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After the first World War, Australia had to take part in the Great Emu War.


The Great Emu War was the first and perhaps only inter-species war of the 20th century. In 1932, there was great public concern over the number of emus said to be running amok and often destroying farmer's crops in the Campion district of Western Australia.

The attempts to curb the population of emus (which are large, flightless, rather ridiculous looking birds indigenous to Australia) involved soldiers armed with machine guns.

In the soldier's first attempts, around 50 emus were killed and they suffered no casualties. In their second attempt, 986 birds were killed with 9,860 rounds and 2,500 birds were wounded and died as a result of their injuries.

By December of that year, the Emu War had reached Great Britain where some people sided with the soldiers and farmers, while others sided with the emus. Conservationists protested the initiative as "extermination of the rare emu."

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The luckiest man on Earth has survived multiple near-fatal accidents, then won a million in the lottery!


It seems like lady luck is in love with this man. Frane Selak is known for getting into fatal accidents and, perhaps more so, for surviving them. His first near-death experience began in January 1962.

Selak was on a train when it suddenly derailed into an icy river, killing 17 passengers. He however, escaped with a broken arm, minor scratches, and bruises.

Since then, he has survived a door coming off an airplane, a bus crash, two car crashes, and a firey car. Oh, but it gets better.

In 2003, Selack won the million dollar Croatian lottery. This probably makes him both the world's unluckiest and luckiest man.

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The famous Afghan Girl from National Geographic was found in 2002 thanks to Iris Recognition software!


Sharbat Gula is the name of the famous Afghan girl photographed in 1984 at the age of 12. The photo of her was taken in a refugee camp in Pakistan by a National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. After 18 years, she was traced to a remote part of Afghanistan by McCurry.

When the photo was taken, McCurry didn’t have her name. McCurry computed IrisCode from both of her eyes as photographed in 1984. Then, when a photo of her was taken in 2002, he computed the eyes in that photo. When he ran the search engine, the matching algorithm on the IrisCodes, he got a Hamming Distance of 0.24 for her left eye, and 0.31 for her right eye.

As may be seen from the histogram that arises when different irises are compared by their IrisCodes, these measured Hamming Distances are so far out on the distribution tail that it is statistically almost impossible for different irises to show so little dissimilarity. The mathematical odds against such an event are 6 million to one for her right eye, and 10-to-the-15th-power to one for her left eye.

National Geographic accepted and published this conclusion in a second cover issue featuring Sharbat Gula, 18 years after the first, and the Society launched their "Afghan Girl's Fund" to assist the education of Muslim girls in cultures that discourage or prohibit female education.

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You Need to Know These 13 Cancer Facts

Cherries can cause cancer cells to commit suicide


Cherries are packed full of substances that help fight inflammation and cancer. Two important compounds found in cherries, quercetin and ellagic acid, have been found to inhibit tumor growth and even cause the cancer cells to commit suicide without hurting healthy cells.

Cherries also have antiviral and antibacterial properties, and are very nutritional with a low calorie count.

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99% of the energy produced in Norway is renewable and clean!


The United States should take a lesson from Norway! There, 99% of all energy produced is renewable and clean, due to the country’s use of hydropower. Hydropower is power derived from the energy of falling water. Other clean sources of energy that are being experimented with are wind power and wave power.

What makes hydropower renewable? Renewable energy is energy that comes from sources that are continually replenished, such as sun, wind, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. Using hydropower as an energy source is “green” because it doesn’t use un-renewable resources such as oil which have potential to harm the environment.

The renewable energy movement is gaining worldwide attention, with new legislation mandating it's use. Government support and rising oil prices are also catalysts to encourage the use of renewable energy sources.

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