Page 4 - Fun Facts

There is a way to always win at Connect Four if you start first!

If you've ever been frustrated by a game of Connect Four, you'll probably be even more frustrated to find out that it is a "solved game." This means that the outcome of the game can be correctly predicted if both players play perfectly.

It was first solved in October 1988 by James D. Allen and later that same month, independently, by Victor Allis. They figured out that the first player, if they make the right move, can always force the win.

Other solved games include Chopsticks, Checkers, Quarto, and Tic-Tac-Toe. Now we could tell you just what move to make in order to guarantee a win everytime, but that wouldn't be any fun.


Butterflies in your stomach are caused by a lack of blood!

You know that sensation you get in your stomach when the person you are completely in love with looks in your general direction or when there’s only one more muffin left and you’re afraid the person in front of you in line is going to ask for it (other than hunger) or when your being hunted by a lion in the African savanna? Those “butterflies in your stomach” are a response to stress.

When people are stressed, they experience a “fight-or-flight” response. Brain signals are transmitted to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which are parts of the brain responsible for controlling bodily functions. The pituitary gland instantly signals the adrenal glands which sit on top of each kidney. Those glands release adrenaline and other chemicals into your blood stream.

The adrenaline causes rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and improved circulation of muscle so that you deal with or flee from the source of the stress (whether it be your beloved, the person in front of you in line, or a vicious lion in the African savanna).

Since blood is flowing to your lungs and muscles, less of it is reaching other organs including the stomach. This causes the light, nauseating sensation we all know and hate.


An art exhibit consisted of a glass box, 4 frat guys, 30 cases of Natty Light and sharpies!

What would you get if you combined 4 frat guys, nearly unlimited beer, sharpies and an ample writing surface? That's what an Artist at the SCOPE art fair in New York tried to answer in 2011 by doing just that.

The exhibit was called C'mon Guy. People donated 30 cases of Natty Light for the exhibit. Then, four of the frattiest guys available were stuck in there (one was a pledge) and they were given freedom to do what they wanted.

Results were pretty much what you expected. Artsy people walking by talking about the genious of this idea, while the frat guys were shotgunning beers and telling art chicks that they were hot.

Check out a video at the source.


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'Dragon Ball' villain Freeza is based on two things: monsters and Japanese real estate speculators!

What's worse than the monsters under your bed?

Well, if you're Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, the answer is real estate speculators.

According to Toriyama, while Freeza's aesthetic design was based on the monsters he imagined during childhood, his personality was inspired by Japanese real estate speculators, who he believed to be the "worst kind of people."

In Dragon Ball, Freeza is a broker for the Planet Trade Organization. His job is to take planets by force so his company can resell them. He is a cruel, sadistic villain who revels in causing pain and destruction.

Freeza's work parallels a number of Japanese real estate speculators, specifically those who caused the Japanese asset price bubble of the 1980s. These individuals, in a way eerily similar to Freeza, purchased real estate for as little as possible in hopes of turning over a substantial profit.

Freeza's design and personality has made him one of the series' most popular characters. Many consider him the show's most iconic villain, and he has been featured in many of the series' spin-off games.


A Missouri man is a designated smoking area!

John Britton is a lobbyist at Jefferson City, Missouri. He's been doing it for over 50 years and has built a reputation for being quite a character. Among his bigger accomplishments is Missouri's really low cigarette taxes.

Due to how well known and effective John Britton is, he was designated by a 1996 Missouri Senate Resolution to be a designated smoking area. Smoking is permitted within 10 feet of Britton anywhere in Missouri. Britton is now 88 and smokes three packs a day. It was done as a joke, but the law actually went into effect and he can now smoke almost anywhere in the Missouri city.



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