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Vin Diesel played Dungeons and Dragons for over 20 years!

Vin Diesel is known for playing the 'tough guy' in most of his films, and is recognized mostly by his appearances in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Vin Diesel is also known for starring in the semi-successful film, xXx.

As it turns out, Diesel is not only a tough guy, but he is a tough guy who isn't afraid to admit that he's been playing Dungeon and Dragons for over 20 years. He's not a fake fan, either. Diesel wrote the introduction for the book 30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons and Dragons.

If you don't think that is enough to prove his allegiance to Dungeons and Dragons, go watch the film xXx again and look for a tattoo on his stomach that reads 'Melkor' - it's the name of his D&D character.


Burger King will get 100% of it's food from completely cage-free animals by 2017. It costs an extra 25 cents to 40 cents per dozen to produce cage-free eggs.

It’s no secret that animals destined for the dinner plate are generally not treated very well. This is largely thanks to various campaigns to illuminate this subject, and now the push is for better treatment.

Burger King is taking a huge step to increase the living conditions of animals.

They currently get 9% of their eggs and 20% of their pork from cage-free animals. Burger King isn’t the only fast food chain to use cage-free products, but they are taking it further than anyone else. The plan is to be 100% cage-free by 2017.

This doesn’t come without cost to Burger King. They will be spending an extra 25 cents to 40 cents per dozen to produce cage-free eggs. Multiply that by the literally billions of dozens of eggs they use every year and you can see that they are taking a significant financial hit in order to do the right thing and cater to those who demand humanely produced food.

Farms now have the option to switch to cage-free production, but without their customers pushing for it, they have no reason to. It will cost them money as well.

"Our attitude is our producers believe in consumer choice and if that's what their consumers want to buy, they'll produce cage-free eggs for the marketplace provided the customer is willing to pay the additional cost," said Gene Gregory, chief executive of the farm group United Egg Producers.


Luke Skywalker’s original lightsaber is on the ISS.


When the space shuttle Discovery launched the STS-120 astronaut crew in October 2007 the force was with them. On board the orbiter with the new module for the International Space Station was the original prop lightsaber. 

The lightsaber was used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the 1977 film “Star Wars”. The Jedi used laser sword was flown into space and back in honor of the 30th anniversary of the George Lucas franchise. Seven films have arisen from the Star Wars franchise including the first one in 1977. 

It has become a worldwide phenomenon. The trilogy was first released in three year intervals between 1977 and 1983. Then, sixteen years later Lucas began work on three prequels that were also released in three year intervals between 1999 and 2005. 

It is currently the third highest grossing film series behind Harry Potter and James bond. The lightsaber is the iconic weapon of the series. 



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Helen Mirren pretended to be Queen Elizabeth to fulfill a 10 year old's dying wish. They had tea, and he had no idea it wasn't the real thing.

It’s sad when a young person is diagnosed with a terminal illness, but it’s inspiring to see some of their biggest wishes come true.

You often hear about a professional athlete or actor going to see their biggest fan, but some people don’t want either of those.

One of these people is Oliver Burton, a boy born with autism and then diagnosed with cancer.

His dying wish was to meet Queen Elizabeth II. Perhaps more ambitious than asking to meet John Cena, but if anyone’s deserving, it’s Burton.

Unfortunately this didn’t happen, but that wasn’t the end of it. Actress Helen Mirren who portrays the queen in a West End performance of ‘The Audience’ invited Burton and his family to see the show and brought him backstage after the show.

Mirren stayed in character the whole time. The two drank tea together while Oliver played with the corgis featured in the show. She later knighted him and told everybody that they had to call him “sir Oliver”. Oliver’s father, James Browne, said “Oliver thought she was the real queen, and well, that’s good enough for us.”


Despite what you may think, tapping the top of a shaken soda can will not prevent the soda from gushing out, but tapping the sides will

We all know that if a can of soda has been shaken, it is best not to open it immediately otherwise most of the drink will gush out of the can in a mini-explosion of liquid, causing a huge mess.

But we all think we have a trick to solve this problem. If the can was accidentally shaken, we just tap it on the top and all will be fine, right?

Wrong! Tapping the top will make no difference. There is a scientific reason why it does not settle the soda.

When a can of soda is shaken, bubbles form on nucleation sites on the sides of the can.

A nucleation site is little discontinuities in the can that encourage dissolution of gases when equilibrium is disturbed - and a bubble of CO2 will grow there until buoyant forces separate it from the surface, at which point it rises, and another bubble immediately begins to grow on that site.

As was explained, these bubbles form on the sides of the can and tapping the top therefore does not make sense.

If you tap the sides of the can, however, it loosens the bubbles from their nucleation sites and then you can safely and without flinching open your can of soda.



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