At the height of Sparta's power - between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE - it was commonly accepted that, "one Spartan was worth several men of any other state." A Spartan man's involvement with the army began in infancy when he was inspected by the Gerousia. If the baby was found to be weak, he was left at Mount Taygetus to die. Those deemed strong were then put in the agoge at the age of seven. Under the agoge the young boys or Spartiates were kept under intense and rigorous military training. Their education focused primarily on sports and war tactics, but also included poetry, music, academics, and sometimes politics. Those who passed the agoge by the age of 30 were given full Spartan citizenship. Continue reading for more.
When it comes to trying to outsmart customs / border officers, you can't say they didn't try. Here are a few bizarre methods used by people trying to smuggle illegal substances. Some of the cleverest failed missions have included bras, wigs, nappies, a garden hoses, and even the laptops, complete with accessories, that you see above. Continue reading to see a few more bizarre examples.
If common sense is too much to ask, make sure to at least search the internet for an answer before stepping onto your iPad after downloading a purported weigh yourself app, that is unless...you're lighter than a bird. Unfortunately, this mishap would be considered somewhat minor compared to some of the other people in this list. Continue reading for more examples that will make you cringe.
Airplane mode is a setting available on many mobile phones, smartphones and other electronic devices that, when activated, suspends many of the device's signal transmitting functions. Signal-transmitting technologies such as Bluetooth and wifi are also disabled in airplane mode, but receive-only technologies like FM radio and GPS still operate if the device is so equipped. When this mode is turned on, some games will actually run ad-free. Continue reading for more.
In January 2007, when the micronation of Sealand was put up for "sale", the ACFI and The Pirate Bay tried to buy it. The Sealand government however did not want to be involved with The Pirate Bay, as it was their opinion that file sharing represented "theft of proprietary rights". A new plan was formed to buy an island instead, but this too was never implemented, despite the website having raised US$25,000 (€15,000) in donations for this cause. Continue reading for more fascinating facts you probably didn't know.
It's that time again, time for some random, yet fascinating, images that just might surprise you. Starting off, we have a fragment of the 'Murchison Meteorite', which landed in Victoria, Australia in 1969. This meteorite has been dated at nearly 4.95 billion years old - nearly 500 million years older than the age of the Earth. That's not all, we also bring you a glimpse of the stunning aquarium inside the Atlantis, The Palm, a hotel resort located at the top of the Palm Jumeira an artificial island The Palm Click. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why armadillos might be the next best thing to puppies and kittens.
Astronomers discovered the largest and oldest mass of water ever detected in the universe in the form of a massive, 12-billion-year-old cloud containing 140 trillion times more water than all of Earth's oceans combined. In other words, it surrounds a supermassive black hole called a quasar located 12 billion light-years from Earth. This shows that water has been prevalent in the universe for nearly its entire existence, researchers said. Continue reading for more.
It's the weekend and what better way to kick it off than with some pictures that will put a smile on your face, or so we think. Starting off, we have a musician that is slowly, but surely, restoring faith to humanity by going to a local cancer treatment center playing for each and every one of the patients working towards recovery. Continue reading for more awesome examples.
Playing outside has a different meaning to children today, as these two cried to get some fresh air, but ended up just playing games on their tablet. However, there are other strange everyday things, such as Darth Vader approved C-3PO earbuds, a smaller than life car advertisement, and more that make absolutely no sense. Continue reading to see more funny examples.
Microsoft Bob was released in March 1995, although it had been widely publicized prior to that date under the codename "Utopia". At one point, Bill Gates's wife Melinda Gates worked as one of the Marketing Managers on the project. Microsoft originally purchased the domain name bob.com from Boston-area techie Bob Antia, but later traded it to Bob Kerstein for the windows2000.com domain name. Continue reading for more fascinating facts you probably didn't know about.