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A crash reversed a paralympian’s paralysis!

Monique van der Vorst, a 27-year-old from the Netherlands, was formerly a paralympian athlete as a hand cyclist. After a collision, when a bike hit van der Vorst, she ended up in the hospital and began to feel a tingling sensation in her legs. Slowly, she began regaining movement in her legs, and after many months of rehabilitation, she gained the ability to stand and walk for the first time in more than a decade! 

Van der Vorst had been paralyzed since the age of 13. Before the accident that restored her ability to walk, van der Vorst was training to be a part of the 2012 Paralympics in London. Because she can now walk, she can no longer compete in the Paralympics as she had been training for, a career she misses. 

Able-bodied, van der Vorst has worked hard to relearn how to ride a traditional bike. She has joined the Rabobank cycling team and is working hard to catch up to the other athletes on the team. It’s her goal to compete in the 2016 Olympics. 

Eyepatches can help you see in the dark.

Here’s how it works:

You wear an eyepatch over one eye all day whenever you are out in the sun or in a well-lit area. The eyepatch should always be over the same eye whenever you are in the light. Then, whenever it’s dark, switch the eyepatch to the other eye. Your eyes take time to adjust to different light conditions. If one eye is only ever exposed to darkness, and the other one only ever exposed to light, your eyes will never have to adjust. Switching from day-vision to night-vision is as easy as switching your eyepatch to a different eye.

It has been speculated that pirates wore their trademark eyepatches to make it easier to transition from being above deck on a ship to going below deck where it’s darker. Of course, eyepatches have many uses, from covering up injuries, to treating “lazy eye”. For all we know, a lot of pirates could have had lazy eye.

(Sources: 1, 2)

A Sergeant in the Vietnam War single handedly killed more than 30 enemies while refusing to leave his injured comrades!

History is the home to heroic icons that are way more bad ass than any Bruce Willis movie ever. Sergeant Ed Eaton is one of those men.

After his helicopter was shot down by the Vietcong in 1969, Ed, Major Mike Perkins, and another group of soldiers found themselves critically wounded as the enemy approached.

Ed Eaton was the least injured of all the soldiers, and took it upon himself to grab his assault rifle, and a broken sniper rifle and try to hold off the enemy.

He positioned himself on top of the busted helicopter and began to open fire, alternative between an assault rifle and a sniper rifle to trick the enemy into thinking there were more men firing than there actually was.

A rescue helicopter picked up the wounded soldiers, but Mike Perkins was pinned down underneath wreckage from the previous helicopter crash.

He was given a grenade to use in case he was about to get captured. Ed Eaton, on the other hand, refused to let Perkins die alone with no hope of survival.

Ed Eaton stayed and saved his last two bullets for Perkins and himself. Luckily, the Vietcong began to retreat and another rescue helicopter was sent. They rescued both Ed and Mike!


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A man built a device that lets him fly like a bird!

People have been trying to fly like a bird for centuries, but they have never been successful. Jarno Smeets has come as close as possible however, with the aid of motors, an Android phone and some light fabric.

Birds are able to fly because they have a very light bone structure that makes it easy for their wings to carry them in the air. The Dutch engineer realized that his arms were not going to be able to generate enough power to lift him, however. To get around this, he created a device that generated 2,000 watts of continuous power that allowed motors to give his arms enough strength to flap the wings as much as needed. 

Check out the video below to watch him fly!



UPDATE: Fake? Hold on my Kid Icari. It seems that some tech blogs have raised doubts over whether this was real or if it was a CGI fabrication. Read TechCrunch coverage about it here

Every single tweet is archived in the Library of Congress.

Yes, Congress is taking steps to ensure that you’re online legacy remains intact. Every public tweet since Twitter’s inception in March 2006 has been and will continue to be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. This means that the library is ingesting more than 50 million tweets every single day. 

The best part of this entire story is that the Library of Congress actually tweeted this information on April 14 2010. This was on the same day their number of followers surpassed 50 000. The implications of this are overwhelming. Just think, social networking has made it possible for future generations to find out what was once “trending.” 

All the people that we misquoted, and what exactly we had for lunch that one time. And, of course, every single OMG Fact that we've tweeted out!



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