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Canada’s last duel was between two men who were so scared they fainted!

This duel would probably not very notable, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s the last duel recorded in Canada. In 1873, two men Mr. Dooley and Mr. Healy declared a duel because they had fallen in love with the same woman.

The morning of the duel came. They walked the 10 yards, turned and fired; Dooley hit the ground immediately. Healy was seized with horror thinking he’d killed Dooley. He soon found out, however, that Healy had just fainted from fear.

Here’s the funny twist, both men’s seconds later confessed that they had loaded the pistols with blanks. This was a serious breach of etiquette. However, both men agreed that honor had been satisfied and they didn’t need to redo the duel.


Kids with higher IQs may tend to be more likely to try out drugs!

In the 1970’s, British researcher tested the IQ’s of 8000 children, aged 5 to 10 years. Then, they collected information about the individuals’ level of drug use and psychological stress at age 16 and then again at age 30.

As it turns out, males who had a relatively high IQ score at age 5, were 50% more likely to have taken “hard” drugs like ecstasy and amphetamines 25 years later when compared with men who had relatively low IQ scores. Females with high IQ scores were twice as likely to have used cocain and cannabis later in life than their less intellectually gifted counterparts.

These stats persisted even when parental social class, life time household income, and anxiety and depression during adolescence was taken into account. There is no clear, accepted explanation for the correlation between high intelligence and drug use.

While it is possible that there is no direct correlation in the first place but some researchers hypothesize that it may be because individuals with high intelligence are more easily bored and more open to stimulation-no matter how deadly.


Drug-sniffing dogs are wrong more than 50% of the time!

Drug-sniffing dogs can give police probable cause to root through cars by the side of the road, but data shows the dogs have been wrong more often than they have been right. The dogs are trained to dig or sit when they smell drugs, which trigger vehicle searches.

But a Tribune analysis of three years of data for suburban departments found that only 44 percent of those alerts by the dogs led to the discovery of drugs or paraphernalia. Dog-handling officers and trainers argue the canine teams' accuracy shouldn't be measured in the number of alerts that turn up drugs.

They said the scent of drugs or paraphernalia can linger in a car after drugs are used or sold, and the dogs' noses are so sensitive they can pick up residue from drugs that can no longer be found in a car. But even advocates for the use of drug-sniffing dogs agree with experts who say many dog-and-officer teams are poorly trained and prone to false alerts that lead to unjustified searches.

Leading a dog around a car too many times or spending too long examining a vehicle, for example, can cause a dog to give a signal for drugs where there are none, experts said.


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The voice actor for Bugs Bunny once went into a coma, and would respond in character!

Mel Blanc was the voice of nearly every major Warner’s Brother cartoon character including Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and of course Bugs Bunny. An automobile accident once left Blancs in a coma. 

Doctors tried unsuccessfully to make him talk until one doctor who was a fan of his work tried; “Bugs, bugs bunny? Are you there?” to which Blanc replied “What’s up, Doc?” in Bugs Bunny’s voice. The doctors then began to experiment with several others of his characters and Mel responded similarly. Eventually, the Doctors managed to lead him out of the coma by systematically going through characters until they asked for him. 

He survived his scare with the car crash in 1962, and lived until 1989, shortly after turning 81. His headstone reads “That’s All Folks!”

Mel Blanc was, ironically, allergic to carrots. So much so, that whenever he had to act as Bugs Bunny chewing one, he would record those clips LAST. The sound technicians would take those clips and edit them into the right places.


Painting roofs white can actually help lower the temperature of a city

The idea of painting roads and rooftops white in order to combat carbon emissions has been around for years. It is surprisingly simple and effective and yet has not been implemented much.

A study at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that cooler pavement and roofs leads to cooler cities and an overall cooler world.

Since buildings with white roofs reflect far more sun than those with black roofs, these buildings stay cooler. Less air conditioning has to be used, lowering the overall energy required to run the building.

Also buildings with black roofs heat the space below them and this heat is carried spread by the wind. This raises the ambient air temperature in what is known as the urban heat island effect. Black roofs also radiate energy back into the atmosphere to be absorbed by clouds. This heat is then trapped by the greenhouse effect.

As such, white roofs is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to reduce our carbon emissions. In an initiative launched by the Energy Department, the federal government hopes to exemplify the benefits by using these light roofs on their buildings.



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