Traditional nativity scenes in Catalonia sometimes include a…

Traditional nativity scenes in Catalonia sometimes include a figure of a guy pooping. He’s called the Caganer, which literally means ‘crapper’ in Catalan. He’s been around since at least the 18th century, and he’s usually hiding in the corner with…

The female praying mantis has been known to bite the head off…

The female praying mantis has been known to bite the head off her partner during sex – and the male praying mantis has been known to keep right on mating with her, despite having just been decapitated in a violent…

Little girls start believing gender stereotypes by age 6. A…

Little girls start believing gender stereotypes by age 6. A 2017 study found the stereotype of brilliance being more associated with men influences children as young as 6, an age when girls begin to ignore activities that are said to…

When Disney was making The Lion King, they didn’t think real…

When Disney was making The Lion King, they didn’t think real lions’ roars were powerful enough for some of the more dramatic scenes – so the sounds of the lions roaring in the film were made by a voice actor…

The world has an international language. It’s based on a mix…

The world has an international language. It’s based on a mix of English, German, French, and Spanish, has just 16 rules, and each letter has only one pronunciation. It was created in 1887 by a Polish doctor, who named it…

After her mother died, JK Rowling was severely depressed. The…

After her mother died, JK Rowling was severely depressed. The Dementors in Harry Potter represent her experience with depression: “…it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling –…

In 2001, Pennsylvania’s Beaver College had to change its name…

In 2001, Pennsylvania’s Beaver College had to change its name to Arcadia University. Aside from the school being made fun of across the country, they were recruiting 30% fewer students, and anti-porn filters kept blocking access to their website. Source…

During the filming of Schindler’s List, Robin Williams called…

During the filming of Schindler’s List, Robin Williams called Steven Spielberg and told him jokes to cheer him up. “I called him when I was representing People for the Valdheimer’s Association, a society devoted to helping raise money for older…