“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Joke of the Day
How was Rome split in two? With a pair of Ceasars
There are more twins now than ever before.
You might think twins are a rarity, but they're actually becoming more common than ever. "From about 1915, when the statistical record begins, until 1980, about one in every 50 babies born was a twin, a rate of 2 percent," writes Alexis C. Madrigal of The Atlantic. "Then, the rate began to increase: by 1995, it was 2.5 percent. The rate surpassed 3 percent in 2001 and hit 3.3 percent in 2010. [That means] one out of every 30 babies born is a twin."
Scientists believe this trend is due to the fact that older women tend to have more twins, and women are choosing to start families later. Fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization likely also play a role.
The Romans used human urine as mouthwash.
While filming The Thomas Crown Affair, Pierce Brosnan was still under contract to play James Bond. Part of this contract meant he wasn't allowed to wear any tuxedo on-screen unless he was playing Bond, which is why he wears this to a black-tie event during The Thomas Crown Affair.
"Cello, you've got a bass."
School of Rock (2003)
What was the biggest punishment you’ve ever received?
Every operator of an underground coal mine must provide "adequate supply" of toilet paper with each toilet. This law clearly makes sense, but the fact that it exists at all raises some questions about basic human decency. And Ohio.