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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.

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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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You will NOT believe who slipped Princess Leia some bad pot on the set of Star Wars


Stepping onto the set of Star Wars back in the late 70's would have felt like a drug trip in of itself with all the miniature models, robots, and extras in alien costumes prancing about.

Add in a little bit of Harrison Ford's personal stash of marijuana and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) had a really rough day!

From a young age Carrie Fisher had experimented with drugs and hallucinogens recreationally. When she started shooting Star Wars at the age of 19, marijuana had already begun to have a bad effect of her, causing her to be paranoid and unhappy.

What changed so drastically that made her drug of choice turn on her? Turns out it was Han Solo's weed that began to make her loopy, causing her to move on to pain killers and hallucinogens.

No wonder Luke Skywalker started seeing ghosts and was able to move things around with his mind!

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John Muir once 'kidnapped' the president and managed to save Yosemite by doing so!


The early 20th century was a simpler time full of slow cars, formal wear, and kidnapping the president to get your way.

John Muir, National Parks advocate and nature lover, needed to steal adventure-lover Theodore Roosevelt from the boring scheduled dinners and speeches and show him the real Yosemite.

Yosemite was in danger of being mined out, overrun with logging camps and used for sheep herding.

Yosemite's great protector, John Muir, wouldn't stand for this kind of treatment of one of the most beautiful places on Earth and was prepared to take drastic measures to show the president what fun a little wilderness is. It wasn't tough to convince Teddy Roosevelt to play along.

The party the president traveled with continued on after resting, assuming he was in the front car. When the caravan was out of sight, Muir and Roosevelt came out of hiding and camped along the Glacier Point trail for a few days, enjoying camp fires and porterhouse steaks.

When the president finally returned, he made it his personal mission to set aside vast reserves of protected forests and double the amount of National Parks. Mission accomplished!

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