Water is used in rice fields to prevent weeds. Rice doesn't actually need that much water, but since it can thrive in such conditions, whereas weeds cannot, it's a natural protection against them.
2. Bill Gates has given away $28 billion since 2007, saving 6 million lives
3. The inventor of automatic telephone switching was an undertaker named Almon Strowger who created it because the wife of his competitor was the town operator who directed any calls for an undertaker to her husband rather than Strowger.
4. Romanian-born Israeli and American scientist, engineer, professor, teacher, and a Holocaust survivor named Liviu Librescu, held the door of his classroom during the Virginia Tech shootings sacrificing his life while the gunman continuously shot through the door saving 22 of his 23 students.
5. An Italian schoolboy who was selling snacks on campus at a lower price than the cafeteria was suspended for 10 days. He also received a prestigious scholarship from an institute that said the boy's initiative should be "encouraged, not persecuted".
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When asked for his thoughts on the migration of New Zealanders to Australia, the Prime Minister (Robert Muldoon) of New Zealand stated that the "annual exodus of Kiwis to Australia raised the average IQ of both countries".
7. Despite supporting one of the highest human population densities, Japan is the first developed country with the highest percentage (74%) of forest-covered land. Japan's forest management policy began over four centuries ago.
8. In 2011, due to the Taliban dynamiting two famous 4th-century giant statues of Buddha for their status as idols, excavators of the site discovered a cave network filled with 5th-9th-century artwork and another, previously unknown giant statue of Buddha within
9. An inventor trying to make a sock to prevent trench foot first produced modern water balloons. Having made a latex-coated sock and filling it with water to test for leaks, he found a rip and angrily threw it on his table. Pleased with the splash, he decided to market water balloons for children.
10. When a Long Island woman accidentally threw away an envelope with $5000 cash intended for her mortgage, sanitation workers sifted through tons of trash until they found it. They refused to accept a reward.
After 2 thieves broke into a man's home in England and made off with his laptop, they inspected the device, found serious child abuse material and went to the cops regardless. The pedophile got 3 yrs in jail. The judge gave robbers a 12-month community service orders in light of their good deed
12. On 12th September 2001, the day after 9/11, The Queen ordered her Royal Guards to break protocol and play the USA's National Anthem for stranded Americans in London
13. In 2015 someone did a sh*t so bad on a British Airway flight from Heathrow to Dubai that it had to turn around and land after just 30 minutes.
14. If a pregnant mother suffers organ damage during the pregnancy the fetus can send stem cells to help repair the damage
15. Florida investigators recreated a home fire to prove that a man had committed arson. Instead, they found that accidental fires could produce burn patterns that looked exactly like gasoline fires and that signs of arson that investigators had been relying on for years were unfounded.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has s*x 3 times every day and his owners charge a $200,000 fee per impregnation, generating about $30,000,000 a year annually.
17. Keanu Reeves turned down a $10 million offer for the main role in Speed 2, in favor of touring with his band and playing Hamlet in a theater production
18. There is a long-term care facility in the Netherlands that allows college students to stay for free in exchange for 30 hours of volunteer per month. When students come home from a class, concert, or party, they share those experiences with their elderly neighbors, some of whom are over 90
19. Little Caesars and Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch quietly paid Rosa Park's rent for more than a decade, after she was robbed in her home and forced to move to a safer, but more expensive part of Detroit
20. In 2010, a Kansas State University professor went on a Twinkie diet, where he ate mainly Twinkies, Oreos, and Doritos to prove to his students that calorie counting is the important part of losing weight, not nutritional content. He lost 27 pounds in 2 months.
After his presidency, Harry Truman refused to join any corporate boards or do commercial endorsements, feeling that using the presidency for financial gain would diminish the integrity of the office. Congress eventually passed the Former Presidents Act to pay him a pension.
22. Daniel Radcliffe wore the same dirty hat and jacket for six months in order to frustrate paparazzi because the pictures would always look "old" and couldn't be sold.
23. A janitor named Richard Montañez invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos and he is now an Executive Vice President
24. There was an experiment to teach dolphins English. A dolphin called Peter did actually learn a few words but actually fell in love with his teacher named Margaret Howe Lovatt and also had sexual urges. Consequently, the experiment ended pronto but unfortunately the dolphin couldn't cope and committed suicide.
25. When George Foreman was asked why he named all 5 of his sons "George" he replied "Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton, Evander Holyfield...you let them hit you on the head and see how many names you can think of"