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There was a nylon rationing during WWII. Women would draw lines on their lefs to make it look like they were wearing pantyhose!

After the New York World Fair, nylon stockings hit the market on May 14th 1940. Women rushed out to buy them, not in their thousands, but in their millions! Over 72,000 pairs of nylons were sold on the first day of release in America and 64 million by the time a year had passed.

The allure of wrinkle free, bunching free, inexpensive leg wear proved extremely popular putting a colossal dent into all preceding forms of established hosiery manufacture. During World War II, nylon was used to manufacture parachutes and other material for soldiers. Women were called on by the government to show their support for the war and the soldiers by giving up their nylon stockings.

So, many women had no stockings and so they ‘penciled in’ seams, using eyeliner or eyebrow pencil to draw lines up the backs of their legs to create the look of stockings. Stockings had become a style symbol and one that all “ladies” adhered to.


Skim milk can actually be really bad for heart.

Skim milk is treated like elixir by the health conscious. It seems the the flawless beverage, allowing you to get all the vitamins found from milk out fat. However, as it turns out, more and more researchers are coming to the conclusion that skim milk is not nearly as good for you as it's full fat counterpart.

The reason behind this is that when the fat is removed from milk, many important vitamins are removed with it, and thus need to be replaced with synthetics. Many manufacturers also "fortify" they skim milk, using a powdered version of milk that can actually serve to oxidize the cholesterol contained in milk.

While this has not be tested in humans, animals that drank oxidized cholesterol were more likely to develop heart disease. So while it may cost you a couple pounds, you may be much better drinking full fat milk.


The President receives about 500 death threats every month!

Whether that figure is higher or lower than you expected, it still poses a huge responsibility for those guarding him. The Secret Service gained it's protective responsibility in 1901 after President McKinley was assassinated. It used to protect presidents for life, yet in 1997, this perk was altered to only 10 years after leaving office.

In 2010, the Secret Service had more than 1300 members who provide security for the White House, the Vice President, the Treasury, and diplomats in DC. Because the President is the most powerful man in the free world, the Secret Service makes constant efforts to ensure that those 500 threats each month don’t happen. Threatening the President is a class D felony and can result in 10 years in prison!


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Australian Jewel Beetles are dying because they're having sex with beer bottles!

Talk about beer goggles. The bottles have the some of the features that the beetles find attractive. They're big, orange / brownish, and the dimple at the bottom of the bottle reflects light in the same way a female's wing covers would.

As a result of the un-'canny' resemblance, the males can't help but fall head over heels for the bottles and try to have sex with them. Obviously, they're unsuccessful, but being the troopers that they are, they try until the hot Australian sun kills them.

Ireland is not the drunkest country in the world.

Contrary to all those "Irish jokes," that we hear so much this time of year, Ireland isn't the most wasted country in the world. Nope, Ireland actually ranks 15th for pure alcohol consumption among adults in litres per capita per year.

The United States, surprisingly, also isn't very high up on this list; it ranks at 53rd place. It doesn't even make the top 50! Come on guys, step up your game!

Meanwhile, the drunkest country in the world is little Moldova, where the average adult consumes 18.22 liters of pure alcohol each year. Then we have the Czech Republic in second place, Hungary in third place, and Russia in forth place.

It should be emphasized that the rankings are based on PURE alcohol consumption. It does not take into account individual drinks. For example, while it is at first place, Moldova consumes nearly half the amount of beer that 15th place Ireland consumes.



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