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Crazy Thing Floridians Did For Money

In Vernon FL, aka Nub City, did something crazy during the late 1950s to early 1960s. Two-thirds of all insurance claims in the United States for accidental loss of limbs were in that area. People were purposefully maiming themselves for the insurance money! (Of course, Florida is known for doing several other crazy things throughout history. But we’ll leave it at this.)

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People Share the Craziest Science Facts they Never Learned in School
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The United States Army Committed Sheep Genocide To Stop An Nerve Agent

In 1968, the United States Army killed about 6,000 sheep after accidentally releasing a gaseous nerve agent (VX) on a huge flock of them. This came after a test at the Dugway proving grounds in Utah. Today, the ordeal is known as the Dugway Sheep Incident. The first documented admission from the Army about this came in 1998. (The Army does not come forward about a lot beyond this. Agent Orange was also released by them and resulted in several American troops having bad side effects.)

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The Rarest Panda In The World

There is another kind of Panda that is brown and super rare. It’s a subspecies of the Giant Panda and only inhabits in Qinling Mountains of China. (Of course, China is pretty much where all Pandas live outside of Zoos. They literally have ALL wild Pandas within Chinese borders. According to the World Wildlife Foundation, pandas are no longer considered endangered, but that doesn’t mean conservation efforts should slow down. Pandas remain scattered and vulnerable, and much of their habitat is threatened by poorly-planned infrastructure projects. And remember: there are still only 1,864 left in the wild.)

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When An Animal Rights Group Covered Up Animal Abuse

The American Humane is an organization that provides the “No animals were harmed” verification on Hollywood productions and has done so for decades. However, they were found to have colluded with studios to cover up major animal abuses on movie sets in the past. (This was exposed in bombshell reports in the early 2010s.)

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The Full Moon Naming System

Each full moon of the year has its own special name, such as Harvest Moon. These names come from Native American, Colonial American, or other traditional North American sources passed down over several generations. (The Moons were also named by Ancient Egyptians, the Mayans, and many more too.)

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The Reasoning Behind The Native American Body Paint

Most indigenous communities who paint their bodies live in areas where there is an abundance of bloodsucking horseflies, mosquitoes, or tsetse flies. A 2019 study showed that white, painted stripes on the body protect skin from insect bites, hence protecting them from airborne diseases. (This is indeed one of the main reasons for body paint, along with specific tribal reasonings that differ from tribe to tribe.)

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