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.

Fish pedicure

While outlawed in the U.S., a fish pedicure is the fastest way to  having feet as soft as a baby’s, and fish spas have become widespread in Asia and some European countries. These spas use a fish species named Garra rufa, commonly referred to as doctor fish, initially used for treatment of psoriasis as they feed on epidermis.

Aborted landing

When you are on a commercial flight and the airplane is 200 m above the runway during it’s approach to land then suddenly accelerate to take back off in the air, it can be a bit distressing until the pilot announces exactly why the aircraft had to perform that maneuver. Fortunately, in this situation, it was only because the previous plane had killed a bird during landing and the runway had to be check for any debris.

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.

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