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The plants used to make beer and marijuana are in the same botanical family!


Believe it or not you can pretty much say that both these plants are family!Cannabaceae is the scientific name that is given to this family of plants which include more de 170 species grouped in about 11 genera.

The Cannabacea family includes many plants, in which Cannabis (hemp/weed), Humulus (hops) and Celtis (hackberries) are included. And many of these plants have been used for ritual/medicinal purposes in China since 494 B.C!

Hop is currently used in the production of beer because of it's aromatic substances, while different subspecies of hemp are cultivated for the production of fiber, as a source of cheap oil, for the nutritious seeds or for medical cannabis!

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Prisoners In The United States Have More Than Quadrupled Within The Last 3 Decades to Millions!


Studies show that between 1980 and 2008, prisoners within the United States went from 500,000 to over 2.3 million. That's approximately the population of Houston and Arlington, Texas combined.

While the US is 5% of the world's population, it holds approximately 25% of the world's prisoners. This doesn't even count the amount of people that are out on parole.

Under this note, it is found that 1 in every 31 people are under some type of correctional control whether this be probation, etc.

The amount of prisoners is equate to $70 billion dollars in annual funding to correctional facilities. There is also approximately $200 billion spent yearly on the safety of public alone.

Is the incarceration of so many people worth the money that is spent annually?

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Allied forces dropped dummies to trick German armies!


They’re called paradummies and were first used during World War II. Their purpose was to make an air invasion seem much more daunting than it actually was, and they were extremely successful. While both sides used the dummies, the British were the ones who perfected the technique. 

The most famous time paradummies were used was on June 6, 1944 called Operation Titanic. In the early hours of the morning 500 dummies were dropped in four different locations. Attached to the dummies were rifle fire simulators and two teams of Special Air Service soldiers who carried loud battle noise recordings. 

Their intent was to push German troops away from the Allies actual drop zones, which they accomplished. Unfortunately, only two of the soldiers that were not dummies escaped when the Germans rushed at who they assumed were enemy soldiers. 

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Johnny Depp is blind in one eye!


The versatile and rebellious actor Johnny Depp has recently revealed to 'Rolling Stone' that he is blind in his left eye. Depp has been struggling with his vision all his life. He is near-sighted in his right eye and has never had proper vision.

He wears glasses when not on set, because without them he can only see a few feet in front of him. Being one of Hollywood's most versatile actors, one would never notice that he is battling to see while he is portraying his deep, dark, or sinister characters.

The fact that he is blind in his one eye may even be one of the reasons the actor adopted Golden Eye, the one-eyed Andalusian horse who played Gunpowder in 'Sleepy Hollow,' thereby saving the horse from a horrible fate.

Battling his challenges with sight seems nothing compared to the 'Edward Scissorhands' star's battle for normalcy. He is quoted as having one desire. "Going somewhere where you don't have to be on the run or sneak in through the kitchen or the underground labyrinth of the hotel," he said. "At a certain point, when you get old enough or get a few brain cells back, you realize that, on some level, you lived a life of a fugitive."

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The Herbivorous Galapagos Tortoise sometimes hunts birds by drawing them under its shell. It then withdraws its limbs, crushing the bird beneath its weight.


The Galpagos tortoise has a mutually beneficial relationship with some species of Galpagos finch and mockingbirds. The tortoises let the birds feed on parasites stuck in spots on their body that they can't reach.

Small groups of finches initiate the process by hopping on the ground in an exaggerated fashion facing the tortoise.

The tortoise signals it is ready by rising up and extending its neck and legs, enabling the birds to reach otherwise inaccessible spots on the tortoise's body such as the neck, rear legs, cloacal opening, and skin between plastron and carapace.

The birds benefit from the food source and the tortoises get rid of irritating parasites.

The Galpagos tortoise is known as a herbivore, generally eating 70-80 pounds of plant life every single day. Their diets consist of cacti, grasses, leaves, lichens, and berries. But they don't always eat a vegetarian diet.

The tortoises will sometimes insidiously exploit its mutualistic relationship with birds. After rising and extending its limbs, the bird may go beneath the tortoise to investigate, whereupon suddenly the tortoise withdraws its limbs to drop flat and kill the bird. It then steps back to eat the bird, presumably to supplement its diet with protein.

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