Fun Facts

There are people out there that practice what was common before the 1970s: No shampooing!

Imagine a world with smelly, sweaty and greasy hair being the norm. That world actually wasn't that long ago.

Today, most of the population regularly cleans and shampoos their hair on a near daily basis.

Turns out, that only started being common in the 1970s and 1980s.

The ritual of constantly cleaning one's hair has spawned a new movement called “no poo” (they really should have though of a more appealing name).

The belief is that with washing your hair every day, the scalp is lacking necessary oils that are there naturally. Because of this, the body will ramp up the production of said oil to compensate, making it even more difficult to keep your hair looking fresh. Thus a vicious cycle begins.

So how does the “no poo” crowd stay clean? The most natural and effective way is with straight up water—no shampoo or chemicals needed.

If that doesn't cut it, some use dissolved baking soda followed by an acidic rinse with something like diluted vinegar. Other things like honey and coconut oils can also be used.

I think I'll stick with my Head and Shoulders, thanks!


President James Garfield entertained his friends by showing off his language and writing skills. Boring or awesome?

Before television and the internet, entertaining guests was a pretty tough gig. Being the most powerful leader in the world, friends and guests expected a lot from the president.

And though much more boring than sharing a few brews while watching the game, President James Garield managed to blow everyone away with his awesome, multilingual party trick.

James Garfield was fluent and had the ability to write in both Latin and Greek, a couple languages that don't get you very far in the United States unless you're just showing off.

He was also the very first ambidextrous president, so he was able to write with both hands—at the same time.

Garfield's solution to his friend's boredom is to have them ask him questions and then write the answers in both Latin and Greek at the same time!

That may not be the infinite well of entertainment that YouTube is these days, but I know I'd still be entertained!


When 'South Park' aired its anti-'Family Guy' episode, they received flowers from the crew of 'The Simpsons'

South Park fans may remember the episodes titled “Cartoon Wars” (parts one and two).

In the episode, it is announced that a Family Guy episode will air with the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a character.

Cartman apparently believes that the episode is offensive to Muslims and decides to go to Hollywood to try to get the episode pulled.

Jabs at Family Guy occur throughout the show. A few other big names in the cartoon comedy world loved it.

Trey Parker, co-creator of the series and the writer of the episode said “the day after that episode aired, we got flowers from The Simpsons. We got calls from King of the Hill, saying we were doing God's work. It's not just our opinion.”

Parker clarified what the show’s writers think of Family Guy in the DVD commentary:

"We totally understand that people love it, that's why we put it in the show, we understand that it speaks to some people and it can just be a simple laugh and that's great and we certainly don't think it should be taken off the air or anything like that, we just don't respect it in terms of writing."

He later referred to the writers behind the show as "smart" but emphatically criticized their overuse of "gag-humor".


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Nature is a legal entity in Ecuador, and people can sue on behalf of it!

Ecuador enacted a new constitution in 2008 and in it, it became the first country in the world to codify the Rights of Nature. The constitution recognizes the rights of ecosystems to flourish and it allows people to take legal action on behalf of the environment.

Ecuador had a history of abuse with the oil industry, including a class-action lawsuit against Chevron, which led to the adoption of Nature Rights in the country. The concept that resonated in this argument was called Buen Vivir, or good living. Buen Vivir meant to live a good life in a communal sense, and the community includes Nature.

There have been a number of legal disputes that have invoked the Rights of Nature. Check the source to read more about them!


The handshake holds a lot of meaning--and history.

Fist bumps, head nods and secret hand maneauvers crowd the way many people greet each other these days, but nothing beats the good, old fashioned handshake.

Though it may feel like a way to assert your dominance when you squeeze the other hand as hard as possible, it actually originated from a very peaceful gesture in a tumultuous time.

The first time a handshake was documented appears on the Kalhu monument, which shows the Assyrian king, Shalmaneser III, and Babylonian Marduk-zakir-sumi, shaking hands in public to show friendship between the nations.

It's believed to be practiced all the way back to the 5th century BC in ancient Greece. Archeologists have found pottery with soldiers shaking hands in many of the ruins.

The thought behind the handshake was as a gesture of peace and trust. A soldier would present a hand that doesn't have a weapon.

Today, handshakes mean many things other than an almost universal greeting. They now convey anything from congratulations, to respect, to a binding agreement.



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