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Confucius has a known great descendant who advises the Chinese government!

Kung Tsui-Chang is the Senior Advisor to the President of the Republic of China and also the great, great (plus, 74 more greats) grandson of philosophical mastermind Confucius. He’s the 79th-generation descendant of Confucius in the main line of descent, making me the titular Sacrificial Official to Confucius in 2009.

The Tsui in his name is the generation name (a character in a name shared by siblings and cousins of a particular generation) for the 79th descendant. His children (one of them being his successor) all have Yu in their names, it being the generation name given to the 80th generation descendants of Confucius.

As fascinating as this is, it seems a little strange that a man could be so esteemed that 79 generations later, people are entitled to a certain status and amount of respect just for being related to him.


Kent cigarettes, popular in the 50s-70s had filters made with asbestos!

Today, everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. It hurts your lungs and causes cancer. Back in the day, this wasn’t common knowledge. Once people started to catch on to the dangers of tobacco, cigarette companies attempted to make cigarettes safer. Or rather they attempted to convince consumers that they were safer.

One way they did this was by introducing menthol cigarettes. Menthol was supposed to be good for your lungs so perhaps it would combat the negative effects of the tobacco. Filtered cigarettes were another attempt at increasing their safety. This attempt failed miserably.

The P. Lorillard Company decided to use asbestos as a filter. Asbestos could be spun into tiny threads to act as an effective filter and was relatively cheap. These new filtered cigarettes were advertised as “the greatest health protection in cigarette history.”

Unfortunately, the filter was 30% Brazilian asbestos, which is hugely harmful to the lungs and can cause lung cancer. The filter also made the cigarette tougher to draw, which meant people were using more suction to breathe it in and drawing the chemicals deeper into their lungs.


The Air Force was developing a bomb that would turn people gay!

In 1994, the US Air Force decided to become a troll. It started a mission to develop and deploy non-lethal weapons for use in combat. One of the proposals was titled “Harassing, Annoying, and “Bad Guy” Identifying Chemicals. The entire objective of this plan was not to kill or harm the enemy, but to piss them off.

For example, there was a plan to create and drop a bomb containing pheromones to attract bees or wasps to sting enemy soldiers. Another chemical was meant to give the enemy severe and lasting bad breath. At one point, the Air Force considered spraying the enemy with strong aphrodisiacs that would cause “homosexual behavior.”


A man's beard grows faster when he anticipates sex!

So, this is one hair-growth strategy. In 1970, a paper by the title of “Effects of Sexual Activity on Beard Growth in Man.” Was published in Nature magazine. The author the paper placed himself on a deserted island. About every weekend however, he would get a visit from a female mate.

He began to notice a pattern; his beard grew at a relatively slow rate while he was alone, but when he was about to see the lady, there was a sudden increase in stubble. He attributed his growth to an increase in androgen (testosterone and other closely related hormones) levels that occur when preparing for sexual activity.


11 Astonishing Facts About Chicago

University of Chicago cancelled its football program in 1939 because it thought big-time sports were corrupting schools.


It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Today, as far as “extracurricular” courses go in the US, football seems to be what’s considered the most important of all. One could argue football comes on top, followed by the rest of the sports, which are followed by the arts.

Well the University of Chicago got rid of football in 1939 because it hampered the university’s efforts to become the kind of institution it aspired to be. The heads of the university felt it should be devoted to education, research, and scholarship. They felt intercollegiate football had little to do with any of these.

The University of Chicago wasn’t the only one to want to do this, either. Many other universities and colleges around the country had similar feelings, but didn’t have the same freedoms to drop programs. Many of them had governmental controls on certain aspects of their education.



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