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Russian embalmers did such an excellent job at preserving the body of Vladimir Lenin, that Ho Chi Minh's corpse was flown to Russia yearly to be 'refreshed'!

Some nations find it hard to let go of their dear, deceased leaders, it seems, and they want them to be on permanent display after their death.

North Korea, China and Russia are known to have their leaders embalmed to last yet another lifetime and they are placed on permanent display!

Russian embalmers are truly experts in their field and they went to great lengths to keep the body of the founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, in excellent condition.

They did such a good job of it that Vietnam’s former leader Ho Chi Minh’s corpse was flown to Russia on a yearly basis to be ‘refreshed’!

It is also Russian experts who preserved the body of Kim II-sung, the father of Kim Jong-il.

Although Lenin’s body can still be viewed for five minutes at a time in small groups, it has taken on a wax-fruit look despite the warm lighting that is supposed to make it look ‘alive’.

His skin is washed weekly with a mild bleach to fight discoloring fungus and mold and every eighteen months his corpse gets a chemical bath of glycerol and potassium, lasting thirty days.

Ironically, Vladimir Lenin stated in his will that he wished to be buried in the ground after his death, but due to public outcry the body was preserved for generations to come.


Sandwiches really do taste better when someone else makes them for you!

This is mainly because when we make food for ourselves, we get desensitized to the smell, and a large part of tasting is actually smelling.

So when you make food for yourself and eat it, it's similar to tasting without smelling.

When someone else does the cooking for you, ideally when you're in another room where you can't smell it, the result is different.

When you walk in to have your food, you get to smell and taste it at the same time, so it tastes better to you. The same principle applies to eating leftovers.

Have you ever heard someone say that a certain food tastes better the next day? It's the same idea.

Typically, leftovers are preserved in the refrigerator, so they don't give off much of an aroma until heated. So there's actually a scientific explanation behind why your pizza tastes better the next day!


Helen Keller was a radical socialist. She observed that cases of blindness were more prevalent in lower classes and thus felt that blindness was a result of social injustice.

Helen Keller is an inspiring person.

After being born with both her sight and hearing, she lost both before turning 2 years old.

That didn’t stop her, as she was the first dead and blind person to earn a bachelor’s degree. She went on to be a much desired public speaker, writer and political activist.

What popular history tends to leave out, however, is the fact that she was a radical socialist. She believed that blindness was more prolific among the lower class because of working conditions and the greed of the employers.

On top of poor working conditions, she cites prostitution as an indirect cause of blindness among the middle class as well, as the STD syphilis can cause it.

Keller’s motivation in her own words:

“I was appointed on a commission to investigate the conditions of the blind. For the first time I, who had thought blindness a misfortune beyond human control, found that too much of it was traceable to wrong industrial conditions, often caused by the selfishness and greed of employers. And the social evil contributed its share. I found that poverty drove women to a life of shame that ended in blindness.”

Many in the United States were paranoid about socialism and so this piece of information about Helen Keller is often overlooked in popular history. People weren’t happy about it at the time, either.

At least one columnist, a writer for the ‘Brooklyn Eagle,’ who had graciously complimented Keller before knowing of her political allegiance wrote that her "mistakes sprung out of the manifest limitations of her development.”

Keller’s response was nothing short of brilliant:

“At that time the compliments he paid me were so generous that I blush to remember them. But now that I have come out for socialism he reminds me and the public that I am blind and deaf and especially liable to error. I must have shrunk in intelligence during the years since I met him. ... Oh, ridiculous Brooklyn Eagle! Socially blind and deaf, it defends an intolerable system, a system that is the cause of much of the physical blindness and deafness which we are trying to prevent.”


Fatal familial insomnia is just as scary as it sounds...exhaustion can lead to your eventual death!

Insomnia causes problems for people all around the world, but if you suffer from insomnia, be thankful it’s not Fatal familial insomnia.

If it was, you wouldn’t have to worry about being tired for too long because, as the name suggests, you’d soon be dead.

This isn’t something that can be caught and treated, either. This disease has no known cure.

The average survival time after being diagnosed is about 18 months. It wouldn’t be an easy 18 months, either, as the progressively worsening insomnia causes hallucinations, delirium, and confusional states like that of dementia.

This disease is so stubborn that one man with it was admitted to a hospital where they tried to put him into an induced coma, only to find out that his brain failed to shut down completely.

This disease is extremely rare and only affects 100 people in 40 families. It is usually due to an inherited gene, but there is a variation which can lead to someone without the mutation in their family to develop the disease. In that case it is called sporadic fatal insomnia.

You wouldn’t know you have this disease until you were middle aged, as that’s when the onset would be. Because of this, people with a history of the disease in their family are encouraged to get tested before having children and passing it along to them.

If only one parent has the gene, there is a 50% chance that a child inherits the disease.


When 'South Park' aired its anti-'Family Guy' episode, they received flowers from the crew of 'The Simpsons'

South Park fans may remember the episodes titled “Cartoon Wars” (parts one and two).

In the episode, it is announced that a Family Guy episode will air with the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a character.

Cartman apparently believes that the episode is offensive to Muslims and decides to go to Hollywood to try to get the episode pulled.

Jabs at Family Guy occur throughout the show. A few other big names in the cartoon comedy world loved it.

Trey Parker, co-creator of the series and the writer of the episode said “the day after that episode aired, we got flowers from The Simpsons. We got calls from King of the Hill, saying we were doing God's work. It's not just our opinion.”

Parker clarified what the show’s writers think of Family Guy in the DVD commentary:

"We totally understand that people love it, that's why we put it in the show, we understand that it speaks to some people and it can just be a simple laugh and that's great and we certainly don't think it should be taken off the air or anything like that, we just don't respect it in terms of writing."

He later referred to the writers behind the show as "smart" but emphatically criticized their overuse of "gag-humor".



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