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11 Mind-Blowing Facts That Prove Everything Is Connected

Time to explore the interconnectedness of all things with Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, only on BBC America.

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1. It's nuts how closely related Joan of Arc and coconuts are!


Joan of Arc was a French warrior who was accused of witchcraft.

• Witchcraft created chaos in 1600s Salem, Massachusetts.

• Salem is the setting of the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler.

Bette Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

• Hawaii’s state food is the coconut muffin.

2. The relationship between corgis and Buddha is positively mind-bending!


• Corgis have two breeds: Cardigan and Welsh Pembroke.

• Pembroke corgis are a personal favorite of the British monarchy.

• The British monarchy has had an eight-decade dynasty of corgis belonging to Queen Elizabeth.

• Queen Elizabeth’s name is featured in many areas in the Commonwealth.

• The Commonwealth’s territories once included Hong Kong.

• Hong Kong is home to the Po Lin Monastery.

• The monastery has the largest seated bronze Buddha statue in the world, which rises up 112 feet!

3. Evil eyes and Cat Island are more connected than you think!


• An evil eye is a malevolent glare thought to be a curse.

• Curses were believed to be warded off by eyeliner.

• Eyeliner styles have been around since the Egyptians.

• Egyptian eyeliner was made from minerals called kohl and stibnite.

• Stibnite can be found in small deposits in Ichinokawa, Japan.

• Japan is known for its cafés where you can play with cats.

• Cats rule an island of Japan called Aoshima, but people call it Cat Island.

4. You'll never believe the relationship between Mulan and the paranormal.

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• There is a famous Chinese poem titled “The Ballad of Mulan” whose title character's name is Hua Mulan.

• Hua Mulan is one of the largest craters on Venus.

• Venus and copper share the same symbol in alchemy.

Alchemy is an early form of chemistry and science.

• Science of the mind and alchemy influenced famous psychiatrist Carl Jung.

• Carl Jung used his research to explore the unconscious and paranormal.

5. Lightbulbs and pasta sauce are like distant, mind-boggling cousins from Jersey.

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• The lightbulb was invented by Thomas Edison.

• Thomas Edison lived and died in New Jersey.

• New Jersey is the Garden State.

• The Garden State produces a great number of fresh tomatoes.

• Tomatoes are the main ingredient in pasta sauce.

6. The connection between the Milky Way and toilet paper is literally out of this world.

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• The Milky Way was discovered by Galileo Galilei.

Galilei is a philosopher from Italy.

• Italy is home to numerous olive trees.

Olive Tree Cafe is a restaurant in New York City.

• New York City was home to Joseph Gayetty, the inventor of commercial toilet paper.

7. The ties that bind Santa Claus and the Great Barrier Reef are an enlightening gift to us all.

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• Santa Claus is said to be based on the likeliness of a monk named St. Nicholas, who is believed to have lived in modern-day Turkey.

• Turkey was home to the filming of the movie The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner starred Russell Crowe, who is from New Zealand.

• New Zealand is surrounded by the Tasman Sea.

• The Tasman Sea touches the Coral Sea.

• The Coral Sea is a great source of coral for and home to the Great Barrier Reef.

8. String cheese and false teeth have a bond that simply can’t be pulled apart.

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• In 1976, string cheese was likely invented by Frank Baker in Wisconsin.

• Wisconsin’s state animal is the badger.

• Badgers are part of the same animal family (Mustelidae) as otters.

The Evansville Otters are a baseball team from Indiana.

• Indiana is the birthplace of James Dean.

• James Dean had his four front teeth knocked out during a childhood trapeze accident and afterward wore false teeth for the duration of his life.

9. Isn’t it funny how connected clowns and the Statue of Liberty are?


Clowns are comic performers that employ slapstick comedy.

• Comedy was famously employed by the character clown Charlie Chaplin.

• Charlie Chaplin’s film The Tramp was produced when the sound era began in the 1920s; however, Chaplin resisted making it into a “talkie.”

• A talkie is also commonly known as a sound movie.

• The first feature-length sound movie was The Jazz Singer.

The Jazz Singer was based in NYC .

• NYC is home to the nation’s most famous landmark, the Statue of Liberty.

10. You’ve cat to be kitten us... Cats & Mars are connected?!


• In 1935, a six-toed cat was gifted to the writer Ernest Hemingway.

• Ernest Hemingway transformed his home into a museum in Key West, Florida.

• Florida is home to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, a venue that launches spacecrafts.

• Spacecrafts have achieved orbital launches in the US through NASA.

• NASA has been developing the capabilities needed to send humans on a Journey to Mars.

11. It’s almost unbelievable, but coffee and unicorns have a latte in common.


Coffee beans are processed and roasted seeds from a fruit called a coffee cherry.

• A cherry is a fruit that is widely produced in Turkey.

Turkey is a nation in which the most widely spoken language is Turkish.

• Turkish is also the term used in the name of a popular delicacy, a Turkish Delight.

• Turkish Delight is a treat famously mentioned in The Chronicles of Narnia.

• Narnia is a fictional realm full of mythical creatures.

• A mythical creature known as the Alicorn is the name for a winged unicorn.

Get ready for some mind-bending investigations, and find out how everything is connected, when Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency premieres on Saturday, October 22, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, only on BBC America!

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