Best Facts of the Month - Page 4

Bubble wrap's original intended use will surprise you.

In 1957, inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes attempted to create a 3D wallpaper.

Unfortunately, the wallpaper didn't catch on but the men realized that it was useful for packing delicate items for shipping!

The success and popularity of bubble wrap has gotten so large that the last Monday of every January is dubbed "Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day".

Toy company Bandai even created a virtual bubble wrap popping toy called "Mugen Puchipuchi" and a version was created for the Wii!

Do you like popping bubble wrap? What's your favorite thing to do with it? Tell us in the comments!


A Japanese scientist made a burger out of human feces!

A Japanese scientist named Mitsuyuki Ikeda developed a new burger made from sewage! Ikeda says he developed the meat to combat rising meat prices and environmental damage. He claims the new meat is healthier and less damaging to nature because it is all recycled material.

The bacteria in the sewage is rendered harmless from heating and added chemicals. It consists of 63 percent protein, 25 percent carbohydrates, 3 percent lipids, 9 percent minerals, and looks almost identical to red meat!


When you pet a cat and it lifts its behind, it is inviting you to sniff its anal glands!

Cats have over 30 different sounds to relay their feelings. Cats are sociable and mix with other cats constantly. They don’t live in packs like dogs do. They use very subtle and complex body language and speak with each other. 

There are at least 25 different visual signals used in 16 different combinations used by cats to intercommunicate. The main goal when they use body language is to avoid or end physical confrontation. The body language is broken down into parts- the head, the body, and the tail. 

They must be seen as a whole, though, to understand what the cat is trying to communicate. The eyes, mouth, and ears must also be paid close attention to. Most cat owners adapt and learn some of what their cat is trying to communicate through body language. 

No one understands it all, though. Interestingly, when a cat lifts its behind after you pet it, it is inviting you to sniff its anal glands. It is a way of being friendly and inviting you to be close with them and get to know them. 


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A baby fell out of a window 2 years in a row. He landed on the same passer-by both times!

In Detroit sometime in the 1930s, a young mother must have been eternally grateful to a man named Joseph Figlock. As Figlock was walking down the street, the mother's baby fell from a high window onto Figlock. The baby's fall was broken and both man and baby were unharmed.

A stroke of luck on it's own, but a year later, the very same baby fell from the very same window onto poor, unsuspecting Joseph Figlock as he was again passing beneath. And again, they both survived the event. In another crazy story, twin boys born in Ohio were separated at birth, being adopted by different families. Unknown to each other, both families named the boys James. And here the coincidences just begin.

Both James grew up not even knowing of the other, yet both sought law-enforcement training, both had abilities in mechanical drawing and carpentry, and each had married women named Linda. They both had sons whom one named James Alan and the other named James Allan. The twin brothers also divorced their wives and married other women - both named Betty. And they both owned dogs which they named Toy. Forty years after their childhood separation, the two men were reunited to share their amazingly similar lives.


There’s a tiny animal that can survive in such extreme environments that it could stay alive in space

They’re called tardigrades, but are more commonly known as moss piglets or waterbears. They are small water-dwelling animals with eight legs and their name means “slow walker.” However, what is amazing about these creatures is that they can live in environments that would kill almost any other animal. Some can survive temperatures close to absolute zero and as high as 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

They can endure over 1,000 times more radiation than other animals and go over a decade without water. These creatures are so amazing that recent studies have found that even when sent into the vacuum of space they returned alive!



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