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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.


You know about Pearl Harbor; but this Japanese attack on America was even deadlier!

In the Battle of the Aleutian Islands during World War II, U.S. Troops fought to remove Japanese garrisons established on a pair of U.S.-owned islands west of Alaska.

In June 1942, Japan had seized the remote, sparsely inhabited islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands.

It was the only U.S. Soil Japan would claim during the war in the Pacific. The maneuver was possibly designed to divert U.S. Forces during Japan's attack on Midway Island in the central Pacific.

It’s also possible the Japanese believed holding the two islands could prevent the U.S. From invading Japan via the Aleutians.

Either way, the Japanese occupation was a blow to American morale. In May 1943, U.S. Troops retook Attu and three months later reclaimed Kiska, and in the process gained experience that helped them prepare for the long "island-hopping" battles to come as World War II raged across the Pacific Ocean.

More people were killed during this battle than at Pearl Harbor.


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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!



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