Government workers in Pakistan are not allowed to wear socks on the job.
Pakistan is going through some pretty major problems with their power grid. So in order to reduce their electricity consumption, the Pakistani government has ordered that government offices not to turn on the air conditioning. But they realized people would still get temptation to turn the AC if they’re hot, so they also ordered that all government workers are not allowed to wear socks on the job. They are only allowed to wear sandals or moccasins in bare feet.
The vertical groove between the upper lip and nose is called the philtrum.
Pizza Hut delivered a pizza to the International Space Station.
Pizza Hut wanted to deliver a pizza to the astronauts on the International Space Station and make a commercial out of it. Unfortunately, NASA doesn’t allow their space program to used for commercials, so Pizza Hut ended up paying the Russian government one million dollars to make it happen. The rocket the delivered the pizza had the Pizza Hut logo displayed on its side, and contained a Salami pizza. They chose salami because they tested pepperoni but it failed the tests.
Polar bear fur is actually transparent.
If somebody were to ask you what colour polar bear fur is, you’d probably say white, right? Well it turns out you’d be wrong. A polar bear’s fur consists of an insulating undercoat topped with guard hairs. Each hair is actually transparent with a hollow core, so that it scatters and reflects light. Because of this, a polar will look white when it’s in sunlight. If the weather is less sunny, a polar bear could appear slightly tan, especially if its fur isn’t clean. In 1979, some polar bears at the San Diego zoo appeared to have turned green. This happened because colonies of algae started growing in their hollow hair shaft. Luckily, this didn’t harm the bears and was cured killing the algae with a salt solution.
In Slovenia, two beers are in fierce competition with each other. They’re both made by the same company.
The two major beers in Slovenia are Lasko and Union. Apparently, Lasko is lighter, more thirst quenching and contains more hops, whereas Union has a more full and balanced flavour. Similar to Coca Cola and Pepsi in North America, most everybody has an opinion on which beer is better. The beers are constantly in competition with each other to prove which one is better. But it turns out they’re actually both owned by the same company. The company decided to create a rivalry between the two beers to encourage more sales, which seems to be working just fine for them.
A Burger King in London, England sells a $200 burger.
This burger is simply called “The Burger” and has Wagyu beef, white truffles, Pata Negra ham, Cristal onion straws, Modena balsamic vinegar, lambs lettuce, pink Himalayan rock salt, organic white whine and shallot-infused mayonnaise, served up on an Iranian saffron and white truffle dusted bun. And with that long list of expensive ingredients, it seems like the $200 price tag is pretty justified. The Burger is only sold for one day each week, and proceeds go towards the Help a London Child charity.
An Archimime was a jester in Ancient Rome that would do impressions of dead people at their funerals.
Archimimes were the Roman equivalents of court jesters. Their main form of humour included mimicking people, both living and dead. They started out by only performing in the theatre and eventually started to be invited to perform at other events, such as feasts and funerals. Nowadays, a funeral generally isn’t considered a place for humour, but the Ancient Romans sure didn’t think so. Archimimes would walk behind the corpse and imitate the behaviour of the person when they were alive.