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The Public Fountains in Paris Flow with Free, Clean, Sparkling Water. Residents Fill Bottles to Take Home Instead of Buying Bottled Water from Stores.

Paris is going green by becoming more bubbly. The city recently unveiled yet another sparkling water fountain, with more on the way. The Question: is the water from fountain clean and for human consumption? In Paris, there are public fountains that literally flow with free, clean, sparkling water! Instead of purchasing bottled water in stores, …

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Hemingway and Joyce

In the 1920s, James Joyce Would Get Drunk and Start Fights. He Would Then Hide Behind Ernest Hemingway for Protection

During the 1920s, the author of Ulysses met Ernest Hemingway in Paris. Despite being both well-known heavy drinkers, they began to frequent cafes and bars together. James Joyce was unathletic and had failing eyesight, but his drinking buddy was tall, strapping, and prone to violent outbursts. But did you know that James Joyce depended on …

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Harriet The Tortoise

Charles Darwin Had a Pet Tortoise Named Harriet. She Died in 2006 and was Estimated to be 175 Years Old Upon Her Passing.

Tortoises generally have a life expectancy of more than 250 years, while others live only about 80. On average, across all species, they live up to 150 years. According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest land-living tortoise is 190 years old. But did you know that Charles Darwin had a pet tortoise that outlived …

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Marie Currie Coffin

Marie Curie is Buried in a Lead-Lined Coffin. Her Body and Notes are Highly Radioactive because She Worked with Radium.

Marie Salomea Sklodowska-Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who pioneered radioactivity research. She was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize, the first and only woman to receive the prize twice, and the only person to receive the prize in two scientific fields. Do you know what kind of coffin was …

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Human Bone Bread

Parisians Used to Grind Human Bones in Order to Make Flour for Bone Bread

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the average French citizen consumed about 1.5 to 2.5 pounds of bread on a daily basis, while the wealthy could afford to consume meat and two liters of wine every day. Bread was the mainstay of the poor’s diet. When wheat became limited, the French faced hunger which led …

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Shi Pei pu

Who was the Chinese Opera Singer Who Also Worked as a Spy Against the French?

Shi (left) and Boursicot met in 1964. Shi dressed as a man but claimed that he was actually a woman. Chinese Opera is known for its convoluted plots, vibrant makeup, beautiful costumes and sets, and performers’ distinct vocal styles. Unsurprisingly, many of the 1,000 schemes revolve around political and military conflict rather than romance. But …

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Who was Responsible for Princess Diana’s Death?

The untimely death of one of the most-loved women in the world has genuinely shocked humanity. While several conspiracy theories are going around on what really happened on the night of her death, the jury on the inquest decided who is truly to blame for her death in 2008. As per the jury, the paparazzi …

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What Was Charles-Michel de l’Épée’s Impact on the Deaf Community?

Aristotle, one of the greatest minds in human history, made a mistake. A mistake that only Charles-Michel de l’Épée would be able to correct 1,000 years later. Charles-Michel de l’Eée learned to sign from a deaf man. In 1760, he founded a school to teach sign language to the deaf. His work helped deaf people …

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In 1896, a bubоnіc plаgue epіdеmic struck Bombay, and the government asked Waldemar Haffkine, developer of the first chоlera vаccіne, to help. After 3 months of persistent work (1 assistant had a nervous breakdown and 2 others quit), a vаccіne was ready, with Haffkine tеsting it on himself first

Waldemar Haffkine Waldemar Mordechai Wolff Haffkine CIE (Ukrainian: Володимир Мордехай-Вольф Хавкін; Russian: Мордехай-Вольф Хавкин; 15 March 1860 – 26 October 1930) was a bacteriologist from the Russian Empire later naturalized French. He emigrated and worked at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where he developed an anti-cholera vaccine that he tried out successfully in India. He …

In 1896, a bubоnіc plаgue epіdеmic struck Bombay, and the government asked Waldemar Haffkine, developer of the first chоlera vаccіne, to help. After 3 months of persistent work (1 assistant had a nervous breakdown and 2 others quit), a vаccіne was ready, with Haffkine tеsting it on himself first Read More »

Over 150 wallabies are living wild in a forest in France, they escaped a zoo in the 70’s and are adapting quite well

Up to 150 wallabies living wild near Paris in Rambouillet forest Up to 150 wallabies are living wild in the forest of Rambouillet, near Paris, the descendants of a handful who escaped from a nearby zoo in the 1970s, it has emerged. Some local residents have known of the marsupials’ presence for years, but many …

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