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Julius Caesar was also a poet—and according to Tacticus, a rather bad one at that!

Julius Caesar was captured by pirates in 75 BC, while he was still a young man. He entertained them with poetry until he was released. Tacticus would argue that is exactly the reason they released him—so that they didn't have to listen to it any longer!

Poems by Julius Caesar are mentioned by several sources but only a single, incomplete line of his poetry survived intact, and it is about an ointment! He wrote: "We lubricate our bodies with soothing telinum."

Tacticus thought their loss is a happy accident for the rest of us. He said: "For Caesar and Brutus wrote poems, and put them in their friends' libraries too. They were no better than Cicero, but have been luckier, for their poetry is less known."

The titles of two works Caesar wrote as a young man are known. They are 'Laudes Herculis' (Praises of Hercules) and the verse tragedy Oedipus. Augustus quickly put a stop to their planned publication in a letter he wrote to Pompeius Macer. A third title, 'Iter' (The Journey), was written by Julius Caesar in 46 BC while he was on a trip from Rome to Spain during the civil war.

We will never know for sure, but looking at the reactions to his literature it seems we can be grateful it's been lost to the ages.


Wisconsin may get a ton of snow, but they don't spread salt on their roads. What they spread instead will shock you!

Winters can get cold and nasty in some parts of the United States. Snow covers the land while nasty ice makes roads near impossible to drive on.

Luckily, innovation shines through in the toughest challenges, and in 2009 Polk County, Wisconsin challenged the norm and spread cheese brine all over their roads instead of rock salt—and it worked.

The irony is too rich: The home of the Green Bay Packers, or the Cheese Heads, chooses to spread their dangerous icy roads with the creamy, curdled stuff. Cheese brine is the the salty liquid byproduct that fancy little gourmet mozzarella balls come in. It's pretty abundant when Wisconsin dairies are producing about 2.8 billion pounds of cheese a year.

The brine is used to add salt to soft cheeses quickly. Since it's so salty and in need of recycling anyway, it was used to de-ice the roads. Polk County saved $40,000 on rock salt and sand in the first year with the dairy saving $30,000 in disposal and treatment costs.

Thanks to the lower freezing point and "pre-wetting" agent that keeps it on the road, it tends to work much better than the common alternative. Winter innovation at work!


13 Reasons You REALLY Want To Stay Out Of Jail

A town in Brazil has jail convict-powered streetlights!

A single high-security prison in Brazil began a pilot program for clean energy. Stationary exercise bikes are rigged up to car batteries to generate electrical power. Guards oversee a group of inmates that pedal furiously to generate the power.

The pilot program also benefits the prisoners. The inmates get 1 day reduced from their sentence for every 16 hours of pedaling they do. The electricity produced is used to light up the town at night to keep it safe.

A local judge came up with the idea for the program and local police and businesses made it happen. Now that there is light, the once abandoned riverside promenade is now robust with the added light.

The program is really benefiting the town as it makes people feel safe and they come out and celebrate life in the light of the inmate created electricity.


When he went for the audition, Dean Norris thought 'Breaking Bad' was a comedy. So how did he get the part?

When Dean Norris auditioned for the show 'Breaking Bad', he thought it was a comedy. When he read the audition script he thought it was rather funny. When speaking about his role as Hank to Conan, he referred to it as being a "black comedy."

When he went for the audition, he wasn't sure how to play it. He says: "I was like, conflicted. I was like, well this is funny to me, but I could tell… well, my agents and whoever said it is a drama. So I said no, I'm gonna go with my gut and I'm gonna make it funny. So that's what we did."

Despite the fact that the writers did not have comedy in mind when developing the character of Hank Schrader, Norris' comedy angle actually led him to portray a deeper and more multi-faceted version of the character.

Fans responded really well to this complex character and one fan writes: "Hank really strikes me as one of the most tragic characters. He's similar to Walt/Heisenberg in that he has a facade he puts on with all of his bravado, but deep down, he's really not such a big bad ass."

It seems that Dean's initial confusion about which genre the show fell under was, in fact, a blessing in disguise.


These 50 Pesos coins are worth a whole lot more than 50 Pesos. Do you know why?

The minting of coins these days is a sophisticated process, governed by electronic and human checks to ensure errors do not creep in.

The reason for the stringent checking is two fold. Obviously, no mint wants to issue currency that has some form of error in it's manufacture, but secondly, currency—especially coins—that have errors are deemed highly collectable and can be worth a lot more than face value. Again, not something a mint wants to have happen to their currency.

Thus, in 2008, Chile was subjected to global humiliation by the discovery that they had minted a number of 50 pesos coins with the name of their country misspelled. They were quick to fire the head of the mint and a number of his colleagues for the mistake.

Debates still rage today as to whether the error was a mistake or done on purpose to produce a small selection of highly collectable flawed coins. The mistake was the spelling of Chile with an "I" in place of the "L", making the mistake very difficult to pick up.

While most believe this to have been an honest mistake, nobody will ever really know the truth, but suffice it to say, the flawed 50 pesos coins are worth a lot more than 50 pesos today.



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