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The Taj Mahal is sinking!


The most famous building in India, and one of the most famous buildings in the world, is slowly sinking!

The Taj Mahal was built in 1631 by Shah Jahan, the emperor of the Mughal Empire. Jahan wanted to create a monument to dedicate to his wife. Looking back, it looks like he did pretty well. Constructed in Agra, Uttar Pradesh in India, it sits along the Yamuna River.

The reason the magnificent structure is sinking is because of the increasingly dry climate of India. So much of the moisture is evaporating from the ground that the structure will be unable to support itself, and eventually collapse.

Engineers are making efforts to save the building, yet it is still a concern that many feel does not get enough attention.

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McDonald's first products were hot dogs NOT hamburgers!


Dick and Mac McDonald originally owned a movie theater during the Great Depression. Struggling to make ends meet, they acquired a $5,000 loan and opened their first food service joint. Interestingly, it was for hot dogs not hamburgers!

The name of the famous brothers would go on to signify everything that it means to be American, for better or for worse. The hot dog stand opened in 1937.

By 1940, they moved to San Bernardino and changed the name to McDonald’s Barbeque. The restaurant was relatively successful, but it was nothing compared to where it would one day go.

It was Ray Kroc, a milkshake salesman, who really put things in motion. He was fascinated by the way the brothers had incorporated Henry Ford’s car production theory of specialization.

Ironically, the brothers sold their shares in the restaurants for only $1 million! It was Kroc who took the name global and made billions, all from a humble hot dog stand!

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McDonald's started selling hot dogs not hamburgers!

Dick and Mac McDonald originally owned a movie theater during the Great Depression. Struggling to make ends meet, they acquired a $5,000 loan and opened their first food service joint. Interestingly, it was for hot dogs not hamburgers!

The name of the famous brothers would go on to signify everything that it means to be American, for better or for worse. The hot dog stand opened in 1937. By 1940, they moved to San Bernardino and changed the name to McDonald’s Barbeque. The restaurant was relatively successful, but it was nothing compared to where it would one day go.

It was Ray Kroc, a milkshake salesman, who really put things in motion. He was fascinated by the way the brothers had incorporated Henry Ford’s car production theory of specialization. Ironically, the brothers sold their shares in the restaurants for only $1 million! It was Kroc who took the name global and made billions, all from a humble hot dog stand!

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The University of Colorado Boulder named their cafeteria after a cannibal!


This wasn’t one of those weird coincidences where a place where people eat just happened to be named after someone who eats people, as if that happens often, but rather it was completely on purpose!

The cafeteria is named the Alfred Packer Restaurant & Grill. Alfred Packer, if you haven’t heard of him, is probably Colorado’s most famous cannibal.

During the late 1800’s, with the country in the midst of a gold rush, Packer decided to set out with some friends to find some gold for himself in Colorado. Unfortunately they were hopelessly lost.

After some of the original party split off, they discovered Packer next to a dead man with pieces of his flesh roasting! While he denied the charges and said he found the meat there, he was not believed and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, the longest sentence at the time!

Boulder, for some reason or other, seems to have taken a liking to Packer. Their cafeteria’s slogan? “Have a friend for lunch!”

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A family's skin color turned blue due to six generations of inbreeding!


Before you get any crazy ideas about trying to turn your own skin blue, know that this particular family changed color because of six generations of inbreeding! Now we obviously all want to be Smurfs deep down, but this family actually came pretty close!

Beginning in 1800 and continuing until the 1960s, the isolated Fugate family living near Troublesome Creek, Kentucky were so incestuous they developed a blood condition called methemoglobinemia.

This means that a recessive gene was being paired with itself to alter the composition of their blood, which turned brown instead of black. In fact, the great-great-grandfather on one person’s mother’s and father’s side was the same person!

These recessive genes caused a mutation, resulting in a blue tint entering their skin! If you don’t believe in the story, look to the right for proof in the family picture!

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