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In Hong Kong, a woman is allowed to kill her cheating husband, but she can only use her bare hands!


If a woman in Hong Kong discovers her husband isn’t being faithful, she is legally allowed to kill him but she can use nothing except for her hands. The secret lover of the husband is allowed to be killed in any manner chosen!

Other forms of punishment for the husband include sending the cheating spouse to a work camp for up to two years! The original wife of the cheater is allowed to take half of all possessions given to the secret wife, regardless of who originally owned them. Since the passing of this law, many wives have filed suits to receive compensation for their unfaithful husbands. For more on this law, click here.

A man was nominated for the Nobel Prize 81 times and NEVER won!


The amount of physicists that have been nominated for the Nobel Prize is huge. In fact, a lot of the most important physicists in history have never won the prize.

Some of them didn’t get it because they weren’t born after 1895, some because people didn’t believe in their job at first and some because they competed against geniuses.

However, Arnold Sommerfled is the perfect example of irony. Arnold Sommerfield, a theoretical physicist, was doctoral supervisor to 4 physicists who went on to win Nobel Prizes in physics, and academic supervisor to 2 others who also won. He himself was nominated 81 times.

Despite of his hard work, he was never able to achieve the big prize, and hence, died without a Nobel Prize.

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The word “Galaxy” comes from the Greek word for “milk”.




Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has actually had that name for a long time. Geoffrey Chaucer first named it “Milky Wey” in the 14th Century. Still, centuries before that, our galaxy was called “kyklos galaktikos” ( “milky circle”) back in Ancient Greece. The stars in space were thought to to be similar in appearance to milk. Other massive groups of stars started being referred to by the generic word “galaxy” based on the name of our own galaxy. As it turns out, the name “Milky Way” (the Greek version, at least) predates the word for “galaxy” and all other galaxies are technically being named after our galaxy, the “Milky Way”.
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Jimi Hendrix had to learn to play guitar right-handed because his father believed playing left-handed was a sign of the Devil.


Jimi Hendrix loved smashing his guitar to pieces after a searing finale, or lighting it on fire. He made it his trademark to play a right-handed guitar with his left hand. Hendrix could play with either hand, a technique he found useful when sponsoring guitars in music stores where left-handed axes were scarce. He could probably credit his ambidexterity to his father’s sternness.

Hendrix was raised solely by his father ever since he came back from World War II when Hendrix was three. It was his father who taught him to play an acoustic guitar. And he taught him right-handed. Hendrix naturally played left-handed, much to the dismay of his father, who thought playing left-handed was a sign of the Devil!

Before beginning his successful career with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix was inspired by the Greenwich Village music scene in New York. He began using drugs like marijuana, cocaine and pep pills. On September 17, 1970 Hendrix took too many sleeping pills and thereafter died from choking on his own vomit.

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The man who grounded 4,000 planes on 9/11 was on first day of his job


On September 11, 2001, four commercial planes were hijacked by foreign terrorists. All other commercial flights were grounded that day, which ended up being a great and potentially life-saving decision. No other planes were able to be hijacked.

Amazingly, the man who ordered the grounding of over 4,000 commercial flights in the United States was on his first day on the job when he made the call. Ben Sliney, the Federal Aviation Administration's National Operations Manager made this unprecedented call. He had no input from the President of the United States or the bureaucracy above him.

However, it's not like Sliney was totally new to the profession. Before signing on as the FAA's National Operations Manager, he held a leadership position at New York's TRACON, which was responsible for all the air traffic in the New York City area. His call was still a heroic one though. So much so that he was asked to portray himself in Universal Pictures' film "United 93."

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