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Incubator babies were once an attraction at Coney Island!

The care of premature babies and babies with congenital illnesses has been a problem for a long time. It wasn’t until 1922 that hospitals started housing newborns all in one place.

One of the biggest breakthroughs, however, came in the mid-19th century: the incubator. Dr. Stephane Tarnier got inspired by chicken egg incubators and developed a warm maternity ward in Paris.

However, it was probably Dr. Martin Couney who contributed the most to exposing the plight of premature babies. He did it in a really controversial way.

Dr. Couney installed a permanent display of premature baby incubators at Coney Island as a sideshow! The controversy brought great attention to the issue and led to the development of better techniques and technologies for taking care of premature babies.


Judas Priest was accused of hiding subliminal messages asking listeners to kill themselves. Check out their witty response.

In 1990, Judas Priest was involved in a civil action that alleged they were responsible for the suicide attempts in 1985 of 20-year old James Vance and 19-year old Ray Belknap in Reno, Nevada, USA.

Their parents alleged that a subliminal message of "do it" had been included in the song. They alleged the command in the song triggered the suicide attempt. The three-week trial was watched closely by the music industry and constitutional lawyers.

In a pre-trial motion, the judge ruled that subliminal messages were incapable of being protected speech under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, since they were by definition not noticeable and thus could not form part of a dialogue.

Timothy Moore, who testified on Judas Priest's behalf, stated that the plaintiffs achieved "a major victory in getting the case to trial in the first place;" He also said that it would make more sense for Priest to have inserted the command “buy more of our records” instead of telling them to kill themselves.

The case was dismissed, with the finding that any subliminal messages within the recording were not responsible for the suicides.


German Chocolate Cake has NOTHING to do with Germany!

Have you ever devoured a piece of German chocolate cake and thought to yourself, “Man, this is soooo good, I want to move to Germany!” Well, better not buy the plane ticket yet, because German chocolate cake did NOT originate in Germany!

The truth is, the delectable confection comes straight from the good ole’ U.S. of A., and has been around for a long time. The cake’s history begins with a man by the name of Sam German who developed a brand of dark baking chocolate that was known as “Baker German’s Sweet Chocolate” in the early 1850's.

Then, on June 3, 1957, a recipe for "German's Chocolate Cake" appeared as the "Recipe of the Day" in the Dallas Morning Star. The cake was created by Mrs. George Clay, a homemaker from Dallas, Texas.

Mrs. Clay’s recipe used the baking chocolate introduced 105 years prior and became quite popular. The name of the cake eventually evolved to German chocolate cake, and its rich chocolatey goodness is still enjoyed by millions today.


Scientists created a robotic cockroach that can make real cockroaches follow it!

European scientists developed Insbot, an electronic cockroach that can trick real cockroaches into following it. The Insbot was developed under the European project LEURRE. The project aimed to study, model, and control mixed societies of animals and robots.

The Insbot is very small, measuring at 19 by 30 by 41 millimeters cubed. It doesn’t even look much like a cockroach… it’s just a box.

The way it fools cockroaches is by sending out signals with its sensors. It can communicate with other cockroaches and get them to follow its lead.

The scientists chose an American cockroach, because it is so small. They studied the processes and means of communication between cockroaches and worked from there. The result was pretty amazing, don’t you think?


Do you know the difference between a gift and a present?

It’s surprising, but there is an actual difference between a gift and a present. And after reading this article, you’ll never have to worry about mixing the two words up again.

A gift is essentially giving someone in one way or another something that you own, for whatever reason. However, a present is a gift that must be ‘presented’ to the person you are giving it to.

So if you’re mailing something to Grandma for her birthday, it’s actually a ‘gift’ and not a ‘present’.

If you’re at a wedding and you walk up and hand the bride and groom their gift, it’s actually a ‘present’. Confusing, isn’t it?



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