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Here is a list of the 24 countries where it is legal to be a lesbian, but illegal to be a gay man! The penalty in Mauritius for being gay, is shocking!

In 2013 The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, or ILGA, has listed 81 countries where there are laws against homosexuality or homosexual acts.

But strangely enough, there are 24 countries where it is legal to be a lesbian, but illegal to be a gay man!

Here is a list of those countries and the penalties gay men face in those countries:

Ghana: Five to twenty years imprisonment Sierra.

Leone and Guyana: In these countries a gay man will be imprisoned for life!

Nigeria, Tuvalu and Seychelles: Fourteen years in prison Kenya: Fourteen to twenty-one years imprisonment, “depending on the circumstances.”

Malawi: Here gay men can face corporal punishment or fourteen years in jail.

Swaziland: In this country laws against sodomy are rarely enforced, but being openly gay can result in being turned away or evicted from AIDS clinics, which is similar to a death penalty if you think about it!

Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Belize, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada: Ten year prison sentence.

Jamaica: Hard labor for ten years.

Turkmenistan and Singapore: Two years in prison.

Uzbekistan: Three years imprisonment.

Kiribati, Nauru and Palau: Laws against gay interactions, but penalties not enforced.

Cook Islands: Seven years in jail.

Mauritius is incredibly horrifying. In Mauritius the penalty for being a gay man is death by public stoning!

None of the aforementioned countries have anything against lesbians.


Fatal familial insomnia is just as scary as it sounds...exhaustion can lead to your eventual death!

Insomnia causes problems for people all around the world, but if you suffer from insomnia, be thankful it’s not Fatal familial insomnia.

If it was, you wouldn’t have to worry about being tired for too long because, as the name suggests, you’d soon be dead.

This isn’t something that can be caught and treated, either. This disease has no known cure.

The average survival time after being diagnosed is about 18 months. It wouldn’t be an easy 18 months, either, as the progressively worsening insomnia causes hallucinations, delirium, and confusional states like that of dementia.

This disease is so stubborn that one man with it was admitted to a hospital where they tried to put him into an induced coma, only to find out that his brain failed to shut down completely.

This disease is extremely rare and only affects 100 people in 40 families. It is usually due to an inherited gene, but there is a variation which can lead to someone without the mutation in their family to develop the disease. In that case it is called sporadic fatal insomnia.

You wouldn’t know you have this disease until you were middle aged, as that’s when the onset would be. Because of this, people with a history of the disease in their family are encouraged to get tested before having children and passing it along to them.

If only one parent has the gene, there is a 50% chance that a child inherits the disease.


in 1955, a plaster buddha statue more than 600 years old was dropped during an attempt to move it to a new location. Some plaster came off, revealing a solid gold statue underneath.

Dropping a statue when trying to move it is usually disastrous. In 1954, however, the complete opposite happened.

When trying to move a seemingly mundane (but heavy) statue of Buddha, it was dropped, peeling off some of the plastic to reveal a statue of solid gold!

It instantly became the largest solid gold statue in the world at almost 10 feet tall and 5.5 tons. The statue is estimated at $250 million.

The statue is called Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon, or more commonly, Golden Buddha. Based on the style of the statue, it’s thought to have been made in the 13th or 14th century.

It’s believed that it was covered in plaster before the fall of the destruction of Ayutthaya kingdom by Burmese invaders in 1767 in order to prevent it from being stolen.

The ploy worked, and the statue remained among ruins until the 19th century.

At that point the Thai King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) ordered that various old Buddha images should be brought to Bangkok from the ruined temples around the country.

They moved the unusually heavy “plaster” statue to the main temple building of Wat Chotanaram in Bangkok, but that fell into despair and the statue, still in plaster, was then moved to the nearby Wat Traimit, a pagoda of minor relevance.

For 20 years it was kept under a tin roof until a building was made for it. When they tried to move it, they discovered its true identity.

The statue was actually nine parts that fit together, and a key was also found in the plaster that unlocked the parts for easy transportation. I’m sure the people who had to move it previously were rolling in their graves after that was discovered.


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In 1965 a 'grossly obese' man survived without eating for 1 year and 17 days. He lived entirely off his copious body fat and ended up losing 125kg of weight with no adverse effects

You can’t live without food for long, right? Food provides us with energy, and without it, we would simply run out.

While it’s true that without food we would run out of energy, how long you can go without food varies. You need look no further than a hibernating bear to see evidence.

A bear is not a human, though. Can humans last for months without food?

This question was answered in 1965 when a man went over a year without eating! 382 days to be exact. This is the longest recorded fast to date.

The patient remains unnamed, but there are a few things known about him. He was 27 years old and weighed 456 pounds at the start of his fast. Fasting was an acceptable therapy for the obese, but doing so for longer than 40 days was considered dangerous.

The patient presented himself for normal treatment, but since he adapted so well to the fasting, he decided to try and keep it up for as long as he could or until he reached his ideal weight. During this time he only had to poop every 40-50 days.

Unlike a bear in hibernation, however, the man was given vitamin supplements daily. The fast was mostly uneventful, but some adjustments had to be made to keep him healthy.


When 'South Park' aired its anti-'Family Guy' episode, they received flowers from the crew of 'The Simpsons'

South Park fans may remember the episodes titled “Cartoon Wars” (parts one and two).

In the episode, it is announced that a Family Guy episode will air with the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a character.

Cartman apparently believes that the episode is offensive to Muslims and decides to go to Hollywood to try to get the episode pulled.

Jabs at Family Guy occur throughout the show. A few other big names in the cartoon comedy world loved it.

Trey Parker, co-creator of the series and the writer of the episode said “the day after that episode aired, we got flowers from The Simpsons. We got calls from King of the Hill, saying we were doing God's work. It's not just our opinion.”

Parker clarified what the show’s writers think of Family Guy in the DVD commentary:

"We totally understand that people love it, that's why we put it in the show, we understand that it speaks to some people and it can just be a simple laugh and that's great and we certainly don't think it should be taken off the air or anything like that, we just don't respect it in terms of writing."

He later referred to the writers behind the show as "smart" but emphatically criticized their overuse of "gag-humor".



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