30 Facts That Are So Irresistibly Weird You’ll Want To Tell Your Friends.
#5. Tears of joy, tears of happiness, and other types of tears all look different when placed under a microscope.
All tears contain organic substances including oils, antibodies, and enzymes and are suspended in salt water. Different types of tears have distinct molecules. Plus, when tears dry the crystallized salt takes on different shapes and forms.
#6. A storage tank burst open spilling two million gallons of molasses onto the streets of Boston.
The molasses wave was 15-feet high and 160-feet wide and swept through the city at 35mph. The 1919 disaster killed 21 people and injured 150. The damage caused by the spill was worth $100 million in today's money.
#7. Artificial cranial deformation or head binding was practiced among people to demonstrate social status.
Head binding was done to upper class babies just after birth while their skulls were soft. The practice was common among the Mayans and the Chinookan tribes. Early written records of cranial deformation date to 400 BC in Hippocrates' description of the Long-heads or Macrocephali.
#8. Neanderthal men could be considered the first metro-sexuals. They wore makeup.
Archaeologists excavated foundation-type mineral pigments for the skin and cockle shells meant for necklaces hinting that Neanderthals had a taste for makeup and jewelry.
Joe McNally / National Geographic
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