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This monument is dedicated to ordinary people who sacrificed their lives for others. Where is it?


It's called the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice and it's located in the Postman Park in London.

It was first proposed by George Frederic Watts in 1867. The idea that there were a large number of people that did heroic acts of self sacrifice and were going to be forgotten.

Most of the entries range from 1900 to 1931. Some of the heroic acts are: A person gave up their life belt and went down in a sinking ship.

A man saved a stranger from drowning and drowned himself. Another got fatally scalded in searching for his mate.

From 1931 there wasn't an entry until 2009, when a man saved a boy from drowning. Check the source for a complete list of entries.

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Hugh Hefner advocated for gay rights in the 1950s.


 

It doesn’t sound impressive at first, but when you recall the state of the gay community in America in the 1950’s, it kind of stands out. 

Back then, videos like this were generally what represented homosexuality in America. In 1955, Esquire rejected a science fiction short story about heterosexuals being the minority against homosexuals. 

Hefner accepted the piece and had it published in his relatively new magazine, Playboy. Letters poured in, outraged at the story’s publication. Hefner responded with “If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society, then the reverse was wrong too.” To this day, Hefner is a big advocate of gay rights and gay marriage. 

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After a long day working on Toy Story 2, an animator came back to his car to realize he’d left his baby in the back seat the whole day!


Good things take time, great things take even longer. This statement proves true when it comes to Pixar and their many animated films that became a key component in so many children's lives.

We all know and love Toy Story, but not all of us know Toy Story 2. While it was still a great sequel, it took a lengthy amount of time to make.

In fact, Pixar became displeased with the speed of production, so they replaced one of the producers with another who tried to kick-start the animators progress on the film!

Although Pixar claims they discouraged long hours at the office, many animators felt the pressure to perform as the deadlines for the film were difficult to make.

These deadlines were so difficult, that many workers worked long hours at the office. These hours were so long that some animators developed carpal tunnel syndrome, and one animator forgot that he left his baby in the back seat of his car!

The animator who had dedicated all of his mental power to thinking about Toy Story 2, forgot to drop his baby off at day care in the morning.

Although a fellow employee realized his mistake before it was too late, it was becoming all too clear that Pixar employees were working a little bit too hard!

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Scientists are trying to de-evolve a chicken into a dinosaur!


It's widely accepted now that dinosaurs didn't quite all die off when a meteorite hit the Gulf of Mexico. Some survived and evolved into modern day birds. This genetic lineage might be the way that Jurassic Park could finally be possible.

For example, scientist think that dinosaurs and birds lay eggs the same way and have similar bone anatomy. Modern day birds, scientists agree, are closely related to two-legged meat eating theropods like T-rexes and velociraptors.

The key to reverse engineering a dinosaur from a chicken lies in the fact that many of the DNA instructions on how to build a dinosaur are still present in a modern day bird. The genetic traits are either recessive or turned off.

What scientists need to do is find a way to fire the dinosaur traits and suppress the bird traits during the embryonic development, and presto, you got a dinosaur. Of course, that is much easier said than done. Check out the source if you want more info.

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Dogs stick their heads out car windows because of smell!


Everyone's probably been perplexed at some point as to why dogs love to stick their heads out of moving car windows. Turns out, it's not that they really like the feeling of the wind. It's because they get an awesome overload of smells.

It might seem strange to us, but consider that we only have about 5 million olfactory receptors, while a dog has more than 225 million receptors. Our olfactory membranes are about the size of a postage stamp, while a dog's is the size of a handkerchief.

To a dog, sticking his head out the window of a moving car is the equivalent of a human going from a standard television TV to a giant IMAX movie screen and trying to soak in all the colors and visuals that it entails.

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