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Sandwiches really do taste better when someone else makes them for you!

This is mainly because when we make food for ourselves, we get desensitized to the smell, and a large part of tasting is actually smelling.

So when you make food for yourself and eat it, it's similar to tasting without smelling.

When someone else does the cooking for you, ideally when you're in another room where you can't smell it, the result is different.

When you walk in to have your food, you get to smell and taste it at the same time, so it tastes better to you. The same principle applies to eating leftovers.

Have you ever heard someone say that a certain food tastes better the next day? It's the same idea.

Typically, leftovers are preserved in the refrigerator, so they don't give off much of an aroma until heated. So there's actually a scientific explanation behind why your pizza tastes better the next day!


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“Des Moines” is actually a dirty joke.

Des Moines is a city in Iowa. Its name allegedly comes from a French derivation of "Moingoana," a Native American tribe that once lived along the banks of what is now the Des Moines River.

But as it turns out, that part's not actually true. The name was actually a joke offered to the French explorers Marquette and Jolliet in 1673.

Based on the work of several linguists, it's been discovered that "Moingoana" comes from the word "mooyiinkweena," which means "the poop faces."

It's thought that the name was actually given by the people of the Peoria village near the mouth of the Des Moines River.

When they were asked about neighboring villages by Marquette, the Peoria chief gave him "the poop faces" to throw him off.

What's even funnier is that Marquette was fluent in the language. He just didn't pick up any mischief behind it.


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Cap'n Crunch used to include a prize whistle that unintentionally allowed people bypass international calling fees.

If you’re old enough, maybe you’ll remember this one yourself. Back in the early seventies, Cap’n Crunch came with a cleverly named “Cap’n Crunch Whistle” as a prize inside. The sound the whistle makes (which you can hear at the source) is very similar to a 2600 Hz tone. That tone just happened to be the same tone involved in long distance phone calls. A 2600 Hz tone told the At&T long lines that, basically, the long distance call had been authorized and added to the customer’s bill.

Somehow someone discovered the similarity between the tone on the phone and that on the whistle. The whistle then, when blown into the phone, would sidestep the billing system (back then, long distance calls were expensive). Obviously, the whistle didn’t last long. But before you run out and try to buy one on eBay, you might want to know for many years now long distance calls have been handled by digital phone switching, so this no longer would work.

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Magpies hold funerals for their dead.

Dr. Bekoff, a professor at the University of Colorado, studied magpies and managed to elaborate on one very strange phenomenon.

Bekoff said the funeral-like rituals the magpies hold prove that the birds normally seen as aggressive have a compassionate side!

Magpies aren't unique in this behavior in the animal kingdom. Gorillas, elephants, and dolphins have all been noted to mourn the dead.
What magpies typically do when they discover a corpse is first peck at it to make sure it is dead. Then they fly off to find grass and lay it by the corpse.
After that, the magpies will stand by the dead one for a few moments before flying off. It's pretty bizarre, but it shows that, at the very least, magpies do react to the deaths of others.

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Dr. Seuss cheated on his wife while she was sick with cancer for 13 years. She committed suicide because of his infidelity, and he later married his mistress.

Probably not the most uplifting story for one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time, but there it is. Seuss’ wife, Helen Palmer Geisel, suffered from a long series of illnesses including cancer over a period of 13 years. Eventually, Helen learned of her husband’s adulterous relationship with another woman. Given that and the constant illnesses she suffered, Helen decided to commit suicide through an overdose of barbiturates.

She wrote a suicide note to Seuss that said “Dear Ted, what has happened to us? I don't know. I feel myself in a spiral, going down down down, into a black hole from which there is no escape, no brightness. And loud in my ears from every side I hear, 'failure, failure, failure... I love you so much ... I am too old and enmeshed in everything you do and are, that I cannot conceive of life without you ... My going will leave quite a rumor but you can say I was overworked and overwrought. Your reputation with your friends and fans will not be harmed ... Sometimes think of the fun we had all thru the years ..."
Dr. Seuss was very distraught at his wife’s suicide in 1967, but he later married the woman he had been cheating on his wife with only one year later!


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