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An American Supermodel starred in an ad that was so racy, it caused car accidents all over Europe. Find out who it was


In 1994, major clothing retailer H&M was launching a new campaign to promote their new lingerie line all over Europe. They wanted to really grab the attention of their consumers, so they hired former Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole Smith.

You may know her as the face of Guess? Jeans or as 1993’s Playmate of the Year, but Anna Nicole’s Smith’s most famous picture was when she posed in lingerie on billboards all over Europe. The enlarged black and white photos, depicting a voluptuous Anna Nicole laying on her back, caused over eighteen car accidents in several major European Cities.

The distracted drivers were oblivious to the other surrounding cars, as they turned their heads to catch one more glimpse of the gorgeous Anna Nicole.

Before her untimely death in 2007, Anna Nicole continued to turn heads when she campaigned for weight-loss product Trim Spa in her bikini on television and billboard ads in 2003.

In 2004, she posed naked in a fashion magazine to prove that she did not undergo surgery to lose weight and that Trim Spa did in fact work.

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Like math problems? How about figuring out how many ways you can make change for $100. No worries, we have the answer


You know those people in school that always seem a bit too smart for their own good and have enough free time on their hands to put it to really silly uses? Well, get ready for a seriously mind-boggling math fun fact. There are 9,823,546,661,905 ways to break a $100 bill. So, how would you like your change?

Larry King brought up in a 2001 USA Today column that there were 293 ways to make change for one dollar, in currently minted denominations. This is including the one dollar coin that was popular years ago but has since fallen out of favor. Using a half dollar there are 50 combinations and 242 combinations without, getting the 293 grand total.

Warning: Math mumbo-jumbo incoming. To get the answer for any denomination you use trhe coefficient of x^100 in the reciprocal of the following: (1-x)(1-x^5)(1-x^10)(1-x^25)(1-x^50)(1-x^100). That's multiplying everything with every coin denomination (penny, nickel, dime, etc).

$2 bills were allowed and there was no distinguishing between a dollar bill and a dollar coin.

There is some dispute, however, since the dictionary states that "change" is "a number of coins or bills whose total value equals a single larger coin or bill." Therefore, $1 can't be change for $1, skewing the results a bit.

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The tallest blank wall in the world is a Manhattan skyscraper that is completely windowless! Find out why


New York City is known for their towering skyscrapers that give power company executives—and tourists—a bird's eye view of the city. However, there is one building that stands tall at 29 stories—and doesn't have a single window. What a waste of a fantastic view!

33 Thomas Street is the location of the former AT&T Long Lines Building, built in 1974 and standing at 550 feet in the Manhattan Borough. It's a prime example of Brutalist architectural style, sporting no windows and existing as a flat concrete face—not too appealing on the eyes.

The main purpose of the building was to house telephone switching equipment with average floor heights of 18 feet, much larger than an average high-rise, and incredibly hard floors that can hold up to 200-300 pounds per square foot.

Six large air ducts protrude from the side of the building on the 10th and 29th floors—the only openings to the outside. Many consider it one of the most secure buildings in the world, able to withstand nuclear fallout for up to two weeks after a blast. It's also been noted as "the tallest blank wall in the world." Not exactly a prime tourist attraction.

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New studies show that all humans will develop cancer if they live long enough! Find out why


New studies every day are informing the public of cancer prevention and causes. As it turns out, the cancer cell will eventually be in everyone's body, if the live long enough.

Cancer is a problem worldwide and although there are treatments, there is still no cure. Cancer, however, is not the same throughout the world. Cancer varies from country to country and from culture to culture. This disease is definitely carried through genetics, but one of the main factors of Cancer are the environment you live in.

For example, one in five people in The United States died from cancer. However, some communities in the US prove this statistic incorrect. For example, strict Mormons in Utah are less likely to get cancer because of their lifestyle and environment. Furthermore, Cancer has been reportedly low in the affluent population in Africa as well.

Although how and when you get cancer depends on your genetic and environment, studies show that if you live long enough, the human body will eventually develop cancer. The mutation of these cells, although preventable for a certain amount of time, is inevitable.

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Octopi are so intelligent that they're considered honorary vertebrates in animal cruelty laws!


The octopus isn’t the first animal that comes to mind when most people think of intelligent animals. That may make sense given that octopi are classified are invertebrates and belong to the mollusk family. In fact, there are some mollusks that do not have brains at all, such as the clam.

To say that Octopi are intelligent animals requires some definition of what is meant by “intelligence.” Well, they are capable of having emotions, displaying individual personalities, playing with toys, and can even form relationships with people.

These traits are rare among animals, being that only a few species have those abilities to any great extent. Chimpanzees are one example, but that’s hardly unexpected, since they are closely related to humans. In contrast, Octopi are not at all closely related to human beings.

An octopus has a brain about the size of a walnut, which is the largest brain of any invertebrate. It contains an estimated 130 million neurons. Though many are stored in the arms, they are a good indicator of an animal’s intelligence.

Researchers are aware that we cannot know with complete certainty how various animals perceive the world, but we are discovering new things all the time that we never expected.

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