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The Malay word for water is ‘air’!

These symbols are really cool. They are called ambigrams and read the same upside down as they do right-side up!


The voice of Spongebob Squarepants is married to the woman who voices Plankton’s computer wife Karen!

Tom Kenny and his wife Jill Talley first appeared together on the short-lived FOX sketch-comedy series The Edge from 1992 to 1993, and later on HBO’s Mr. Show from 1995 to 1998. We have already covered Kenny’s various vocal roles in a previous fact, but his wife has also had a great deal of success. Jill Talley appeared as three characters on the Cartoon Network show Camp Lazlo and as Sarah Dubois on Adult Swim’s The Boondocks. She has also landed minor acting roles in films such as Little Miss Sunshine and Sky High.

You can set your Google language as 'Elmer Fudd'!

Dis way aww yo seawch wesults wiww wook wike dis! Fortunately for our bumbling friend, it’s always ‘wabbit searching season’ on Google, and you never have to be ‘vewy, vewy quiet’ when hunting for your results.

Some other fun language settings are: ‘Pirate’, ‘Hacker’, and ‘Bork, bork, bork’ (the language of the Swedish chef from the Muppets).
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Bees can detect explosives.

Entomologists (bug scientists) have known that bees can detect different kinds of dangerous chemicals, but research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory has shown that they can be trained to detect explosive materials!

The way you can train bees to detect explosives is to mix the explosive chemicals with sugar water. In a laboratory, when bees approach sugar water they have the same reaction that they have to flowers: they extend their proboscises to suck out the nectar. Doing this repeatedly with explosives and sugar water will cause the bees to associate the scent of the explosive chemicals with nectar. Bees trained in this way are actually more reliable than a lot of man-made equipment at detecting the explosive TATP, the same explosive used by American al-Qaeda terrorist Richard Reid and likely the explosive used in the 2005 London train bombings.

In the 2008 presidential election, neither of the major-party candidates were born in the mainland of the United States!

As you have likely heard, politicians and the media made a great stink earlier this year about the country of President Obama’s birth. The debate was finally laid to rest with the release of his long-form birth certificate, which showed that he was born in Hawaii, as he had always claimed. Barack Obama is the first president in U.S. history to have been born outside the 48 contiguous states, but most do not realize that his opponent in 2008 was born much further away! Senator John McCain was actually born down in Central America...but he is technically a United States citizen. McCain’s father, John McCain, Jr., was an officer in the Navy that was stationed down in Panama when his wife Roberta was pregnant with their son. At the time the Panama Canal was under American control, so a section of the country called the “Panama Canal Zone” was technically U.S. territory. John III was born on August 29th at Coco Solo Naval Air Station, which was located inside this zone.


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