Interesting Facts

11 Facts That Could Save Your Life Some Day.

1. If you get stuck in riptide, remain calm and swim parallel to shore. Swimming to the shore will just tire you out faster.

2. When crying for help, call out specific people (eg. "you with the green shirt!"). It makes people more likely to act and not be affected by the bystander effect.

3. In survival situations, while it will change depending on your body, remember the rule of threes:

  • 3 minutes without air (maybe you're buried in snow following an avalance)

  • 3 hours without shelter against the elements

  • 3 days without water

  • 3 weeks without food

4. Most phones are able to dial 911 even without service or a SIM card.

5. Additionally, 112 is the international 9-1-1 in most places.

6. If you see a photo of yourself (or anyone else - particularly children) where they only have one 'red eye' from the flash, this could be a sign of neuroblastoma (a type of eye cancer).

7. If caught in a burning building, get low. The breathable air will be near the floor.

8. Learn the self-Heimlich.

9. Do you have a desk job? Be sure you get up at least once every two hours and walk around for 5-10 minutes. Doing this reduces the chance of developing blood clots in your calves.

10. If you're a man and you pee on one of those pregnancy test, if it comes up positive you may have testicular cancer.

11. Just because the light turns green doesn't mean its safe to go.


This man with severe OCD attempted suicide, but accidentally destroyed the source of his OCD!

It's always nice when a sad story has a happy ending.

In 1988, George was going through a rough time. Only 19 years old, he suffered from life-crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

The disease worked its way into every aspect of George's life, causing him to take frequent showers and wash his hands hundreds of times a day, among other things. His compulsions eventually got so bad that he had to leave his job and drop out of school.

George's disease was ruining his life and, in a bout of depression, he told his mother that he would rather die than keep on living. So, in a real "mother of the year" moment, she told him to go and shoot himself.

And that's exactly what he did.

After shooting himself, George was rushed to the hospital. Surgeons pulled the bullet out, which landed in George's left frontal lobe, but could not remove all of its fragments.

However, as he recovered, the doctors discovered something strange. Following his suicide attempt, George had almost no more compulsions. It seemed that, instead of killing him, the bullet damaged the part of his brain responsible for his OCD.

With his illness gone, George returned to school and found a new job. Out of tragedy, he got a new lease on life, and he certainly used it well.


Even an office worker can be a hero! Find out how a distribution assistant got a shout out from the president!

Heroism is based on the actions we perform, even more so when put under an immense amount of pressure. Those that think of employees in a place called the Congressional Budget Office may not be your stereotypical superheroes.

Well, there's one guy who set out to prove all those people wrong: Lenny Skutnik.

He was the epitome of a hero when he saved someone in the icy Potomac river.

On January 13, 1982 Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th street bridge in Washington D.C. where one passenger was too weak to grab the rescue line dropped from a helicopter. Skutnik decided to jump in.

The distribution assistant swam 30 feet in short sleeves and managed to save Priscilla Tirado. It got him invited to the 1982 State of the Union address where he sat next to First Lady Nancy Reagan. He even managed a shout out from the president himself.


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Due to the always uncertain future of Futurama, there has been four designated series finales.

Futurama is an animated TV comedy based in the future. It started out on Fox and eventually moved to Comedy Central.

The show has been aired sporadically in the past, leading to a lot of confusing for both fans and the shows' writers. The show has had 4 episodes that were written with the intention of them being the finale.

In the first few seasons of the show, the time and day that it aired changed a few times, and on top of that, the new episodes were often shown at different times due to sports ending later than expected. All of this combined to make it hard to keep up with every new episode of the show.

Fox eventually decided to (unofficially) cancel the show in the middle of its fourth season. Comedy Central decide to pick it up in 2006, and decided to make new episodes instead of just airing reruns. They also created a film that was going to act as the shows finale.

It took until 2009 for Comedy Central to pick the show up for another season. At first it wasn't certain that all of the original voice actors would be a part of it, but eventually they were. The season premiere ended up being the networks highest-rated night in 2010 and its highest-rated Thursday primetime in the network's history.

The future of the series has always been uncertain which has led to the multiple finales. "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", "Into the Wild Green Yonder" and "Overclockwise" have all been written to serve as a final episode for the show. The episode "Meanwhile" currently stands as the show's official series finale.


If the New York Public School System was a city, it would be the 10th largest in the US!

It's easy to forget how many students there are in the United States.

New York City is, unsurprisingly, the largest city in the United States. Holding over 8 million people, there's a reason the Big Apple is seen by many as America's cultural epicenter.

However, it is also the center of American primary education.

With over 1700 schools and 1 million students, the New York City Public School System is the largest compulsory education organization in the United States.

In fact, if the New York Public School System was a city in itself, it would be the tenth largest in America, putting it behind Dallas, San Diego, San Antonio, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and, of course, New York City.

Sadly, it is also one of the most segregated school systems in the country. According to The New York Times, the New York City Public School System features a large amount of systematic discrimination against Hispanic, Asian, and black students, a trend that has continued even after housing segregation has diminished.

The New York City Public School System is part of the state's Department of Education. It is currently run by Schools Chancellor Carmen Faria.



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