1. The Ethiopian calendar has 13 months, and it’s currently 2005.
Based on the Coptic (Alexandrian) calendar, it has 12 months, with five or six leap days added to comprise a 13th.
The new year is celebrated on September 11 of the Gregorian calendar.
Image courtesy of Dietmar Temps.
2. The Mall of America is heated by people.
Despite the bitter winters of Minnesota, this 4.2 million square-foot shopping Mecca has no central heating system. It’s warmed instead by skylights, lighting fixtures and thousands of gross, exhaling humans.
In fact, air conditioning is occasionally turned on in the winter to keep things from getting too hot.
3. The Soviets made a Hobbit teleplay in 1985.
Don’t have 36 bucks to spend on all three Peter Jackson movies?
Don’t speak Russian? Here’s a version with English subtitles.*
Because in Soviet Russia, the One Ring wears you!
*Hilarious, fake subtitles.
4. The youngest mother in recorded medical history was 5 years old when she gave birth.
In a remote village in the Peruvian Andes, the parents of Lina Medina worried she had a huge abdominal tumor. When local shamans couldn’t cure her, they took the 5-year, 7-month-old girl to the hospital, where she gave birth to a son via Caesarean section in May 1939. She remains the youngest biological mother ever recorded.
Her son Gerardo (named for doctor who delivered him), grew up healthy but died of a bone marrow disease in 1979 at the age of 40. Medina currently lives in Lima, Peru. Her son’s father was never identified.
Image courtesy of Mark Barkaway.
5. Male puppies let females puppies win during playtime.
Scientists suspect this self-handicapping is related to future mating opportunities, and has been documented in a variety of species, including wallabies, monkeys, baboons and humans.
Image courtesy of Mary Katherine Ream.
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