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Until 1974, women couldn't get credit cards unless they were married! Why wouldn't anyone issue them a card?


Chances are that these days, you know many women who have credit cards. Until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was signed in 1974, however, that wasn't the case! Back then, credit cards were only issued to men. Males were seen as the 'breadwinners' of their families and in charge of the finances. Not even divorced women were eligible for credit, since it was assumed that if they couldn't keep a marriage under control, they couldn't keep their money under control!

After the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was signed, women could easily get credit cards and have embraced this. Women now hold the majority of active credit cards by a 5-to-4 margin!

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American scientists predicted a devastaing avalanche in Peru, but no one listened. Unfortunately, they were right!


In 1962, American scientists David Bernays and Charles Sawyer, who were studying in Peru, reported seeing a huge vertical slab of rock being undermined by a glacier. They realized that should it fall, it would completely destroy the town of Yungay.

When David and Charles reported this information, the local government was furious. They ordered the two to either retract the information or leave the country. The scientists fled, and citizens were forced to keep quiet about the impending disaster.

Unfortunately, it still stuck. On May 30, 1970, an earthquake caused the unstable rock in the mountain to collapse. This caused the glacial ice to fall in an avalanche, which buried the town and killed 20,000 people. There were only 92 survivors!

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The grandson of the designer of Hitler's bunker built Saddam Hussein's bunker. Apparently it runs in the family!


Lots of people share their craft with their son or daughter in an attempt to pass on their legacy and the skill that they practice.

However, not many pass on the trade of building bunkers for infamous public enemies. Such appears to be the legacy of the woman who designed Adolf Hitler's bunker.Two generations later, her grandson would go on to be the designer of Saddam Hussein's bunker.

One can only guess how a family gets in such a business, but there is no guesswork in regards to why the grandson was asked to build the bunker. Simply put: He was good at his job. Massive bombs created for the purpose of reaching and tearing apart underground bunkers were unable to even scratch the man's creation.

Layers of concrete in its construction were put in place above the bunker for the purpose of 'tricking' any bunker busting bombs that 'detect' the amount of levels or floors that it crashes through before it explodes. The palace above the bunker was almost completely mutilated by the explosions, showing just how defensible the designer's layout turned out to be.

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Only about 1% of the average tree is alive! How does it grow?


It's common knowledge that trees are living things, but 99% of it's cells aren't! Just 1% of a tree can actually be called 'living.' This living portion, called the cambium, is located under the bark and in the leaves and roots. On average, it's only several cells thick!

What does this portion of the tree do? It delivers food and nutrients to the rest of the tree, helping it grow. Most of the non-living parts of the tree work to protect the small amount of living portions. This helps the tree produce seeds, so more can be planted for the next generation.

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According to some reporters, Patrick Stewart wasn't fit to play Captain Picard at all. Do you know why?


Sean Connery. Bruce Willis. Vin Diesel. Samuel L. Jackson. The cast of the next summer blockbuster? Nope. Just bald men. What? You don’t associate baldness with hardcore ass-kicking? Well, apparently you are not alone.

In fact back when Patrick Stewart was hired to play Captain Jean-Luc Picard in 1987’s "Star Trek: The Next Generation," the most successful of the "Star Trek" television spin-offs, a reporter questioned the choice in casting. “Surely they would have cured baldness by the 24th century," he challenged.

Gene Roddenberry, the show’s creator and a fan of the choice in casting veteran actor Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard countered, “In the 24th century, they wouldn't care.” Apparently neither did audiences. The show ran for seven seasons and inspired four major motion pictures (all of which featured Stewart--bald head and all). In addition, Patrick Stewart was named TV Guide Magazine’s “Sexiest Man” in 1992. We wonder how much hair that reporter has today.

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