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An explosion in France was so loud, it was heard in London!


In common use, the word noise means any unwanted sound. Noises have different volume levels, and logic can pretty much explain that the loudest the noise, the more “I want to rip my ears off” feeling will increase.

Ever wondered what’s the loudest noise that mankind has ever heard?

On July 1 of 1916, at the Battle of the Somme, a charge of 60,000 lbs. Of explosives was detonated creating a crater that was 300 feet across and 90 feet deep.

The explosion, which occurred in France, could be heard as far away as London and was the loudest man made sound in history at the time.

Apparently there has been a louder noise, but this is one that Europe will surely never forget.

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Verkhoyansk, Russia, has an average temperature of -50 degrees! How do they survive?


Verkhoyansk is a small town in Russia with a population of 1,311 people. The town's claim to fame is having exceptionally low climate temperatures during the winter. The average temperature during December, January, and February is a freezing -50 degrees Fahrenheit, and it's one of the only places in the world that has recorded temperatures of BELOW -76 degrees Fahrenheit for EVERY DAY in January! During these months, the sun rises at 2p.m. And sets at 3p.m.!

Not only is the town unlucky with its weather, but also with the local wildlife. In January 2012, a pack of 400 wolves attacked the town, killing 313 horses and over 16,000 reindeer. Locals had to patrol the area on snowmobiles until government officials could intervene!

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Only about 1% of the average tree is alive! How does it grow?


It's common knowledge that trees are living things, but 99% of it's cells aren't! Just 1% of a tree can actually be called 'living.' This living portion, called the cambium, is located under the bark and in the leaves and roots. On average, it's only several cells thick!

What does this portion of the tree do? It delivers food and nutrients to the rest of the tree, helping it grow. Most of the non-living parts of the tree work to protect the small amount of living portions. This helps the tree produce seeds, so more can be planted for the next generation.

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Composer Johannes Brahms took a bunch of drinking songs and combined them into a symphony as a sarcastic "thank you"


In 1879 the University of Breslau awarded Johannes Brahms with an honorary doctorate. Brahms loathed the public fanfare of celebrity and decided he would send a handwritten thank-you note to the University as acknowledgement.

Bernard Scholz, the conductor who nominated him for the degree, convinced him that a grander gesture of gratitude will be required. The University expected a musical offering. "Compose a fine symphony for us!" Scholz wrote to Brahms. "But well orchestrated, old boy, not too uniformly thick!"

Brahms, being a known joker, created a very boisterous medley of student drinking songs in an intricately designed structure, drawing on the ‘academic’ for the treatment of his sources. Brahms personally conducted the premiere of the symphony on 4 January 1881 at a special convocation held by the University, causing distress to many academics in the audience (and mischievous delight to others).

The piece calls for one of the largest ensembles for any of Brahms’ compositions: piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets (both doubling on B-flat and C clarinets), two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns (two in C and two in E), three C trumpets, three trombones, one tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, and strings.

A typical performance of the Academic Festival Overture lasts around ten minutes and the work is still a staple of today’s concert hall repertoire.

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Pixar's 'Cars' brought in so much money they basically HAD to make the sequel! See how much they made


Pixar's 'Cars' is a well-known animated movie featuring talking cars geared towards small children. When 'Cars' was released in 2006, the marketing and advertisements were spotted everywhere to get the name out there. What the marketing director and promoters didn't realize was that they were selling a whole company and not just a movie.

Opening weekend for 'Cars' was a disappointment and barely brought in a modest amount of money compared to other Pixar hits. 'Cars' brought in $461 million in theatrical revenue.

The expected number of movie ticket sales may have been disappointing, but like any other Pixar movie, they had to begin merchandising. Movie companies need to make novelty gifts, toys, clothing etc. That are movie themed, so that fans of the movie can purchase them and bring in extra revenue.

Pixar films launched their global merchandising products and were blown away by the result. In the next five years after the theatrical release of 'Cars', the merchandise sales reached over $8 billion dollars! This is the most revenue by a single film, ever.

Due to this success, the producers saw no choice but to make a sequel and try to do it all over again. 'Cars' 2 was released in 2011 and grossed over 200 million in theatrical sales.

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