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TV is not an American invention!


As it turns out, Americans did not invent the most American appliance known to man. The television was invented by a Russian engineer named Boris Rosing who, in 1907, used a cathode ray tube to receive images and figured out how to transmit light to a receiving screen.

In 1925, a Scottish scientist named John Logie Baird transmitted moving images to a cathode ray tube using 30 line (line not pixel) resolution. And then we go back to Russia, where Leon Theremin gave a huge kick to the TV’s quality and the first fully functional model of the most important part of any American living room.

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Viking women were the first to wear bras!


Viking women wore these metal discs and clasps that formed shoulder protection and were actually meant to lift and shape the breasts. This first bra was banned once the Christians arrived, because it brought attention to women’s bodies. They were seen as pagan devices. Today, women commonly wear bras to conform to social norms such as a dress code, or because they believe bras prevent breasts from sagging, a fact that even bra makers do not support.

In western cultures, about 10 to 25 percent of women do not wear a bra, either as a matter of preference or sometimes for health or comfort reasons. Some garments, such as camisoles, tank tops and backless dresses, have built-in breast support, alleviating the need to wear a separate bra. There are several types of bras. Some bras are built for support; others are to make the breasts appear larger. There are bras with underwire and ones without.

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The Prime Minister of Yugoslavia threatened to kill Stalin! Why?


Josip Broz Tito was the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia between the years of 1953 and 1963. For those of you that do not know, Yugoslavia split from the Soviet Union during this time period which created an extreme amount of tension between Tito and Josef Stalin. As a result of this tension, Stalin hired multiple assassinations to try and kill Josip Broz Tito, all of which were unsuccessful. In fact, two of Stalin’s assassins had actually been caught by Tito!

Tito had become so frustrated with Stalin’s attempts to sneak behind his back and kill him that he issued a statement that would cause Stalin to shake in his boots! Tito said “Stop sending people to kill me. We’ve already captured five of them, one of them with a bomb and another with a rifle… If you don’t stop sending killers, I’ll send one to Moscow, and I won’t have to send a second.” Want to read more of Tito’s quotes?

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In “… Baby One More Time’s” music video, none of Britney’s clothes cost more than $17


Britney Spears is known for her over the top performances, and extremely expensive live concerts that she performs. However, she didn’t always put on the latest designer outfits. In fact, in one of her music videos she was wearing an outfit that was bought from Kmart! During her ‘Hit me Baby’ music video, Britney came up with the idea of her school girl look.

Originally, the director, Nigel Dick, said she was just going to wear jeans and t-shirts for that music video. Britney suggested she should wear a schoolgirl outfit. Not a single article of clothing she wore cost more than $17!

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Bats have one of the strongest and most remarkable immune systems. They hardly ever get sick!


Bats have a pretty spectacular immune system. They are practically disease free and live relatively long lives. When they get infections, they fight them off very well. In a study of two bat species, researchers found that both species were missing a gene segment called the cytokine storm.

The cytokine storm triggers an extreme and sometimes fatal reaction to infections. In addition to killing the infection, it also damages the organism's own tissue. Instead of this storm, bats' immune systems depress the inflammation to help them heal. Scientists believe that if we can figure out how they do this, we can find out how to better fight our own viruses.

The same genes that give bats their great immune system also allow them to fly. Bats are the only mammals capable of sustained flight. This flight, depending on how long it is, can be exhausting though. The exertion produces toxic free radicals that the bat's immune system must fight off. As such, their genes have evolved quickly to repair DNA damage.

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