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A WWII carrier pigeon with a coded message was recently found in the UK. British spies can't figure it out!

A man in Bletchingley, Surrey County, England was cleaning his chimney when he found the corpse of a carrier pigeon. It had been dead for about 70 years. The most remarkable thing is that it had a small red canister attached to its leg. Inside, an encoded message that was still intact.

The message is written in stationary labeled "Pigeon Service." The message consists of 5-letter words that are jumbled with words such as 'AOAKN' and "HVPKD.' In trying to figure out what the message says, they need a lot of information that has probably been lost or destroyed. The encryption codes have been destroyed; it's not clear who it was meant for or who sent it.

It looks like the meaning of this message might never be solved. If you wanna learn more about it, go here.

Mexico might soon change it's name to… Mexico. Confused? Learn why

If you're a history buff, you might now that the official name of our neighbors to the South is "Estados Unidos Mexicanos," or The United Mexican States. They're a federation, much like the United States. The name was adopted after their 1824 independence from Spain and was done in imitation of the USA.

The current Mexican president, Felipe Calderón announced in a press conference that he wants the country to change it's name to Mexico. He said that they didn't need to copy anyone else.

This is a pet cause for him. He first introduced a bill in 2003 when he was a congressman, but didn't get any traction. It seems like this time he might not have much luck either. He's leaving office in December and his proposal has been met with some resistance already.


A Chinese couple refused to sell their home to make way for a road, so they built it around their house!

That pic on the right might be all you need to know about this fact. One couple was the only holdout in their former neighborhood that was almost completely demolished to make way for a major road.

The road connects the city of Wenling to a new railway station, and now features a house-shaped roundabout. The reason for the holdout? The owner says that the authorities haven't offered him as much as it cost him to built it.


A man's obituary said that the Kansas City Chiefs was his cause of death!

A super fan of the Kansas City Chiefs football team decide to give his team a hard time for their abysmal 2012 season, even past his grave. The Kansas City Star newspaper ran his obituary last Sunday. It read:

"Loren G. 'Sam' Lickteig passed away on Nov. 14, 2012 of complications from MS and heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs football team."

The Chiefs are having a terrible season. In one of their games, 25,000 people wore black to show displeasure with they way the team is going.


6 Little Known Facts About iPhones

The first iPhone was invented in 1983!

Naturally, this wasn’t anything like the rectangular cell phone we know today. It was a land line phone with, instead of a touch screen, a built in stylus controlled interface. 

It was designed by Apple computer developer Hartmut Esslinger, and foreshadows the touchscreen designs used by the iPad and iPhone today. He had also developed the Apple IIc, the first “portable” computer by Apple. It was never released to the public, but was kept in the Apple archives until the design was released in 1997 after Steve Jobs rejoined the company. 

This iPhone isn’t the only prototype of Apple that never saw the light of day. Apple had toyed around with the iPad design for years before its launch. What’s interesting is that the 1983 iPhone device resembles an iPad with a phone, but iPads still lack this conventional phone call technology despite everything else they do. Perhaps the iPad appliance will enter that direction in its next iteration. 



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