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Do you know who invented tennis? The answer will surprise you.

12-century French monks invented tennis.

This was the earliest precursor to tennis. The monks played the game indoors without any rackets.

They only used their hands! It was originally called “jeu de paume”.

The game eventually caught on among French nobility, and of course, they added rackets.

The name “tennis” comes from the French word “Tenez”, which was said before a serve.

The rest of tennis terminology comes from French as well; a lob is “un lob”, a fault is “une faute”, a break is “un break”, a volley is “une volleé”, etc.

Tennis eventually evolved to the outdoor sport we know today. The technical term for the outdoor sport is “Lawn Tennis”, as opposed to the game the monks invented, which we call “Real Tennis”.

More about tennis from LIVESTRONG and the New York Times.

It’s illegal to serve margarine instead of butter in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin, which is known for its dairy products like butter, actually banned the sale or use of margarine colored to look like butter back in 1895. The law wasn’t repealed until 1967 after a Wisconsin State Senator and butter enthusiast underwent a blind taste test and discovered that margarine tasted better.

From 1967 until now, it’s still been illegal to serve margarine as a replacement for butter in diners. Breaking this law is punishable by up to 3 months in jail, though that’s never been enforced. The law also requires that butter be served in Wisconsin’s schools and at state institutions, including prisons.

A 2,300 man was found almost perfectly preserved with hair gel still in his hair!

He has been named the Clonycavan Man because he was found in Clonycavan, Ballivor, County Meath, Ireland in 2003. Found in a modern peat harvesting machine that was digging in a bog, this man is currently on display at the National Museum of Ireland. Why is this body so important? While only his torso and upper abdomen are preserved, scientists were able to closely study the man’s teeth, bone structure, and hair to give them a closer look into how people used to live.

Clonycavan Man is thought to have been murdered, with large lacerations in his head, and to have been left in the bog. After carbon dating was done, it was discovered that the corpse is roughly 2,300 years old. The most amazing part? He still had hair gel in his hair! The gel was made of plant oil and pine resin to give him a “Mohawk hairstyle” and was believed to have been imported from western France or Spain, suggesting the man was rather wealthy to be able to afford foreign cosmetics. 

This could also imply that Ireland was already trading with Southern Europe before Roman rule. The corpse was so pristine that scientists were able to study the pores on his nose and his beard! 


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SillyBandz can HARM you!

Whatever the newest young people fad is, there are always horror stories cautioning parents about it. They're usually always false or exaggerated, like the Pokémon cartoon being harmful, or Harry Potter leading kids to become real witches and wizards. 

In August 2010, a chain e-mail went out warning people of the dangers of SillyBanz. It showed a picture of a kid being lacerated by using SillyBandz for a long period of time. While this might have usually been dismissed as fake, it was actually true!

A 4-year-old boy from New York was taken to the doctor because his dad had found some deep cuts from all the SillyBands he had on his arm. The doctor even found some EMBEDDED on his skin! The picture is kinda nasty so we didn't want to post it on the main page, but you can head over to the source to check it out.


The Honey Guide bird in Africa has a special call just for speaking with humans!

The Maasai people of Africa whistle and communicate with the Honey Guide bird. The bird has a special call that it only uses when communicating with humans. They help the Maasai find honeycomb. The bird’s call changes as the Maasai get closer and closer to the honeycomb.

So, why does the Honey Guide help the Maasai? The Maasai return the favor and give the bird some of the honeycomb. If they didn’t give back, the bird could lead them into harm’s way the next time.


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