HISTORY’S BAD ASSES

Kickassfacts.com has a huge variety. In “history’s bad asses,” we learned that French Marshall Ferdinand Foch said the Versailles Treaty ending World War I was not a peace accord but an armistice for 20 years. World War II broke out 20 years and 65 days later. On the home page, we read of a Game of Thrones actress who got stuck on a different kind of throne (a toilet seat) because she was covered in so much fake blood.

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80 YEAR OLD MAN HASN’T BATHED SINCE HE WAS 20

Encurious.com collects curiosities: photos, for example, of an 80 year-old man who hasn’t bathed in 60 years.

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30 USEFUL CAR HACKS

30 Useful Car Hacks that Every Driver Should Know. If you’re driving an unfamiliar car, look for the arrow next to the tiny image of a gas pump in the fuel gauge indicator. It points to the side the gas tank is on. Soak a newspaper in warm water and place it over hard-to-remove window stickers. Use the car’s floor mats for traction to get out of mud or snow.

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ART ON A CHALKBOARD

“Visual Canvas, Chalkboard Riot” has incredible art, all done with chalk, chalk dust. and erasers. Each one includes a saying, from Mark Twain, Dr. Seuss, John Lennon, Coco Chanel and others. Impressive!

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FAMOUS PEOPLE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THEM

“35 Rare Candid Photos Of Famous People Together Like You’ve Never Seen Them.” Google those words for some rare photos, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger riding a toboggan with George Bush senior or Paul McCartney washing dishes with Michael Jackson.

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WISDOM FROM WINNIE THE POOH

News.distractify.com/culture/winnie-the-pooh/ has19 great truths from Winnie the Pooh, with great drawings. Example: “How do you spell ‘love?’” asks Piglet. “You don’t spell it, you feel it,” says Pooh.

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BEST PLACES FOR LIBERALS, CONSERVATIVES AND CENTRISTS

Livability.com lists the Best Places for Liberals, Conservatives and Centrists. Berkeley, California, tops the list for liberals, Alabaster, Alabama for conservatives. The list was put together using GovTrack.com’s analysis of Congress, as well as how cities self-report their political leanings and how the citizens voted in the 2012 presidential election. Finally, they looked at restaurants, cars, magazines, shops and TV shows that are heavily favored by liberals or conservatives to find areas where those goods are most used.

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TALKING TEDS

“TED talks” are widely popular 18-minute talks you can watch on the web. We once listened to a woman’s talk on shyness – and so did ten million other people. Having lost our shyness after this talk, we wondered what if we want to give a TED talk? TED is an acronym for “Technology, Entertainment and Design,” which were the initial subjects offered. But the range has gone way beyond that now and talks on virtually any subject can now be called up and sometimes the audience is as large as 12 million. How do you become a TED talk speaker? Go to Ted.com/nominate/speaker to nominate yourself or someone else. If it’s someone else, you don’t have to give their […]

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FINDING GREAT WEBSITES

“StumbleUpon” is one of our favorite websites and it’s also an app for iPhone and Android. It’s a great way to stumble upon fascinating websites, like collections of historic photos and shots of stars and galaxies. It’s been downloaded over 10 million times.  

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SENDING SHORT VIDEO MESSAGES

“Qik” is a new Skype app is for sending short video messages to groups of friends. Skype was an early conduit for free video calls. Until now it was used mainly for long — 40 minutes or so — calls. Qik limits you to 42 second calls that don’t take up more than 5 megabytes of space on the recipient’s phone. It competes directly with WhatsApp and SnapChat.

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