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Butterflies in your stomach are caused by a lack of blood!


You know that sensation you get in your stomach when the person you are completely in love with looks in your general direction or when there’s only one more muffin left and you’re afraid the person in front of you in line is going to ask for it (other than hunger) or when your being hunted by a lion in the African savanna? Those “butterflies in your stomach” are a response to stress.

When people are stressed, they experience a “fight-or-flight” response. Brain signals are transmitted to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which are parts of the brain responsible for controlling bodily functions. The pituitary gland instantly signals the adrenal glands which sit on top of each kidney. Those glands release adrenaline and other chemicals into your blood stream.

The adrenaline causes rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and improved circulation of muscle so that you deal with or flee from the source of the stress (whether it be your beloved, the person in front of you in line, or a vicious lion in the African savanna).

Since blood is flowing to your lungs and muscles, less of it is reaching other organs including the stomach. This causes the light, nauseating sensation we all know and hate.

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There's an annual mooning for Amtrak trains!


There is an actual website devoted to giving the information of the next mooning for Amtrak trains. It's been a tradition for 33 years! They have also been doing an annual mooning of the Metrolink for 7 years. 

Everyone can meet up along the chain link fence across from the Mugs Away Saloon in Laguna Niguel, California. The tradition lasts all day. The website gives driving directions to the spot and suggests that you arrive by the Metrolink, because it is too congested to come by car. 

They ask for volunteers to help set up, but no one is specifically in charge. The Mooning Day is supposed to be a fun and law abiding tradition. The sheriff does make his rounds, so no alcohol or genital showing is allowed. They even have ‘night mooning’ after 8pm. Don’t miss the festivities! 

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What if I told you there were secret cities located in the world, their names and locations kept hidden by the government?


A closed city is a settlement with travel and residency restrictions. These cities don't show up on any maps, there are no road signs and bus routes only run to nearby villages.

Russia has got 44 acknowledged closed cities, with 15 more believed to exist, but nobody knows their locations or names apart from the Russian government.

These cities were established from the 1940's onwards. They were home to small communities with sensitive military, industrial and scientific facilities.

These cities were often situated on borders and close to rivers and lakes to provide large amounts of water needed for heavy industry and nuclear technology.

A closed city would often be guarded by barbed wire and prisons, although the residents could easily move in and out via the checkpoint. The existence of the city was often classified and residents were expected to uphold the secrecy of their residence.

Even after over 20 years since the end of the Soviet Union, Russia still officially keeps a number of its closed cities in the former Soviet republics.

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During its war with Iraq, Iran used school-aged children to clear the ground for its troops by running over minefields!


Go to Iran if you want to witness severe human rights abuses. Iran is notorious for using “human waves” to clear minefields or draw enemy fire during war. It cost many lives, but the tactic worked sometimes. Volunteers were swept away by patriotism and martyrdom war propaganda presented by the government during the revolution. 

Children were encouraged through visits to the schools as an invasive media campaign. Boys aged nine to sixteen proudly and excitedly lined up to become martyrs. They wore white headbands to signify their embracing of death. An estimated 95,000 Iranian child soldiers were killed during the war. 

The Iraq-Iran War was intense and brutal for all citizens. Poison gas was released on citizens during stalemates. Neither side had enough artillery to keep progressing in the war. They turned to dirty tactics that took the lives of countless innocent people. Poison gas was even let loose inside schools, needlessly killing children. The war took a major toll on the nation.

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A Missouri man is a designated smoking area!


John Britton is a lobbyist at Jefferson City, Missouri. He's been doing it for over 50 years and has built a reputation for being quite a character. Among his bigger accomplishments is Missouri's really low cigarette taxes.

Due to how well known and effective John Britton is, he was designated by a 1996 Missouri Senate Resolution to be a designated smoking area. Smoking is permitted within 10 feet of Britton anywhere in Missouri. Britton is now 88 and smokes three packs a day. It was done as a joke, but the law actually went into effect and he can now smoke almost anywhere in the Missouri city.

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