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This little guy is a 'zonkey' and is a cross between a zebra and a donkey. His story is so cute Disney wants the rights!

In the romantic city of Florence, Italy, a very rare act of love between a zebra named Martin and a Amiata donkey named Giada led to the birth of a 'zonkey' named Ippo. Martin could not contain his all-consuming love for Giada, and jumped over the fence of his enclosure at an animal shelter for abused animals. He lifted the latch of her stable door, and only 12 months later (the length of a donkey pregnancy) did everybody find out about their romantic rendezvous in the stables.

Ippo is an adorable equine with the striped legs of a zebra, but his rump and face are more donkey-like. He is the star attraction at the shelter and hundreds flock to adore him and vie for his attention. The family-run Aglietti farm takes in animals rescued from circuses or owners who treat them badly and they have been receiving requests for rights over Ippo's image from a soft-toy company and another from Disney to make a cartoon.

"We were there at the birth. First the black hooves came out, then the striped legs. We were amazed!" Aglietti said. "He is doing well. He is naughty but is very sweet with children. He is still on milk but is also eating carrots," she said.


A single greeting card that plays Happy Birthday has more computer power than the Earth had in 1950!

According to Gordon Moore, the number of transistors that can be arranged to fit on a silicon chip doubles every 18 months. This means that the number of actions a computer is able to do also doubles every 18 months.

If you would like to think about it in practical terms, the number of operations it takes a common greeting card to play Happy Birthday is more than all technology on Earth was capable of in the 1950’s! While this is amazing, scientists believe that the limit of computational power will be reached in the year 2020 because it is physically impossible to reduce the sizes of transistors and further!


Former Costa Rican president José Figueres once saved a hijacked plane.

Figueres was the 32nd, 34th, and 38th president of Costa Rica. Through the course of his terms, he gave women and illiterates the right to vote and he guaranteed public education for all. He created and helped pass a basic welfare legislation, and even directed the writing of a new constitution! Oh and did I mention; he single-handedly stopped a band of hijackers. 

In 1971, opponents of Nicaragua’s Gen. Anastasio Somoza Debayle overtook a plane in Sans José. Upon hearing the news, the 5-foot-3 president leapt into action. He stood on the runway and pointed a submachine gun at the cabin until the hijackers finally surrendered. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s have a slow-clap for José Figueres: relatively successful president/badass extraordinaire. 


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Nicholas Cage natural odor is similar to the sweat of a homeless man!

Nicolas Kim Coppola (or Nicolas Cage), is an American actor, producer and director. He has appeared in over 70 films such as National treasure and Kick-Ass!

He was born in Long Beach, California and raised by a Catholic family in which his dad was a professor of literature and his mom a dancer and choreographer. He attended Beverly Hills High School and aspired to act and become an actor. He attended UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and hence Nicolas Cage was born!

Nicolas Cage dated Jenna Jameson at some point in his life, where the porn queen recalls how the Oscar-winning actor smelt like distilled sweat of homeless people! This means that Nicolas Cage has a strong sweat/odor problem!

Just when everyone thought Nicolas Cage was just the perfect man, so perfect that he has been immortalized in memes so that he can live through the web for an eternity. Who cares about his sweat problem? He is still the man!


While Benjamin Franklin proposed Daylight Savings, he meant it as a joke!

Daylight Savings can be perplexing. Why do we lose an hour or gain an hour all of a sudden? Is it in our best interest to even have Daylight Savings. The initial idea for this manipulation of time came from Ben Franklin.

It was published in the Journal de Paris in April 1784. Franklin was living out his last years in Paris at the time at the age of 78. He described how he noticed that Parisians often slept very late, wasting precious daylight hours. They then would have to spend money to light their residences with candles while they stayed up after the sun went down.

Franklin proposed a number of ideas for controlling when people went to bed, including taxing those with shutters on their windows that didn't allow the light in. Looking at this list though, it is fairly obvious that Franklin is joking. Looks like someone took his idea a little too seriously.



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