Here are ten crazy facts that I bet you’d be so blown away that you’ll share with all your friends this weekend.
10. Human Dictionary
Vin Los, a 24 year old model from Montreal, QC, Canada is unique. He has 24 words tattooed in large letters on his face and neck. Words include Fame, Scream, Lick and Guilty. The reason for this is that Vin wants to embody pop culture and to become the most famous man in the world. He got his first tattoo when he was 16. The words are strategically chosen from YouTube by means of selecting keywords from songs. Apparently, he also has a tattoo of fake hair on his chest.
9. Sewer Concert
When was the last time you attended a concert? Where was it hosted? How many people could fit in the stadium? Well… the sewerage system in Cologne, Germany hosts jazz and classic music concerts. It was built by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. . The systems’ Kronleuchtersaal space was later fitted with chandeliers and can accommodate audiences of up to 50 people.
8. Text Lane
To reduce the number of collisions among pedestrians while they are texting on their mobile devices, the Chinese city of Chongquing has opened a street lane designed solely for people walk and text. The sidewalk has been divided into two lanes – one for phones and the other for non-users.
7. Terrible Traffic
What’s the most you’ve been stuck in traffic? I was stuck for 2h during the blackout of 2003. Well…in August, 2010, drivers in Beijing, China, were stuck in a traffic jam that stretched for more than 70 miles (112 km) and lasted for 12 days. Incredible?! It took 5 days for cars caught in the backup to make their way along China National Highway 110- in the growing smog. Many people resorted to sleeping under cars to escape the summer heat and were buying supplies from locals who set up stalls selling water and noodles. The cause? Holiday traffic, an unusually high number of heavy coal trucks and construction work.
6. Robot Cops
To tackle road congestion on the streets of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, city authorities replaced traffic lights with robot traffic officers. The 8ft tall solar-powered humanoids, which are made of aluminum and stainless steel, wear trademark police sunglasses and have rotating chests and cameras installed inside their bodies to help them record the traffic flow.
5. Terrible Traffic, Yet Again
In April, 1990, 18 million cars lined up at the border between East and West German during the First Easter holiday after the fall of the Berlin wall. The traffic jam lasted for days. Apparently freedom from oppression doesn’t necessarily mean freedom from traffic.
4. Frank Hayes
In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York despite being dead — he suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle until his horse crossed the line for a 20–1 outsider victory. He was only 35.
3. Buzz Aldrin
The first man to urinate on the moon was Buzz Aldrin, shortly after stepping onto the lunar surface. Buzz Aldrin, is an American engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. His battles against depression and alcoholism have been documented, most recently in Magnificent Desolation.
2. Stress and the Brain
I bet you weren’t aware that stress is the most common cause of changes in brain function. Some research suggests signs that point towards the brain size decreasing due to stress. One study used baby monkeys to test the effects of stress on development and long-term mental health. ‘
1. Moose Beware
One in Five road accidents in Sweden involves a moose. The accidents occur mostly at dawn or sunset and are caused because the heavy animals are capable of running at over 30 mph or 48km/h.