Could Glowstone From Minecraft Be Real? There Is A Type of Concrete That Allows Light To Pass Through Walls!
Your dream of building your own home with materials similar to Minecraft are coming true.
Formed by a company called Litracon, this type of building material uses fiber optics and concrete to fabricate blocks into a third material that is homogeneous.
These handmade blocks use fiber optic fibers to blend into the concrete materials, so it is not only two materials mixed together; it is one new, solid, ingredient.
The maximum size of these blocks are 1200mm x 400 mm and it’s thickness is a mere 25-500mm.
These blocks come in three natural colors such as grey, white and black. All of these colors look like rocks with natural earth coloring. But if you’re wanting some odd colored glow stone to create a video game lair, you’ll have to custom request those colors!
Whale Carcasses Create Localized Ecosystems In The Abyssal Zone of the Ocean Floor When They Die!
When a whale dies in the middle of the ocean, this sinks into the bathyal or the abyssal zone of the ocean.
Then their carcasses naturally become localized ecosystems unlike bodies in shallow waters. If a whale dies in shallow waters, their body would be scavenged by other ocean dwellers.
This process is called a “whale fall”. Other deep-sea dwellers that have been seen around these localized ecosystems are: giant isopods, sleeper sharks, crabs, sea cucumbers, lobsters and many more. This was observed in the 1970’s by robotic exploration.
There are three stages of this ecosystem process of the whale fall. The first stage begins with the mobile scavengers where soft tissue is eaten from others like hagfish.
The second stage is when the animals colonize the bones and sediment around the carcass.
The third stage is when the break down happens in the bones but the bacteria does provide nourishment to some deep-sea dwellers including clams. This final stage can last up to 100 years.
There’s a man whose brain sees numbers with shapes, colors and feels. He can recite over 22k digits of Pi!
Savants are fascinating to observe because their brains are so incredible. While completely incapable of performing some tasks, they are so incredibly amazing at doing others that it has captured worldwide attention.
Daniel Tammet is one of these savants, who claims that numbers result in an emotional result in each person. For example, he claims each positive integer up to 10,000 has it's own shape, color, and feel. The number 289 is extremely ugly, while 333 is strangely attractive. Pi he describes as beautiful. 9 is large and towering, while 25 is fun and would be invited to a party.
This may sound bizarre to most of us, but to a savant it makes perfect sense. Tammet currently holds the world record for reciting the most digits of pi at 22,514, and taking only a week per language, learned Romanian, Gaelic, Welsh, Icelandic, and six others!
There Are 4 Planets That Have Similar Surfaces To Earth Despite Their Inabilities to Inhabit Human Life!
While there aren’t many planets that hold sustainability for life like Earth’s thus far, the gravity within a certain four planets are quite similar to ours here on Earth.
Venus, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune all possess a level of gravity that is within 15% of Earth’s gravity level. While this technically gives them an Earth-like surface, there are other factors that make them much different from our surface.
Venus is also similar in size to Earth, which is why it is our sister planet, or “twin”. While the mass, density and volume are all less than ours, the gravity of Venus is over 90%. If you ever wanted to be skinnier without doing much work, try and take a flight to Venus and you’ll automatically weigh less. You wouldn’t make it out alive! Venus has a toxic, burning atmosphere. Therefore, not inhabitable despite it’s similar surfaces.
A planet that has a not-so-similar surface would be Jupiter. It is the biggest in our solar system, which means it has the highest amount of gravity. But if you tried standing on Jupiter’s surface, it would be like walking on a massive, unstable bed. The surface isn’t solid and you would weight 2 times more!
Latvia Still Hasn’t Received An Order of Hurricane Fighters From Great Britain And It’s Been 75 Years!
The Hawker Hurricane was a popular fighter jet and had a long operational life. While the fighter jet was lightweight, it was usually exported out of the country to others. They were easy to construct and maintain even though they were bulky.
In 1939, Latvia had ordered 30 of these fighter jets from Great Britain. They had even paid for them! But since the start of the Second World War that September, Latvia never received them.
The typical sizes of these hurricane fighter jets were 32 feet long and 40 feet wide at the wingspan. They could only harbor one man in each jet. Their maximum speed was 340 mph and could go 600 miles up to 36,000 feet.
Since the beginning of the Hawker Hurricanes, over 14,500 were built but only 13 today are in good enough condition to preserve. They reside in air museums around the world.
A Man Thought Urine Had Gold In It Because Of Their Similar Colors! He Accidentally Created Phosphorus By Boiling It!
A man named Hennig Brand in 1669 was trying to make gold. He thought of the color of urine and thought that it might have gold in it because of their similar yellow colors. But boy, was he wrong!
When Hennig was trying to boil the urine, the heat due to the very high temperatures then turned the urine into phosphorus.
This was probably the weirdest way to discover an element and I bet Hennig brand didn’t think that it would be a famous element in science!
Because he didn’t want to reveal how he accidentally found phosphorus publically, he sold the idea and his workings to Johann Daniel Kraft and Kunckel Von Lowenstern.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz then thought that they could create the philosopher’s stone by producing a large amount of this phosphorus.
The people who wrote ‘Take Me Out To The Ball Game’ had never been to a baseball game before they wrote it!
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" was written in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, which has basically become the second national anthem for the United States of America.
Despite the song's incredibly popularity, neither writers of the song had attended a baseball game before they initially wrote the jingle.
The idea for the song came to Jack Norworth, as he was riding a subway train. He saw a sign that read "Baseball Today – Polo Grounds", and this is what made him start to think of the premise of the song!
The song has been recorded, talked about, and sang, countless times when it was written more than 100 years ago.
The original 1908 version of the song is so well known that the lyrics are public domain, but the rewritten 1927 lyrics are still under copyright!
It's weird to think that if Jack Norworth hadn't been sitting on that exact subway cart to see the sign advertising a baseball game, the song would have never come into existence!
For their work on ‘Friends’, each lead cast member earned an $88 million salary!
And they say you can’t buy friends.
Just about everyone knows ‘Friends’, the classic show about six 20-somethings and their many romantic and career struggles.
In fact, so many people loved ‘Friends’ that, in 2004, the show’s season finale became the fourth most watch television broadcast in history, behind only the finales for ‘Seinfeld’, ‘Cheers’, and ‘M*A*S*H’.
However, not everyone knows just how much money the series’ stars made for their work.
As the show’s lead performers, Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) received an incredibly large amount of money. After all was said and done, each actor received $88 million for starring in 236 episodes, most of which were 22 minutes in length.
In addition to their main salaries, each lead received syndication royalties from the fifth season onward. At the time, such an agreement was unheard of in the television industry, which normally only gave royalty agreements to owners of the show.
This man escaped the USSR and was allowed into the US because he had a secret booze recipe!
Booze: the only thing more valuable to the United States than money.
For centuries, Zwack family liqueur has been a staple of life in Hungary. Created in 1790 for Joseph II, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, the distinct drink was popularized in the 1840s. It was eventually even adopted as the National Shot of Hungary.
However, things got a bit complicated for the Zwack family when the Cold War came around.
In order to avoid the new Stalinist regime, most of the Zwacks fled the country to seek entry into America, with Janos Zwack holding the only true recipe for their booze. Bela Zwack, taking one for the family, remained behind to give the new government a fake recipe.
After a few months, the rest of the Zwacks were granted admittance into America solely on the basis of their liqueur formula. While in the country, Janos’ son Peter learned how to thrive in the spirits industry.
In 1988, Peter moved back to his home country, where he was named Hungarian Ambassador to the United States.
The ‘M*A*S*H’ series finale was watched by 105 million people, or around half of the US population!
You could say the finale was quite a S*M*A*S*H.
When he first wrote his book ‘MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors’, author Richard Hooker never predicted just how big it would get.
However, just two years after its release, ‘MASH’ was already being adapted into a movie of the same name. A major hit, the film was quickly adapted into a TV show.
This show, ‘M*A*S*H’, became more than just another story of success in the entertainment industry. It became a sensation, capturing the hearts of Americans everywhere.
Over its 11 season run, its popularity trumped shows both past and present, from classics like ‘All in the Family’ to contemporary rivals like ‘Magnum, P.I.’.
By the time the show came to an end, practically everyone was watching. The ‘M*A*S*H’ series finale was viewed by about 105 million people, or over half of all Americans at the time. When the story of Hawkeye, Father Mulcahy, Hot Lips Houlihan, and Maxwell Q. Klinger came to an end, over 60 percent of households in the United States were watching.