The Canadian start-up company Vitality Air is compressing the fresh air from the Rocky Mountains, bottles it up, and sells it for you to enjoy. To dispel any doubts you might be having right now, their website states: The downside is that this 3L air bottle (which costs 23 dollars, by the way) only lasts for 80 inhalations. As we breathe about 12–20 times per minute, this bottle will be used up in about 5 minutes (I’m taking the mean, which is 16 breaths per minute). This means you would have to spend 276 dollars to enjoy 1 hour of fresh Canadian air, and 6,624Read More →

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words . Nintendo originally operated as a trading card company . Strawberries are not really berries . Bananas are examples of berries . The Anglo-Zanzibar War (1896) is the shortest war in history lasting for 38 minutes . In 2007 , Iran arrested 14 squirrels on suspicion of spying . An octopus has three hearts. Mauritania was the last country to abolish slavery in 2007 . There’s a McDonald’s on every continent except Antarctica . Jamaica’s flag is the only national flag that does not share the colours of the U.S. flag or the Union Jack . In SouthRead More →

The first known mention of the word was in the third century AD in a book called Liber Medicinalis (sometimes known as De Medicina Praecepta Saluberrima) by Quintus Serenus Sammonicus ,physician to the Roman emperor Caracalla, who in chapter 51 prescribed that malaria sufferers wear an amulet containing the word written in the form of a triangle, or “abracadabrangle” The power of the amulet, he explained, makes lethal diseases go away. Other Roman emperors, including Geta and Alexander Severus, were followers of the medical teachings of Serenus Sammonicus and may have used the incantation as well. It was used as a magical formula by theRead More →