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87 Things I Learned In March That Are So Incredible I Almost Didn't Believe Them

I can't even begin to imagine what I'll learn in April.

Before you continue reading, I want you to know that this post *might* contain a bunch of facts you've already read.

Some context: Ever since February I've been working on a weekly series, published on Saturday mornings, in which I highlight some interesting things I've learned during the past week. The feedback has been positive, and I'm excited to continue writing them.

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Now that we're wrapping up one complete month of facts, I wanted to try putting everything I learned this month into one convenient place — à la what you're about to read — so I just wanted to offer a warning that none of it is new if you've been dedicatedly following along for each of these weeks (and if you have, I appreciate you):

The Week of Mar. 6

The Week of Mar. 13

The Week of Mar. 20

The Week of Mar. 27

So without further ado, here are 87 things I learned in March:

1. In southeastern France, there's a basilica that has on display what is believed to be the skull of Mary Magdalene, who was one of Jesus' followers and an alleged witness of his execution:

The skull of Mary Magdalene in St Maximin Basilica in France from pics

2. This beautiful golden mouse looks fake, but it isn't. It was bred to look this way:

Golden mouse with wavy fur! from interestingasfuck

3. Here's what it looks like when the ISS passes between Earth and the Moon:

Rare Photo Capturing the International Space Station as it Passes in Front of the Moon from interestingasfuck

4. This is a black-browed babbler. The only known record of this species existing was a single specimen collected in 1850. Understandably, experts believed this bird to be long extinct — that is, until a live one was caught and photographed (and then set free) last October:

Bird believed extinct for 170 years spotted in Borneo from interestingasfuck

5. Richard Norris Williams was a Titanic survivor who went on to become a Wimbledon champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist — all thanks to his adamant refusal to allow his legs to be amputated while aboard the Carpathia after being rescued from the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean in 1912:

R. Norris Williams and the Titanic from Damnthatsinteresting

6. Minnesota was the 12th state to legalize gay marriage back in 2013, but 40 years earlier it was home to what is believed to be the first same sex marriage ever performed in the United States thanks to a clever loophole:

a determined man from Damnthatsinteresting

7. This is Elizabeth Ann, a black-footed ferret and the first-ever endangered species cloned in the US. The hope is that she'll provide some much needed genetic diversity to a species that was once believed to be extinct:

Meet Elizabeth Ann, a black footed ferret cloned from the DNA of a ferret that had died over 30 years ago. from interestingasfuck

8. And here's what Elizabeth Ann looks like now:

Elizabeth Ann, the first ever cloned black-footed ferret, created from the frozen cells of a ferret that died more than 30 years ago. She was cloned from a cell line that has been cryopreserved since 1988 at the San Diego Zoo Global Frozen Zoo. from interestingasfuck

9. Airplane manufacturing plants were popular targets for airstrikes during WWII. To protect itself against such an attack, a Boeing plant in Seattle disguised itself as a neighborhood — no plane manufacturing going on here!

The Seattle Boeing factory disguised as a fake neighborhood during WWII. The ground was burlap, canvas, and chicken wire. The lawns and trees were spun glass and chicken feathers. Buildings were 4ft tall. from interestingasfuck

10. Katherine Johnson, a barrier-breaking physicist and mathematician, was required to eat separately and use separate bathrooms than her white colleagues when she arrived at NASA in the early 1950s. She went on to calculate the trajectories that made the moon landing (and return trip) possible — just one of many of her important contributions to both science and history:

Remember her name from Damnthatsinteresting

11. A chicken's diet can alter both the color and taste of their egg yolks. In fact, when fed red chile powder, their yolks will turn red. These free range chickens clearly had very different diets than the factory farmed ones (but color doesn't necessarily signify good or bad nutrition, nor quality of life):

Free range eggs vs factory farmed eggs from Damnthatsinteresting

12. La Sagrada Familia, a basilica located in Barcelona, Spain, has been under construction since they broke ground in 1883 and has been surrounded by scaffolding and occasionally cranes for much of that time. But there's good news — the Tower of the Virgin Mary is reportedly on track to be finished by the end of this year, with 2026 the target date for completion for the whole basilica (which is significant because 2026 will mark 100 years since architect Antoni Gaudí’s death):

Sagrada Familia nearing completion from Damnthatsinteresting

13. Here's a bird's-eye view of Barcelona — with La Sagrada Familia there near the center:

Barcelona from Damnthatsinteresting

14. Xiaozhai Tiankeng, also known as "Heavenly Pit," is the deepest known sinkhole on the planet. It also led to the discovery of a massive cave complex that's been called "world class" and a "geological wonder":

This Sinkhole In China from Damnthatsinteresting

15. Circus Roncalli in Germany has been gradually moving away from animal performances since the '90s, and they haven't featured a live animal since 2018. Instead, they're using modern technology to create a unique and 100% cruelty-free experience that leaves audiences captivated:

A German circus is using holograms instead of live animals for a cruelty free magical experience from Damnthatsinteresting

16. This is what a Toucan skull looks like:

Whats left after a Toucan dies from Damnthatsinteresting

17. The Perseverance Rover sports a decal that depicts every previous martian rover that came before it, which is reminiscent of that iconic human evolution chart:

NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars is carrying an adorable 'family portrait' of Martian rovers from interestingasfuck

18. The Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland is over 700 years old and contains 245 kilometers (about 152 miles) of tunnel. Though walking tours are available and last about 3 hours, only 2% of the mine is open to the public:

Saint Kinga's Chapel, located 1,000 ft underground in the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Wieliczka, Poland. Carved entirely out of rock salt, including the sculptures, furniture, even chandeliers use rock salt crystals. This is 1 of 4 chapels in an entire underground church dating back to the Middle Ages. from ArchitecturalRevival

19. Some of the most memorable shots in the original Star Wars trilogy were actually matte paintings done on sheets of glass:

How the original Star Wars trilogy fooled everyone with matte paintings from interestingasfuck

20. In 2012, Peter Glazebrook set the world record for the largest onion ever grown. Though that record was broken two years later, his 2012 onion is still a sight to behold:

This 18 pound onion that won the world record in 2012 from interestingasfuck

21. Also known as the saltwater iguana, the marine iguana can only be found in the Galápagos Islands and are famous for being good swimmers and looking terrifying. Charles Darwin was quite rude in his description, saying they're "hideous-looking":

This Godzilla-lookalike is a Marine iguana, a species of iguana found only on the Galápagos Islands from interestingasfuck

22. The Statue of Liberty, which was a gift to the United States from France and which symbolizes not only freedom but also friendship between the two nations, is made of copper. That means it was originally the color of a penny; but due to oxidation, it ended up turning bluish/green:

The Statue of Liberty before it was transported to the United States. France, 1886. [Colourised] from interestingasfuck

23. An island called Lough Key, also known as the Rock, was once home to the MacDermot clan, one of the most powerful families in medieval Ireland from the 12th century until the 17th century. The castle pictured below, however, wasn't theirs. It was built in the 19th century, and the MacDermot ruins are buried underneath it:

Irish castle ruins engulfed by nature from interestingasfuck

24. The Radisson Blu hotel in Berlin boasts the largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium in the world, which you can look directly into from your room's balcony (depending on your room), and that has an elevator in the center of it:

A massive aquarium that's multiple stories high in the middle of a hotel atrium
Ullstein Bild / Getty Images

25. Beijing's Forbidden City is no less impressive from above than on the ground. Since its completion in 1420, 24 emperors have lived within its fortified walls — and moat. In 1925, it was converted into the Palace Museum:

Aerial shot of the Forbidden City in Beijing! from interestingasfuck

26. The Edmund Fitzgerald set off on Lake Superior on Nov. 9, 1975. The following day it hit a storm that would sink the ship and kill all 29 crew members on board. Not a single body was recovered. In 1994, a mini submarine was used to explore the wreckage and a body was actually spotted on the floor of the lake underneath some debris:

Wreck of S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior, sunk in 1975 killing its entire crew. from submechanophobia

27. This exquisite bracelet was discovered in King Tut's tomb. The scarab itself, which is incredibly detailed, is made of lapis lazuli:

Tutankhamun's Gold Scarab Bracelet Ca. 1335 BC. from interestingasfuck

28. Discovered in 2015, the Graff Lesedi la Rona (the name given to this massive diamond) was the second-largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered. I say "was" because in 2019 it was cut into the world's largest square emerald diamond:

One of planet Earth's largest uncut diamonds. It is worth about... 52 million dollars. from interestingasfuck

29. This praying mantis looks remarkably good for being 12 million years old:

A 12 Million Year Old Praying Mantis Encased in Amber. from interestingasfuck

30. Shen Jie and Liu Xi were pursuing in vitro fertilization when they were tragically killed in a car accident in 2013. Their parents fought hard to continue the pregnancy through surrogacy and won. The child, a boy, was born in 2017:

Born four years after his parents' deaths. from Damnthatsinteresting

31. This is Wisdom, a 70-year-old albatross who recently hatched another baby chick. She's believed to have hatched anywhere between 30–36 chicks in her life. A band was attached to her ankle by biologists in 1956 and she's still going strong:

Wisdom the albatross, the world's oldest known wild bird, has had a chick at the age of at least 70. from nextfuckinglevel

32. There's a train station in Japan that can only be reached by train, and the only thing to do there is take in gorgeous views:

Train station with no exit in Japan. from Damnthatsinteresting

33. Geckos have a remarkable ability to scale walls and hang upside down, but did you know that they're able to turn their sticky feet "on" and "off"? In the words of one researcher, "a gecko by definition is not sticky — he has to do something to make himself sticky":

The foot of a gecko from Damnthatsinteresting

If you care to learn more about the biology behind a gecko's sticky feet, check out this article from Live Science.

34. Vasa was a state-of-the-art warship built by the Swedish Navy — the most sophisticated and expensive warship ever built in Europe at the time. In 1628, a mere 20 minutes after setting sail for the very first time, a gust of wind sank it:

The Vasa ship that is 400+ years old from interestingasfuck

35. During the winter months, these Austrian hiking trails are dry and walkable, but that changes as winter gives way to spring. As the snow melts on the Hochschwab Mountains, these winding trails become a "crystal clear" lake that's as deep as 40 feet in some areas:

This Lake In Austria Is A Hiking Trail Half The Year & A Diving Destination The Other from Damnthatsinteresting

36. SpaceX uses robotic dogs to inspect sites that might not be safe for humans to approach. In early March, when Starship serial No. 10 exploded, they used one to inspect the wreckage:

SpaceX has robot dogs patrolling their rocket factory now. More in comments. from interestingasfuck

37. This gross and unsettling phenomenon, in which the eyes of some frogs and toads develop inside their mouths, is called a "macromutation" and can manifest in a variety of ways. Some reports suggest that macromutations can be caused by certain parasitic infections:

Just found out that a genetic mutation causes frog eyes to grow inside their mouth and i can't stop thinking about it from interestingasfuck

38. Several mammoth bone huts, which were discovered together in 1965, formed a sort of early human settlement. The now-extinct wooly mammoths were used not only for shelter and food but also for heat, as burned bones were discovered in hearths:

Mammoth tusk hut. In 1965, four mammoth bone huts were found in Mezhirich (central Ukraine) by a farmer who was digging a cellar. These dwellings dated back 15,000 years ago and had a total of 149 bones in the construction. from interestingasfuck

39. Ying Ying and Le Le have been trying (and failing) to mate for the last 10 years. Turns out all they needed was a bit of privacy:

With Zoo In Hong Kong Closed Due To CoVid-19, Pandas Finally Have Sex For The First Time In 10 Years! from interestingasfuck

40. Tasmanian tigers, also referred to as "thylacines," were a species of large marsupial predators. European settlers in Tasmania hunted them and gradually chipped away at their habitat until they were declared extinct in 1936. Pictured below is Benjamin, the last Tasmanian tiger believed to have existed and who died in captivity:

The last known Tasmanian Tiger (now extinct) photographed in 1933 from interestingasfuck

41. And aboriginal cave paintings tell us that Tasmanian tigers used to occupy large swaths of the Australian mainland and Papua New Guinea. Its former ubiquity makes its extinction all the more tragic:

A cave painting of the Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine). from interestingasfuck

42. This beautiful throne room was discovered by archaeologists in 1900. Note the fresco on the wall behind the throne, which depicts two griffins staring admiringly at the throne's intended occupant:

Greece: The oldest throne room in Europe, at the heart of the Bronze Age Minoan Palace of Knossos, Crete, 15th Century BC from interestingasfuck

43. In the city of Holland, Michigan, the plows don't have quite as much mileage as those in some other northern cities:

In Holland, Michigan, 168 miles of tubing is coiled beneath concrete streets. Warm water flows through these tubes to melt away ice and snow. It is the largest snowmelt system in the US. from interestingasfuck

44. In 1989, Lyle and Erik Menendez murdered their parents and were ultimately sentenced to life in prison. The case went on to be very widely publicized, and the pair holds dubious distinction in the annals of American crime. In the time between the murders and when they were arrested, the Menendez brothers attended a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, and there's actually a Mark Jackson card in circulation on which you can spot them sitting courtside:

Menendez Brothers - infamous murderers of their own parents found on 1990-91 NBA trading card from interestingasfuck

45. The last McDonald's in Iceland closed in 2009, so Hjortur Smarason bought the last meal they sold and put it on display. His reasoning? He told AFP, "I had heard that McDonald's never decompose so I just wanted to see if it was true or not." There's even a livestream of the burger and fries so the whole world can witness its immortality together:

This is the last Mcdonalds burger sold in Iceland from interestingasfuck

46. This 2,000-year-old cosmetic cream was discovered at a Romano-Celtic temple complex in London in 2003:

2000 year-old Roman face cream/lotion. Dating back to II AD. Object was found in the temple complex dedicated to Mars. It's world's oldest cosmetic face cream and it has finger marks in the lid. [1200x800] from ArtefactPorn

47. At roughly 400 years old, this Greenland Shark has been dubbed the "longest-living vertebrate" on Earth. Since radiocarbon dating — the process used to determine the shark's age — is not exact, the youngest she's believed to be is about 275 years old, while the oldest she could be is over 500:

🔥 This is a 392 year old shark that was recently discovered in the Arctic Ocean. This guy was wandering the oceans back in 1627 🔥 from NatureIsFuckingLit

48. This is what the Earth might look like if it didn't have any water:

This is an image of Earth if it had no water from interestingasfuck

49. The Statue of David is really really big:

The true scale of Michelangelo's David from HumanForScale

50. And hummingbird eggs are really really tiny:

Hummingbird eggs from interestingasfuck

51. Not only do bees sleep for 5–8 hours every day (and enjoy cuddling with one another in the process), but some studies suggest they even have dreams:

Bees do sleep between 5-8 Hours daily,sometimes in flowers, also they like to sleep with other bees and hold each other's feet. from Awwducational

52. These Levi's jeans, the oldest pair known to exist, are approximately 142 years old and were called "waist overalls" at the time they were made. A slightly younger pair from 1893 sold for $130,000 in 2018:

Oldest surviving pair of Levis jeans, 1879. [1200x675] from ArtefactPorn

53. The Harlem Hellfighters were an all-Black infantry regiment in World War I who fought in the trenches of the frontlines for191 straight days— more than any other American unit — in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the deadliest military campaign in American history. Their heroics and sacrifices  were well-documented by both the American and foreign press, helping them to become one of the most famous, and feared, fighting units in the Great War:

A member of the Harlem Hellfighters (369th Infantry Regiment) poses for the camera while holding a dog that he saved during the First World War of 1918. from Damnthatsinteresting

54. And this is Sgt. Henry Johnson, whose bravery would make him not only the most famous Harlem Hellfighter, but also one of the best known American soldiers to fight in WWI. Johnson was one of the first Americans to ever be awarded the French Croix de Guerre avec Palme, France's most prestigious military honor. Sadly, he wouldn't receive his due recognition back home in his lifetime. He risked his life countless times for a country that embraced segregation and treated him like a second-class citizen, and would deny him the full military honors he had rightfully earned in his short career. In 1996, he was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, in 2002 the Distinguished Service Cross, and in 2015 he was awarded the Medal of Honor:

Henry Johnson of the 369th Infantry Regiment, the “Harlem Hellfighters,” 1919. from pics

55. And Harry Patch was the last surviving WWI veteran from any nation until his death in 2009. The battle of Passchendaele in 1917, in which he fought, would haunt him for the rest of his life. So severe was his PTSD that he wasn't able to talk about his experiences until his 100th birthday:

One of the most unique headstones in the world. Grave of British Soldier Harry Patch, the last combat soldier from any side of WW1. Died at the massive age of 111. from interestingasfuck

56. These are the "Lovers of Valdaro." During a typical archeological excavation, still a very careful and painstaking process, the Lovers would've had to be separated. Doing so, however, would’ve destroyed the significance of the discovery, and great pains were taken to carefully move them as they were found — and they remain that way in the National Archaeological Museum of Mantua. It was later determined that they were no older than 20 years old at the time of their deaths:

An hug that has lasted 6000 years! They are the "Lovers of Valdaro", two skeletons dating back to the Neolithic found near Mantova (Italy) ina necropolis discovered in 2007. from interestingasfuck

57. Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and others curated "The Golden Record," which contains "115 analog-encoded photographs, greetings in 55 languages, a 12-minute montage of sounds on Earth, and 90 minutes of music." Two of these records were affixed to Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 and sent into deep space to drift for eternity — or until discovered by extraterrestrials:

Letter Carl Sagan sent to Chuck Berry from Damnthatsinteresting

58. This is Old Dragon Head, the easternmost end of the Great Wall of China:

The end of the Great Wall from Damnthatsinteresting

59. Paul Baxter feared he had lung cancer when, suffering from a chest infection, his bronchoscopy turned up an oddly shaped mass — it turned out to be a tiny toy traffic cone he inhaled as a child:

A cance patient underwent surgery to remove a lump in his lungs , it turned out to be a toy traffic cone he inhaled 40 years ago . he did not have a cance after all. from Damnthatsinteresting

60. Dagmar Turner was afraid that the brain surgery she needed to undergo would end her career as a violinist. So committed were her surgeons to ensuring this wouldn't happen, they carefully mapped her brain in advance of the surgery to determine which regions were most active while she plays the instrument, and they even had her play during the surgery itself:

Professional violinist Dagmar Turner plays her instrument as surgeons in London remove a tumor from her brain. Surgeons asked Turner to play the violin to ensure that her musical abilities were not damaged during the procedure. from interestingasfuck

61. According to a University of Granada study, meerkats were found to be the most murderous mammals out of the 1,024 species that were analyzed. Almost 20% of all meerkat deaths came at the hands of another meerkat:

Meerkats on Meerkat violence is some serious shit from natureismetal

62. At the age of 118, Kane Tanaka is the oldest confirmed person in the world:

She was 11 when WWI started, 36 when WWII started, 74 when Star Wars released and 116 when Covid-19 started. And her name is Kane Tanaka as the world’s oldest living person at age 118 years. She was born on January 2, 1903. from interestingasfuck

63. The nicobar pigeon, which can be found on offshore islands scattered across the Indian and Pacific oceans, might completely change the way you look at pigeons:

A nicobar pigeon, the closest living relative of the dodo bird with its iridescent plumage from interestingasfuck

64. These massive tunnels are believed to have been dug between 8,000 to 10,000 years ago by either a long extinct species of prehistoric ground sloth or giant armadillos:

A tunnel dug by a giant sloth in Brazil. from interestingasfuck

65. The streets of Philadelphia used to be paved with wood. The last remaining of these streets is Camac Street, which, for obvious reasons, is closed to cars:

This street in Philly is paved with wood from interestingasfuck

66. The 300 million yen robbery, in which a young man posing as a police officer stole a vehicle containing almost 300 million yen and which sparked the largest investigation in Japanese history, remains unsolved to this day:

A fake cop robbed 10 million USD from a bank vehicle. from BeAmazed

67. This is how pineapples grow:

Just found out how pineapples are grown. My life was a lie from interestingasfuck

68. A new image of a supermassive black hole was released this week. Roughly 55 million light-years from Earth, this terrifying celestial object is "6.5 billion times the mass of our sun":

"The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of a black hole, has revealed today a new view of the massive object at the centre of the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy: how it looks in polarised light." from spaceporn

69. And the European Space Agency is designing autonomous robots to explore the Moon's caves, which could one day lead to subterranean colonization if these caves are found to adequately "provide shelter from radiation, micrometeorites, and extreme temperatures":

A deep pit crater on the moon's surface
NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

70. This ship got stuck in the Suez Canal and is causing a major disruption in the global supply chain as container ships are now blocked from passing in either direction. Bloomberg estimates that this blockage is costing roughly $9.6 billion *per day*:

The Suez Canal got blocked up today by one of the largest ships in the world getting stuck sideways from interestingasfuck

71. This image might help illustrate why moving this container ship, one of the biggest on the planet, is no simple task and could take weeks to accomplish:

Here is a scale why is it so difficult to clear the suez canal from interestingasfuck

Check out to see if the ship is still stuck!

72. Though it might look like regular house cat, the Chinese Mountain Cat is an incredibly rare species that can only be found in China. The very first photo ever taken of this animal was captured in 2007 and not very many have been spotted since:

The mystery of the Tibetan Steppe, the Chinese Mountain Cat (Felis bieti) is one of the least understood wild cats in the world. Their existence in the wild has only been confirmed once in the past decade, and it was by accident! from Awwducational

73. The Indiana Bell Telephone Company once moved an entire eight-story building to free up a plot of land on which they wanted to build a newer, larger headquarters — all while employees inside the building worked as usual:

In 1930 the Indiana Bell building was rotated 90°. Over a month, the structure was moved 15 inch/hr, all while 600 employees still worked there. There was no interruption to gas, heat, electricity, water, sewage, or the telephone service they provided. No one inside felt it move.

Twitter: @splattne

74. No, this isn't a Pokémon; it's a Costasiella kuroshimae, also known as a leaf sheep slug. Though their diets mostly consist of algae, they're also able to convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis:

The leaf sheep sea slug, the only animal that can photosynthesize from interestingasfuck

75. Crocodiles in Ancient Egypt, like other animals associated with the gods, were frequently mummified and presented as sacrificial offerings. In fact, many animals — including "dogs, cats, baboons, horses, goats, and birds" — were bred specifically for this purpose:

Over 300 mummified crocodiles were found at the Temple of Kom Ombo, a double temple dedicated to Sobek and Horus, here are a couple of them from Archaeology

76. This Judean date palm — affectionally named "Methuselah" — was grown from 2,000-year-old seeds, bringing this plant back from extinction:

The Judean Date Palm was extinct. But in 1963 an archaeologist found some 2000 year old seeds, on a mountain top, in rubble, where King Herod had once built a palace. In 2005 one of the seeds was planted and this Date Palm was the result. More have been planted and they have even born fruit. from interestingasfuck

77. Robert Wadlow was the tallest man ever recorded at 8′11″ (271.78 cm), a record he's held since his death at the age of 22 in 1940. He suffered from a condition known as pituitary gigantism, which causes the body to overproduce somatotropin, more commonly known as growth hormone. Here's a photo of Shaquille O'Neal standing next to a life-size replica of Wadlow:

Robert Wadlow life size replica statue and Shaq standing next to him from interestingasfuck

78. Bald eagle nests are enormous:

Bald eagle nests are big. Ranger for scale from ThatsInsane

79. The Son Doong cave, which is located in Vietnam and is the largest ever discovered, was found accidentally in 1990 by a local farmer looking to take shelter during a storm. After the initial discovery, he would lose track of the cave's location and it wouldn't be rediscovered for another 18 years:

The Son Doong Cave, the largest known cave in the world from interestingasfuck

80. This is the ancient Olive Tree of Vouves, and it's estimated to have been around since 1100 BC. To this day it still produces olives and its branches were used to weave wreathes worn by the medalists of the 2008 Beijing Olympics:

The oldest olive tree in the world -- 4000 years old -- location: Greece, Crete from interestingasfuck

81. This is Otto Frank, who fought for Germany during the First World War and tried in vain to escape its cruelty during the Second. He would be the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust and it was his decision to publish his daughter Anne's diaries after the war. Otto died at the age of 91 in 1980:

Anne Frank's father; Otto Frank served as a lieutenant during WW1. by his merits he earned two iron crosses from both clases. Circa 1914 [500 × 713] from HistoryPorn

82. This stunning architectural feat was San Francisco's second Cliff House (that's right: the second), which was completed in 1896 after the first one burned down. The second Cliff House (surprisingly) survived the Great Earthquake of 1906 with little damage, only to be destroyed by fire the following year:

San Francisco's iconic Cliff House, shortly before it was destroyed by fire in 1907 [1000x784]. from HistoryPorn

83. And here's a photo of it going up in flames:

Cliff House, a Victorian restaurant and hotel in San Francisco, burns to the ground on September 7, 1907 [1024x734] from HistoryPorn

84. You can actually buy tsunami escape pods at certain retail stores in Japan. The Life Armor pod, which is pictured below, comes equipped with "GPS and solar panels, subfloor storage compartments, batteries, life jackets, a waterproof megaphone, and an emergency food supply," and can withstand 9.3 tons of pressure:

A tsunami evacuation pod for sale in Japan from Damnthatsinteresting

85. This is how much Hong Kong has changed in the last 53 years:

Hong Kong in 1967 and now from interestingasfuck

86. These remarkable engravings were found in Niger and date back to sometime between 9000 and 6500 BC. Early Africans are said to have associated giraffes with rainfall, making them a highly regarded animal in these ancient cultures:

10,000 year-old giraffe engravings in the Sahara Desert from interestingasfuck

87. And lastly, this artifact is proof that human beings have been filing customer service complaints for several millennia:

For everyone going on about how far humanity has come, here’s a customer complaint letter from 1750 B.C. from interestingasfuck

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