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Tokyo has an incredibly efficient recycling system. All combustible trash is incinerated, the smoke and gasses cleaned before release, and then the leftover ash is used as a replacement for clay in the cement used for construction.
In a baby’s first year, parents lose around 350 hours of sleep at night.
Melora Hardin (Jan from the office) was originally cast to play Jennifer Parker in Back to the Future. She was fired after they recast Marty because she was taller than Michael J. Fox.
Bed headboards were first used to keep sleepers warm and were constructed to create space from the wall to allow falling colder air to sink to the floor rather than onto the bed.
There are more bicycles in Copenhagen, Denmark, than people, 5 times as many bicycles as cars, and 400km of cycle lanes not shared with cars or pedestrians for a city of about 600,000 people.
European Hedgehogs actually hunt Adders tiring them out by chasing them and biting them many times, then breaking their necks when the Adders can't run anymore.
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The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was not caused by Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern. A newspaper reporter invented the story to make colorful copy.
On August 1st each year the people of Warsaw, Poland stop everything to pay homage to the Warsaw Uprising, the largest rebellion of World War 2, which cost over 200,000 lives and destruction of the capital.
The animatronic T-Rex in Jurassic Park (1993) occasionally malfunctioned due to rain and would randomly spring to life, scaring the crap out of the crew eating lunch beside it.
English writer Charles Dickens was known among other things, for social commentary in his novels. He once even expressed his belief that “Virtue shows quite as well in rags and patches as she does in purple and fine linen.” He separated from his wife after 22 years of marriage when he fell in love with an 18-year-old actress. His wife went through two miscarriages and bore him 10 children before being dumped. He went on to publish a letter in numerous newspapers in which he accused his wife of being responsible for the separation, and calling her stupid, morbidly depressed and a bad mother.