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Warren Buffet

When Warren Buffet first invested in Berkshire Hathaway in 1962, it was a struggling textile company; today, it’s a $360 billion empire.

Z-plasty

First described by Horner in 1837, he Z-plasty was the first flap introduced with an emphasis on a mathematical approach to solve a skin problem.

Seed bank

Possibly the most interesting place on earth, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway is built in a mountain to withstand any natural or man-made disaster. It was created to preserve worldwide plant seeds in case of a worldwide catastrophe, and is free for any country to deposit or store its fauna. Check out the official website here.

Swedish number

In 1766, Sweden was the first country to abolish censorship. Today marks the 250th anniversary of that date, and to celebrate, the country launched an interesting campaign whereby anyone can call a designated country line that connects them to a random person in Sweden so that they can chat. Local numbers are available for certain countries.

Illegal to die

In some cities around the world, mainly small towns running low on cemetery space, death is outlawed. In Longyearbyen, Norway–the world’s northernmost city–the permafrost preserves bodies to the point that they do not decompose. Full article here.

Your cell phone is worth $14,000

An interesting take on how much a personal cell phone is worth, along with other interesting facts.

Res ipsa loquitur

In common law, res ipsa loquitur, Latin for “the thing itself speaks”, refers to the principle that negligence is inferred from the nature of an accident. It usually arises in malpractice lawsuits when a surgical instrument is discovered inside a patient.

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