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Marie Antoinette apologized for stepping on her executioner’s foot!

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to you – Marie Antoinette was sort of a really bad queen. Her and her husband, King Louis XVI weren’t in touch with what was happening in their own country. As their people starved, the lovely couple kept spending all of their countries money on bling.

Their palace in Versailles was made almost entirely of gold, and featured a hall of mirrors so that Marie Antoinette could look at herself from every angle.

Surprise, surprise, the people of France weren’t too happy with Marie Antoinette and King Louis. They did what any angry mob would do – they held a rigged trial and sentenced both Marie, and Louis to death.

As Marie was walking to her death, she accidentally stood on her executioner’s foot and apologized! She was trying to maintain her dignity, and remain as lady like as possible. Her last words were “Monsieur, I ask your pardon. I did not do it on purpose.”


The man with the deepest voice in the world can hum far lower than you can hear

We've all heard that dogs can hear noises that are too high pitched for us humans to hear. But what about notes that are too low pitched? Tim Storms, the man who holds the record for the lowest voice in the world, knows a thing or two about this.

Storms can hum a note so low that a regular human wouldn't even come close to hearing it. In fact, he claimed his world record by humming a G-7, which is 8 octaves below the lowest G note on the piano. Check out a video of him doing it.


There’s a tree full of spines and fruit that explodes to send seeds at 160mph!

The Sandbox tree is an evergreen native to tropical regions of the Americas, including the Amazon Rainforest. It’s best known by it's dark, pointed spines and smooth brown bark.

The spines act as a natural defense mechanism against animals, and it’s actually known as Monkey no-climb by some people. The trees, which can also grow up to 60m high, also has some interesting fruit.

The Sandbox’s fruit is a large capsule that can explode and launch seeds at 70 meters per second. Some really ripe pods can send the seed up to 100 meters away from the tree. It makes a very distinct explosive sound, which leads to another nickname for this tree: The Dynamite tree.

As if all that wasn’t defense enough, the sap of the tree is also poisonous. So much so, that fishermen use it to poison fish and Caribs even make arrow poison from the sap.


15 Facts About Police You Need to Know

Some police departments give 'positive tickets' to youth who are caught doing something right.

The trend was allegedly started by Ward Clapham, now a 28 year retired veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Richmond, British Columbia. During his time as a police officer, Clapham had the philosophy that every important breakthrough requires a change in the practices, mindsets, and principles that tie people to the current way of life. 

As he wrote in his book series Breaking With the Law, Clapham discovered the best way to make an important breakthrough in keeping the peace was by not doing things he felt were ineffective and unproductive. He had the idea of cops catching kids for doing things right. This idea developed into Positive Tickets. 

Clapham thought it made sense for police officers to be seeking out the positive things they see and rewarding the people who do them, instead of focusing on catching people doing things wrong and punishing them. In theory, it makes sense. 

Rewarding people for doing good things has been proven to be a better incentive to stay on good behavior than punishing people for doing bad. The idea spread like wildfire, and hundreds of thousands of these Positive Tickets have been handed out. 

Clapham is now assisting organizations in ways to reward and recognize employees and customers who behave well. 


The Mako Shark Corvette's designer wanted it painted like the real shark in his office. It was so difficult, his team just painted the shark itself a different color!

The Mako Shark Corvette was designed by Larry Shinoda under the Styling and Design head Bill Mitchell in 1961. It was a concept for future Chevrolet Corvette production cars. To stay true to it's name, the hood of the corvette was designed to a pointed snout.

Other parts of the design were inspired by the fast-moving, sleek short finned Mako shark. A widespread story has it that Mitchell had an actual mako shark mounted on the wall in his office, and ordered his team to paint the car to match the distinctive blue-gray upper surface gently blending into white underside of the fish.

After numerous attempts to match the fish's color scheme failed, the team hit upon the idea of kidnapping the fish one night, painting it to match their best efforts on the car, and returning it to the office. Mitchell never realized the difference and pronounced himself pleased with the team's duplication on the car of nature's handiwork.



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