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Pumpkin seeds can help your anxiety!


It's fall, which can only mean one thing: Putting pumpkin into pretty much anything you can think of. However, the seeds that you usually throw out can have some amazing health benefits.

Roasted pumpkin seeds contain a substance known as L-tryptophan. L-tryptophan is an essential amino-acid for humans and is used clinically as an anti-depressant and to fight anxiety disorders.

Some people eat pumpkin seeds to prevent anxiety attacks, clinical depression and other mood disorders.

Other studies have found pumpkin seeds are also good to fight arteriosclerosis and regulate cholesterol levels in the body.

So now you know! Don't throw out the seeds. Eat them and be happy!

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Since 1825, Russian leaders have alternated between bald and hairy!


Bald-hairy is a common joke in Russian politics. The joke is that there's an empirical rule that the leader of the Russian government always switches from bald to hairy and vice versa.

This pattern has actually been true since 1825 when Nicholas I succeeded his late brother as the Russian Emperor. Nicholas' son Alexander was hairy and formed the first bald-hairy succession.

Currently, Vladimir Putin (bald) was succeeded by Dmitri Medvedev (hairy) and then again by Putin. Check out the source for a full list of this remarkable set of coincidences.

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Wasps can control the sex of their offspring!


Male and female wasps have significant genetic differences. Females have 2n number of chromosome and come from fertilized eggs.

Males, on the other hand, have n number of chromosomes and develop from unfertilized eggs.

When a female has sex with a male, she stores the sperm inside their body and can control it's release for each individual egg that she lays.

That means that if she wants to produce a male egg, she simply lays the egg without releasing sperm. This means that they can control the sex of their offspring!

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Sony still sold millions of floppy disks in 2009!


You probably don't even remember floppy disks anymore. You probably think of them as the "save" button on most software.

However, they were once a big deal. The 3.5-inch disks were the main way we moved data around before CDs or DVDs became a thing. They could only hold 1.4MB.

Believe it or not, there were still millions of floppy disks sold up until a few years ago. Sony was the last to stop manufacturing them in 2011, even though just in 2009 they had sold 12 million of them!

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Raspberry flavored treats are blue because the original color was banned by the FDA!


There is no such thing as blue raspberry in the natural world. Most all raspberries are red, although there is a species that turns from red to purple as it ripens.

The reason why 'blue raspberry' exists is due to the candy industry. Raspberry was originally a dark red color made with amaranth, an extract of coal tar.

In 1976, that color was banned in most countries because it had been linked to cancer. Instead of choosing another red, which already had strawberry and cherry on it, they decided to go with the blue we know today.

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