People Share The Most Astounding Facts They've Learned Today.

People Share The Most Astounding Facts They've Learned Today.

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They say you learn something new every day – but that doesn't mean it will be something interesting.

Here are some facts that are definitely going to have you saying, "Today I learned something INTERESTING today!"



1. Water as a herbicide.

Water is used in rice fields to prevent weeds. Rice doesn't actually need that much water, but since it can thrive in such conditions, whereas weeds cannot, it's a natural protection against them.

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2. Going into deep cover to do what they loved.

50 years before women were allowed to enrol into medical school, Margaret Ann Bulkley dressed as a man for 56 years to study medicine and become her alter-ego, Dr James Barry. It was only when she died in 1865 that her secret was exposed after 46 years working as an army medical officer.

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3. This is one way to characterize bad movies.

The "idiot plot". The term was popularized by film critic Roger Ebert, who defines it as "[a]ny plot containing problems that would be solved instantly if all of the characters were not idiots".

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4. A duel! With musical instruments?

When Beethoven was challenged to an improvisation duel by one of his rivals named Steibelt, Beethoven took a piece of Steibelt's music, turned it upside down, played it, then improvised on that theme for over an hour. Steibelt simply left halfway through.

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5. He must have had a lot of faith in his writing.

While penniless and dying, Ulysses S Grant wrote a book of memoirs so his wife could live off of the royalties. Mark Twain heard the best royalty offer was 10% and immediately offered Grant 75% (story continued on the next page...).


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