20180707

Aspirin May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Could an aspirin a day keep the Alzheimer's away? If only it were that simple. And yet, new research suggests that there does seem to be some hope that aspirin, one of the most widely used medications in the world, may help to treat some aspects of this devastating brain disease.
Scientists have discovered that aspirin works with certain subcellular machinery in the brain to prevent the buildup of amyloid plaque, sticky blobs of protein around brain cells that are thought to be the primary cause of Alzheimer's disease, according to the new study, which was done in mice.
In the study, mouse experiments revealed that aspirin enhanced the ability of lysosomes, which are sort of like the cells' waste processors and recyclers, to clear amyloid plaque or stop it from forming in the first place. Aspirin should have the same effect on the human form of Alzheimer's, too, said the researchers, who published their findings in The Journal of Neuroscience.

20180706

No frown in public


In Milan, Italy, it is illegal for citizens to frown in public—unless they’re at a funeral or visiting someone in the hospital.

20180705

20180702

The Golden Gate Bridge


In April 1998, two women walked onto The Golden Gate Bridge at the same time intending to commit suicide. 

They did not know each other but soon realized they were there for the same reason. 


A patrol officer saw them sitting on the railing, chatting. 


Finally, one jumped and was quickly followed by the other.  



20180701

Fidel Castro


The former director of Cuba’s intelligence service claims that there were more than 600 attempts to kill or destabilise Cuban dictator Fidel Castro (1926-2016). These were backed by various opponents of the regime, most notably the United States, often operating at a distance by using gangsters or anti-Castro Cuban exiles.
These have included using thallium to make his famous beard fall out, or LSD to make him sound mad during a radio broadcast. Then there was the poisoned diving suit, the exploding cigar, and the femme fatale who was to seduce him – in the latter case Castro claimed he uncovered her intentions, offered her a pistol and told her to kill him, but she didn’t have the nerve.
There was also a tide-line of exploding seashells, which went off 40 minutes after Fidel’s visit to the beach, but which did succeed in fusing Havana’s traffic lights. There are also bizarre tales of a plan to beam a holographic image of the Virgin Mary, which was supposed to inspire Catholic Cubans to shun communism, though it doesn’t appear to have been tried.
A lot of these plots are impossible to substantiate properly, though there can be no question that many people wanted Castro dead. “If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal,” he said.

20180629

The King Ranch in Texas


The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island.
The King Ranch, “the birthplace of Texas ranching,” is 825,000 acres, which is 1289.06 square miles.
Rhode Island is 1,212 square miles.

20180628

Premonition dreams


There are some astounding cases where people actually dreamt about things which happened to them later, in the exact same ways they dreamed about.

You could say they got a glimpse of the future, or it might have just been coincidence. 

The fact remains that this is some seriously interesting and bizarre phenomena. 

Some of the most famous premonition dreams include:
Abraham Lincoln dreamt of His Assassination
Many of the victims of 9/11 had dreams warning them about the catastrophe
Mark Twain’s dream of his brother’s demise
19 verified precognitive dreams about the Titanic catastrophe

20180627

Dolly Parton


Since founding the Imagination Library in 1995, Dolly Parton has donated 100 million books to children.

20180626

Leaning Tower of Pisa


The leaning of the Tower of Pisa comes into the story in 1173, when construction began in the town of Pisa, Italy.

Thanks to the soft ground, it had begun to lean by the time its builders got to the third story, in 1178. Shifting soil had destabilized the tower’s foundations.

Over the next 800 years, it became clear the 55-metre tower wasn’t just learning but was actually falling at a rate of one to two millimeters per year.

Today, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is more than five meters off perpendicular.

Its architect and engineer tried to correct this by making the remaining stories shorter on the uphill side – but to no avail. It kept leaning more and more.

The lean, first noted when three of the tower’s eight stories had been built, resulted from the foundation stones being laid on soft ground consisting of clay, fine sand and shells.

The next stories were built slightly taller on the short side of the tower in an attempt to compensate for the lean. However, the weight of the extra floors caused the edifice to sink further and lean more.

20180625

Marilyn Monroe had an IQ of 163. Albert Einstein had an IQ of 160.


Now, this is all relative. Monroe didn't do nearly as much for the advancement of theoretical physics as Einstein did, and IQ tests are kinda wonky for various reasons.

Still, it's cool to know she wasn't the stereotypical "ditzy blonde" that a lot of people made her out to be.