Sociology

There's a real company called "Rent A Goat"
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There’s a real company called “Rent A Goat”


It provides "conservation grazing services", whereby goats are used instead of traditional machinery or pesticides in order to curb unwanted invasive plant growth

 



280 million years old salt... expiring in 2 years
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280 million years old salt… expiring in 2 years


:)

 



More marijuana shops than Starbucks in Oregon!
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More marijuana shops than Starbucks in Oregon!


In case you wonder, there are more marijuana shops than McDonald's too

 



The Michelin guide was originally created to sell tires
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The Michelin guide was originally created to sell tires


In the early 1900's, the Michelin gourmet guide was created to help people discover France (and buy cars and tires)

 



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Pigeon Racing is the equivalent to horse racing in China


Racing relies on pigeons' tremendous sense of direction

 



Most numbers start by 1, 2 or 3 in large natural datasets
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Most numbers start by 1, 2 or 3 in large natural datasets


The first digit of an entry is much more likely to be 1, 2 or 3 than 9, 8 or 7. We use this property to detect tax fraud because people evenly distribute first digits when they make up data

 



The Cupertino effect occurs when auto-correct changes words
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The Cupertino effect occurs when auto-correct changes words


This term comes from the tendency old spell checkers had to change "cooperation" into "Cupertino" (a town in California)

 



The most common surname in Finland is 'Korhonen'
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The most common surname in Finland is ‘Korhonen’


Which means 'of bad hearing'

 



The word "geek" is derived from a German word
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The word “geek” is derived from a German word


It comes from the word "geck" which means "fool" in Middle Low German

 



Greenland has a very small university
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Greenland has a very small university


It has only 14 professors. This small size is in part due to the government's policy, which pays for the education for all its students anywhere in Europe

 



The rabbit test was a pregnancy test that used rabbits
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The rabbit test was a pregnancy test that used rabbits


Created in 1931, the woman's urine was injected into a female rabbit and the response of its ovaries indicated if the woman's urine contained a hormone secreted only by pregnant women (human chorionic gonadotropin)

 



70% of science and engineering students in Iran are women
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70% of science and engineering students in Iran are women


 



Hedy Lamarr divorced her divorce lawyer!
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Hedy Lamarr divorced her divorce lawyer!


She was married six times; her last husband also happened to be her divorce lawyer. She divorced him too

 



Salsa before ketchup in the US!
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Salsa before ketchup in the US!


More salsa than ketchup is now sold in the US each year

 



Turkey drinks more tea per capita than the United Kingdom
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Turkey drinks more tea per capita than the United Kingdom


3 times as much exactly