1. I did not know this about a box of tin foil.
2. Kangaroos are only the size of a jelly bean when born and are very under-developed. They climb into the pouch, attach to a teat and finish their development in the pouch rather than the uterus.
3. I learned the difference between a vole and a mole.
4. 15 COOL THINGS ABOUT COFFEE
5. This is more in the category of 'found interesting' but I put here nonetheless. Click on the image below to read the 13 activities. The first part of the page has a short blog about When It's Hard To Be Kind, which is also worth a read.
6. I did not know Amazon has a video on demand service similar to Netflix. I'm trying it out free for the month (I don't own a TV) and have discovered a new show I'd never even heard of called JUSTIFIED.
7. Alfred Bernhard Nobel (of the nobel peace prize) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer. He was the inventor of dynamite in 1866. Here's a link about Alfred Nobel for young children.
"Dynamite and detonating caps were much in demand in the construction industry. Because of this, Alfred was able to put up factories in 90 different places. He lived in Paris but often traveled to his factories in more than 20 countries. He was once described as "Europe's richest vagabond." He worked intensively in Stockholm (Sweden), Hamburg (Germany), Ardeer (Scotland), Paris and Sevran (France), Karlskoga (Sweden) and San Remo (Italy). He also experimented in making synthetic rubber and leather and artificial silk. By the time of his death in 1896 he had 355 patents." Source
8. In 1905 Bertha Von Suttner was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
9. I'd like to read this book. Leo Tolstoy compared the effect Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" had on the abolition of slavery to the effect "Lay Down Your Arms" was having towards the abolition of war. "This popular novel introduced thousands of readers of her time to the arguments of pacifism. Written in an autobiographic style this book tells the story of a woman raised in a military family who becomes opposed to war and sets out to document rational arguments against the patriotic reasons nations put forward to justify their wars. Set in the second half of the 19th century, the story begins when she is a young woman in Austria who falls in love with a young officer in the army." Source
10. The will set up to establish the Nobel Peace Prize was not so peacefully accepted by relatives and was contested for 4 years.
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