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A pineapple is neither an apple nor a pine!

In fact, it’s a berry! A pineapple is a tropical plant of multiple edible fruits consisting of coalesced berries, named for its resemblance to the pinecone.

It is considered a multiple edible fruit because it is formed from a cluster of flowers, in which the inflorescence produces a fruit and matures into a single mass. A pineapple is simply a large berry misnamed because of its appearance!


It's possible to crush a 55 gallon steel drum by heating it up and getting it cold quickly

Watch the video below. As the girl explains, by heating up this giant steel drum and then quickly cooling it with ice water, you can crush it like a can. This is due to the air pressure changing due to the temperature. The last 10 seconds are awesome.

Some awesome lists!

The moon and planets cannot be legally colonized as territories of a single nation.

The Outer Space Treaty, signed in 1967, prohibits it. It was first signed by the U.S., the U.K, and the Soviet Union. The treaty forms the basis of international space law. As of 2011, 100 countries have signed and ratified the treaty and another 26 have signed, but have not ratified it.

The treaty also prohibits any nation from placing a nuclear weapon or other weapon of mass destruction into orbit around Earth. Neither can any nation put one on the Moon or any other celestial body. The Moon is exclusively for peaceful purposes, too.


Francis Crick was high on LSD when he deduced the double helix structure of DNA!

Crick is known as one of the fathers of genetics and won a Nobel Prize for his work. After he and his research partner made their discovery, they famously ran from the Cavendish Laboratory to the Eagle pub in Cambridge where they announced they’d discovered the secret of life. Turns out he was also tripping. LSD was at the time an experimental drug, and Crick used it to 'boost his powers of thought.' They were boosted, all right, when he deduced the double helix shape of DNA

Crick later admitted to using small doses of LSD from time to time. In the 1960s Crick supported an organization and movement to legalize cannabis. He even wrote a piece to The Times in 1967 about reforming drug laws.



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