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The Basque language, local to parts of Spain and France, is unlike any other language. How is this possible?

Some twins are so close that they share their own private language. What if that was the case for an entire region of the world, and no neighboring country spoke anything remotely similar? This is not the stuff of science fiction; it’s real, and it’s geographically located in a region of northeastern Spain and southwestern France. Since the language of Basque bears no similarity to Indo-European Romance languages spoken in the surrounding regions, it’s considered an isolated language.

So how does an isolated language originate? It’s a bit of a puzzle to linguists. Many believe that this language pre-dates the European conquests which is why it bears no European influences. Some have noted that the words for "knife" (aizto), "axe" (aizkora) and "hoe" (aitzur) are all derived from the word for "stone" (haitz), and have therefore concluded that the language dates to the Stone Age, when those tools were made of stone. Basque-type skulls discovered in Neolithic archaeological sites support this theory.

Although rich in oral history, the Basque language was not written until the 16th century. Rural communities have kept it alive. In fact, there are some 520,000 Basque speaking people in Spain which is a quarter of their entire population.


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.


"Pistol Pete" Maravich averaged 44.2 points per game in college—before they added 3 pointers!. Read more about his career

“Pistol Pete”, born Peter Press Maravich was a professional American basketball player. Trained by his father who had a professional career in basketball, Pete quickly and effortlessly picked up basketball skills and strategies. He famously got his nickname “Pistol Pete” from his high school years because of his habit of shooting the ball from his side, instead of in front of him. The way he would shoot was like he was pulling a revolver from his holster.

In 1967, Pete made national recognition when he attended LSU. Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Pete went to Louisiana State University where his father coached and urged him to go. The “Pistol” proved he was worthy of the team when he scored an amazing 50 points in his first game with 14 rebounds and 11 assists. He quickly became part of the varsity team and continued to be a star.

By his third year at LSU, the “Pistol” was averaging 44.2 points per game, which is a struggle for star NBA players to achieve. At this time, there was not a three-point line. If a player shoots the ball standing behind this line, they will score three points instead of two. If the three point line had existed, “Pistol Pete” would have been averaging up to 57 points per game!

“Pistol Pete” was drafted into the NBA after playing for LSU for three years. He played for both the Atlanta Hawks and the Utah Jazz, but eventually had to retire early due to injuries sustained while playing. At the age of 40, “Pistol Pete” died what he loved doing best: playing basketball. He died of a rare heart birth defect while playing basketball at his local church.


The Hancock building in Boston has two 300-ton weights on the roof! Find out why they were installe

The John Hancock Building, also referred to as The Hancock, is a 60-story skyscraper in Boston built in 1976. The Hancock held the title of the tallest building in Boston for more than 30 years, as well as being the tallest building in the New England area.

The style for the building was intended to be tall, thin, and show mostly glass as the exterior. Henry N. Cobb took on the challenge to create Boston’s newest skyscraper and landmark. He used the largest windows possible and kept the panes to a minimum. These windows were tinted blue so that the building would blend in with the blue skies on a sunny day. These large windows, lacking the window pane they need to hold, failed and windows started falling from the building on to the sidewalk. This was just one of many repairs made causing the building to open 5 years passed the scheduled date.

After trial and error, and even repairing the building with plywood, the building finally opened. As the building began to become occupied, the building manager was getting complaints from employees that they were getting motion sickness. Most skyscrapers blow in the wind slightly. The movements enable the structure to have some give and take so it doesn’t not have to support all of the wind blowing against it.

In order to make the building sturdier, two 300-ton steel weights filled with lead were placed on either side of the roof. This helped the building from swaying and causing the employees to feel nauseated.


Dirty Mind? These 15 Sex Facts Are For You

Want to have more sex? Live in LA or Houston, but it's not going to be better

Trojan condoms, one of the largest supporters of pleasure, put its thinking cap on and conducted it’s very own U.S. sex census. Researchers found that people that live in metropolitan centers like Los Angeles and Houston have more sex per year (135 times and 125 times) while Philadelphia and Dallas have the least (99 and 104 times). But, when it comes to sexual satisfaction, Philadelphians reported some of the highest (82 percent), while Los Angeles reported some of the lowest (75 percent satisfied).

Overall an average of 33% of Americans claim to be dissatisfied with their sex life, and 81% are looking to make their sex life more interesting. Here are some helpful tips that help improve that percentage.The U.S. sex census also found information on a variety of topics, including frequency and satisfaction of sex by city and region, unwed vs. wed, experimental desires, preferred positions, dirty talk and casual sex preferences by gender. To find out more about the U.S. sex census click go here.


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