue sapphires. Medium rich to light blue sapphires have more value than the darker more common sapphires.


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Drug cartels used ice cream trucks as a cover--which worked until they started shooting at each other.

One of the best sights of summertime as a child was hearing the faint music of an ice cream truck and watching it slowly come into view as you try to shake your mom or dad down for some money.

People in the Strathclyde area of Glasgow were robbed of that since drug cartels used them to trade their product.

The last thing you wanted to see was an ice cream truck during the "Glasgow Ice Cream Wars."

When conflicts started to arise out of competing factions, things got hot in the ice cream business. And by ice cream I mean illegal hard drugs.

Drive-by shootings would occur regularly out of the large windows of ice cream trucks as they pelted other trucks with bullets.

The violence came to a head when one faction doused an 18-year-old's (who was described as a "frightener") front door step in gasoline and set it on fire. Five died in the fire and another later at the hospital.

No matter how funny it may have looked, the violence was all too real in this nasty drug war.


Eyepatches can help you see in the dark.

Here’s how it works:

You wear an eyepatch over one eye all day whenever you are out in the sun or in a well-lit area. The eyepatch should always be over the same eye whenever you are in the light. Then, whenever it’s dark, switch the eyepatch to the other eye. Your eyes take time to adjust to different light conditions. If one eye is only ever exposed to darkness, and the other one only ever exposed to light, your eyes will never have to adjust. Switching from day-vision to night-vision is as easy as switching your eyepatch to a different eye.

It has been speculated that pirates wore their trademark eyepatches to make it easier to transition from being above deck on a ship to going below deck where it’s darker. Of course, eyepatches have many uses, from covering up injuries, to treating “lazy eye”. For all we know, a lot of pirates could have had lazy eye.

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