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22 Incredible Things I Literally Just Learned That Left Me In Complete Disbelief

The first documented attempt to speak with the manager is from 1750 BC.

1. 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

2. This is how pineapples grow:

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

3. Bald eagle nests are enormous:

Bald eagle nests are big. Ranger for scale from ThatsInsane

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. This ship got stuck in the Suez Canal this week 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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 until almost two decades later:

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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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

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

Hong Kong in 1967 and now from interestingasfuck

21. 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

22. 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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