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Strange But True

by Samantha Weaver

  • On their urban forest data site, the city of Melbourne in Australia as-signed e-mail addresses to each of the city’s trees so it would be easier to catch and rehabilitate damaged ones. Instead, the trees received love letters.
  • Giant lily pads in the Amazon River can grow up to 6 feet in diameter and even support up to 100 pounds without breaking.
  • In the small Japanese town of Kamikatsu, residents are required to sort their solid waste into 45 different recycling categories.
  • A man in the U.K. who became paralyzed after a cycling accident spent four years raising 22,000 pounds for an innovative treatment that might enable him to walk again. However, when he heard of a disabled boy who also needed surgery, that had better odds of success, he donated the entire amount to the child instead.
  • On the moon, it would be possible for humans to walk on water.
  • Eric Money is the only NBA player to officially score for both teams in the same game.
  • A group calling themselves Sieged Security hacked into the Idaho National Laboratory with a most extraordinary ransom demand—not cash, but for the lab to research the creation of feline-human hybrids!
  • Morton’s toe is when your second toe is longer than your big toe. It’s widespread in art, with the Statue of Liberty being one of the more famous examples.
  • Jenga blocks have subtle differences in dimensions to make their construction less stable. Each brick is a different size and weight, so no two games will be alike.
  • ‘Yield the crow a pudding’ is an old slang term for death.