Snacks You Can’t Get Anymore!

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Snacks You Can’t Get Anymore!
The food market is a cutthroat world. Some snacks get sent to the Big Kitchen in the Sky, no matter how popular or loved they were on the shelf.
11 – Heinz EZ Squirt Ketchup
From 2000 to 2006, Heinz made a colorful mistake. Its EZ Squirt ketchup changed the red color we’re all used to from our favorite tomato-based condiment. Starting with green and then quickly branching out to purple, blue, or mystery — either orange, pink, or teal — Heinz thought it had created the coolest thing since sliced bread. It even had tie-ins with the 2001 hit movie Shrek, which meant kids could bring the Swamp right to their hot dogs just like they’d always wanted.
Over 25 million bottles were sold during its 6 years on shelves, but the quirky appeal of EZ Squirt eventually wore off. Kids realized that eating blue or purple goo wasn’t as fun as they’d first thought, and multiple colored ketchup bottles were being left unfinished in the fridge. It also didn’t look too tasty when they mixed colors and got an unappetizing brown.

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10 – Crӧonchy Stars
In 1988, Muppets creator Jim Henson wanted to make breakfast fun, so with Post’s help, he made his own cereal. Instead of using the likes of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, or even one of the Sesame Street gang, Henson used the Swedish Chef as the star of the show and named the cereal Crӧonchy Stars.
Everything about this cereal was like a child’s fever dream, though that describes the Muppets in a nutshell. Commercials featured the Swedish Chef in the Muppet test kitchen, creating his “cinnamonamony” stars in the midst of wacky slap-stick hijinks like his dough hitting him with a rolling pin or even exploding into perfectly cooked cereal. The cereal box was also filled with the Chef’s misspellings as well as zany and sometimes impossible puzzles.
However, Crӧonchy Stars proved that star power and kid-friendly nonsense isn’t enough to make up for terrible taste. Likened by some as a soggy and rubbery version of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, sales weren’t enough to keep Crӧonchy Stars alive for more than a year.

9 – Lime Skittles
The wonderful, fruity flavor of Skittles first hit our mouths in 1974, but the rainbow doesn’t taste the same as it used to. There’s a key player now missing from the game, replaced by a newer, tangier one. In 2013, Original Skittles replaced the lime Skittle with green apple. They may have looked the same, but candy fans noticed immediately — and many of them weren’t happy about it.
After years-long outcries on social media, Skittles finally made a very brief return of the beloved lime Skittle in 2017, though they only made it to Walmart. If you bought a packet at your local movie theater, you’d be sadly disappointed to find green apple hit your tastebuds. Still, the Long Lost Lime packs, which Skittles sadly did not call Lime-ited Edition, left nearly as quickly as they appeared.

8 – Hershey’s S’mores Bar
Hershey’s has been the go-to chocolate for campfire s’mores for decades, but in 2003, the company decided to take out the prep time and bring the delicious snack right to us. The Hershey’s S’mores Bar had a thin graham cracker layer topped with a Milky Way-like marshmallow, all covered in a coat of milk chocolate.
While it may have had all the right ingredients which isn’t too hard when there’s only 3, many fans of the original treat were disappointed by Hershey’s so-called s’more. None of the ingredients were the right amounts, with too much marshmallow, too little cracker, and never enough chocolate (you can never have enough chocolate, though). Everyone knows that recipes rely on their portion control. Otherwise crepes, pancakes, and Belgian waffles would all be the same thing. Hershey’s officially gave up their attempts at the s’more in 2012, leaving the snack to family camping trips and beachside bonfires.

7 – McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie
From their burgers and fries to their McFlurries and soft serves, McDonald’s has been the king of delicious, fattening food. One of its staple desserts, the apple pie, has been clogging our arteries since 1968, but the pies we’re served now aren’t the same as they once were. Using their patented frying technique, which teenagers have perfected since 1955, the fast food chain originally only sold deep-fried apple pies. Delicious as they were, they were by no means healthy, even if they did have fruit in them.
When people started watching their calories more, McDonald’s abandoned their greasy fryers for the oven in an attempt to make a healthy pie. Since 1992, McDonald’s diners can only get baked apple pies, not fried.

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Artificial Intelligence Robots That Actually Exist

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Artificial Intelligence Robots You Have to See to Believe
We’ve been dreaming of artificial intelligence since the inception of robots, but it turns out it’s not such a fantasy anymore.
10 – ASIMO
Named after Isaac Asimov, sci-fi writer and creator of the Three Laws of Robotics, Honda’s ASIMO was first created in 2000 to show the incredible ability of a real, walking robot. At the time, ASIMO was revolutionary for its AI recognizing obstacles in its way and navigating around them as it put one foot in front of the other. The humanoid bot could run, hop on one foot, climb stairs (with varying levels of success), and interact with people around it, though its communication abilities were somewhat limited. It also made for a pretty cool companion for hangouts with friends as it could open flasks and pour drinks, a level of dexterity and finesse unseen from most robots.
ASIMO was even part of a 10-robot dance group, though that’s more an impressive display of programming and engineering than artificial intelligence. AI isn’t far enough that robots can create their own routines yet, unfortunately. We still have quite a few more years before we see Robotics Best Dance Crew on the air.

9 – Flippy
MISO Robotics’ mechanical AI arm Flippy is a helping hand around the kitchen. As its name suggests, the robot’s greatest talent is that it can flip a burger to absolute perfection. While there are other cooking robots out serving hungry customers right now, they’re not AI and can’t adapt to the needs of individual kitchens.
Flippy’s learning AI, however, has allowed it to move beyond just the grill to the fryers, and the future holds new recipes in store for the robo chef. Through thermal sensors and cameras, it can tell when a patty needs flipping and can fry french fries and chicken strips, all without missing a detail or with its spatula. It also regulates its stations, cleaning up after itself and maintaining a safe working environment that won’t have OSHA knocking on the kitchen door. Flippy may not be able to eat its creations — it doesn’t have a mouth, after all — but it can still make a mean burger.

8 – Pepper
Back in 2014, SoftBank Robotics unveiled Pepper, the adorable semi-humanoid robot that was the first AI to recognize facial expressions and respond to social cues. As a receptionist, retail worker, and teaching assistant, knowing whether someone is irate, confused, or curious while keeping up a helpful, personable disposition is key, especially if you’re not a person at all. Pepper can hold cheery conversations, give directions, hug you, shake your hand, and dance its artificial butt off all in the workplace.
However, Pepper still has so much farther to go in its learning and adaptation process. This is why the bot comes with a tablet attached to its chest. Those with language barriers or who just don’t want to talk to the cute robot can still get the help they need.

7 – Roomba
We all probably think of the Roomba as just the cool electronic maid that can clean our floors when we want to go out on the town or just can’t be bothered to ourselves. The Roomba’s creator iRobot is another clear Asimov fan, so it should come as no surprise that the smart vacuum is also an AI.
The first model, which went on the market in 2002, was fairly limited and not much of an AI at all as it bumbled around living room floors looking for dirt to suck up. The Roomba has gotten remarkably more advanced in the 18 years since then. The newest models can scan the rooms they’re in with built-in cameras, identifying obstacles long before they can ram into them.
They’re also no longer bound to just one room, but can explore an entire floor before returning home to their charging stations. These little guys probably need a new name now — for accuracy’s sake. iRobot should probably stay away from Floorba or Houseba, though.

6 – Sawyer
Not everything can be automated when it comes to the assembly line, at least not without breaking the merchandise like robots are bulls in a china shop. That’s possibly the only reason Jeff Bezos hasn’t replaced all his employees with bots yet. However, when it comes to AI, the line between human and robot capabilities is getting smaller every day. Sawyer is another mechanical AI arm, but instead of flipping burgers it creates circuit boards and other tech, jobs that used to be left solely to humans. Sawyer’s intelligence systems and camera sensors allow it to put together and mend tech that need a delicate, precise touch.
What truly makes Sawyer unique from other AI arms is its tablet display, which tops the bot off with a pair of eyes that let its human companions know just what’s going on in that electronic brain. With 7 different emotions, Sawyer can express whether it’s confused, on standby, or has noticed someone approach. Sawyer is first and foremost a “cobot,” designed to work collaboratively with its human coworkers.

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Most Dangerous Creatures Found in Australia

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Most Terrifying Creatures Found in Australia
Australia is notorious for its strange, almost-mythical animals, but you’ll hope to never cross paths with these ones.
10 – Box Jellyfish
The box jellyfish doesn’t get its name for taking people into the ring but for its box-like bell. However, even if this jelly did challenge its prey to the boxing ring, very few would be able to survive even the first round. It’s one of the only types of jellyfish that don’t go with the tide flow but instead swim through their waves in search of their targets. With up to 15 tentacles at each bell corner alone, it has as many as 60 tentacles to cling to and envenom its prey. That venom is no joking matter as it’s evolved to directly go after the heart and nervous system, at the very least instantly stun its victims.
One type of box jellyfish, the irukandji, is only 3cm long but is so terrifying that it has a syndrome named after it. Irukandji syndrome causes the jellyfish’s victims to feel an overwhelming sense of impending doom as their brains hemorrhage. It’s safe to say that if you see a “marine stingers” warning sign while taking a beach day, it’s best to steer clear of those waters entirely.

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9 – Common Death Adder
The name of this snake speaks for itself. The common death adder is a patient but highly effective predator, camouflaging itself in wood and scrubland foliage as it waits for prey to come within striking distance. Unlike the rattlesnake, which shakes its tail to warn predators of its dangerous presence, the common death adder’s tapered tail wriggles like bait to lure unsuspecting prey. The adder’s neurotoxic bite means that paralysis quickly spreads throughout its victim’s body, stopping all motor and sensory functions — including necessary ones like breathing.
Before antivenom was created in 1958, an estimated 50% of people bit by the common death adder experienced just what its name suggests. That number has dropped significantly since then, but the antivenom isn’t useful to more than humans. A death adder bite is a pet owner’s worst nightmare in Australia.

8 – Paralysis Tick
Vampires have gone from being terrifying monsters to beloved, misunderstood creatures, but some bloodsuckers are just as dangerous as they’ve always been. In the eastern coasts of Australia, the paralysis tick burrows into the skin and drinks its fill from its hosts. However, it’s not the blood drinking you should be afraid of. The tick only drinks a few milliliters from its host at most. It’s the bite’s saliva you should worry about.
The Australian paralysis tick is unusual for the dangerous potency of its bite, which causes localized but severe paralysis in its victims. While its natural prey, such as koalas and bandicoots, have evolved countermeasures against it, those historically less common hosts are much more susceptible. Every year, tens of thousands of cats and dogs don’t survive their time as blood donors. Although much less severe, more than 20 humans have fatally succumbed to the tick’s neurolytic toxin as well.

7- Cone Shell
If you’ve ever watched SpongeBob, then you’re well aware of the sea snail. However, the Australian cone shell sea snail is a lot more dangerous than Gary could ever hope to be. While it may be as slow as its landside brethren, the cone shell is nothing to laugh at. Its prey often have no idea that they’ve been struck by its venomous bite, as they are nearly instantly numbed and paralyzed. Hours or days can pass before its meal truly understand what happened, but most don’t have that long. They’re unaware of their doom even as the barbed end of its tongue pulls them close enough to swallow whole.
Humans aren’t a regular part of this animal’s diet, but those trying to add to their pretty shell collections should beware. The sting of a cone shell can still cause numbness, nausea, vomiting, and worse for those unlucky few who come across it. Only a few milliliters of cone shell venom can fell up to 10 people. If you ever find yourself visiting the Australian beaches, watch your step.

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Most amazing Cave Paintings

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From paintings that seem like they’re portals to another world, to some of the earliest depictions of cows, here are the most unbelievable cave paintings.

12. Sego Canyon Petroglyphs, Utah
The Sego Canyon Petroglyphs on the sandstone cliffs of Sego Canyon, Utah showcase 8000 year old haunting, life-sized images of people with hollow or missing eyes. They’re also often missing limbs. It’s certainly a mystery how they’ve lasted for so long and what exactly the ancient tribesmen were trying to represent. Many scientists firmly believe these were religious visions by shaman during a trance-like state and were documented on this cliff. But is it possible these religious visions were actually real, and these could be evidence of visitation by aliens? These phantom like imagines are certainly some of the most bizarre cave paintings known to man. This photo here even depicts human like bodies with wings. What could have possibly inspired this work of art?

11. Petroglyphs of Sloan Canyon, Nevada
Located south of Las Vegas, the petroglyphs of sloan canyon are often overlooked by the petroglyphs at the valley of fire or red rock canyon. How these should not be overlooked, and are some of the best preserved petroglyphs in the western united states. It’s not a tourist friendly attraction and the sloan canyon conservation area was created basically to keep people out rather than to keep them in.. They date back to 12,000 years ago and it requires an intense 2 to 3 mile hike to reach. Much of the artwork is open to interpretation and some of them might even make you wonder if the piutes who lived here might have made some kind of contact with extraterrestrials. It’s believed that the valley was filled with more water at one point in time, meaning that it was much more habitable than it is now.

10 Caves of the Hands, Argentina
At the bottom of the South American, in Argentina, lies a mysterious work of art, left by our ancient ancestors 10,000 years ago. Inside this cave, many hand prints were left in a creepy fashion. It’s believed that hunters sprayed their hand and left negative images of their handprints all across the wall. Many of them overlap each other and almost seems like it’s a depiction of lost souls, trying to reach their way out from the underworld. What it’s supposed to represent hasn’t been figured out completely. Many claim it was a ritual before taking part in a hunting expedition. Others believe it was an initiation ritual that was performed after they were accepted as part of the clan. Another enigma is how the could have lasted have last for so many centuries.

9. Anasazi Cave Art
The Anasazi people were a Native American people who lived in pueblos in the South West, more specifically the 4 corners region since 1200 BC. These hunter and gatherer people later on developed advanced technology in agriculture, cultivating maize, beans, and squash. They had a prominent knowledge of celestial science which helped them decide where to place buildings. They didn’t call themselves the Anasazi, but were given this name by the Navajos meaning “ancient enemies”. They seemed to enjoy a fairly high standard of living for native americans, until they mysteriously vanished in 1200 AD. Why would they build these remarkable cliff dwellings, only to disappear not too long after. They left many of their possessions at home as if they were planning on returnings Here you see some mysterious cliff carvings by this culture. Some seem to think this was some kind of portal to another world others seem. Some claim it was due to drought but not enough remains were discovered to suggest this theory

8.Wandjina Rock Art, Australia
The spooky rock art found in Western Australia was created by aboriginal tribes, who would have had no western influence of our depiction of aliens. Despite this, you’ll still find the petroglyphs of what seems to be very similar to how we would describe an alien. With a large heads, big-eyes and an bodily odd shape, these paintings were extremely important to them. They were given several coats of painting. The aboriginals claimed these were the weather spirits, who have the capability to create rainfall.

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Strangest Animal Myths and Superstitions

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Strangest Animal Myths and Superstitions

From rhinos putting out fires … to black cats, spiders, and bats … Here are 20 of the strangest animal myths and superstitions

#20 Plane-spotting
Have you ever heard the myth that penguins will fall backwards when they look up to see airplanes? It was started by some British pilots who claimed to see the birds falling like dominoes as they gazed skyward. But experiments later proved that penguins can maintain their footing even while looking at airplanes. However, low-flying aircraft can cause them to abandon their nests in a panic.

#19 Black Cats
The exact origin of black cats being connected with bad luck and ill fortune still isn’t known. But more sources think the superstition began in Medieval Spain or France where the animals were linked with witchcraft and black magic. That led to many beliefs about them bringing a curse to any human it encountered. Hence the idea that it’s bad luck if a black cat crosses your path. But folklore concerning the cats can vary among cultures. While much of Europe regards them as evil omens, they’re viewed as good luck in Japan and the British Isles. In fact, if a black cat approaches you in the UK, it’s a portent of good fortune. But if they walk away from you, it’s taking the good luck with it.

#18 Warts and All
The common superstition that toads cause warts has been around since forever. But the contagion myth has long since been busted, because warts are triggered by human viruses. That’s not to say the animals are completely harmless. They do possess bumps behind their ears which could be harmful. Those bumps are glands containing strong poison that can irritate human flesh.

#17 Bird Poop is Good Luck
Have you ever been sitting under a tree and have bird poo land on you? Don’t be mad, because you’ve just received a piece of good luck. At least, that’s a superstition in Russia. It says that great wealth is headed your way if the offending material hits you or something you own. Hopefully, that includes your car.

#16 Butterflies
You might automatically assume that these insects are connected to superstitions involving good luck. True enough, because it’s often viewed as a symbol for rebirth and immortality. And there’s a legend in Louisiana that says white butterflies in your home means a string of good fortune is on the way. But other superstitions say that a swarm of butterflies means there’s a long, cold winter on the way.

#15 Coyotes (kie-yoh-tees)
In the folklore of some Native American cultures, these animals are viewed as tricksters or skin-walkers. Navajo legends say that it’s a bad omen if they’re seen during a journey. If one is standing in your path, it’s best to turn back. Otherwise, a dark and terrible fate is in store for you.

#14 Albatross
Did you know these large seabirds are the only birds that can fly 9,900 miles (16,000 km) without landing? Along the way they’ve become attached to some interesting superstitions among seafarers. Sailors regard them as good luck. And their habit of flying alongside ships has led to a belief that the birds contained the spirits of drowned mariners. But killing one of the animals is considered to bring bad luck.

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21 World Locations with Animal Names

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#21 Beaver City, Nebraska
While the locations on our list have animal-related names, not all of them were necessarily named for animals. But this small city in the Cornhusker state was directly named for the furry, industrial rodents. Founded in 1872 its name was inspired by the Beaver Creek, which contained an abundance of the animals.

#20 Mastodon Township, Michigan
The prehistoric creatures were distantly related to modern elephants and went extinct about 10,000 years ago. Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the township is named for the ancient behemoths. Their bones were uncovered while sinking a mine shaft. It’s also possible that ‘Mastodon’ was used for describing the huge amount of iron ore found at the site. Those animals could weigh up to 24,000 pounds (11 metric tons) so using ‘Mastodon’ as a slang adjective for ‘huge’ would have been valid.

#19 Pig, Kentucky
Located about 21 miles (34 km) from Bowling Green is where you’ll find this unincorporated community. You might think the porcine moniker is a reference to pig farms in the area. Actually, the name was chosen after townspeople couldn’t agree on what to call the place. The story goes that a resident noticed a small porker in the road, and suggested the name, “Pig”. The residents liked the sound of that, and the name stuck.

#18 Man, West Virginia
It might be nice to think this town was named for humans. And in a way, it was. With fewer than 800 residents, this place in Logan County was named for a 19th century West Virginia bureaucrat named Ulysses Hinchman. The town’s name was taken from the last syllable of the surname. Hence, Man West Virginia.

#17 Sturgeon, Pennsylvania
The southwestern part of this state is not necessarily where you’d expect to find sturgeon. But the fish do inhabit waters of the Keystone State. Three species are found in Pennsylvania as they return to spawn in the Delaware River.

#16 Fly, Ohio
Flies can have a lifespan of less than 30 days, and that brevity apparently inspired the name of this community in Jackson Township. Residents chose the name because the community wasn’t expected to last long. Actually, a Post Office was in operation there from 1886 until 1995. “Fly” could also be a reference to the Wright Brothers. Wilbur and Orville were Ohio natives generally credited with inventing and flying the first aircraft.

#15 Possum Grape, Arkansas (ark-kan-saw)
Located in Jackson County Arkansas, this community seems to bear the name of a marsupial as well as a fruit. But that’s kind of a misnomer. There are fruit-bearing vines in Arkansas called Possum Grapes, and that is the basis of the town’s name. But for 20 years the residents were divided as to whether it should be known as “Possum” or “Grape”. A compromise was reached when everyone agreed on Possum Grape. Actually, if the town was named for the marsupial, it should be Opossum Grape. Possums are native to Australia.

#14 Hippo, Kentucky
Why was a town in the southern US named for a huge, dangerous beast? Actually, it wasn’t. It was named for a local resident known as Bee Madison “Hippo” Craft. But his nickname had nothing to do with hippopotamuses, either. “Hippo” was a Southern slang term term for hypochondriac. Apparently, Mr Craft was known to complain excessively about his health. How do you think they pronounced ‘hypochondriac’?

#13 Porcupine, South Dakota
No doubt this is the most prickly name on the list. Located in the southwestern part of the state, most historians think it was named for Porcupine Butte (b’yoot). Its a mountain summit located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. However, Porcupine Butte wasn’t directly named for the rodents, either. The name refers to the prickly pine trees growing there.

#12 Anaconda, Montana
This one sounds like a town from the wild west. But its name has more to do with copper than it does the big constrictor snakes. It was the location of a huge mining operation in the 1880s and one of the mines was known as the Anaconda. The town’s founder wanted to use the name “Copperopolis” (kop-per-op-poh-lis) but it had already been registered. Instead, they went with Anaconda, naming it for the mine and smelter. At one time the Anaconda Mining Company was one of the largest trusts in the US. Like the snake, maybe they put the squeeze on their competition.

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Creepy Wikipedia Pages You Should NOT Visit

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Creepy Wikipedia Pages You Should NOT Visit
Everyone loves hearing scary stories, but there are some you shouldn’t look up if you want to sleep at night.
12 – Carl Tanzler
Carl Tanzler was a radiology technician in the 1930s when he fell in love with one of his patients: the beautiful Elena Milagro de Hoyos. Unfortunately for Tanzler, his love was doomed. Hoyos had contracted tuberculosis and didn’t live to see the other side of her illness. That didn’t stop Tanzler’s feelings, however. They only grew as he continued to obsess over her.
In 1933, 2 years after she had been buried, Tanzler stole Hoyos from her tomb and kept her in his house for 7 years. Among many other unsavory deeds you can probably guess at, Tanzler took every effort to preserve Hoyos’s beauty, including using wax, plaster, and glass eyes. After his crime was discovered and Hoyos’s body was returned to the cemetery, Tanzler remained just ss obsessed with her as he’d ever been. He spent the rest of his life worshipping a life-sized effigy of her he’d recreated.

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11 – Slender Man
One submission to an online forum for photoshopping supernatural photos in 2009 took the internet by storm: Slender Man. The tall, besuited figure with spidery tentacles had a terrifying and unstoppable penchant of taking children like a monstrous Pied Piper. Slender Man quickly became an internet urban legend as more and more people added to his mythos.
His influence took a turn for the worse as he became a real-life horror story. In 2014, 2 twelve-year-old girls tried sacrificing their friend in Slender Man’s honor, believing that they would become proxies to the eldritch monster if they succeeded. If they failed, they and their families would be forfeit to him. It was only luck that their victim survived.

10 – Salish Sea Human Foot Discoveries
Shoes have been known to wash ashore now and then, but strange things are afoot along the Salish Sea in British Columbia and Washington. They’re not always empty. 21 sneakers with unattached human feet inside have appeared since 2007, with many identified as belonging to missing people. Many of these feet’s owners are thought to have been victims of accidents, natural disasters, or depression. In some cases, with nothing else of them found, there are only theories as to what could have happened.

9 – Spontaneous Human Combustion
Fire needs 3 things to survive: fuel, oxygen, and heat, which usually means a lot of wood or gasoline is involved. However, in certain cases, humans have been found to suddenly catch fire from the inside out, where none of these fire elements are available. While some cases could have been caused by external fire sources, such as embers or ash catching on clothing, many can’t be explained away so simply. These victims of spontaneous combustion go to sleep one night only to wake up unable to move as they burn — if they wake up at all. Strangely, in many cases, their legs are the only survivors. In these cases, the rooms around them are often untouched by the flames as well, with perhaps only the chair they’re sitting in catching.

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Most Useful Inventions Created By Accident

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Most Useful Inventions Created By Accident
Some of the items we use every day wouldn’t be possible without a little determination, elbow grease, and happy coincidences.
10 – Viagra
In “The Matrix,” Morpheus gives Neo two options: the red pill of painful and forbidden knowledge or the blue pill of blissful ignorance. While Neo chooses the red pill to save humanity, many men these days are taking the blue pill for a different kind of bliss than ignorance.
When Viagra was first being tested in 1989, its primary compound sildenafil citrate was meant to be a treatment for high blood pressure and angina, which are chest pains that often come hand in hand with heart conditions. As we all probably know by now, the little blue pill doesn’t do much for the heart but it DOES help men in… other areas further south.
While unexpected, it was perhaps more universally useful to customers and their loved ones alike — or at least it was quite a bit more enjoyable. In 1998, Viagra finally hit the shelves as a big solution to men’s small problems and has been used by millions every year in the 22 years since.

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9 – Super Glue
Before people were using it to repair dropped coffee mugs or play pranks on their sleeping friends, super glue had a much less innocent purpose. In 1942, the U.S. military needed better plastic sites on their guns to protect men overseas. Somehow, they wound up producing an extremely sticky compound that would give even Spider-Man’s web fluid a run for its money. It was ruled useless and forgotten for nearly a decade.
However, by 1951, the potential of this super glue was realized. There are a lot of clumsy people, after all, and a lot of things in desperate need of repair. Even the military eventually found use in this tough adhesive, though not in a way you’d expect. Instead of fixing broken helmets or perhaps ripped tents, super glue was used as a makeshift wound sealant in the 1960s. While not FDA approved and little more than a gooey bandaid, this allowed soldiers to get to medic tents before they lost too much blood. Super glue truly does make the best of a sticky situation.

8 – Dry Cleaning
We might not think much of it until we need to put on a business suit or we pull our favorite sweater from the wash ruined, but good dry cleaning is important. While dry cleaning as a technique has popped up throughout history, even as far back as Pompeii, the modern version we use today was supposedly created by a fluke.
In 1825, Jean Baptiste Jolly was working as one of many textile workers in France when his maid knocked over a lamp on his tablecloth. Don’t worry about Jolly’s maid’s or his home’s safety. I don’t know how familiar you are with the process of dry cleaning, but it doesn’t include drying by fire. Turpentine, not kerosene or embers, spilled onto the tablecloth. When the spot dried, Jolly noticed that it was cleaner than the rest. Dipping the whole tablecloth in a bathtub of turpentine brought the same result, so he knew what he had to do. It wasn’t long before the first modern dry cleaning store opened in Paris.

7 – Implantable Pacemaker
In 1956, Wilson Greatbatch was attempting to create a machine that would record heart rhythms, which we all know is quite lucrative just from the number of times heart monitors are featured in hospital dramas. However, Greatbatch mistakenly added a wrong electrical component. Instead of recording heartbeats, it imitated them with electrical pulses. Since pacemakers already existed — bulky and power-sucking as they were — he knew that this could stimulate and correct faulty hearts into healthier rhythms. This version, however, was small enough to be implanted in the body.
A working prototype of this revolutionary version was implanted in a dog 2 years later in 1958. By 1960, humans had their own. One of the first successful human patients was a young man who’d collapsed at work due to his heart condition, but with Greatbatch’s help lived another 30 years on his pacemaker.

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Greatest Voyager Space Probe Discoveries

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Greatest Voyager Space Probe Discoveries
In over 42 years of space travel, the Voyager space probes have had a lot of time to uncover the mysteries of your Solar System.
10 – Io’s Volcanoes
In 1979, Voyager discovered that volcanoes can exist in some of the coldest reaches of space, far from the warm light of our Sun. One of Jupiter’s moons, Io, has a surface littered with active volcanoes and lakes of lava. Thanks to Jupiter’s immense size, its gravity pushes and pulls at Io like the Moon does our oceans. Instead of creating waves, Jupiter’s tidal pulls heat Io until its burning interior becomes too much to keep inside and explodes to the surface like a teenager confessing to their crush.
While the moon’s surface is minus 130°C, its volcanoes are over 1600°C — a phenomenon perfectly captured by Katy Perry’s 2008 hit single “Hot N Cold.” Some of these volcanoes’ eruptions can even be as high as 60 to 150 miles. Even 500 million miles from the Sun, Io is the most volcanically active place in the Solar System, having simultaneous eruptions and continuous volcanism from its hundreds of active volcanoes.

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9 – Europa’s Ocean
Both Voyager probes got a good look at another Jovian moon, Europa, and scientists were surprised at what they saw. The surface lacked the mountains, craters, and any other wrinkles that would show the moon’s incredible age. Instead, Europa had pimples and blemishes of crisscrossing cracks covering its face, revealing the surface to be that of an awkward teenager.
Ice had filled up the cracks where they could, flowing in from… somewhere. This meant 2 things. 1) Europa’s surface could move and shift — not quite like our planet’s tectonic plates, but similar enough. And 2) there was an ocean of warmer liquid below the surface the cracked ice was sliding across. This hidden ocean could hide all sorts of mysteries within its depths, which we still don’t know 40 years after its discovery. It might even hold the secret to the origin of life.

8 – New Moons
New moons aren’t just a phase we see here on Earth, and Voyager showed us that there are quite a few more of them than we’d thought in our Solar System. Both probes discovered a combined 24 new satellites: 3 around Jupiter, 5 Saturn, 11 Uranus, and 5 Neptune. In true astronomer fashion, most of these moons were named along the same conventions as their planets. From Thebe to Naiad and Prometheus to Pandora, they were given mythological Greek names to go with their planet’s Roman god counterparts. The sole exceptions were Uranus’s moons, which were named after Shakespearean heroes, villains, and fools. I guess NASA’s scientists are too many fans of the Bard to follow their own rules to the letter.

7 – Great Red Spot
We’ve possibly known about Jupiter’s Great Red Spot for nearly as long as we’ve had telescopes capable of seeing it. Italian astronomer Giovanni Cassini had found a so-called “Permanent Spot” in 1665, but he didn’t know what it was. It was only when Voyager 1 reached Jupiter in 1979, 314 years after Cassini’s recording, that scientists finally uncovered this mystery dot’s identity. It was a giant storm 14,500 miles wide — large enough to fit 3 Earths inside. The spot’s been shrinking since then, however, and is only just over 10,000 miles long.
The storm rotates counterclockwise in a 14-day Jovian period (only 6 here on Earth) high above Jupiter’s main clouds. Its 270-425mph winds mean that it can be nearly 2.5 times faster than the strongest hurricanes here on Earth. While Voyager may have unlocked some of the secrets of this planetary birthmark, there’s still one major mystery left to uncover: why it’s red.

6 – Termination Shock
The reach of our Sun’s influence is incredibly large. Its solar winds — the electrically charged gas it blows from it at 700,000 to 1.5 million miles per hour — extend 7.8 billion to 8.7 billion miles from its surface. That’s 84 to 94 times the distance between our planet and the Sun. These solar winds create a bubble around the Sun known as the heliosphere. Beyond the heliosphere, past a barrier known as the termination shock, the winds slow dramatically as they first contact the winds of interstellar space.
When the Voyager probes crossed in 2004 and 2007, we learned something important about the heliosphere. It’s a bit of a misnomer. It isn’t a perfect sphere. Its southern pole is a billion miles closer to the Sun than its northern counterpart, which seems massive but is relatively small on a Universal scale. There’s also a second layer between the heliosphere and interstellar space, the heliosheath. By crossing the termination shock into the heliosheath, Voyager still had a long way to go before it finally left the Solar System for good.

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Animals With the Best Camoflage

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For some animals out there, the best offense is a good defense and remaining hidden for a while can allow for a predator to get even closer to their prey. Other animals rely on their camouflage to remain hidden and hopefully no one will eat them. From an insect that closely resembles a stick. To polar bears blending in with snow, here are animals with the best camouflage.

16 Caterpillars
There are many birds out there that would love to get ahold of a caterpillar for lunch . They seem like easy targets because they can’t move too quickly. This one here doesn’t want to become anyone’s next snack and blends in well with this leaf! Avoiding hungry birds from above is never easy and the more it can resemble a leaf, the less of a chance of getting eaten. Probably best to stay away anyways

15Pygmy Seahorse
It might be slightly impossible to find a pygmy seahorse when they’re hanging around branches of coral like in some of these photos. Being small can sometimes be an advantage against predators but when you’re small and you blend into your environment, just hope that predator doesn’t have a good sense of smell.They’re typically found in south east asia and near australia, where coral and algae reefs are present.

14A Stick Insect
What better way to defend yourself from predators than pretending you’re a stick? No one wants to eat a stick! Stick insects are quite strange but they are mostly used as pets by science teachers or people who just love bugs. More than ever, people are keeping these insects in small glass containers and keep them as pets! These peculiar insects are about 3-4 inches long or 7-10 centimeters but some can grow larger like you see in this photo. Astonishingly, they can live up to 7 years in the right condition. These bugs can thrive in an environment rich in plants such as ivy, bramble or even lettuces. If you’re considering getting one of these, keep in mind, they do get lonely and need a stick bug companion. Consider getting 2 or 3 and a tall cage for them to roam around. Great first pets for kids since they don’t bite and generally low maintenance.

The fastest land animal in the world can reach speeds of over 70 miles an hour in quick sprints. Cheetahs are known for their spots and yellowish brown fur, which actually blends in quite well with the african savanna. Known for being excellent predators, they can hunt well and get close to their prey without the poor critter without even knowing that it’s being stocked. The spots are seemingly patterned in a way that helps them blend in with their environment. Their main goal is to minimize the distance of their chase since they often have to get in a foot race with quick animals like zebras or gazelle. They’ll usually win the race but their competitors can often give the cheetahs a run for their money.

12.Flower mantis
What better way to keep yourself from being eaten by predators than becoming than pretending you’re just an innocent flower. The flower mantis is a certain type of insect that can mimic the appearance of flowers and isn’t your average praying mantis. NOt only can they blend in with their environment to hide from predators but they use their camouflage abilities to hunt insects who don’t notice them. Once an unsuspecting insect comes within range, its already too late. The mantis has struck them with a deadly attack. What makes them even more bizarre is that people actually keep these as pets.

11.Glass Winged Butterflies
What better way to camouflage than to be virtually transparent?These are normally found resting on leaves in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Columbia. A large majority of their wings are completely transparent, almost like their made of glass or something. In Spanish, they’re given the name, espejitos which translates to “little mirrors”. These are known to migrate long distances once they reach adulthood to places like Texas and Mexico. The transparent wings are a result of low absorption of visible light, and low reflection of light on the wings surface.

10.Glass Frogs

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