My Tiny Little Brain Is Completely Blown After Seeing These 50 Incredibly Fascinating Pictures For The First Time Last Month

1.In Germany, Mr. Clean is known as Mr. Proper:

Mr. Proper
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2.While in Spain, he's known as Don Limpio:

Don Limpio
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3.A smidgen is an actual unit of measurement:

A smidgen

It comes out to 1/32 of a teaspoon.

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4.This is how big Alaska is compared to Europe:

Alaska over Europe

5.This is Robert Wadlow, the tallest man who ever lived:

Robert Wadlow

Before he died, he measured 8'11" tall.

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6.And here's Mr. Wadlow with his slightly shorter dad:

Robert Wadlow and his father
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7.This is what the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC looked like in 1907:

Lincoln Memorial
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8.And this is what it looked like 100 years later:

Lincoln Memorial
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9.This is what one of Shaq's championship rings looks like on a typical-sized human hand:

Shaq's championship ring
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10.These are two of the earliest known photographs of Saturn and Jupiter, taken in the 19th century:

Jupiter and Saturn
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11.This is what an intact, peeled egg looks like:

A peeled egg

12.And this is what a big ol' chunk of a peeled aloe plant looks like:

Chunk of an aloe plant

I wish to bite it.

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13.This is what the First Class Lounge on the Titanic looked like:

Lounge on the Titanic
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14.And this is what the Third Class dining room of the Titanic's sister ship, the Olympic, looked like:

The Olympic third-class saloon
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15.The man in the middle in this picture is a college-aged Richard Nixon:

Young Richard Nixon

He was a member of the Whittier College football team.

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16.This is the Times Building, the center of New York's Times Square, under construction in 1903:

Times Building
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17.And here's what that same area looks like over a hundred years later:

Times Square
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18.This is the last image NASA's InSight rover sent from Mars before running out of power at the end of its mission last month:

Mars InSight rover

19.This monument to the doomed Donner Party shows just how deep the snow the unfortunate travelers had to deal with was:

Tribute to the Donner Party
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20.This is what Abraham Lincoln looked like when he became president in 1861...

Smiling slightly with a bow tie
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21....and this is what he looked like four short years later, in 1865:

With a bow tie but many more lines on his face

He quite literally had seen some things.

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22.The original design for the Michelin Man was absolutely terrifying:

Design for the Michelin man
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23.You can buy gigantic safety pins:

Large safety pins
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24.In 1933, A.L. Kahn caught a 5,000-pound manta ray off the coast of Florida:

A man stands next to a huge manta ray

And then, he brought it to New Jersey.

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25.A billion is a really, really big number:

1 billion seconds is about 31.5 years.

26.That tiny little fellah on the left there is a normal clothes dryer compared to a commercial dryer on its right:

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27.This man, Tom Pearcy, set the world record for "largest pumpkin boat" in 2018:

Tom Pearcy in his pumpkin boat

What a hero.

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28.This is what the Golden Gate Bridge looked like while it was under construction:

The Golden Gate Bridge under construction
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29.This is Charles Ponzi, the infamous scammer ponzi schemes got their name from:

Charles Ponzi
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30.This is Pauline Musters, the shortest woman ever to live:

A woman standing on a small table

She was 24 inches tall when she died at the age of 19.

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31.These are hand-drawn sketches of the phases of the moon Galileo Galilei drew in 1610:

Galileo Galilei's phases of the moon
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32.Emu eggs look like something straight out of Game of Thrones:

Emu eggs (looking like very large avocados) with a sign $35 each
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33.In 1926, two students were able to fully dissect an entire intact nervous system from a human body:

A framed image of the branches of the nervous system following the shape of a human body

It took over 1,500 hours. It's now on display at the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine.

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34.Hotels used to have to put up signs explaining that electricity is safe and not to be feared:

A sign saying that "Electricity for lighting is in no way harmful to health..."

"The use of electricity for lightning is in no way harmful to health, nor does it affect the soundness of sleep."

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35.In 1955, it cost $4.75 to go on 10 rides at Disneyland:

Magic Key book "10 Adventures in Disneyland"

That's a little over $50 today.

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36.In the 1930s, this couple won an Atlantic City dance marathon after dancing for 1,473 hours:

A couple sitting and holding awards

Mamma mia!

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37.And, yes, people did fall asleep standing up while dancing at these marathons:

A man holding a sleeping woman as her legs dangle on the dance floor
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38.Someone had to hand-carve all of the presidents' eyes on Mount Rushmore:

Person wearing a wide-brimmed hat and perched on the side of the mountain and carving the eyes

Looks chill!

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39.This is what that tiny li'l ball in a Guinness beer looks like:

Guinness ball

Okay, cool!

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40.This extremely complicated thing is what the steering wheel of a Formula 1 race car looks like:

A steering wheel with many controls of different colors
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41.This is the message then-president Jimmy Carter sent aboard the Voyager spacecraft to any aliens the ship might encounter:

A letter dated June 16, 1977, "a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music," it "is likely to survive a billion years into our future," and we "hope to someday join a community of galactic civilizations"

42.California once had a place called the California Alligator Farm where children were encouraged to get up close and personal with alligators and even take them for rides:

A small child sitting on an alligator on the grass and holding a muzzle attached to its mouth
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43.This terrifying picture is a closeup of a man with Bruce, the mechanical shark created for the movie Jaws:

A man with his harm in the shark's mouth, cleaning the "gums"
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44.This is what a toucan's skeleton looks like:

A bird skeleton with a huge bill behind glass

Not sure what I was expecting.

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45.This is a real 19th-century advertisement for cough medicine with a very special ingredient — heroin:

Scientifically compounded, scientifically conceived Glyco-Heroin (Smith): adult dose is 1 teaspoonful every two hours; children 3 or more, 5 to 10 drops for coughs
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46.In Las Vegas in 1955, you could purchase a hotel plot for $3 million:

"Hotel site for sale" sign in the middle of an arid landscape

Deal of a lifetime!

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47.In 2003, it was discovered that a full-grown, 400-pound Bengal tiger was being kept as a pet in a New York City apartment. Police were able to rescue the tiger, and he lived out the rest of his life in an Ohio animal sanctuary:

A tiger in a Harlem apartment

There was also a 5-foot alligator in the apartment.

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48.In 1876, Virgil A. Gates patented the "Moustache Guard," an absolutely brilliant invention for "holding the moustache out of the way of food or liquid while eating or drinking":

A strap that goes around the ears and holds the mustache up

A true visionary.

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49.This is what a 100-year-old marriage certificate looks like:

A frayed, yellowed, folded sheet from 1922 with flowers on it
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50.And, finally, most importantly, bananas float in rum but sink in cognac:

Two glasses, one of rum and one of cognac, with bananas floating in rum and at the bottom of the cognac

Essential knowledge.

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