Nov 2, 2017

Random Thursday

Now we shall return to the strange and obscure facts from That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser!

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"Levi Hutchins made the first modern alarm clock, in 1787. Fastidious by nature, Hutchins fashioned a mechanical ringing-bell clock so that he could arrive punctually at work each morning. He never bothered to patent or mass-produce his invention, which only went off at 4:00 a.m."

Weird! I mean the only going off at 4am!

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"Leonardo da Vinci invented and used an alarm clock in which water flowed in a thin stream from one receptacle to another. When the second receptacle was full, a system of gears and levers raised Leonardo's feet into the air." 

I don't know if that would actually wake me up. Unless it's possible because the mysteries of the body and gravity and whatnot! Lol!

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"Greek mathematician and scientist Heron of Alexandria invented a water clock during Alexander the Great's reign. Its purpose was to limit the time a lawyer could speak in court."

Omg. For some reason, I am finding this hilarious!

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"The Tyrolean Iceman--the 5,300-year-old mummy of a Late Neolithic man found in 1991--was carrying a bark container with a charcoal ember in it. Scientists believe he used the charcoal ember to start a fire. DNA analysis shows that the Tyrolean Iceman had brown eyes, had type O blood, and was lactose intolerant."

DNA analysis is sooo weird, I mean it's amazing but weird that it can know SO much! Lol! I was never a science kid, so the little things amaze me! ;)

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 "All blue-eyed people have a single common ancestor who lived near the Black Sea six to ten thousand years ago."

That's interesting! My eyes are more gray-blue, so I guess I was a second cousin to this guy? Lol!

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"Eyes appear to be blue not because of blue pigment in the iris, but because of a lack of melanin. People with no melanin at all are albinos."

Wait, what?


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