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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?


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. 


The original Ronald McDonald creator and personality was fired before his character got national recognition. Here's why

Oscar Goldstein, a former Washington, D.C. McDonald's franchise owner, was in some trouble when NBC cancelled his sponsored show Bozo's Circus in 1963. Bozo would regularly make appearance at his McDonald's, drawing in huge crowds. Since the show was now cancelled, Goldstein had to come up with a new mascot to entice his customers to return.

Goldstein met with the star of Bozo's Circus, Willard Scott, and hired him to recreate a new clown for the franchise. Willard Scott got a costume made by a marketing company, created the name Ronald McDonald, and began making appearances at Goldstein's restaurant in Washington D.C.

As McDonald's prepared for their national campaign to introduce Ronald McDonald to America, they fired Willard Scott, deeming his weight as the reason for termination. McDonald's felt that in order to sell hamburgers, shakes, and fries (generally, unhealthy food) to the American people, they needed a thinner mascot who appeared in shape. A thinner clown personality was hired, the campaign began, and business sky-rocketed. Scott moved on from the incident and continued to find success through books and television. He also later became the weatherman for NBC's Today Show.


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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.


A man has been told he's too fat to live in New Zealand!

The tiny island country is trying hard to curb their obesity rate, as they're third in the world in that infamous statistic. One of the ways they've been trying to fight it is by simply not allowing obese immigrants to go live there.

Albert Buitenhuis of South Africa moved to New Zealand in 2007. At the time he weighed 350 lbs and nobody batted an eye at that. Since then, however, the government has since changed the law and thinks that the man, now 285 lbs, is too much of a health risk for his work visa to be renewed.

The man and his wife have appealed the decision and neither can work until the immigration case has been fully heard.



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