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There is a parasite that can control an insect's mind!

Also known as nematomorpha, this little guy is a phylum of parasitoid animals superficially morphologically similar to nematode worms, hence the name.They can be discovered in damp areas such as watering troughs, streams, puddles and even swimming pools!

The adult worms are free living, but the larvae are parasitic on beetles, cockroaches, orthopterans, and crustaceans. In other words, it spends the early part of it's life cycle eating away the innards of the grasshoppers and crickets it infects.

While inhabiting an insect, it will grow and eventually will drive the insect to commit suicide in water, via a form of mind control! And this way it will exit it's host.

The way they control the insect’s mind is by producing and injecting proteins into the brain of it's host! Grasshoppers better stay away from the pool.


A card-counting team almost went to jail, but the judge thought it was just an intelligent strategy!

Thomas Hyland is a well-known blackjack cardcounter.

Since 1979, he has also been the manager of the longest-running blackjack team in history. He reported that his playing career was inspired by Lawrence Revere’s book “playing blackjack as a business”.

He has arranged this team multiple times, creating new card counting techniques which make it harder for casino owners and dealers to know that his players have an advantage over them. However, in 1994, members of the Hyland blackjack team were arrested after an ace sequencing team play at Ontario, Canada!

However, the judge in the case ruled that the players’ conduct was not cheating, but merely the use of intelligent strategy!The longevity of the Hyland team is unusual among blackjack teams, since it’s been around for quite a while now. Tommy Hyland is now amongst the greatest professional gamblers in the Blackjack Hall of Fame.


15 Surprising Facts About Countries

Greenland can't join FIFA because not enough grass grows there.

Oh, name-based irony. You never fail to amuse.

Until 1979, Greenland was part of Denmark as a colony and had limited autonomy. Since 1979, Greenland has tried to develop more autonomy and has attempted to be recognized as an actual nation. One of the ways it has tried to do this is through sports.

The Greenlandic Federation of tae kwon do, badminton, handball, volleyball, biathlon, and table tennis have gained full membership into the International Federation.

However, the same can't be said for soccer. Apparently Greenland isn't green enough to be part of FIFA. Executives claims that the lack of proper grass and the weather conditions of the country make it unsuitable to play and practice soccer in, and therefore it cannot grant Greenland entry into FIFA.


Hoverbikes exist and you can buy a prototype if you want to!

A hoverbike is a transport vehicle that can be found in works of fiction such as star wars, star trek, back to the future (all great movies by the way), etc.

It is used for personal transportation in the same way a modern bike is employed. One is expected to steer it like a normal vehicle, the only difference is the flying effect!

It is capable of flying and elevates itself some distance from the ground through some repulsion technology! A similar real-world device is the hovercraft, which elevates itself above a water or level hard surface using a cushion of air retained by a flexible skirt.

There is a hoverbike currently in the prototype phase. It was built by New Zealand engineer Christopher Malloy as a personal project. You can buy a prototype from him at the source. Make sure you check his page and all the amazing pictures of the hoverbike prototype!


29,000 rubber ducks lost at sea have revolutionized our knowledge of oceans!

The international shipping business keeps it's cargo issues on the down low. So, it is hard to know how many shipping accidents there actually are. The problem is, that we know it happens, and all too often.

There are stories of boxes of plastic bags for dry cleaning falling off ships and endangering the marine wildlife and other cargo simply sinking to the bottom of the ocean and sitting there to rot and hurt the marine wildlife from the bottom. Cargo full of cigarettes have also fallen into the ocean, burst open, and the marine life ingesting the butts sometimes killing them.

In 1992, a cargo dump unexpectedly revolutionized our understanding of ocean science. Some of the 29,000 rubber ducks, frogs, turtles and beavers fell into the ocean on their way from China to the U.S. The rubber ducks washed up on shore all around the world.

They found that it took three years for the ocean waters to make a full circuit around the world. Some of the ducks were found in the Arctic Circle, Hawaii, Alaska, Newfoundland, and even Scotland. By finding the rubber ducks and the time frame it took for them to wash ashore in the different areas, scientists were able to figure out the circulatory rate of the ocean and other oceanic information.



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