Seven Weird Laws In Minnesota

1. In Minneapolis, there is a law prohibiting the use of alleys for through pedestrian traffic. No shortcuts in this city!

2. In Cottage Grove, as an emergency water saving measure, your street number dictates when you can use your sprinklers and water your plants. Even numbered days are for even addresses, and odd numbered days are for odd addresses.

3. Minnetonka residents must also keep their wood piles neatly stacked or secured to avoid collapse, lest they be declared a public nuisance.

4. Finally, in this obviously clean city, it is also a public nuisance to drive a vehicle with wheels or tires that deposit mud, dirt, sticky substances, litter, or other materials.

5. As of 2010, a statute states that no person may be charged with or convicted of the offense of drunkenness or public drunkenness. The trick is to avoid all other chargeable offenses once publicly intoxicated.

6. There is still a law stating that when a married woman commits adultery, both the wife and husband can be fined up to $3,000 and imprisoned for up to one year.

7. It is illegal to conceal your identity in public with a robe, mask, or other disguise for any purpose other than entertainment, weather protection, or medical treatment. If you see the paparazzi, you better run really fast.

5 Weird Things In Azerbaijan

Don’t forget to register with the State Migration Service

Foreigners who plan to spend longer than 10 days in Azerbaijan need to register their presence with the State Migration Service. Hotels and hostels usually register on behalf of guests while those staying in Airbnb have to do it themselves. As of 2018, it’s possible to do this online. Failure to do so leads to a hefty fine when leaving the country.

Don’t forget to bring your passport when you go out

According to the law, foreigners need to carry their passports at all times. Police occasionally stop and check the identity of tourists. Anyone who doesn’t have their documents might face a fine. A photocopy is usually enough, but it’s best to double check.

A new law on the media

The legislation, passed by the country’s largely rubber-stamp parliament in late December 2021, places fresh restrictions on the owners of media operating in Azerbaijan as well as journalists, who will be required not only to register with the authorities but to abide by other new rules, including one on the “objective” interpretation of facts and events.

Don’t bring anything Armenian into the country

Because of the conflict, both sides are suspicious. Visitors with an Armenian stamp in their passport might be questioned by immigration officers. Those caught bringing goods from the country-that-can’t-be-named into Azerbaijan may be refused entry. Don’t enter wearing an ‘I love Armenia’ t-shirt.

Don’t make the OK sign

In the West, touching the forefinger against the thumb to make a circle symbolises everything is okay. Not in Azerbaijan culture. The sign is considered to be rude and offensive just like in Turkey. While we’re on the subject, pointing with the finger is a big no-no too. Instead, use the entire hand to gesture in the general direction.

Five Really Creepy Places In The World

Nagoro, Japan

Nagoro is a tiny Japanese village with one very notable feature: a life-sized doll population that outnumbers the human population nearly 10:1. The toy residents are the work of local Tsukimi Ayano, who began making doll replicas of her neighbors after they died or moved away. The eerie doppelgĂ€ngers can be seen in various positions across the town—fishermen sitting on the riverbank, students filling entire classrooms, elderly couples resting on benches outside of buildings. There are now around 350 dolls and 27 breathing humans (the youngest is over the age of 50) in Nagoro, making it a quirky and somewhat terrifying toyland.

Hill of Crosses, Ć iauliai, Lithuania

People have been placing crosses on this hill in northern Lithuania since the 14th century. In the benign, throughout the medieval period, the crosses expressed a desire for Lithuanian independence. Then, after a peasant uprising in 1831, people began adding to the site in remembrance of dead rebels. The hill became a place of defiance once again during Soviet occupation from 1944 to 1991. The hill and crosses were bulldozed by Soviets three times, but locals kept rebuilding it. There are now more than 100,000 crosses crowded there, clashing together in the breeze like eerie wind chimes.


Island of the Dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico

Despite its history and status as a Unesco World Heritage Site, Xochimilco is primarily known for its Isla de las Munecas, or “Island of the Dolls.” Hidden among the boroughs’s many canals, the tiny island is famous for the hundreds of dolls—and doll parts—hanging from trees and scattered among the grass. Although it looks more like a horror movie set than anything else, the chinampa (akin to an artificial island) used to be the actual residence of a now-deceased man named Julian Santa Barrera. After finding a dead girl’s body in a nearby canal, Barrera collected and displayed the toys in the hopes of warding off evil spirits. Daring souls can hire their own boat, try to convince the driver to pay it a visit, and view it safely from the water.

Taylor Glacier, Antarctica

It may look like a geological crime scene, but the five-story, crimson waterfall of Taylor Glacier (aka “Blood Falls”) is a completely natural wonder. The phenomenon can be traced back about five million years, when the glacier sealed off a microbe-rich lake beneath it. Isolated from light and oxygen, the water became more and more concentrated, both in terms of salt and iron content. The water’s salinity level (about three times saltier than the ocean) keeps it from freezing, while the iron provides the color. It then seeps out through a fissure in the glacier, and we get to witness the gory display.

Beelitz-HeilstÀtten Hospital, Germany

If this old German hospital looks disturbing, well, it is. Between 1898 and 1930, the Beelitz-HeilstĂ€tten complex (a 50-minute drive south of Berlin) served as a tuberculosis sanatorium. It also housed mustard gas and machine gun victims during World War I, including a young soldier named Adolf Hitler, who had been wounded in the leg. The hospital later went on to be a major treatment center for Nazi soldiers during World War II, and it was used as a Soviet military hospital from 1945 until the fall of the Berlin Wall. Today, a few hospital wards are used as a neurological rehabilitation center, although the majority of the complex is abandoned. The surgery and psychiatric wards have both been left to decay and give way to nature (and vandals), and the result looks like something straight out of American Horror Story—definitely not an enjoyable day trip for the easily spooked.

Top 5 Great Blue Holes Around The World

A blue hole is a large marine cavern or sinkhole, which is open to the surface and has developed in a bank or island composed of a carbonate bedrock (limestone or coral reef). Their existence was discovered in the late 20th century by fishermen and recreational divers. Blue holes typically contain tidally influenced water of fresh, marine, or mixed chemistry. They extend below sea level for most of their depth and may provide access to submerged cave passages.

The Great Blue Hole of Belize : The most famous blue hole is located off the coast of Belize, a small country on the eastern coast of Central America. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km from the mainland and Belize City. The Great Blue Hole is over 300 meters across and 124 meters deep, and was formed during several episodes of quaternary glaciation between 150,000 to 15,000 years ago. It’s a popular spot among recreational scuba divers.

Dean’s Blue Hole : Dean’s Blue Hole near Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas, is the world’s deepest known blue hole. While most blue holes and sinkholes reach a maximum depth of 110 meters, Dean’s Blue Hole plunges to more than 200 meters, which makes it quite exceptional. At the surface, Dean’s Blue Hole is roughly circular, with a diameter ranging from 25 to 35 meters. After descending 20 meters, the hole widens considerably into a cavern with a diameter of 100 meters.

Blue Hole of Dahab : This blue hole is located on the coast of the Red Sea, a few kilometers north of Dahab, Egypt. It is the second deepest blue hole at 130 meters. The Blue Hole has claimed the lives of many divers who tried to find the tunnel through the reef (known as “The Arch”) connecting the Blue Hole and open water at about 52 meters depth.

The Blue Hole of Gozo : The Blue Hole is located on the west coast of the island of Gozo, in Maltese archipelago, in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a 15 meters deep and 10 meters wide hole in the bedrock of the cliff. Underwater, the Blue Hole is connected by a tunnel to the open sea.

Watling’s Blue Hole : Some blue holes also occur on land, such as Watling’s Blue Hole located on the Bahamian island of San Salvador. Despite sitting in the middle of a rainy tropical island, Watling’s blue hole has no fresh water indictaing that the hole must be connected to the ocean by an underground tunnel.

4 Weird Laws In Algeria

Money : All foreign currency being brought into Algeria should be disclosed when entering the country by filling in an official form. Each person leaving Algeria will be stopped and asked if he/she has any foreign money and may be possibly be searched. If foreign currency was declared when entering the country, any disparity between the amount arrived with, and the amount held at departure, must be accounted for. If a traveler failed to declare any currency when entering Algeria, and is found to possess foreign currency while exiting the country, the penalties may be severe.

Photography : Don’t take photos of police, military installations, government infrastructure or airports. There is a high level of security in all these places and they won’t take it lightly if you disobey the law.

Drugs : Algeria isn’t the place you want to travel to if you wish to indulge in drugs. Whether they are hard drugs or soft drugs, the rules are all the same, and there is no tolerance. Penalties for drug use or trafficking of drugs include imprisonment.

LGBTQ+ safety in Algeria : Homosexuality is illegal in Algeria, so LGBTQ+ travelers need to be discreet and respectful of local laws at all times. Punishment is a three-year jail sentence and a fine

Five Weird Laws In Tunisia

The Tunisian dinar is what is known as a closed currency; it is actually illegal to either import or export Tunisian dinnar. Make sure that you declare how much foreign currency – in cash – you‘re bringing into the country, or it won‘t be leaving with you.

Using a drone or even owning it may put you in jail . It is illegal for any Tunisian to own it without permission and illegal to deploy it.

It is illegal for any Tunisian to own it without permission and illegal to deploy it. It’s not impossible, however. British nationals wishing to buy property in Tunisia have often been advised to do so through a Tunisian friend.

Like many Muslim countries, homosexuality is illegal and a criminal offence in Tunisia. According to Lonely Planet, “Sexual acts between two consenting adults of the same sex are punishable by up to three years imprisonment.”

It‘s technically illegal for mixed-gender couples who are unmarried to share a room together. It’s not much of a problem in western-style hotels, but elsewhere, just say “wife/husband” rather than “boyfriend/girlfriend” when talking to hotel staff. A gold ring worn on the appropriate finger can smooth the way, too.

5 Interesting Facts About Nurses

May 12th is considered to be International Nurses Day. I missed the exact date but I would like to share some interesting facts about nurses and the nursing profession.

The 1st nursing school was established in India in 250 B.C.

During this time, only men were allowed to attend the school because they were viewed as more  pure than women. Now  woman practically dominate the field statistically. Data from the 2009 U.S Department of Health and Human Services stated that approximately 5.8% of nurses in the U.S were male. It wasn’t until the 1800s that nursing truly became a systematized practice.

 Nurses are consistently named one of the most trusting professions.

The annual Gallup Survey has named nursing as the highest-trusted profession for the 14th year in a row. Nurses are viewed as having high ethical and honesty standards by 85% of the public who took the survey.

There are over 100 nursing professions to choose from.

According to DiscoverNursing.com, there are currently 104 nursing professions to choose from. Nursing is one of the most customizable careers you could pursue, as there are several types of degrees, certifications, job characteristics and categories you can select from. Some of these categories include:

  • Advanced Practice
  • Clinical
  • Community
  • Surgical
  • Family
  • Management

Nurses walk on average 4 miles a day.

A MEDSURG Nursing study called How Far Do Nurses Walk? found that 146 nurses walked an average of 4-5 miles total during their 12-hour shift. Compare that to the average American, who only walks 2.5-3 miles on average daily. Its no surprise that nurses manage to get those steps in they’re on their feet for 12 hours straight!

Only 3 of 5 nurses actually work in hospitals.

Most nurses work in hospitals, but like mentioned above, there are nearly 3 million RNs practicing in the United States. Want to work in a school? What about hospice care? Thought about nursing in the homes of patients? There is a long list of possible locations and job titles that determine where a nurse will work. Some non-hospital nursing careers include: nurse midwife, forensic nurse, nurse educator, school nurse, academic nurse writer, and legal nurse consultant. With a nursing degree and specialized training, nurses don’t only have to work in hospitals anymore!

5 Weird Laws In The Republic Of Estonia

Dual citizenship is not allowed but nobody can take away your Estonian citizenship when you were born here. Basically if you get another citizenship in another country you are breaking the law and Estonia can not take you citizenship away.

it is forbidden by law to sell cocktails for takeaway (ie not for consumption in the bar/restaurant where it is served), or to deliver cocktails with food delivery services. Any other alcohol, like wine or beer, is fine, but cocktails are a no-go. A well-known bar in Tartu which primarily sells cocktails for takeaway has to stop doing it as a result, taking away their main source of revenue.

While reading the penal code I discovered that there is a higher maximum punishment for beating a child compared to genetically mutating him or her.. You can make your child into half-fish, but don’t slap him. Its up to 5 years for beating your own child (KarS §121 lg2) and up to 3 years for making a human clone, a human hybrid.

Age of consent is 14. That’s pretty weird on its own, but it applied only to heterosexuals until recently. The Age of consent for male gay sex was 16 and for Lesbian sex was apparently never legal. Until 2002 when the new Penal Code went into effect. Age of consent is currently still 14 but for everybody but from June 1st 2022 it will be changed to 16!

No sex while playing chess in Estonia : It seems like too many couples were getting it on while playing chess in Tallinn, Estonia, which brought this weird law into effect. It was probably taking the fun out of the game (or out of sex) to think up a law like this in the first place.

Top 5 Most Forbidden Islands In The World

1. North Sentinel Island, India

Home to the Sentinelese tribe, the North Sentinel Island in the Andaman chain is one of the forbidden islands in the world. The people inhabiting the island often get violent to safeguard their isolation. The Sentinelese tribe have lived on the island for over 50,000 years under the protection of the Indian Government. This region is strictly prohibited for visitors of any kind and is one of the most dangerous and forbidden places in the world.

2. Surtsey Island, Iceland

Surtsey is a little island located in an archipelago off the southern coast of Iceland. It was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption that lasted for four years. Surtsey also has the reputation of being the newest island on the planet. Currently, it is open to a few scientists and geologists. This forbidden island is off-limits for tourists as it is believed that human interference will disrupt the ecological succession taking place on the island.

3. North Brother Island, USA

Located in New York City, North Brother Island is one of the most popular abandoned places in the USA. Originally developed as a quarantine hospital, it was the home to the Typhoid Mary. She was identified as the first American to carry the typhoid fever. Later, this place became a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts. Now, North Brother Island has a bird sanctuary and is permanently shut for the common people.

4. Heard Island, Australia

One of the most unexplored places on the Earth, Heard Island lies between Antarctica and Madagascar. Politically, this island is a part of Australia. There are two active volcanoes on the Heard Island, and it is completely barren. The entire island is composed of debris and limestone that took place as a result of volcanic eruptions. To preserve the fragile natural surroundings, the Australian Government restricted entry to the forbidden island.

5. Snake Island, Brazil

As the name suggests, this is an island in Brazil infested with thousands of deadly snakes. No human even dare to tread on Snake Island, and it is even regarded as the most forbidden places in the world and in Brazil. In fact, it is so dangerous that the government has made it illegal to visit the island. It is estimated that there are approximately 4,000 golden lanceheads on the island – the deadliest serpents on the planet.

EIGHT MORE WEIRD LAWS IN ALABAMA

7. Throwing salt can lead to execution

There’s an old wives tale that dictates you throw spilled salt over your left shoulder or else you’ll have bad luck. You’ll have a worse fate if you try that in Alabama near a railroad track. The law once had a practical purpose. At one time, Alabama was an open range state which meant that livestock had free range to go wherever they pleased. The powers that be wanted to make sure everyone was accountable for their safety, including railroad companies. The state felt that throwing salt on the tracks would encourage animals to cross onto the tracks, leaving them vulnerable to being hit. To help with the problem, they made the practice of throwing salt on tracks not only illegal but punishable by death.

8. You can’t cat-call a woman

TLC wrote a great song about Scrubs in the late 90s. One of the best lines was, “a scrub is a guy who can’t get no love from me, hanging out the side of his best friend’s ride trying to holla at me.” If the group lived in Alabama, the song might not exist. Mobile, Alabama prohibits anyone from cat-calling a woman on its streets. At one time, many people in the city were military. Mobile wanted to protect the reputation of its female citizens and banned the behavior since they felt it embarrassed women.

9. You can be prosecuted for self-mutilation to get someone’s attention

Let’s face it; sometimes, we feel like no one is listening. Inside, you may be screaming, will you just understand what I’m going through. Yet, even if you want to take extreme measures to get someone’s attention, there’s one you’ll need to steer clear of if you live in Alabama. The state doesn’t like to see anyone unnecessarily injured and goes to great lengths to protect its citizens. So, if you decide to inflict bodily harm on yourself to get someone to feel sorry for you, chances are you’ll need some bail money.

10. Confetti is illegal in Mobile

Confetti is one of those things that’s fun for approximately thirty seconds. Like glitter, it seems like a good idea and then gets stuck on everything, and you find it days later in the most inopportune locations. Those who want a good excuse never to use it and enjoy a good reason to forbid people around you from using it as well may want to move to Mobile. The city is strict with the product and doesn’t allow possession, manufacture, or sale of tiny pieces of paper.

11. Don’t hold hands in a public restaurant

Many people love public displays of affection. Others think it’s not polite to show how much you care about someone in public and keep quieter moments between couples. Those who wish to keep their relationship with their partner subtle might not mind this Alabama law. According to Stupid Laws, it’s illegal for dating couples to hold hands while eating in a restaurant. Unfortunately, this probably means one milkshake and two straws won’t be on the menu either.

12. Loving a porcupine will get you jail time

Even though it may sound like a southern stereotype to Yankees up north, Alabama has laws that prevent persecution for anyone who wants to marry a cousin. However, there is one animal in Alabama you’ll want to stay away from, the porcupine. Most people would shy away from the idea that these creatures would make an excellent life partner. However, Alabama wants to make sure, so they wrote a law that explicitly forbids getting involved with one.

13. You can’t drive blindfolded

How often have you wondered if the driver in front of you is paying attention to the road? Moreover, do you sometimes think they are blind because their driving skills are subpar? Perhaps they might be wearing a blindfold, even though I hope not. However, if they decide to try and drive with one on, an Alabama police officer can arrest them. After all, there is a law on the books that strictly forbids this behavior. Even though it seems like this should be common sense.

14. Playing Dominoes on Sunday is illegal

After getting back from church and eating Sunday supper, you may want to have a game night with your family. That’s fine as long as you’re playing Uno, Life, Monopoly, or Scrabble. But don’t get caught playing dominoes because Alabama has made that game illegal on Sundays. If caught, you may even spend three months in jail.

Strange Laws In North Carolina

#1 It’s illegal to borrow your neighbor’s dog. 

#2 Oral sex is a Class 1 Felony

#3 You have to keep a detailed record of every cotton sale you make for at least a year.

#4 It’s illegal to hold an organizational meeting while wearing a mask (sorry furries)

#5 It’s illegal to have sex in a hotel room if you’re not married (and it’s also illegal to lie about being married).

#6 It’s illegal to sniff glue in Huntersville 

#7 It’s against the law to not pay taxes on any illegal drugs you deal.

#8 It’s now illegal to use climate change science to predict sea-level rise.

#9 It’s illegal to serve alcohol at a bingo game. 

#10 Stealing over $1,000 of grease is a class H felony. 

Cinco De Mayo : What This Day Is About And Some Facts

Cinco de Mayo, (Spanish: “Fifth of May”) also called Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla,  holiday  celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States in honour of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on Thursday, May 5, 2022. Although Mexico did achieve a major victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, this success was more of a much-needed morale booster rather than a strategic win.

Although the day is celebrated in the city of Puebla (where the epic victory occurred) with military parades and a smattering of other festivities in the street, Cinco de Mayo is not considered to be a major holiday in the rest of Mexico—save the occasional battle re-enactment. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is a much bigger deal in the United States, particularly in places with large Mexican communities. In Mexico, the holiday is not recognized at the federal level. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor Policy, passed in 1933 to improve relations with Latin American countries, paved the way for Cinco de Mayo to become a more mainstream American holiday. That said, Californians had jumped on the Cinco de Mayo bandwagon far sooner, due to the large Mexican immigrant population in the state.

Cinco de Mayo is typically honored across the United States with jubilant street festivals that attract sizable crowds. It’s easy enough to locate a taco vendor, score a margarita or indulge in a burrito (preferably one the size of your face) on Cinco de Mayo—but you might be surprised to know that none of these Mexican fare favorites are considered to be the official dish of Cinco de Mayo. For a more authentic celebration of the holiday, opt for a dish that features mole poblano instead: This rich, dark brown sauce—made with Mexican chocolate and a boatload of spices—boasts incredibly bold flavor and a divine balance of texture. Mole Poblano hails from (you guessed it) the Mexican city of Puebla where the historic battle victory occurred.

As you might expect, some American cities hold bigger celebrations than others when it comes to Cinco de Mayo. So where can you find the best bash on May 5th? Head to Los Angeles, where festivities take over both Olvera Street and Broadway; Chicago and Houston have similarly raucous celebrations—the former boasts a parade in the Pilsen area of the city (with all the trappings of a solid Cinco de Mayo event), while a host of Houston businesses get in on the action with holiday specials.

Six Weird Laws In Alabama

1. It’s illegal to impersonate a priest

The church is something taken very seriously in Alabama. Many laws on the books prohibit you from doing several different things while in a sanctuary. One of the most egregious offenses is impersonating a priest. According to Find Law, this includes wearing items that one might mistake as religious garb. This law not only extends to priests but also nuns and rabbis. If you get caught trying to pass yourself off as one of the people, you may receive a five hundred dollar fine and jail time up to one year.

2. You can’t wear high heels in Mobile

Love them or hate them, high heels can elevate an outfit despite how uncomfortable they might be. Some women don’t wear them because of this, and others still do because they think they look nice. Yet, if you live in Mobile, it may be time to place your high heel collection on Posh Mark. The state forbids any shoes with stiletto heels. Never fear; a pair of nice wedges should work nicely and won’t hurt your feet as much.

3. It’s illegal to tie an alligator to a fire hydrant

Even though cats and dogs are the most popular pets worldwide, people prefer more exotic pets like big cats and reptiles. Some people are known to take their alligators on walks like they were a dog. That’s fine even if you’re in Alabama, but if you need to make a quick run into the store, you better take them home first. The state strictly forbids using a fire hydrant as a spot to keep your alligator until you return.

4. Alabama’s confusing mask law

This law became a little bit tricky during the pandemic. According to Morris Bart, wearing masks in Alabama is illegal. However, during the pandemic, there was a state mandate to wear a mask. Alabama went so far as to tell people to disregard the original law for public safety. Even though the mask mandates no longer exist, both directives remain on the books. So, it looks like one cancels out the other, and you are free to wear a mask, or not depending on your mood.

5. You will be prosecuted for sleeping with a virgin

Women’s virtues are safe in Alabama. There are some marriages the state is lax on; they are also very rigid about other things. One of those is men who decide to bed a virgin. This law doesn’t take age or marital status into account. However, it is definitely about the amount of jail time, five years. So, it’s best not to even hold hands just in case you start to think about doing other things. After all, you never know who might be watching you.

6. Flicking your boogers is illegal

Let’s face it everyone has had their finger in their nose at one point when they thought no one was looking. However, it’s just as likely you quickly flicked it somewhere if you didn’t have Kleenex handy. According to Weird Facts, it’s best not to try this in Alabama. If you flick your booger and it gets caught in the wind, state law dictates you might face prosecution. It’s unclear what happens if it’s a calm day and it simply drops to the ground.

6 Interesting Facts About Latvia

In 1524, a statue of the Virgin Mary at the Cathedral in Riga, Latvia, was accused of being a witch. They put it on trial by throwing it in the river. Since the wooden statue floated, they declared it guilty and burned it.

Smoking in the presence of a child is considered physical abuse in Latvia.

Latvia has the highest percentage of deaths during the Second World War, which represents 12.5% ??of its population. There followed 190,000 Latvians imprisoned in Soviet gulags after 1945.

In the beginning of the 20th century, giant hangars that were made to house German-made airships in the center of Riga, are today a place for 3,000 trade stands. The place is Europe’s largest market bazaar today.

Janis Pinups, a Latvian patriot, was conscripted into and then deserted from the Red Army in 1944. Opposing the Soviet occupation of Latvia, he hid in the forest for 51 years and did not emerge until 1995, thereby avoiding ever becoming a Soviet citizen.

In Latvia, there is a museum dedicated to the world’s greatest liar – Hieronymus Karl Friedrich Freiherr von MĂŒnchhausen. Yes, you heard it right! At the time, he was known for telling many fake stories related to his moon travel and of his exemplary services during the Russo-Turkish War. Now, the country is generating handsome revenue from a museum dedicated to their hero. Latvia also issued a commemorative coin in 2005 to celebrate this legend’s 285th birthday.

Some Lesser Known Facts About Our Home Planet

60 Tons of Cosmic Dust Fall to Earth Daily : “Cosmic dust” sounds magical, but chances are you’ve inhaled a good amount of it just on your way to work. On a daily basis, dust from meteorites, comets, and other solar bodies fall to earth in tiny particles that increase the levels of sodium and iron in the planet’s atmosphere. Scientists studying the phenomenon estimate that altogether, about 60 tons of cosmic dust is falling to earth daily.

The Oceans Hold $771 Trillion Worth of Gold : Not that you’d be able to get at any of it. But scientists estimate that the oceans of the world contain approximately 20 million tons of gold. Not on the ocean floor—in the water itself, in tiny particles of approximately 13 billionths of a gram per liter.

The Greatest Vertical Drop Is in Canada : If you’re looking for a seriously steep cliff, you’ll find it on Canada’s Baffin Island in Auyuittuq National Park in the northern part of the country. Named Mount Thor, it has a 4,000-foot rock face that has proved daunting for climbers, with 30 attempts made before a four-man team from America finally succeeded in 1985 (it only took them 33 days).

The Hottest Spot in the World Is in California : Though for years El Aziza, Libya was reputed as the hottest place in the world, with recorded temperatures of 136 degrees Fahrenheit in 1922. But those measurements have since been invalidated by scientists. Due to its disqualification, the honor went to Death Valley, CA, which recorded temperatures of 134 degree Fahrenheit in July 1913.

Earth Gets Very, Very Cold : It may not surprise you that Antartica is the coldest place on the planet, but what might surprise you is just how cold it gets there—temperatures on the East Antarctic Plateau have been found to dip to minus-133.6 degrees Fahrenheit, drawn from data acquired by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

There Are Parts of Earth With Less Gravity Than Others : Because of the uneven shape of the globe, the planet’s gravity is unevenly distributed, too, so some parts of the planet have been found to have lower or higher levels of gravity than others. Canada’s Hudson Bay, for example, was found to have lower gravity due to a massive ice sheet that “dented the earth 10,000 years ago, literally bending gravity” as one newspaper put it.

The Largest Living Organism Is a Fungus : Not as cool as a giant gorilla or something, the largest living organism on the planet is actually a honey fungus that spreads across 2.4 miles in the Blue Mountains of Oregon. Though you’d just see the individual yellow-brown mushrooms sprouting on the surface, they are actually all connected to a giant organism under the surface (yes, this sounds like the stuff of nightmares).

Seven More Crazy Laws In Wales

7. Hanging out the washing : Residents on a new development in Beverley, East Yorkshire, are subject to a “restrictive covenant” which bans them from hanging out the washing or airing clothes outside. Other common covenants prevent people from putting up fences in front gardens and washing cars outside their homes.

8. Playing ‘knock-a-door-run’ or ‘knock-knock-ginger’ : The Metropolitan Police Act 1854 makes it an offence to “wilfully and wantonly disturb any inhabitant by pulling or ringing any doorbell or knocking at any door without lawful excuse”. So naughty kids could face a fine of up to ÂŁ500.

9. Bringing Polish potatoes into England : The Polish Potatoes Order 2004 makes it illegal to “import into England, potatoes which he knows to be or has reasonable cause to suspect to be Polish potatoes”. The order was made after outbreaks of ring rot on Polish potato farms.

10. Playing football in the street : The Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to “fly any kite or play at any game to the annoyance of the inhabitants or passengers […] in any street”. So children having a kickabout outside your front door could land a ÂŁ500 fine.

11. Engaging in small talk : Staff at Carlisle City Council were banned from talking about anything other than work. An email sent to 31 workers in 2011 warned them “to be aware of the reason why they are here, which is to work and not to treat the office as a day-to-day holiday camp”.

12. Failing to carry a spare dog poo bag : Daventry Council, Northamptonshire, has a fine of up to ÂŁ100 for dog walkers caught without a poop bag. So if they are stopped AFTER binning a full bag they could still be fined.

13. Cleaning your doormat : Section 60 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to beat a doormat in the street after 8am. Beating your carpet at any time of day could mean a ÂŁ500 fine.

(This is part 2 of 2. Part 1 is here)

Here Are Some Scary Science Facts

A CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) is the most likely civilization ending disaster to come from space. The sun emits them regularly, and they hit the earth every few hundred years. The last one occurred in the 1890’s, but society at the time was less susceptible to the effects. Were one to hit the earth today it would basically destroy all the tech infrastructure on whichever side of the planet is facing the sun at the time. This would knock the effected hemisphere back into the stupid ages, and it would take decades to recover, altering the global balance of power forever. It’s only a matter of time. We could mitigate the effects, but it would be expensive so we haven’t and likely never will. At least not until the problem becomes real to people. By then it will be too late. This is a much more likely scenario than an asteroid impact.

Researchers have found viruses in the Arctic permafrost that have been frozen for thousands of years. One of these viruses, Pithovirus, was dormant for 30,000 years until the researchers revived it and it infected the amoebas that were placed in the tank with it. Which of course presents a scary scenario: what happens when the ice melts away and viruses are released that haven’t been in contact with humans for 10,000+ years?

There is a gravitational anomaly in space called the great attractor which is pulling everything within the Virgo and Hydra-Centaurus superclusters towards it. It lies 150-250 million light years from the milky way, which itself is being pulled towards it too. The scary part is that relative to us, this anomaly lies within the same plane as our own galaxy making it very difficult to observe. Essentially, we have almost no concrete idea of what it is.

Six Weird Laws In Wales

1. Switching on your burglar alarm : The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 makes it an offence to activate your burglar alarm and leave the house if you have not nominated a “key-holder” who can access your house to switch off the alarm if it goes off. So, if you have forgotten to give a key to a friendly neighbour, you could technically end up in the dock with the burglar.

2. Asking a stranger for parking change : We’ve all done it – parked the car only to find we don’t have enough change for the ticket. But asking a stranger for change is still classed as begging under the Vagrancy Act 1824 and could mean you spend a month in “the house of correction”.

3. Going as a soldier for fancy dress : According to the Seamen’s and Soldiers’ False Characters Act 1906, it is illegal to pass yourself off as a member of the Armed Forces. So dressing up as an admiral for a fancy dress party could land you three months in jail. The law states it is an offence to “impersonate the holder of a certificate of service or discharge”.

4. Getting drunk in a pub : According to Section 12 of the Licensing Act 1872 “every person found drunk in any highway or other public place, whether a building or not, or on any licensed premises” could face a ÂŁ200 fine. Could this be the way to pay off the national debt? Enforcing this across the land on a couple of Friday nights would surely put us back in the black.

5. Carrying your DIY shopping home : Section 54 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to “roll or carry any cask, tub, hoop, or wheel, or any ladder, plank, pole, showboard, or placard, upon any footway, except for the purpose of loading or unloading any cart or carriage, or of crossing the footway”. So carrying some wood or a ladder back from B&Q could lead to a ÂŁ500 fine.

6. Handling a salmon suspiciously : According to Section 32 of the Salmon Act 1986 it is illegal “to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances”. Poachers beware.

(This is part 1 of 2. Part 2 is here)