Best Facts of the Week - Page 7

An empty casing of the largest bomb used in WWII was on display at the Royal Air Force gates in the UK. Find out what they discovered when they tried to move it!

In 1958, the road that led to The Royal Air Force Scampton's front gates in the UK was going to be widened.

First, workers had to remove the empty casing of a WWII bomb, known as The Grand Slam Bomb. The Grand Slam Bomb is a deep penetrating bomb and weighs over 22,000 pounds. The workers brought in a crane to move the huge casing, but noticed that is was heavier than expected. Some though it could have been filled with concrete, but others thought maybe they should have an expert look at it before they moved it.

An expert examined the bomb and discovered that it was a real live bomb! The "casing" was filled with live filling from 1944. This bomb had been sitting there for 14 years. People had taken pictures with it and even sat on it. If the bomb had detonated, it would have flattened, not only the whole base, but most of the town that it was in, including a historical cathedral that was built in the year 1250! The bomb was eventually removed using a crane designed to withstand the weight and was demolished for safety reasons.


The first photo with humans was taken by accident. You'll never guess how long the film was exposed for!

In a time where "selfies" are way too commonplace, it's hard to believe a photo of a person would be such a big deal. However, the first photo with an actual person in it happened completely by accident, taken way back in 1838 in Paris, France.

The name of the photo is "Boulevard du Temple" by Louis Daguerre and is the first photograph known to include humans. The photo had an exposure time of at least 10 minutes, so nearly nobody was around long enough to be captured—except a shoe shiner and his customer in the lower left hand of the photo.

The photo was actually a "Daguerreotype," which is a very complicated plate that is exposed to a silver-plated copper sheet to the vapour made by iodine crystals. The image was both reversed and had to be lit at a certain angle so you could see the smooth parts reflected something dark. This process was used regularly until the 1860s when it was replaced by newer forms of photography.


A person who receives an inheritance from a very distant relative is called a "laughing heir!"

In the law of inheritance, a “laughing heir” is a person who gets all of the stuff and none of the pain. He/she is a person who is legally entitled to inherit the property of a deceased person who had no immediate family, because they are distantly related to the deceased. For the same reason, they have no reason to feel sad or mourn the death of that individual. Thus, in theory, they should only feel joy at receiving new stuff. Hence the term “laughing heir.”

Some jurisdictions have a “laughing heir statute,” which eliminates inheritance rights when the remaining relatives become too remote. In this jurisdiction, if no relative falls within the limitations set by the statute, then the property is transferred to the state-which, in that case. Is also kind of a “laughing heir.”


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The world's top English Scrabble players are Thai, and don't speak any English! The way they win sounds crazy hard

You're a master of the English language. You can unscramble the little Scrabble tiles to form just about any word, hitting those double letter and triple word scores. Little do you know that you're actually at a disadvantage to those that don't know how to speak a lick of the language!

In the British National Scrabble Championship the final play was with the word "coniines," which neither of the finalists probably knew the definition of. Not all of the words on the board could be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, but they're still legal plays, thanks to the Scrabble Dictionary. The difference? Once a word gets in the Scrabble Dictionary, it never leaves, unlike outdated words that gets phased out.

Players tend to memorize a list of words without caring about the definitions. Many of the world's best Scrabble players are Thai that don't speak a word of English, but can spell it out pretty well. In fact, knowing English puts that player at a disadvantage.

Of course, if a house rule states you have to supply a ballpark definition, those world-class stars will fail miserably.


The only difference between Tylenol Cold and Tylenol Flu is the box! Marketing genius or absolute madness?

There's a lot of difference between getting a cold and getting the flu. Colds typically leave you sneezing and sniffling for a couple of a days, while the flu is much more serious. The flu can typically give you a fever and leave you fatigued, and if left untreated, can sometimes lead to hospitalization.

Despite the major difference between these diseases, Tylenol treats them the same way!

Both Tylenol Cold and Tylenol Flu contain the exact same ingredients—a pain reliever, a cough suppressant, and a nasal decongestant. The only difference between the two medicines is the box!

No matter what kind of sickness you have, remember to drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest!



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