Most of the world’s Viagra is produced in a small village in Ireland, so much so that it is even nicknamed Viagra Falls. The Pfizer drug is helping millions of men with being impotent, all created in a small village in Ringaskiddy in County Cork. Every year they made over 45 tons of the little magical pills. And the fact is that the drug is so potent, locals believe that the area is tainted with the drug.
Many believe the vapors of the drugs manufacturing in the factory have turned the air into an aphrodisiac. There is even a film called Holy Water which is made on the premise that the water is causing the same sort of effects as viagra. And one local called Christine Davies who works in a bar has gone on record to say the men in the area are like none other. They are all more frisky than any other area of the country.
This has led to people to start to talk about the potential of setting up a honeymoon business in Ringaskiddy. There are indeed babies everywhere, the urban myth is that anyone who goes to work at the Pfizer factory will see their wife give birth to quadruplets near immediately. Another theory is because the region is usually very windy and they are grinding tablets all day, that there is a certain amount of the medication in the air at all times.
While it is true the little village’s population increased like rabbits when the factory was built, it could have been simply due to creating new jobs and attracting a younger generation to the village. Of course, the company was quick to dispute any of these concerns, advising that everything was done in accord with the supervision of the strictest Irish Environmental Protection Agency’s rules. And that any emission was impossible.
Oddly enough Ireland is not only the biggest exporter of Viagra they also make the world’s supply of Botox in Westport, County Mayo. So they are the Viagra and Botox capital of the world, who would have thought!
One of the most famous blue cheeses in France and perhaps even the world is known as the Roquefort. The blue spots on the cheese are mold, but they don’t just let the cheese mold, the makers of the famous cheese actually start the process.
Roquefort is produced by adding Penicillium Roqueforti spores into the cheese, and the spores are harvested from a black loaf of bread. The mold on its own is not an appetizing sight at all, a sea of green looking nasty bacteria. Every year thousands of cheese tourists flock to the small town of Roquefort-Sur-Soulzon to discover the amazing secrets behind the blue cheese. Because if you really want to call your blue cheese Roquefort then it has to be produced in a certified cellar from the region. This is a strip of land that is only a quarter of a mile long, in fact, the village only has 600 permanent inhabitants.
So it begs the question how in the world did someone discovers that mixing moldy bread with ewe’s milk would make the delicious cheese we know today? Well, the legend has it that it was created by a young shepherd who was strongly to find love. Perched on the lonely plains of the Combalou plateau he spotted a beautiful shepherdess in the distance.
Overcome with his love he was determined to go after her hand, leaving his flock behind him, but not before he had left his meal of milk curds and rye bread in a nearby cave. Thinking that the damp and cool cave would keep his meal edible. Yet his adventure proved to be a fruitless cause, he could never track down the beautiful shepherdess and spent several days trekking in vain. When he finally returned to his leftover lunch, it was not a nice sight to see at all.
Covered in the mold it looked disgusting, but he was starving so bite into the moldy cheese anyways, and that is when the bizarre thing happened: it was delicious and butter-rich. And this is the legend of how the Roquefort was born.
In the very early hours of June 13, 2019, there was complete silence across the Swedish countryside. Then suddenly near the small town of Kiruna, there was a huge boom, it was the German Aerospace Center (DLR) launching a 12-meter long sounding rocket from their ESRANGE space base. The 20-meter long fire trail behind it blew up the morning sky as it thrust towards outer space, pushing against the Earth’s atmosphere.
An incredible sight to see, carrying a scientific payload at the speed of Mach 6, these rockets take years of engineering and planning before being sent off into outer space. Yet this rocket was a little bit different than prior ones, this time a German thrash metal band known as Tankard was involved. And in true metal rock fashion, they had loaded their part of the mission with yeast, the plan? Well to make space beer of course!
A board the rocket you will find 10 different experiments put together by physicists and biologists, along with small vials of liquid yeast from the wine region of Germany: Palatina. The brewery known as the BierProjekt Landau would like to know if the yeast is still alive after the ordeal of a flight and a stay in weightlessness.
Creating space beer is not the actual goal of the mission, it does also include scientific research. The research is into the by-product of the yeast, the vitamin B12. This is an extremely important vitamin for humans to survive as it helps our nerves and brain grow. On Earth, this is acquired through eating nuts and animal meat, but on a flight to Mars, for example, this would not be available. So the German space center would like to know if is possible to pack yeast and use it to create B12 vitamins during the flight.
The idea is that given the complexity of a space mission to Mars, the ideal situation would be to pack everything in the assumption that they will be on Mars for an eternity.
At one prestigious university in the United States of America if you can fulfill your Psychical Education requirement which also includes archery, fencing, sailing and shooting guns then you will receive an official Pirate Certificate.
Historically speaking you may associate pirates with their peg legs, eye patches and hooks for hands. And not to mention the infamous Jolly Roger flag flying above their ship. Menacing marauders who gained notoriety and fear by being ruthless when it came to sea battles. The image of a pirate is mostly an alcohol-abusing barbarian in old clothes and a certain attraction to gold and loot. This imagery has taken form in many popular cultures, such as books, paintings, and films. Even video games and theme parks have been creating following the love of pirate culture.
Sure they may have talked funny and probably didn’t smell great, but if you wanted to become a pirate lord then it will not ever have happened overnight – you needed true skills. With this in mind, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) put together a real pirate program.
And this has been an immense success, the school is now filled with buccaneers and would-be pirate captains, all trying to complete the course. Because archery, sailing, fencing, pistol, and riflery all require a level of concentration that needs quite a bit of brainpower, so there is a certain appeal to all science and engineering students.
Jacob Hurwitz who attended the university from 2010 to 2014 is the first official pirate, but according to him the legend of the pirate program was already strong on the campus. He was just one of the first student to earn it officially with a documented achievement. Though Hurwitz is not a true pirate he has had to sign a disclaimer saying he will not use any of his new skills for real piracy!
Top 30 Most Terrifying Bridges That Are Still Being Used Today
If these bridges terrify you, you might have something called gephyrophobia. Or maybe you’re just a normal person…
Gephyrophobia, a fear of crossing bridges, might range from creeping anxiety to stifling terror. However, whether it’s heights or shoddy infrastructure or creepy histories that makes you quake – we’re sure these bridges will make even the bravest of souls say, “There’s no way I’m crossing that.”
30. Sunshine Skyway Bridge – Florida
Height: 430’ | Length: 4.14 miles
Despite its cheery name, this 4-mile vehicle bridge over the Tampa Bay has a dark past. The bridge was the site of a tragedy in 1980 when a freight ship collided with the bridge, causing its partial collapse and dozens of vehicles to plunge into the water below.
As you drive across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, you can still see the western Skyway Fishing Pier just half a mile to the west of the bridge. This pier was re-purposed from the old approach to the original Sunshine Skyway Bridge – and remains a chilling reminder of what it could have meant to be a bridge passenger on that fateful day in 1980.
The Story Of The 28,000 Rubber Duckies Lost At Sea
Ever been to the beach and seen a rubber ducky innocently floating around the sea, perhaps you even wondered why in the world would be litter like that. Well it may be that this rubber ducky is part of a 28,000 strong family that was lost at sea in 1992. An accident led to a massive cargo container tumbling into the North Pacific, which ended up dumping over 28,000 rubber ducks into the ocean.
The bath toys were heading from China to the U.S. and the currents decided to take them for themselves. Even today people are still finding rubber ducks floating around, some as far as Maine and other shores of the Atlantic ocean. Thirteen years later, alone journalist embarked on a mission, Donovan Hohn decided he would try tracking these ducks himself. All from the comfort of his own living room.
He figured he would talk to oceanographers and figure out the currents, look up Arctic geography and then write an incredible story that depicted the bath toys touring the world – all lost at sea. He had hoped to do it from the safety of his desk, but his research quickly led to him traveling around from Seattle to Alaska to Hawaii. He even went onto China and then deep into the Arctic, all the time writing his tale which he titled Moby-Duck.
Some of the rubber ducks made it to remote places such as the Gore Point in Alaska, where a group of conservationists had been picking them up for decades. While tracking down the lost bath toys he also confronted the growing plague that is the plastics in the ocean. Plastics float for decades in the ocean and stay present in the oceans for centuries because it does not biodegrade at all.
Shipping container spills can be deadly for the ocean, the worst one in 1998, lost over 400 containers in a single night, apparently, the containers had simply fallen off like dominoes.
Known as the Straw Hat Riot of 1922, it was a series of protesting and rioting around New York City. Not for equal rights between men and woman, or against racial discrimination or police brutality or LGBT rights, no this was for what at the time was seen to be a travesty. It was about men wearing straw hats past the unofficial date that was seen as socially acceptable.
The date in question was September 15, after this time, men apparently should no longer be seen wearing straw hats in public. And though it may seem silly now, these riots ended up in numerous arrests and multiple injuries.
One of the main problems was this date was arbitrary, it seemed to shift year by year. Earlier the limit had been the 1st September then it was a mid-month date. Any man seen wearing a straw hat was at the very least going to be mocked in the street, in fact, youths started to knock off the hats and stomp on them. And this tradition was even supported by the local media, newspapers would let people know that the date was approaching and that men needed to switch back to felt or silk hats.
What happened was a group of youths decided to get in early on the stomping and start off the tradition on the 13th, in Manhatten. They were removing and stomping hats worn by factory workers without much of an issue until a group of dock workers decided they did not like their hats being stomped on. This escalated into a full out brawl with traffic being stopped on the Manhattan Bridge because of it.
Then gangs of hat stompers started to prowl the streets with sticks and bats, beating down pedestrians who resisted. Reports said these mobs were over 1000 strong, and there were also reports that the police were much too slow to respond which caused the riots to get much worse. The tradition died out after some time, most likely due to Panama hats becoming quite fashionable during the 1930s.
The Secret Ingredient To Victorian Leather Was Dog Poop
Back in time, dog poop was an extremely valuable resource for leather makers. Every coat, handbag, briefcase or any sort of leather goods was created by using dog poop to an extent. So as you can imagine some entrepreneurs around the city of London found a way to benefit from this ever-growing need for dog poop.
They kept the streets and alleyways free of the brown mess because it was worth money when taking to the local tanneries. You see long before the industrial revolution that brought in modern manufacturing and chemicals for cleaning factories, tanneries had such an overpowering smell that they were generally found outside of the city.
But in the city of London, everyone knew that poop was an important part of the tanning process. So this business effectively kept the streets clean because it would be shipped out to the tanneries. You see dog feces contains enzymes that will break down collagen in hides, part of the tanning process which is known as bating. It comes as no surprise that older encyclopedias refer to tanning as a noxious and odoriferous trade.
Skins would arrive in a tannery covered in blood and wet from whatever animal remains would be clinging to them. The process happens as following, first you soak them in water to clean them, then you would soak them in urine which makes them pliable to cut off the hair with knives. And that is when the poo would come into play, it does sound disgusting reading about it now, but back in the day, there were no chemicals available to make your leather shine. The lovely fine leather goods would be achieved by a mixture of water and dog poop. And sometimes they would even use pigeon poop also.
It is funny to think that we now find our streets covered in dog poop, as owners have no reward to pick them up anymore. Sometimes it seems we may have been doing the right thing back in time before the modern age of machinery took over.
Yes, you heard it right, extreme ironing is a real and practiced extreme sport around the world. It is known as a tough sport to get good at because it is one of the only outdoor sports that combines both the dangers and excitement of an extreme sport, with the well known and loved the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.
It requires participants to take an iron and board to places they would never dream of doing they ironing: remote locations, skiing, surfing or even on jet skis. And then when you do get your ironing board out, you need to iron a few items of laundry – while performing your extreme sport. It may involve ironing on a cliff, or mountainside, somewhere that is difficult to climb. Some legends in the extreme ironing world are known to iron their clothes while scooting or canoeing.
The sport has roughly been around for over 12 years and is thought the idea started in the United Kingdom. An idea born in Leicester in 1997, the thought was that it would be great to combine the exciting and dangerous experience with the dull and boring mundane task of ironing. And well it definitely does achieve this combination.
But it was not until 1999, when there was a worldwide campaign to recruit more extreme ironers throughout American, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa that the sport really took off. And it even allowed Extreme Ironing International to be recognized as a true and real sport.
This eventually led to the World Championships happening in 2002 in the small village of Valley near Munich. A German ironist by the name of Hot Pants won the individual event and a British team was able to win the team event.
So if you are thinking about throwing yourself into this extreme sport, all you really need is an iron, a board, and some clothes to iron. Of course, practice makes perfect, so start in your garden before making your way up to a cliff.
If you are walking around the forest and happen to see a pair of fingers protruding out of the ground. Don’t be alarmed, chances are it is just a fungus. This scary and spooky dead man’s fingers’ fungus has caused many a panic during its thousands of years of existence. Police have been called to forests around the world, only to find, someone mistook a herb for a dead body.
And to be honest, it is really easy to see why this fungus would spook someone. Known as Xylaria Polymorpha, if a name was not scary enough, it is often looking like some decayed human fingers popping out of the ground. These spooky looking dead fingers appear to be reaching out of the forest floor. Without adequate lighting in a gloomy forest, hikers easily mistake the fungus for an actual dead body.
The fungus grows as a single stem, but frequently it goes out as five branches, making it perfectly embody the human hand. Each branch can grow up to eight centimeters tall, and despite it looking very morbid they are actually quite harmless. This type of fungus is simply a wood decay that grows on top of a tree’s roots.
Commonly it is found on the east of the Rocky Mountains, though it has been spotted on numerous mountain ranges around the world. Normally they sprout in the autumn, with the finger-like fungus going black and brown on the outside while keeping a bright white interior color.
At one point it will shoot out its spores from the tip of the “finger” to pollinate the forest with its spores and keep the fungus alive. The unique thing about the dead man’s fingers’ fungus is that this process sometimes takes months to a year, making it quite a rare mushroom. Many mushrooms only live a couple of days and then disperse their spores immediately, whereas the polymorpha mushroom has a long life span and can take some time to germinate.
One thing to note is though it is not known to be harmful, they are not considered edible: as it has a hardwood-like texture. So if you do spot them in the forest bed, best to just give the dead hand a wave and continue on your way!
There was once a man in 1937, who was hit on the head by a falling baby out of a skyscraper. And this did not just happen once, in fact, it happened twice. Imagine the luck you must have to save the life of a falling baby twice in one year.
According to Time Magazine, Joseph Figlock was the local street sweeper in Detroit Michigan during the 1930s. This meant that he was regularly clearing the streets under large buildings, he was actually just walking down the road when he was struck on the head by a falling baby. The baby had fallen from a 4th story window and fell down directly onto his head and shoulders. And this was an extreme stroke of luck for the baby as a direct hit with concrete would not have ended well.
Thankfully the free-falling toddler was not killed, though a little injured. Mr. Figlock was also injured, so both required a quick stay in the hospital but overall they came out okay. You can imagine Mr. Figlock was probably quite happy that he saved the infant’s life. And that you would have thought would have been the end of it, surely this bizarre turn of events could only happen once in a lifetime.
Yet the following year in 1938, Joseph was walking down the same street again and it appears this building must have been filled with some very relaxed parents. As this time a 2-year-old came tumbling out of the window. Figlock who was sweeping the alley was once again struck on the head by a falling toddler. The real amazing part was once again no one was killed, just a little injury.
Joseph Figlock most have been one lucky guy to save two falling babies in his lifetime. One thing is certain, if a baby fell out of a window during the 1930s in Detroit, well this self-made superhero was there to save the day.
And though it sounds strange, according to the Journal of Pediatrics, over 5200 children do fall out of the window every year.