In the 3rd century BC, Aristophanes of Byzantium invented a system of single dots that separated verses, and indicated the amount of breath needed to complete each fragment of text, when reading aloud. This is the origin of the concept of a comma, although the name came to be used for the mark itself instead of the clause it separated. Continue reading for the some funny and geeky examples showing why this punctuation mark is important.
For those that were homeschooled, detention is basically one of the most common punishments in schools in the US, UK, Ireland, Singapore, Canada, Australia, South Africa and many other countries. It requires the student(s) to report to a designated area of the school during a specified time, and remain there for a specified period of time. However, some teachers may require them to report on a non-school day. Continue reading to see some of the most bizarre reasons why kids were sent to detention.
Catching a glimpse of the International Space Station from Earth isn't the easiest of tasks, since it orbits at a height of 260-miles (420km), appearing as a small speck when we gaze at the night sky. However, photographer Andy Smith managed to capture the incredible image above that shows the station's silhouette crossing the moon during its orbit of Earth. On either side of the station you can see its vast solar arrays - four on each side - that generate 84 kilowatts of power. In the center, we see the core where the crew of up to six astronauts and cosmonauts reside. Continue reading for more.
Back in September 2014, a hoax Apple advertisement for an alleged feature called "Wave" of iOS 8 started making the rounds online, promising users that they would be able to recharge their iPhone by heating it in a microwave oven. This feature does not exist, and the media cited numerous people reporting on Twitter that they had destroyed their iPhone by following the procedure described in the advertisement, including the person you see above. Continue reading for more.
Know someone that falls asleep as soon as the car starts moving? If so, "carcolepsy" is a new word you can use to describe them. Unfortunately, this word, along with many others, were created by internet users as purely a mashup of simple word combinations. Others include: "askhole", "chairdrobe", "textpectation", "cellfish", "destinesia" and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.
City Hall was the original southern terminal station of the first line of the New York City Subway, built by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), named the "Manhattan Main Line", and now part of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. Opened on October 27, 1904, this station underneath the public area in front of City Hall was designed to be the showpiece of the new subway. Given the extensive renovations that would have been required to bring the station up to modern standards, the city decided to close it instead. The final day of service was December 31, 1945. The station can still be seen today by passengers who choose to keep riding the 6 <6> services as they travel around the loop to head back uptown. Continue reading for more.
The immensely popular Humans Of New York (street photography) Facebook page shared the story of Beyonce, a schoolgirl who discussed the challenges faced living with a celebrity name. A slew of comments then appeared from other people named after celebrities as well as other strange things. Beyonce says: "Sometimes I hate my name because it always draws attention to me, and I'm not a very social person. When the teacher started calling attendance, I got really nervous, because every time people learn my name is Beyonce, somebody starts singing 'Single Ladies.' And some did, of course. But the second day of school wasn't too bad. Because everyone knew my name." Continue reading to see the hilarity that ensued.
Russian Railways boss Vladimir Yakunin has proposed an idea for a train and road network that would link on either end with networks in Europe and Asia. This superhighway, which would run about 20,000 km (12,400 miles) in length, would make it possible for drivers to travel from London all the way to New York. It could also be used to build pipelines for oil and gas as well as infrastructure for electricity and water supplies. One caveat: the superhighway comes with a sky-high price tag that could be trillions of dollars. Continue reading for more.
Darius, measuring a whopping 4ft 4in (1.3m) and 22.2kg (48.9lb), is currently the world's largest rabbit, but he'll soon be trumped by his son, Jeff, who is currently 3ft 8in (1.1m) and has 6-months left of his growing phase. The father and son duo are both a part of the Continental Giant breed, which make great house pets by the way, if you can over look their food costs. Both of them can devour 2,000 carrots and 700 apples a year, as well as specially formulated rabbit food, all of which costs around £5,000. Continue reading for more images and information.
Yes, The Krispy Kreme Challenge exists, and it's essentially an annual charity event in which participants run a 2.5 mile road course leading to a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shop, eat one dozen doughnuts (totaling 2,400 calories and 144 grams of fat), and run back to the finish line in under 1 hour. The event began in 2004 and is still going strong, thanks to Park Scholars at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. All profits from the race are donated to North Carolina Children's Hospital, and last year's race brought in a total of $758,000. Continue reading for more weird and bizarre, yet true, facts about US cities.