Best Facts of the Week - Page 10

American scientists predicted a devastaing avalanche in Peru, but no one listened. Unfortunately, they were right!

In 1962, American scientists David Bernays and Charles Sawyer, who were studying in Peru, reported seeing a huge vertical slab of rock being undermined by a glacier. They realized that should it fall, it would completely destroy the town of Yungay.

When David and Charles reported this information, the local government was furious. They ordered the two to either retract the information or leave the country. The scientists fled, and citizens were forced to keep quiet about the impending disaster.

Unfortunately, it still stuck. On May 30, 1970, an earthquake caused the unstable rock in the mountain to collapse. This caused the glacial ice to fall in an avalanche, which buried the town and killed 20,000 people. There were only 92 survivors!


The grandson of the designer of Hitler's bunker built Saddam Hussein's bunker. Apparently it runs in the family!

Lots of people share their craft with their son or daughter in an attempt to pass on their legacy and the skill that they practice.

However, not many pass on the trade of building bunkers for infamous public enemies. Such appears to be the legacy of the woman who designed Adolf Hitler's bunker.Two generations later, her grandson would go on to be the designer of Saddam Hussein's bunker.

One can only guess how a family gets in such a business, but there is no guesswork in regards to why the grandson was asked to build the bunker. Simply put: He was good at his job. Massive bombs created for the purpose of reaching and tearing apart underground bunkers were unable to even scratch the man's creation.

Layers of concrete in its construction were put in place above the bunker for the purpose of 'tricking' any bunker busting bombs that 'detect' the amount of levels or floors that it crashes through before it explodes. The palace above the bunker was almost completely mutilated by the explosions, showing just how defensible the designer's layout turned out to be.


Until 1974, women couldn't get credit cards unless they were married! Why wouldn't anyone issue them a card?

Chances are that these days, you know many women who have credit cards. Until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was signed in 1974, however, that wasn't the case! Back then, credit cards were only issued to men. Males were seen as the 'breadwinners' of their families and in charge of the finances. Not even divorced women were eligible for credit, since it was assumed that if they couldn't keep a marriage under control, they couldn't keep their money under control!

After the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was signed, women could easily get credit cards and have embraced this. Women now hold the majority of active credit cards by a 5-to-4 margin!


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The Hancock building in Boston has two 300-ton weights on the roof! Find out why they were installe

The John Hancock Building, also referred to as The Hancock, is a 60-story skyscraper in Boston built in 1976. The Hancock held the title of the tallest building in Boston for more than 30 years, as well as being the tallest building in the New England area.

The style for the building was intended to be tall, thin, and show mostly glass as the exterior. Henry N. Cobb took on the challenge to create Boston’s newest skyscraper and landmark. He used the largest windows possible and kept the panes to a minimum. These windows were tinted blue so that the building would blend in with the blue skies on a sunny day. These large windows, lacking the window pane they need to hold, failed and windows started falling from the building on to the sidewalk. This was just one of many repairs made causing the building to open 5 years passed the scheduled date.

After trial and error, and even repairing the building with plywood, the building finally opened. As the building began to become occupied, the building manager was getting complaints from employees that they were getting motion sickness. Most skyscrapers blow in the wind slightly. The movements enable the structure to have some give and take so it doesn’t not have to support all of the wind blowing against it.

In order to make the building sturdier, two 300-ton steel weights filled with lead were placed on either side of the roof. This helped the building from swaying and causing the employees to feel nauseated.


Only about 1% of the average tree is alive! How does it grow?

It's common knowledge that trees are living things, but 99% of it's cells aren't! Just 1% of a tree can actually be called 'living.' This living portion, called the cambium, is located under the bark and in the leaves and roots. On average, it's only several cells thick!

What does this portion of the tree do? It delivers food and nutrients to the rest of the tree, helping it grow. Most of the non-living parts of the tree work to protect the small amount of living portions. This helps the tree produce seeds, so more can be planted for the next generation.



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