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Game of Thrones started as a story about turtles.

George R. R. Martin is known as one of the most famous current fantasy writers, specifically for his acclaimed series called A Song of Ice and Fire, the first book of which is A Game of Thrones. So popular is the series that, as you likely know, it has spawned a wildly popular HBO series.

Martin has said that when he was a child, he would often buy “dime store turtles,” turtles that came in a plastic bowl with water, gravel, and a fake palm tree. The dime store turtles were the only pets Martin was allowed to have, and so he had half a dozen turtles living in a model castle courtyard in his room.

He started to pretend they were knights, lords, and kings, and soon began writing about the “turtle kingdom.” According to Martin, the turtles died very easily, so he began thinking they were killing each other in sinister plots and wrote this fantasy story about the wars in the turtle kingdoms.

Martin says this was how A Game of Thrones was started. Martin, who has been publishing the series since the 90s, is currently writing the sixth entry in A Song of Ice and Fire. The television adaptation on HBO has received widespread critical acclaim, and is returning for its third season next year.



Watching a horror movie may burn as many calories as a bar of chocolate has!

All this time you were buying workout videos, when really you should’ve been looking for the scariest movies you could find. Scientists have found that when people watch adrenaline-pumping horror movies they can burn as many as 200 calories in 90 minutes, the equivalent of a bar of chocolate.

The reason is because when you get scared by a horror movie, your pulse quickens, and adrenaline surges, creating an increase in your calorie consumption by 1/3 over what a person staring at a blank screen burns.

So which are the best horror movies to watch? The Shining came in the highest, burning about 184 calories on average. Jaws did 161 calories per 90 minutes, and the Exorcist, 158.

Learn more about this study here.

A one-year-old boy in India has broken a world record after being born with 34 fingers and toes!

Akshat Saxena had seven fingers on each hand and ten toes on each foot, according to a spokesman for Guinness World Records. This beats the previous record of a Chinese boy born with 31 fingers and toes.

The condition is known as polydactyly and is a rare genetic condition that makes unborn babies grow extra fingers and toes, usually on the little finger side of the hand. The parents were shocked, but did not know that their baby was so unusual. A family friend finally convinced them to go on the internet and enter the data. That's when they found that their kid had broken the world record.

The boy went into surgery and after 16 hours, he now only has 10 fingers and 10 toes.


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Alaska may seem like the most natural place on Earth, but guess again... it's SO polluted

Fairbanks, Alaska is a beautiful place. In fact, many will think it is a great place to go to in order to escape city life and get away from the typical pollution city dwellers are submitted to on a daily basis.

But don’t let the scenery fool you—if it's pollution you wish to escape from, plan your trip to Fairbanks for the summer months, not the winter.

During the winter months the citizens make use of wood stoves and backyard wood furnaces that grey the sky with thick clouds of smoke.

The problem is that they don’t only burn wood, but coal as well. Fairbanks is no longer the place you see on postcards and in travel brochures.

In the beginning of what is referred to as the winter stove season, the greater Fairbanks area experience days that exceed health limits established by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. During November of 2012 air-quality readings were twice as bad as Beijing's!

This is absolutely shocking if you consider Beijing’s population is estimated to be about 21 million and that of Fairbanks is only about 32,312.

The tiny particles in this soot pollution are so small that they can lodge in lungs and cause respiratory problems, heart ailments and possibly even lung cancer.


This pretty much proves that Harrison Ford is actually Han Solo in real life

Harrison Ford can boast more than just piloting the infamous Millennium Falcon in the original Star Wars trilogy—he's actually an avid pilot in real life too!

Plus he's even more like the hero we've all come to know and love, since he's actually used his aviation abilities to rescue those in need.

Harrison Ford may not fly spaceships in real life, but he is an avid fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter pilot. He began his training in the 1960s in Wild Rose, Wisconsin by flying a Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer but had to stop due to the steep $15 per hour price on lessons.

When he was finally wealthy enough to afford a Gulfstream II in the 1990s, he had his private pilot give him some lessons.

On Ford's 800-acre ranch in Wyoming he would help rescue those lost in the surrounding wilderness.

One time he managed to reach a hiker who was suffering dehydration and pulled him out. He is officially a volunteer emergency helicopter service for the local authorities.



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