7 War-Time Inventions That You Use Every Day

War Inventions Canned Food

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Sorry, Edwin Starr. It turns out that war is good for absolutely…something. The life-or-death havoc of war electrifies human creativity in a powerful way. A number of the world’s most useful inventions have come from the military. Some appeared by accident, others as solutions to particular problems that seem much more urgent when the enemy’s tanks are rolling in.

Ever had green beans from a can? You can thank Napoleon. Snapchat is really the spawn of the Cold War’s overhanging possibility of nuclear holocaust. The war-time origins of these and other everyday products are explored below.

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Kazakhstan’s Real-Life “Sleepy Hollow”

Kazakhstan Sleeping Sickness

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Imagine going about your day to day life only to abruptly fall asleep, waking up days or even a week later with no memory of what’s happened. Sound a bit like the plot of a horror movie? In a small town in Kazakhstan, this drama has been playing out for the better part of a year and doctors still can’t explain it.

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Why Crashing A Plane Isn’t So Easy

Pilot staying awake over ocean

An Australian pilot stays awake and alert over the monotonous sea. Source: Reuters

Planes are terrifying, right? A mix of exhilaration and sheer terror lingers in the mind when sitting on the runway, waiting for takeoff– how could something weighing over 400 tons with thousands of miles of electrical cable and 250 human beings inside of it simply launch into the sky and stay there? If you’ve got a window seat near the wing, it’s likely you’ll spend a good amount of that time examining the engine case for loose screws and hoping your pilot has gotten a good night’s sleep.

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25 Fun Penguin Facts In Honor Of World Penguin Day

Whether they’re using icebergs as a slip and slide or hovering over their chicks to provide warmth, penguins are one of the most adorable bird species around. They are also one of the most fascinating.

In honor of World Penguin Day, we’ve rounded up these 25 penguin facts you probably didn’t know. So put aside all of your preconceived notions about penguins—we know you’ve watched at least one of the many penguin movies out these days—and see what makes these birds so interesting.

Can’t get enough of the penguins? Check out these hilarious penguin bloopers:

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