• An armadillo’s shell is so hard that it can deflect a bullet, as a Texas man discovered to his chagrin when he took aim at one. The bullet ricocheted into his jaw and he had to be airlifted to a hospital. The armadillo, on the other hand, strolled away unscathed.
• One million U.S. dogs hold first place in their owner’s last will and testament.
• The original time machine in “Back to the Future” was not a DeLorean, but an old refrigerator. According to HuffPost, “Ultimately, it was determined that it probably was not a good idea to use a refrigerator in such a manner as kids might want to reenact the scene.”
• Napoleon introduced brass buttons on soldier uniforms’ sleeves to discourage them from wiping their noses.
• The first webcam was created to check a coffeepot! In 1993, researchers in the University of Cambridge’s computer science department really didn’t like getting up from their chairs to check the coffeepot just to find it empty, so they wired a system that would stream three images per minute from the Trojan Room, where the pot was kept, to the internal computer network. By the end of that year, the stream made it onto the new World Wide Web, endowing the Trojan Room coffeepot with international, if brief, fame.
• The asteroids in “Star Wars” were actually painted potatoes.
• When English Romantic poet, painter and engraver William Blake was just 4, he claimed to see God through a window. Throughout the rest of his life, Blake said he often communed with angels, incorporating these visions into his art.
• According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the stickers on fruit are edible. We haven’t tried them ourselves, though.
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Thought for the Day: “The best teachers remain students all their lives.” — John Stott
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