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Best Facts of All Time - Page 924

Japan was completely isolated from the world for 200 years. What they did to foreigners was appalling.

A lot of us are delighted with the Japanese culture and dream about going to Japan someday.

Luckily for us, we are now in the 21st century and we are allowed to go to Japan at any time, contrary to the 17th century when going to Japan was punishable by death!

Sakoku was the foreign relations policy of Japan under which no foreigner could enter nor could any Japanese leave the country on penalty of death.

The policy was enacted by the Tokugawa shogunate under Tokugawa Iemitsu through a number of edicts and policies from 1633–39 and remained in effect until 1853 with the arrival of the Black Ships of Commodore Matthew Perry and the forcible opening of Japan to Western trade.

The policy stated that the only European influence permitted was the Dutch factory at Dejima in Nagasaki. Trade with China was also handled at Nagasaki.


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! 


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.


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People in China can earn up to $50,000 as professional fart sniffers!

Gather around, people with the tolerance to smell other people's farts - you can earn up to $50,000 a year in China, you just have to smell farts for a living.

Nobody said that it would be easy, but someone has to step up, because as it turns out, doctor's can tell a lot about people by their farts. Well, that is what some doctor's believe anyway.

Dogs have been known to be able to discover if a patient has prostate cancer just by smelling their feces and urine.

As a result, some people think that if someone with a keen sense of smell were to smell someone's farts, they could describe the smell to the doctor's, who can then diagnose the patient.

It's unusual, but at least it pays alright. Applicants must be between the ages of 18-45, have no nasal defects, non smoker, and not be dependent on alcohol.


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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