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Alaska was the butt of many jokes for a long time when the U.S. purchased it!

Where the heck did Alaska come from?

It's a vast piece of frozen tundra, unbelievable wilderness and terrifying creatures that really has no business being a part of the United States.

It wasn't won in a war, it wasn't conquered and it wasn't claimed by some American explorers. It was purchased, but it ended up being the butt of many jokes for years!

William Seward was the Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He was a great advocate for territory expansion and looked northward for the best opportunity.

Before then, though, he made claims to acquire places like British Columbia, the Danish West Indies, the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Hawaiian Island and succeed in annexing the Midway Islands.

He is best known for buying Alaska from Russia on March 30, 1867. He acquired 586,412 square miles of land, which is more than twice the size of Texas, for the paltry sum of $7,200,000 ($121 million in today's dollars).

He was mocked for the purchase and it became known as Seward's Folly. Seward strongly believed that purchasing Alaska was his greatest achievement, though it would take a generation for the people to realize it!


A one-year-old boy in India has broken a world record after being born with 34 fingers and toes!

Akshat Saxena had seven fingers on each hand and ten toes on each foot, according to a spokesman for Guinness World Records. This beats the previous record of a Chinese boy born with 31 fingers and toes.

The condition is known as polydactyly and is a rare genetic condition that makes unborn babies grow extra fingers and toes, usually on the little finger side of the hand. The parents were shocked, but did not know that their baby was so unusual. A family friend finally convinced them to go on the internet and enter the data. That's when they found that their kid had broken the world record.

The boy went into surgery and after 16 hours, he now only has 10 fingers and 10 toes.


James Sinegal, former CEO of Costco, was criticized by Wall Street for putting employees before profits! His response is great.

James Sinegal is the co-founder of Costco and held the position of CEO from its inception in 1983 to his retirement in 2012. Sinegal wasn’t your every day CEO, though.

He subscribed to the idea that treating your employees well will, in turn, get them to treat/serve customers well.

Sinegal made sure that most of his employees received benefits, and gave them compensation and benefits much higher than the industry standards.

For example, over 90% of Costco employees qualify for employer-sponsored health insurance; the U.S. retail industry average is just under sixty percent. As a result, Costco has the lowest employee turnover rate in retail.

Not everyone loved his style of management, however. Wall Street analysts criticized his policies of putting employees before shareholders and profits. Sinegal didn’t let this faze him. “We want to build a company that will still be here 50 and 60 years from now," he said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle.

One of his more famous quotes is “you have to take the shit with the sugar."


Weird Al's parody of Blurred Lines is hilarious... but you might learn some English too

Weird Al Yankovic has long been called the king of spoof songs. Usually they're silly and funny. This time, however, he is taking aim at people who commit "Word Crimes."

Check it out below, and you might learn a new thing or two.

Dolphins have the next best memory to humans! These guys remember their pals from 20 years ago!

There's a saying that goes “an elephant never forgets,” however we've been wrong all this time.

Turns out the bottlenose dolphin has an incredibly impressive memory. In fact, they have the longest memory of any non-human animal out there.

This cognitive ability and sophistication puts them in line with that of humans, chimpanzees and the aforementioned elephants.

They are said to be able to remember the whistle of a companion even after 20 years of being separated. I can barely remember what I had for lunch!

Tests were done using 53 different bottlenose dolphins, each with records about who they lived with at the science facility. They found that each dolphin develops a sort of whistle or call that is unique and belongs solely to them, almost like a name.

When recordings were played of their old room mate (tank mate?), the dolphins showed sign of recognition as opposed to recordings of stranger dolphin calls, even though they had been separated for more than 20 years.



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