An amusement park in Ohio used dolls of the famous painter Bob Ross to test-drive their new rollercoaster.
The park, Kings Island, packed the coaster full of 20 Ross dolls, although it isn’t exactly clear why.
Africa is the only continent in the world that stretches across all four hemispheres, with most of the continent located in the Northern and Eastern hemispheres.
This also means that Africa is the only continent with land both on the Equator and the Prime Meridian.
Velcro is a prime example of humans imitating nature.
The revolutionary fastener was created by George de Mestral in the 1950s after a hunting trip.
De Mestral noticed how burdock burrs stuck to his clothing, and later replicated their hook-and-loop structure to create Velcro!
When famed jazz saxophonist and composer Paul Desmond died in 1977 from lung cancer, he donated all his royalties from his compositions to the American Red Cross.
It has been said that, to date, the Red Cross has received over $6 million from Desmond’s gift.
A Roman Censor removed a letter from the alphabet for nearly 200 years!
The unlucky letter, Z, was removed around 300 BC by Appius Claudius Caecus.
The “z” sound had become closer to “r” during the time period leading up to its removal, rendering it obsolete.
Sloths will fall out of trees, on average, once per week. But don’t fear! These fuzzy creatures can fall up to 100 feet without injury.
During mating season, sloths will fight over females, winning by knocking their opponent out of the tree.
Over 900 residents of Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia lost their internet because beavers had chewed through a crucial cable and the 4.5-inch thick conduit housing it.
The beavers put the cables to good use though, building their dam with them.
Rembrandt’s painting “The Night Watch” has been vandalized three times throughout its life.
It was first vandalized in 1911 with a knife, a second time in 1975 also with a knife, and then in 1990 with acid.
It’s been fully restored each time.
Collected 1.5 miles below the earth’s surface from a mine in Timmins, Canada, a billion year old bottle of water now resides in Canada’s Museum of Science and Innovation.
The water was discovered in 2009 and is the oldest sample ever found.
Every year 100 Americans die from choking on pen caps.
This used to be a larger number, but for the past 20 years most pen caps have had holes in them to create a small passageway for air to slip through in case they are swallowed.
You’d think a slug as bright as this one would be easier to find!
The Mount Kaputar pink slug stretches about eight inches long, and is a bright fluorescent pink color.
It is found at the top of a volcano in Australia…if you can find one. It is notoriously good at hiding.