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Some LEGO employees get LEGO people business cards!

This is a very creative way to get your brand out. Some senior LEGO staff get a minifig that looks like them to hand out instead of business cards. Check out the card on the right. Pretty creative no?


Alligator blood can fight HIV and may be coming to a drugstore near you in the next 5 years

Turns out Charlie Sheen had it all wrong—tiger blood is not where it's at. Alligator blood, however, could solve a whole slew of human health issues in the future.

It all began when scientists wondered why alligators so rarely have infected wounds despite their many violent fights over territory and mates in swampy, bacteria-ridden environments. This led them to run tests on the animals' blood. Chemists in Louisiana discovered that while humans can fight against 8 strains of bacteria, alligators can destroy 23 strains, including strains known to be resistant to antibiotics. It can also destroy a significant amount of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

One of the co-authors of the study, Lancia Darville from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, explains that peptides or strands of protein in alligators' blood helps them stave off infections. Darville explains, "Once we sequence these peptides, we can obtain their chemical structure to potentially [create new] drugs."

Despite potential problems such as the fact that higher concentrations of the alligator serum can prove toxic to human cells, the study team of scientists and biochemists believes that pills and creams containing safe levels of the alligator peptides could be on shelves at local pharmacies and drugstores within the next five years. These products would be especially useful for burn victims and those who suffer from auto-immune diseases.


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Matt LeBlanc was on his last $11 when he auditioned to play Joey on Friends!

Matt LeBlanc started off his career in a bunch of well-known commercials in the late 1980s. He was in a Heinz, a Levi's, and a Coca-Cola commercial. Then he got a couple of gigs on TV shows in 1988 through 1991. They either made it through one full season and were nixed or they didn't even make it through a whole season before being cancelled.

He made it into several music videos, too, including in a Jon Bon Jovi and an Alanis Morissette where he played her boyfriend. He was almost always cast as an Italian. In reality he is of Dutch, French, English, Irish, and Italian descent. In 1994, he auditioned for a little show called Friends as Joey Tribbiani.

He had only $11 in his pocket at the time and he luckily landed the job. After he was given his first paycheck the first thing he did was buy himself a hot meal. The show did him and his cast members well and brought him great fame. He played Joey Tribbiani for the next 12 years and even got a spin-off show called Joey after Friends ended. He was in a couple movies in the 2000s and finally was cast as himself in a TV show in 2013.


Iran has the highest female to male ratio in universities among all sovereign states.

In Iran, more than 70% of alumni in engineering and pure sciences are women. The country’s literacy rate is at 80% well above the 60% average for the region.

Their school system is similar to the US in that it has primary education as K-12 and higher education degrees are at 2 year, 4 year, and doctoral programs. Iranian universities graduate 750,000 skilled students annually. Women were given greater opportunities in receiving education after the Iranian Revolution. They definitely seem to use it to their advantage.



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