The fantastic info-graphic below from Cheese9 tells us what the odds really are of some well known, sought after or even feared events occurring.
What are the odds of dying in a plane crash or being hit by falling plane parts?
What chances do you have of becoming president or being an astronaut?
Is it possible to live in West Virginia and not hit a deer while driving?
Are you more likely to be killed by a shark or a swarm of bees??
The answers to all these intriguing questions and more is below!
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Cracked.com wrote a very informative article about performing tricks that appear incredibly dangerous.
As you will see if you click on the link above, there are various
death-defying stunts that are secretly easy to do.
Disclaimer: Do not try these just because the article explains how they're done. You can totally kill yourself if you do them wrong. Seriously.
As it turns out, the only trick to deep-throating a sword is overcoming your gag reflex. When something enters our esophageus, it contracts to push it down toward the stomach. This reaction occurs automatically, whether we are downing a burger and fries or 22 inches of forged steel.
The picture up there tells the story. Heat rises and fire goes up -- that's why you can hold your fingers on either side of a candle but put a finger right over the flame and you'll be in tears. Likewise, the flame coming off the end of the torch wants nothing more than to burn your face into Eric Stoltz from Mask, but you can safely get it into your mouth if you give the heat a perfect, vertical, invisible chimney to rise up out of.
Breaking Boards or Blocks With Your Hand
The karate chop is one of the most efficient movements the human body can do, exerting thousands of newtons of force. If you hit the blocks in the exact middle and -- this part is important -- then follow through with a pushing motion to complete the chop, it prevents the blocks from rebounding from that bend. So the break hinges on this critical follow-through.
Bed of Nails
Because you're distributing your weight over hundreds of nails, you're not putting much weight on any one point. Certainly not enough to let the nail punch through your skin. As long as you spread out the weight, you can lie there for hours without getting a scratch. It's not even all that uncomfortable.
If your feet are moist, you have the Leidenfrost effect protecting you, which occurs when you have a layer of liquid between an object and a major heat source. The water creates an insulating vapour to greatly reduce heat transference, essentially encasing your feet in a fireproof mist.
Water has a very high heat capacity, while the coals have a very low heat capacity. Therefore, the temperature of your feet will change less than that of the coals as you walk across them. And because of water's high thermal conductivity, rich blood flow in the foot can carry the heat away, diffusing it upward.
Since Monopoly was created, more than one billion people have played it, making it "the most played (commercial) board game in the world." The mascot for the game, known as Mr. Monopoly or Rich Uncle Pennybags, is a modern symbol of wealth.
Over the years there have been hundreds of licensed and localised editions of Monopoly. Below are just a few of these versions.
Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by pulp fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1952. Hubbard characterized Scientology as a religion, and in 1953 incorporated the Church of Scientology in Camden, New Jersey.
Scientology has been surrounded by controversies since its inception.
The info-graphic below from PopJolly attempts to dispense the truth about Scientology.
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Many discussions and arguments have been fought over this, but only one thing is for certain; irony is the most misunderstood and misused word in the English language.
Fortunately Oatmeal put together an infographic in the style that only he can which aims to explain once and for all the meaning of irony and it's most common uses. I highly recommend you check it out here.
Occasionally it's better to make something yourself if you don't have the time or money to get the real thing.
However as this post on TopCultured discovered, there are some things that should never have been home made!
What is Grunge Photography?
The effect is described as dirty, dark, gloomy and old with a "peculiar" atmosphere. This can be achieved with traditional photographic techniques or with relatively simple edits to your current photos.
Leprechauns are the pint sizes fairies of Irish Folklore who like to wear green suits and get up to mischief.
Normally you'll need to get to the end of a rainbow to catch a Leprechaun, but as this post on Holy Taco shows, there are Leprechauns living among us every day!
The original post (see here) on this site regarding the spinning girl above sparked much comment and conjecture. Most of the debate centred around whether she was spinning clockwise, anti clockwise or both ways at once, if she switched directions, if it was all real or a hoax, or even if counter clockwise was in fact the correct term