• A green cat was born in Denmark in 1995. Some people believe that high levels of copper in the water pipes nearby may have given his fur a verdigris effect.
• Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of the iconic jungle man Tarzan, worked as a pencil-sharpener salesman before trying his hand at fiction. He only started writing at the age of 36 to support his wife and two kids.
• Boanthropy is a psychological disorder in which patients believe they are a cow.
• The infamous crocodile jump by James Bond in “Live and Let Die” was performed with real crocs by the only person willing to attempt it — the owner of the crocodile farm.
• In early 2015, Mattel released Hello Barbie, an interactive talking doll that didn’t just repeat preprogrammed phrases, but could actually hold a twoway conversation. The doll raised major concerns over privacy, however, since the discussions between it and child owners were recorded and sent to third-party vendors. Goodbye, Barbie!
• Like casinos, your local shopping mall is intentionally designed to make you lose track of time, with clocks and windows removed to prevent views of the outside world, in a type of “scripted disorientation” known as the Gruen Transfer.
• The original recipe for chocolate contained chili powder instead of sugar.
• As if it weren’t cool enough that your DNA encodes the entire blueprint for your body using a set of just four characters (amino acids), you can treat the outside surface of cotton fabric with concentrated genetic material, as the DNA is also flame retardant: Its molecules are similar to those in other fireproofing substances.
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Thought for the Day: “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” — Thomas Jefferson
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