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    23 Things I Literally Just Learned That Left Me In Complete Disbelief

    Justice for the Tasmanian tiger.

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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):

    A massive aquarium that several stories high
    Ullstein Bild / Getty Images

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

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

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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. Widely considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of film, Charlie Chaplin was also an outspoken advocate of human rights. Suspected of being a communist, the FBI blacklisted him in 1948 so that he could never work in Hollywood again and in 1952 he was barred from the United States, where he had lived for the past 40 years. He denied being a communist, stating simply that he "wants nothing more for humanity than a roof over every man's head":

    Remember him from Damnthatsinteresting

    12. 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

    13. 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.

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. SpaceX uses robotic dogs to inspect sites that might not be safe for humans to approach. Earlier this month 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

    17. 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

    18. 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

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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

    23. And 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

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