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New York had one homicide on 9/11 not related to the attacks. It's still unsolved!

The events of September 11, 2001 devastated the nation, and in particular New York City. So many lives were lost that day, but the every day violence of the city was almost nonexistent--understandably so. Only one homicide took place on 9/11 in New York City.

Around 11:45 PM in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, 46-year-old Henryk Siwiak was fatally shot in the chest. The father of two was a Polish immigrant and was looking for employment when he was killed. His killer has yet to be found eleven years later.

Siwiak came to America hoping to improve his and his family's living situation. He would send money each month to his wife and two children back in Poland. It is unknown why Siwiak was in that particular part of Brooklyn on the night of his murder.

From others' accounts, it seems that he was lost and stumbled into a bad neighborhood. His death was one more tragedy on an already horrific day.


A group of female prostitues in Nairobi have become resistant to AIDS

An amazing discovery was made at a research clinic in Nairobi in the 1980s. While scientists were studying the outbreak of HIV and AIDS among the country's citizens, they came upon a group of female prostitutes.

These women who should have been the most susceptible to HIV consistently tested negative for HIV over the years.

It turned out that this small percent of women coming into the clinic, about 5%, had somehow developed an immunity to HIV. Their immune systems were able to recognize and then kill HIV. This was a remarkable discovery.

Scientists ruled out the possibility of these women simply being extremely lucky by looking at the statistics. They found that most of the women had had between 500-2,000 unprotected sexual encounters with infected men.

In fact, the scientists found that the longer a woman had been a prostitute, the less likely that she would be infected with HIV/AIDS.


Two cats helped the Dutch Embassy in Moscow find spy microphones!

In the 1960s, two Siamese cats were asleep in the study of Henri Helb, the Dutch ambassador to Russia. Suddenly, they bounced up, arched their backs and started scratching the wall.

This was because the cats had heard the sound of the mics being turned on; a sound imperceptible to humans. Thanks to the cats, they found 30 other microphones around the embassy.

Instead of complaining to the Russians, they used the microphones to their advantage. For example, they once grumbled about how long it had taken to repair an embassy sewer. It was fixed the next morning.


There’s a Chinese fruit 300x sweeter than sugar and is used to treat diabetes and obesity!

The Siraitia grosvenorii is kind of like the holy grail for people with a sweet tooth like me: It’s extremely sweet with nowhere near as bad for you as traditional cane sugar (or high fructose corn syrup).

While the FDA only approved the fruit in 2009 for consumption in the US, it has been used in China for years as a low-calorie sweeter for drinks and in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diabetes and obesity.

One thing that was blocking the use of the fruit in other applications is that it has a lot of interfering aromas. However, Procter & Gamble has patented a process for isolating just the sweeter part.


15 Sex Facts You'll Thank Us For

Some places in Europe have Drive-In sex boxes so you don't disturb the neighborhood.

Having sex in a car can be awkward if you get caught. To prevent this awkwardness, some European cities have created drive in "Sex Boxes." They're basically parking spaces that have walls covering up the car so you can go along your business without disturbing the neighbors.

The idea seems to have originated in Germany, but Zurich has recently proposed building them there too, so that prostitutes can work in a more discrete way. There are a lot of homes in Zurich that overlook the red light district. The police thinks they can't get rid of prostitution, but they can at least control it.



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