The 5 Most Fascinating Facts From Today I Found Out

January 28, 2014

Fascinating Facts About Purple Carrots

Before The 17th Century, Almost All Cultivated Carrots Were Purple

The modern day orange carrot wasn’t cultivated until Dutch growers in the late 16th century took mutant strains of the existing purple carrot and gradually developed them into the orange variety we have today. Before this, almost all carrots were purple with some mutated yellow and white carrots. These mutations were rarely cultivated and lacked the purple pigment anthocyanin.

It is thought that the modern day orange carrot was developed by crossing the mutated yellow and white rooted carrots as well as varieties of wild carrots, which are quite distinct from cultivated varieties.

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99 Interesting Facts About The World To Blow Your Mind

January 27, 2014

Satiate your curiosity for the world around us with these 99 bizarre, hilarious, and downright interesting facts:

A big thanks to Mental Floss, Today I Found Out, and Wikipedia for providing the inspiration and information for this post.

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Stunning Never Before Seen Photos Of The Challenger Disaster

January 24, 2014

Launch Site

Nearly 28 years ago this month, Americans watched in bewildered horror as the the Challenger shuttle–and its seven crew members–came to its untimely end 73 seconds after launch. A faulty O-ring, poor weather conditions and an overzealous NASA administration stricken with “go fever” ultimately bore the blame for the crash, and as a result the program went on a 32-month hiatus.

Recently, a Reddit user went through his grandparents’ old photos and found a tragic, never before seen record of the unforgettable event.

Challenger Disaster Smoke

Smoke Grow

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History’s Most Ridiculous Cigarette Ads

January 20, 2014

By now, it’s pretty clear that paying to inhale carcinogens on a regular basis is not a decision made with much consideration for our lungs, wallets and loved ones. Anti-smoking ads are everywhere. But over the last century and before we knew the many dangers of smoking cigarettes, puffing on a cancer stick was a hobby enjoyed and encouraged by everyone from relaxing royals to sultry saxophonists. Here are some of history’s most absurd cigarette ads.

Lee Harvey Oswald In A Soviet Union Factory, 1960

January 15, 2014

Lee harvey Oswald Soviet Union Factory

While much reviled in the United States, those who knew JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald when he lived in the former USSR had little other than positive things to say about him. While Oswald considered himself a Marxist revolutionary, many saw him as a lonely, isolated young man just looking to belong somewhere.

So desirous of remaining in the USSR was Oswald that when his travel visa expired and his application to be a KGB officer was denied, he slashed his wrists. Not wanting to cause an international incident, the KGB allowed Oswald to stay, and assigned him a less-than glamorous position at a radio factory in Minsk. Oswald was so revered that many in Minsk have requested that reporters covering Oswald’s time there leave flowers at Oswald’s grave in their name.

The 7 Craziest Dictators In History

January 14, 2014
Craziest Dictators Hitler

Source: The Mirror

Picking the seven craziest dictators in history is, unfortunately, quite the task. There are so many of them to choose from, and the atrocities they committed should have had them committed to a psych ward. How can one compare Adolph Hitler’s extermination of more than six million people to another despot’s decision to name a country’s capital airport and streets after himself as well as changing the names of the months, including one for his mother?

Craziest Dictators: No Bones About It

Craziest Dictators Turkmenbashi

Source: Flickr

Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan is often cited as one of the world’s most deranged dictators. Among his actions after naming himself Turkmenbashi (Leader of All Ethnic Turkmen) and declaring himself president of Turkmenistan for life after the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, Niyazov set out to create a new image for his country of five million by quite literally making it in his own image.

Craziest Dictators Turkmenbashi Face

Source: CDN

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