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A 4-year-old was saved by a woman from drowning. 9 years later that boy saved the woman's husband at the same beach!


Some stories should make it into Ripley's Believe It or Not, and sometimes they just make it into compilations of incredible stories. When Roger Lausier was four years old, he wandered off from his mom at the Salem, Massachusetts beach. He paddled around for awhile, but then a powerful undercurrent pulled him out.

He would have drowned, but a woman swam out and pulled him back to shore. She revived him and saved his life. She also refused all rewards for her heroic act and left happy to have helped. Nine years later, Roger was thirteen and a very experienced swimmer.

He was tracking a shoal of bluefish when he heard a woman screaming her husband was drowning. Roger saw the woman's husband floundering in the water after falling from his boat. Roger paddled his inflated raft over to the well-built guy and grabbed his hand.

He held him above water until another boat got to them and was able to help bring the guy to shore. It wasn't until a presentation later that Roger found out that the man he saved was the husband of the woman who saved his life nine years earlier at the same beach.

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The man who wrote the first self-help book is the great-great-grandfather of Bear Grylls!


Samuel Smiles was a Scottish author and reformer who died in 1904. He left school when he was 14 to be the apprentice of a doctor which eventually led him to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh. His father died while he was there during a cholera epidemic, but he was able to continue his schooling due to his persevering mother.

She kept the family shop open supporting herself and their nine children. After graduating, Smiles campaigned for parliamentary reform and wrote articles for newspapers. Smiles wrote what is considered to be the first self-help book ironically named "Self-Help." The newly founded Routledge publishing house rejected publishing Self-Help in 1855.

Twenty years later Smiles was seated next to George Routledge at a dinner, and he said to him: "And when, Dr. Smiles, are we to have the honour of publishing one of your books?", Smiles replied that Mr. Routledge had had the honor of rejecting Self-Help. Although John Murray was willing to publish Self-Help on a half-profits system, Smiles rejected this as he did not want the book to lose it's anecdotes.

In 1859 he published the book at his own expense and risk, retaining the copyright and paying John Murray a ten percent commission. It sold 20,000 copies within one year of it's publication. By the time of Smiles' death in 1904 it had sold over a quarter of a million. Smiles is the great-great grandfather of adventurer and explorer Bear Grylls.

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13 Things You Need to Know About Steve Jobs And Apple

Steve Jobs was given the night shift at Atari because of his personal hygiene!


Steve Jobs is undoubtedly one of the most successful men of the century. He was the mind behind all the Apple products that we know and love. In 2010, it was estimated that Steve Jobs net worth was $8.3 billion. However, when he was younger, he may have had questionable hygiene!

Steve Jobs used to work at Atari in order to provide himself with a wage so he could survive. Allegedly, Jobs was actually put on the night shift because of his hygiene! It is said that he never bathed, and would walk around the office in his bare feet.

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Birds, dogs, and cats bend their 'knees' backwards because those are actually their ankles!


Digitigrade is a term used for animals that walk on their toes rather than the soles of their feet like humans. Birds, dogs, cats, and other animals fall in the category of digitigrades.

What we would think of their knees is actually their ankles. They are jokingly called "backwards knees" or having "backwards knees syndrome" because we don't realize they are digitigrades and it is their ankles we are seeing.

They do have knees, but they are higher up the leg and often covered by fur or feathers or located so much higher that they are within the body and we can't see them. Artists can sometimes struggle with drawing canines, felines, elephants, and birds because they don't realize they are all digitigrades. So, they can't get the legs to look right when drawing them. They simply walk on their toes and not the soles of their feet like we do and that is where the confusion lies.

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There are many more letters used in Roman numerals than you know!


The Romans used a decimal system for whole numbers, reflecting how they counted in Latin and they used a duodecimal system for fractions, because the divisibility of twelve makes it easier to handle the common fractions of 1/3 and 1/4 than does a system based on ten.

On coins, many of which had values that were duodecimal fractions of the unit as, they used a tally-like notational system based on twelfths and halves. A dot indicated an uncia "twelfth", the source of the English words inch and ounce; dots were repeated for fractions up to five twelfths.

Six twelfths was abbreviated as the letter S for semis "half". Uncia dots were added to S for fractions from seven to eleven twelfths, just as tallies were added to V for whole numbers from six to nine. Now, you can be more confused about the roman numeral system.

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