Best Facts of the Month - Page 2

A man was nominated for the Nobel Prize 81 times and NEVER won!

The amount of physicists that have been nominated for the Nobel Prize is huge. In fact, a lot of the most important physicists in history have never won the prize.

Some of them didn’t get it because they weren’t born after 1895, some because people didn’t believe in their job at first and some because they competed against geniuses.

However, Arnold Sommerfled is the perfect example of irony. Arnold Sommerfield, a theoretical physicist, was doctoral supervisor to 4 physicists who went on to win Nobel Prizes in physics, and academic supervisor to 2 others who also won. He himself was nominated 81 times.

Despite of his hard work, he was never able to achieve the big prize, and hence, died without a Nobel Prize.


There’s a haunted house so terrifying few people actually make it through!

Haunted houses are always popular around Halloween, and just like everything we do, humans always find a way to go a little overboard. There is one haunted house, called “Blackout Haunted House,” where you must be over 18 to enter and must go through alone. After you enter, you have to stay on the line or will be immediately removed from the house. You can’t touch the actors or walls, and you’re not even allowed to speak!

The house is so violent that a protective mask has to be worn at all times. So what makes it so terrifying? Ridiculously violent, and sexual, acts are constant on the walk and the majority of people are so disturbed they leave by saying, “safety,” which is the only word allowed to be uttered. Would you go? Tell us in the comments!


A 15-year old was arrested for stealing virtual goods in the game Runescape

Runescape is a Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). In its medieval setting, players can hone their characters skills in things like mining, fishing and woodcutting. Now, also some real life thievery.

An unnamed minor in the Netherlands was convicted for stealing virtual items from another boy back in 2007. The perp allegedly held the victim at knife-point at his computer until he logged in and dropped his items.

The defense argued that the items could not be considered 'stolen' because they weren't tangible and had no economic value. However, the court said that the objects had an intrinsic value because of the time and energy invested.

Man, we've been playing a lot of Minecraft around the office, but I don't think I would threaten Gaby with a knife for a diamond sword, no matter how hard they are to get.


Some awesome lists!

You should NOT brush your teeth after every meal.

It may seem like a good idea to brush your teeth after eating to clean out any stray food particles, and maybe to get a bad taste out of your mouth. However, according to Colgate your teeth are most vulnerable to damage after eating and drinking. The acidic foods and drinks we consume softens the enamel on our teeth. Brushing within 60 minutes after eating can wear down this enamel.

Though brushing after every meal isn’t a good idea, you should still brush 2-3 times every day. Brushing at night is the most important; when your mouth gets dry during sleep bacteria can more easily damage your teeth. Brushing in the morning is important to clean out the plaque that collected on your teeth overnight. Technically, it’s more effective to brush your teeth after breakfast than before (but again, it has to be at least an hour after you’re done eating). Brushing during the day is also a good idea, but brushing more than three times in one day can cause damage to the gums. I bet you didn’t think brushing teeth could be this complicated!

Click here for more about when and how to brush.

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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