15 Great White Shark Facts That Will Shatter Your Assumptions

With its razor sharp teeth, pitch black eyes, and 2,000-pound body, the great white shark isn’t exactly man’s best friend. And no matter how often — and awfully — the creature is portrayed in film and literature, great white shark facts are much more interesting than fiction:

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Elias Levy/FlickrGreat white sharks are actually conflict-avoidant — at least with one another. When there isn't enough food to go around, sharks swim past each other, slapping the surface of the water with their tails. Whoever slaps the water the most and hardest gets the meal.

Great White Shark Mouth

Travelbag Ltd./FlickrGreat white sharks' ancestry dates back more than 400 million years, which makes them much older than even the dinosaurs.

Underwater Shark

Global_Pics/Getty ImagesThe largest great white shark ever recorded was a 20-foot-long, 50 year-old nicknamed Deep Blue. She was filmed off Mexico's Guadalupe Island in 2013.

Out Of Water Shark

Elizabeth Hoffmann/Getty ImagesNot too much is known about the mating habits of great white sharks. What is known is that after mating the female develops several eggs which hatch in her womb. There, newly-hatched shark pups feed on unfertilized eggs.

Great White Shark Breech

Carl De Souza/Getty Images Great whites have such acute senses that they can smell one drop of blood in 100 liters of water, or a seal colony up to two miles away. They can even detect another animal's electromagnetic field.

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George Probst/FlickrWhile great white sharks are loners, there is a degree of social hierarchy. Females often dominate males. Sometimes sharks will bite each other as a show of strength, but cannibalism is rare.

Jump Great White Shark Food

USO/Getty ImagesGreat white sharks rarely attack humans, even when one is swimming nearby. The human blood usually only spills when sharks "test-bite": bite something to see if it's food. When the shark realizes it is tasting human flesh, it usually swims away, which is why most attacks aren't fatal.

Great White Fullbody

Elias Levy/FlickrGreat whites prefer warm, salty water, typically residing in Australia, South Africa, California and the northeastern United States. Still, they have been known to dive to chilly depths of 820 feet.

Great White Shark Head

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Believe it or not, the great white's biggest threat is human interaction. Sharks are hunted for their fins and teeth, and are often the victims of bycatch -- when they're caught in the nets of commercial fishermen.

Great White Shark Blue

Elias Levy/FlickrThe great white shark's tongue is absolutely worthless. Called the basihyal, the tough piece of cartilage sits on the floor of the shark's mouth, and usually doesn't move.

Great White Shark Seal

Carl De Souza/Getty Images The great white shark is an exemplar of industrious efficiency: it can eat a sea lion whole, after which point it doesn't need to eat again for another three months.

Teeth Bite Shark

Elizabeth Hoffmann/Getty ImagesThe only animal known to prey on great white sharks is the orca whale. The orca flips the shark on its back, rendering it immobile and thus defenseless. Last year, tourists in Australia witnessed a pod of orcas circle a lone great white and kill him with continuous body slams.

Great White Shark Teeth

Wikimedia Commons Sharks don't chew. Instead, they use their serrated teeth to shred their prey into tiny pieces. And about those teeth: Great whites have 300 at a time, and loose about 1000 over a lifetime. When they loose teeth, a new row slides into place, like a conveyor belt for their mouths.

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Discovery Channel/FlickrThe great white shark typically weighs anywhere from 1,500 to 2,400 pounds -- the liver alone can take up about 24 percent of that figure. Despite their weight, their torpedo-shaped bodies and powerful tails propel them through the water at 15 miles per hour.

Great White Shark Eating

Lwp Kommunikáció/Flickr Great whites need to be left in the wild. In January 2016, Japan's Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium tried to keep a great white shark in captivity. The shark became disoriented, banging into the walls of his enclosure. He refused to eat and died just three days later.

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21 Kanye West Facts That Reveal The Man Behind The Bombast

There’s no doubting that Kanye West is talented — and perhaps there’s no better a person to tell you that than West himself. While the public knows much about his fantastical persona — be it through his Twitter feed or his hagiographic song lyrics — they know comparatively less about the actuality of West’s life. With that in mind, here are some lesser-known Kanye West facts to acquaint you with the man behind the music:

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West’s clothing choice in the music video for “Stronger” (above) garnered him a phone call from Michael Jackson, who inquired about his jacket.

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West’s father, Ray West, was a member of the Black Panther Party, and later became one of the first black photojournalists at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

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His mother, Donda, worked as an English professor at Clark Atlanta University. West lived in Atlanta until the age of three, when he moved to Chicago with his mother following his parents’ divorce.

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When he was ten years old, West spent a year in China with his mother, who was visiting a professor there.

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West — whose first name in Swahili means “the only one” — became friends with producer No I.D. in high school, and began sampling on a keyboard and rapping in his teenage years.

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West was admitted into Chicago’s American Academy of Art for a year on a scholarship, then transferred to Chicago State for a degree in English.

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He eventually dropped out, with his mother saying that “some career goals don't require college. For Kanye to make an album called College Dropout, it was more about having the guts to embrace who you are, rather than following the path society has carved out for you. And that's what Kanye did."

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Before hitting it big, West worked as a telemarketer and insurance salesman. As befits West, he still considers himself superlative in those fields. “I was way better than most of the people there,” he once told Playboy. “I could sit around and draw pictures, basically do other [things] while I was reading the teleprompter.”

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In the early 2000s, West’s “big break” came when he crafted a beat for Jay-Z’s “This Can’t Be Life.”

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That’s not to say that West was immediately well-received by his colleagues at Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records. As then-CEO of Roc-A-Fella Damon Dash told Josh Tyrangiel of Time, “Kanye wore a pink shirt with the collar sticking up and Gucci loafers. We all grew up street guys who had to do whatever we had to do to get by…then there's Kanye, who to my knowledge has never hustled a day in his life. I didn't see how it could work."

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He gained notoriety for his “chipmunk soul” style — which Rolling Stone describes as “sped-up vocal snippets of old R&B records” that were, according to West, inspired by RZA’s production in the Wu-Tang Clan.

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Soon enough, West produced five out of the 13 songs — and two bonus tracks — on Jay Z’s The Blueprint in 2001, more than any other producer on the album.

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While in the hospital following a near-deadly car wreck in October 2002, West — ever the workaholic — had an electronic drum machine delivered to his hospital room so he could work on music.

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It was the song he produced there, “Through the Wire,” which helped convince Roc-A-Fella to let him record an album. As West later told Time, “Death is the best thing that can ever happen to a rapper. Almost dying isn’t bad either.”

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His first album, 2004’s The College Dropout, sold nearly half a million copies in its first week.

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Following The College Dropout’s success, West bought himself an 18th century aquarium — filled with 30 koi fish.

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Three years later, in November 2007, West’s mother died at age 58 due to plastic surgery complications.

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The death took a major toll on West, who once said at an event that “There were times [after my mom’s death] I would put my life at risk. I didn’t have something to live for.”

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West has said that one of his biggest regrets in life is that his daughter, North, was not able to meet his mother.

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West has a thing for Fiona Apple. In interviews he has called her one of his favorite artists, and went so far as to say of her that he wanted to work with producer Jon Brion “so I could be like the rap version of you.”

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After making his incendiary remarks about Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, West got out of town — and for a while. Before returning to music, West went to Japan and Rome, and then lived in Hawaii for six months.

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21 Little-Known Facts And Photos That Reveal John Lennon’s Dark, Weird Side

The life of John Lennon was marked not only by genius and fame, but contradictions. The patron saint of peace and love sometimes engaged in acts of shocking violence and cruelty. The singer beloved for his vocals just happened to despise his own voice. The songwriter responsible for “all you need is love” and “imagine no possessions” had an extravagant taste for the finer things.

These 21 John Lennon facts bring to bear the artist’s dark, ugly, funny and strange sides that most fans don’t know about:

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Getty ImagesLennon was raised by his Aunt Mimi, who did not encourage his guitar playing, often telling him, "The guitar's all very well, John, but you'll never make a living out of it."

Strawberry Field

Christopher Furlong/Getty ImagesStrawberry Field, the inspiration behind Beatles hit "Strawberry Fields Forever," was the Salvation Army children's home in Liverpool near where Lennon grew up. As a child, Lennon played on the home's grounds with his friends and enjoyed the Salvation Army band's playing at their annual summer garden party.

Peace Spectacles

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesLennon was legally blind without the use of his glasses. He was also later found to be dyslexic.

Beatles Smiling

Getty ImagesWhen Lennon was a boy, a friend challenged him to masturbate ten times in one day. Lennon fell just one short.

Love John

STF/AFP/Getty ImagesBeatles producer George Martin said that John Lennon had “an intense dislike of his own voice.” Lennon would continually ask for additional effects to be added to alter his voice on final recordings.

Lennon Pepper

Jim Dyson/Getty ImagesLennon loved to play Monopoly. Up to play the popular board game any chance he got, his primary goal was to gain control of Boardwalk and Park Place (even if he was to ultimately lose the game).

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Peter Skingley/Getty ImagesIn 1965, Lennon and the other Beatles were made members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

However, Lennon returned his medal in 1969, stating, "Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts. With love. John Lennon."

Bed In

AFP/Getty ImagesAlthough famous for espousing peace and love, Lennon had a violent temper, especially when it came to his first wife, Cynthia. He's often admitted to physically abusing her, telling Playboy in an infamous 1980 interview, "I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically -- any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn't express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace."

Glasses Shimmer

RV1864/flickrLennon's violent temper extended to men as well. He once severely beat friend and DJ Bob Wooler for insinuating that Lennon was homosexual, poking fun at Lennon's relationship with Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who was in fact gay. Lennon threw Wooler to the ground and kicked him repeatedly. Wooler had to be rushed to the hospital after the incident.

Lennon Glasses

-/AFP/Getty ImagesIn 1967, Lennon bought Dorinish Island, off the coast of Ireland. He soon invited a group of hippies to establish a commune there, which thrived for two years, at which point a fire destroyed many of their supplies. After Lennon's death, Yoko Ono sold the island.

Yoko Hat

Nationaal Archief/Wikimedia CommonsPart of Lennon and Yoko Ono's initial meeting and courtship was his participation in her conceptual art event called the 13 Days Do-It-Yourself Dance Festival. Participants received 13 consecutive daily postcards with bizarre instructions like "go find a clover and send us measurements" and "swim in your dreams as far as you can until you find an island."

Lennon Ono Black

MYCHELE DANIAU/AFP/Getty ImagesMost controversial among the many bizarre art films Lennon made with Yoko Ono was Self Portrait, a 15-minute slow-motion shot of Lennon's penis going from flaccid to erect.

Work Permit

Stephen Dyrgas/Flickr Lennon and the other Beatles were once detained in West Germany for five hours when their booking agent, Allan Williams, failed to obtain their work permits. They were released after Williams convinced authorities that they were merely students on vacation.

Rolls Royce

Ian Stannard/Flickr Lennon was a terrible driver, only getting his license at age 25, then crashing his infamous psychedelic Rolls Royce (above) just two years later, injuring himself, Yoko Ono and each of their children. After that, he gave up driving for good.

Eventually, he gave up the Rolls Royce in order to settle a $250,000 tax bill. After his death, the car sold at auction for $2.3 million, making it the most expensive car sold in history.

John Statue

STR/AFP/Getty ImagesHe was the only Beatle to not become a full-time vegetarian. George Harrison and Paul McCartney adopted vegetarianism for philosophical reasons, and Ringo Starr took up the lifestyle because of health concerns. Lennon, however, remained a meat-eater his whole life.

Final Interview

Wikimedia CommonsLennon's final televised interview was with Tom Snyder for Tomorrow in 1975. It took place a full five years before Lennon's untimely death.

Lennon Mccartney

Wikimedia CommonsApril 24, 1976 was the final time Lennon and Paul McCartney ever saw each other. Hanging out in Lennon's New York apartment, they watched "Saturday Night Live" together. Seeing Lorne Michaels jokingly offer $3,000 for the Beatles to appear on the show, Lennon and McCartney reportedly almost took a cab to the set.

Julian John

rafimages/Flickr He never had a good relationship with his first son, Julian. The boy was an unwelcome surprise to Lennon, as his birth forced him into marriage with Cynthia Powell at a young age. When Lennon left Cynthia for Yoko Ono, he rarely saw Julian. When Lennon died, Julian was quoted as saying, "There was some very negative stuff talked about me ... like when he said I'd come out of a whiskey bottle on a Saturday night. Stuff like that. You think, where's the love in that?"

John Yoko Sunglasses

-/AFP/Getty ImagesAfter spending the five years between 1975 and 1980 retired from music, Lennon was compelled to make music again after hearing Paul McCartney's 1980 single "Coming Up" and realizing that he actually liked it and had better get recording again himself.

Last Photograph

RV1864/Flickr This photograph of John Lennon was taken just five hours before he was murdered by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. The image shows Lennon signing a copy of his Double Fantasy album for the killer himself.

New York

Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty ImagesYoko Ono kept Lennon's death an intensely private affair, holding no funeral and scattering his ashes at an undisclosed location -- by most accounts, somewhere in New York's Central Park.

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The 31 Dinosaur Facts You Want To Know: The Biggest, The Scariest, The Smelliest

Long before the dawn of man, there walked giants who forever left their mark upon Earth. Dinosaurs lived on the planet for over 66 million years (over three times longer than humans so far) before their extinction, leaving us to scrape together what little information we can from their scattered remains.

And though we have just these remains — meaning that so much about these towering creatures “remains” a mystery — scientists have been able to uncover a staggering number of truly fascinating dinosaur facts:

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Wikimedia CommonsThe extraordinary length of the dinosaurs' reign can be difficult to comprehend. In fact, the gap between when Stegosaurus lived and when T. rex lived is greater than the gap between the latter and the present. You're closer to T. rex on the Earth's timeline than Stegosaurus is.

Rooster

Wikimedia CommonsThe chicken is the closest known modern relative to the T. rex.

Canotaurus

Wikimedia CommonsThough the T. rex catches a lot of flak for its seemingly wimpy arms, in terms of proportion the Canotaurus (above) had the smallest arms out of any known dinosaur species.

Spinosaurus

Wikimedia CommonsThe largest known carnivorous dinosaur is the Spinosaurus, which could grow to be over 50 feet long and weighed in at over 20 tonnes -- three times the weight of a T. rex.

Argentinosaurus

Wikimedia CommonsOn the other hand, the largest known herbivorous dinosaur, and the largest dinosaur overall, is the Argentinosaurus, which could grow to be 115 feet in length and weigh 100 tons (which is more than over a dozen elephants).

Sauropod

Wikimedia CommonsIt’s speculated that the Sauropods (long-necked dinosaurs like the Argentinosaurus) had stomachs that acted as fermentation chambers. As gas-producing bacteria would be needed to help process their fibrous diets, this would cause these creatures, the largest of all dinosaurs, to fart constantly.

Tiny

Wikimedia CommonsAlthough sauropods were enormous, most dinosaurs (like the ornithischian above) were actually quite small; tiny, frail bones are less likely to withstand the test of time, which is why paleontologists tend to discover the fossilized skeletons of giants.

Anchiornis

Wikimedia CommonsAmong the tinier dinosaurs was Anchiornis, which was no bigger than a pigeon.

Raptor

Wikimedia CommonsVelociraptors, for example, were roughly the size of turkeys.

Utahraptor

Wikimedia CommonsThe "Velociraptors" featured in "Jurassic Park" weren’t actually Velociraptors at all; they were based on a close -- much larger -- relative, dubbed the Utahraptor.

Hollow

Wikimedia CommonsMuch like birds, many of even the toughest carnivorous dinosaurs (like the velociraptor, above) had hollow bones.

Fight

Wikimedia CommonsOne of the most stunning fossils ever discovered is aptly named “Fighting Dinosaurs.” It depicts a Protoceratops locked in battle with a Velociraptor; the epic struggle was more than likely cut short when a sand dune collapsed on the two dueling dinosaurs, freezing them in time.

Megalosaurus

Wikimedia CommonsThe first dinosaur bones ever discovered belonged to Megalosaurus and weren't found until the 1820s.

Richard Owen

Wikimedia CommonsThe term “dinosaur” wasn't coined until 1842, by English paleontologist Sir Richard Owen; "dinosaur" translates to “terrible reptile.”

Coprolite

Wikimedia CommonsAlong with dental fossils, much of our knowledge of dinosaurs' feeding habits comes from coprolites, fossilized feces.

Winged Skeletons

Wikimedia CommonsWhile dinosaurs walked the Earth, pterosaurs inhabited the air and plesiosaurs inhabited the water. This means that the well-known flying Pterodactyl (above) and swimming Liopleurodon aren't technically considered dinosaurs.

Mary Anning

Wikimedia CommonsSome of the pioneering work in Jurassic marine life -- including the discovery of the first ichthyosaur and plesiosaur skeletons -- was done by English paleontologist Mary Anning. Sadly, her work was often overshadowed or outright stolen by the men working in her field.

Bones

Wikimedia CommonsScientists estimate, based on bone evidence, that some dinosaurs could have lived to be between 75 and 300 years old.

Hips

Wikimedia CommonsDinosaurs are divided into two groups, the lizard-hipped saurischian (A) and the bird-hipped ornithischian (B). Ironically enough, birds evolved from lizard-hipped dinosaurs.

Mesozoic

Wikimedia CommonsDinosaurs lived within the Mesozoic Era, which included the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, beginning 252 million years ago and ending 66 million years ago.

Plates

Wikimedia CommonsVeins in Stegosaurus' spinal plates suggested that they would not have been used as protective armor; more than likely, they were used to help the dinosaur cool off its massive body.

Stegosaurus

Wikimedia CommonsThe Stegosaurus, despite being nearly 30 feet in length and weighing up to 6,000 pounds, had a brain roughly the size of a walnut.

Charles Marsh

Wikimedia CommonsOne paleontologist, Othniel Charles Marsh, theorized that dinosaurs — particularly Sauropods — had a second braincase located near their posterior. Scientists now know this fact to be false.

Ankylosaurus

Wikimedia CommonsThe Ankylosaurus’ club tail was fortified enough to smash through a T. Rex’s ankles.

Apatosaurus

Wikimedia CommonsScientifically speaking, there is no such thing as the famed Brontosaurus; its misidentification was a result of the Bone Wars, in which two paleontologists competed in discovering the most dinosaurs. Its true name is the Apatosaurus. However, new research from 2015 is attempting to disprove this assertion.

Repenomamus

Wikimedia CommonsNot all mammals fled from dinosaurs; Repenomamus — a badger-sized mammalian ancestor that existed over 125 million years ago — remains have been discovered with the remains of baby dinosaurs in their stomachs.

Cryolophosaurus

Wikimedia CommonsMany dinosaurs, like the massive predator know as Cryolophosaurus (above), were so equipped for the cold that they were able to live in Antarctica.

Running

Wikimedia CommonsDinosaurs’ long tails existed in order to help them keep their balance while running.

Eggs

Wikimedia CommonsMany dinosaur eggs could grow to be as large as basketballs.

Hadrosaur

Wikimedia CommonsThe Hadrosaur could have over 1,000 teeth at once and was able to grow new ones indefinitely.

Dinosaur Facts Asteroid

Wikimedia CommonsThe asteroid that is believed to have wiped the dinosaurs out most likely struck Mexico’s Yuctan Peninsula.

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