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Contrary to popular belief, it's mostly OK to mix alcohol and antibiotics.

First things first: It's still a bad idea to drink alcohol while you're on medication. However, it's not for the reasons you may think. Some doctors suggest that the advice to not mix antibiotics with alcohol came from the 1950s, when penicillin first started getting used to combat syphilis.

Doctors at the time thought that the bad influence of alcohol could undo their expensive new treatment, so they asked patients to abstain from alcohol until they were cleared up. It's been shown that people engage in riskier sexual activity while intoxicated, so they weren't that far off from the mark.

However, with the rare exception of a few types of antibiotics, alcohol doesn't interfere with the effects of medicine that much. That said, it's still a generally bad idea to mix them, because you might forget to take your dose. Alcohol's effects on the body also get exaggerated.

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This Boy Scout tried to build a nuclear reactor... in his back yard!

David Hahn, a 31 year old man was held in the Macomb County Jails after being caught trying to steal 16 smoke detectors which contained radioactive material!

What’s funny about this story is that back in 1996, Hahn tried to build a nuclear reactor at his backyard! When asked, investigators stated that Hahn was arrested after someone saw him stealing detectors around the apartment complex where he lived and that later on the other detectors were found at his apartment!

Back in the 1990s he learned that smoke detectors have a small amount of a radioactive isotope, and therefore it could help him to continue his evil plan. Why does he have so many open sores in his picture? Possibly because of all the radioactive materials that he was exposed to.


Top 15 Most Mind-Blowing Facts Ever Published

When You Fall in Love You Lose Two Close Friends

Researchers at Oxford University conducted a survey asking people to describe their close circle of friends, and compared the difference between people who were in romantic relationships.

On average, when asked to list the members of their core group of friends, people name 5 friends. People in romantic relationships could only name an average of 4 close relationships.

That's an average net loss of 1 person in your friend circle as a result of adding a new person into your life.

Typically this means that you lose 2 friends from your group of 5 and then add your new lover to get to a total of 4.

This core group consists of people that you see at least once a week. You may of course have many more peripheral friends.

Adding a new lover into the mix will force you to budget your time differently, forcing you to lose touch with an average of 2 people in your core group.

Read more about this study here.

A man has grown a garden inside a bottle for over 40 years!

This little tiny garden or ecosystem has been isolated for over 40 years and yet it has been able to grow and stay alive! It has only received water twice during this time!

Back in 1960, David Latimer created this ecosystem by plating a single seed with a wire into a pile of compost and giving it a pint of water. Twelve years later he decided to give it another pint of water and tightly sealed the carboy shut as an ‘experiment’.

Since light can go through the glass, this plant continues to photosynthesize and the water goes through a continuous water cycle which allows it to use the two pints of water over and over again.

And even more interesting: As leaves die, they fall of and rot at the bottom of this glass which allows them to produce carbon dioxide and by this mean it gives the ecosystem the nutrients it needs in order for more plants to grow!


Model T cars had to drive in reverse when going up a steep hill!

The Model T car is often mentioned as a modern marvel. The car that not only made motorized vehicles affordable, it also revolutionized manufacturing via Henry Ford's assembly line innovations.

That doesn't mean it was perfect, though. Take this quirky limitation for example. If you had a Ford Model T and you wanted to drive it through a steep hill, the car would just stop working. This was because the car relied on gravity to feed the fuel carburetor instead of a fuel pump.

When you drove through a steep hill, the fuel would not be able to reach the carburetor and it would be as if the car was out of gas. The solution for this was to climb these steep hills in reverse!



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