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Do you kind of wonder what happened right after this picture was taken? The name of the picture is "Idiot Muscle Head." Click here here for the originating website.

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I think you can see the problem with this idea. Oh, it looks interesting, alright, but the minute you touch a friend, they'll hate you forever! D Click here here for the originating website.


In 1905, at the age of 61, Sarah Bernhardt was regarded as the most famous actress in the world. One day that year, she fell off a parapet while performing the final scene of La Tosca in her native France, and injured her knee. It never healed right. After suffering for ten years, her leg developed gangreen and had to be amputated.

It has often been said that when he heard that, the great showman of oddities, PT Barnum, sent a telegram offering $10,000 for her leg. That would be a faux-pas, if it were not for the fact that PT Barnum had been dead for 24 years by then. So, perpetuating that legend is the stupid idea here, which had been done in this very website until October, 2016.

Back to Sarah: After the amputation, she continued to perform. Sometimes with a wooden leg, which she didn't like, and sometimes from a wheel chair. She died seven years later, at the age of 78.

Sarah Bernhardt
Sarah Bernhardt
P. T. Barnum
P. T. Barnum

cactus pacifier

I am concerned that this wouldn't really pacify a baby.
The United States Strategic Air Command invented an atomic powered airplane. There were some problems. Even though carrying twenty tons of lead to shield the pilot, only crews who had already had children could be used due to the radiation exposure. If the plane crashed, there would be no way to contain the contamination. Fortunately, the military had the good sense not to develop this plan fully.

The Convair NB-36H, Nuclear Powered Airplane
The Convair NB-36H, Nuclear Powered Airplane

About 50 years ago, many adolescents with acne were treated with X-ray radiation. Now, several of them have come down with thyroid cancer.

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At one time, the country of Albania honored a smoker who used twelve packs a day, by putting his picture on a postage stamp.
Many millions of chickens are raised and spend their whole lives in coops so efficiently packed that they have no room to fall over if they die. There have been cases where their feet grow permanently around the cage wire they are standing on.

Chicken Farm

Chicken Farm

modern transporter system
Remember the transporters used in Star Trek? This represents the current state of the art. Click here for the originating website.
From 1952 to 1954, a government nuclear facility near Richland, Washington, called Hanford Reservation, was leaking huge amounts of radioactivity into the air. The radiation exposure to local residents was more per hour than is considered safe for a whole year. Concerned workers sent maps to the Atomic Energy Commission showing where the exposure was most dangerous so the residents could be evacuated or at least warned. The AEC didn't want to create a fuss, so the maps were totally ignored.

At this same facility in 1949, scientists were wondering whether Soviet nuclear facilities could be detected by tracing their radiation leaks into the atmosphere. So to test the theory, they deliberately let loose a huge cloud of radioactive iodine-131 to see if they could monitor its travel through the air. Due to an unexpected change in weather, the cloud settled all over the town of Richland. The residents were never told about it. One of Hanford's neighbors, who had his thyroid gland removed because it was killing him, surveyed 28 families living on a one-mile stretch of road near the reactors. He found that 27 of them had appalling medical histories including miscarriages, birth defects and cancer.

In order to be 'safe,' the dangerous reactors at Hanford, ones that dissolved spent fuel pellets and created concentrated plutonium, were only operated on days when the weather conditions were right to carry the radioactive gases emitted from the chimneys up and away, to some other location.

You may be wondering what kind of creatures were in charge of the facility, to let these things happen. So was I. But, what I found out is that they seem to have been truly concerned with public and employee safety. Unfortunately, these good-hearted guys consistently underestimated the dangers of radioactive material. At the time, there simply was not any information to indicate that low-level exposures would bring ill health so many years later. Bibliography -103

A portion of Hanford Reservation
A portion of Hanford Reservation

Plume from Nuclear Power Plant on Hanford Reservation
Plume from Nuclear Power Plant on Hanford Reservation

Chevrolet could not sell Novas, one of their most popular models in the US between 1962 and 1988, in South America. Upon looking into the matter, their advertising department discovered that Nova is "no va" in Spanish, which means: "no go."

Chevrolet Nova
Chevrolet Nova


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