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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.

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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.

Flavor of coriander gene dependent

Coriander, or cilantro, can have different flavors for people, and this has partially been linked to a genetic trait. Some, mostly Western Europeans and North Americans, believe it tastes like soap. Article here.

Tattoo removal

According to ASPS data, 46,000 people opt for tattoo removal every year. A recent Harris poll showed that over 50% of Americans would approve a president with visible tattoo, while almost 25% regret one their own–the number one reason being the person was too young when they got inked. Full results here.

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