This 50-Meter Map of Scotland May Be the Largest Relief Map in the World

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On the grounds of a hotel in Scotland, there's an enormous outdoor map of that country, covering every part of its rich contours at a 1:10,000 scale.

The project was the brainchild of Jan Tomasik, a Polish soldier during World War II. He was a member of a Polish Army unit that escaped to France and then to Britain after Nazi Germany's conquest of his nation. While in the UK, Tomasik was stationed in Scotland. He fell in love with the country. After the Communists conquered Poland in 1945, he decided to settle in Scotland. Tomasik became a prosperous businessman, managing and owning hotels and pubs, among other enterprises.

Tomasik wanted to express his appreciation for the UK and Scotland in particular for giving him and his fellow Poles a place of refuge during the Nazi and Communist occupations of Poland. In 1968, he bought Barony Castle, an old manor home converted into a hotel. In 1972, he began construction of an enormous scale relief map of Scotland on its grounds. When it was completed in 1979, it offered visitors a spectacular presentation of Scottish geography in a beautifully pastoral setting.

The Barony Castle Hotel closed in 1985 and Tomasik died in 1991. The enormous map, which became known as Mapa Scotland, fell into disrepair. But now there is a volunteer effort to restore the map at the hotel, which has since reopened. You can read more at the official Mapa Scotland site.

-via Amusing Planet


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Whodunit: Around-the-clock Murder

The following is a Whodunit by Hy ConradThese mysteries are from The Little Giant® Book of Whodunits by Hy Conrad and Matt LaFleur. Can you solve the mystery before you read the solution?

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It was 8:50 P.M. and Jules Marigold was closing up shop. The antique dealer wound all the clocks while his employees tallied up the receipts. When Marigold tried setting the alarm, he was annoyed to find it out of order. "Oh, well," he sighed. "I suppose one night without an alarm won't kill me." He was wrong.

Around midnight, when the Downtown Citizens' Patrol shone their flashlights through the storefront window, they saw a chaotic mess. Lying in the middle of the mess was the bludgeoned body of Jules Marigold.

Marigold lived above his shop. The police theorized that he'd heard a burglar breaking in and that the two men had fought. Among the wreckage was a toppled, broken grandfather clock. The hands had stopped at 11:09. "I guess that sets the time of the murder."

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Clothes with a Built-In Swing

Instructables member Berto Aussems designed the WeDangle, a hanging, swinging seat built into a set of clothes. The pants and jacket contain soft supports that wrap around the body. Cords attach to these supports with carabiners. A fabric strap and aluminum tube wrapped around a tree branch hold the cords, permitting the user to recline and gently rock. The tube breaks down into four sections, which are easily pocketed in the jacket.

It doesn't look pretty, but Aussems envisions this as a proof of concept, rather than a final design. He hopes to refine the WeDangle so that it can be a piece of everyday clothing that lets people relax outdoors without bringing any extra equipment.


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Prizewinning Animation of 17th-Century London


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This summer of 2013 video is still making rounds online, and for good reason. Created by students from De Montfort University, the 3D rendering of London before the Great Fire of 1666 is incredibly well done. According to Londonist,

“Although most of the buildings are conjectural, the students used a realistic street pattern and even included the hanging signs of genuine inns and businesses mentioned in Samuel Pepys' diary.”

To learn more about the source material and making of the animation, visit the project's blog.


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Necessary Packaging: Individually Wrapped Cans of Coke

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It's not enough to just pick up a can. It could be contaminated. That's why smart grocers wrap each can in a plastic container with shrink wrap over the top. Rocket News 24 reports that this image was snapped in a grocery store in Hong Kong.


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Jotaro - A Bizarre Mind And An Adventurous Sense Of Style


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The man they call JoJo has been on some truly bizarre adventures in his young life, and yet he has never felt afraid or worried for his life because of the Stand energy residing within him. He knows that when the time comes to battle his, or somebody else's, inner demons he will Stand and deliver with drop dead style and a furious force...

Add some dark anime adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this Jotaro t-shirt by Batsukiro, it's one far out way to show love for your favorite classic anime character!

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Amazing Underground Wonders From Around the Globe

As humans, we tend to focus on the world we can see -that which is hidden underground is often forgotten about all together, but this great Travel and Leisure article shows the beauty and wonder that often hides right under our feet. 

From salt mines to underground rivers and from crystals taller than some homes to crypts adorned with human remains, the article shows how fascinating the world below us is.


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The Most Frustratingly Difficult Stairs You'll See All Day


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It won't be enough to absentmindedly stroll up and down the stairs. You'll have to think about where you're placing your feet or you'll tumble down. JSa Architecture, a firm in Mexico City and Lima, designed these stairs, although it's not clear why.

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The Adventures of hitchBOT

Dr. David Smith of McMaster University and Dr. Frauke Zeller and Ryerson University created hitchBOT, a cute robot that hitchhikes. It started its “life” in Port Credit, Ontario, and traveled across Canada by itself, relying on the kindness (and curiosity) of strangers. It also traveled across Germany and the Netherlands, and had plenty of adventures along the way, all the time communicating via Facebook and Twitter. See how that works in this video.

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Nothing went wrong with any of those trips -until hitchBOT came to the USA. An epic trip was planned, but two weeks into the journey, hitchbot was damaged by vandals in Philadelphia.

The team is not going to press charges, and are focusing on learning from the experience. You can follow hitchBOT news at the website.


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The Next Great Fashion Trend for Men

I'm laying down a marker here: the Face Mask Hotness Hoodie is the future of menswear. This design by Andew Christian Laurel Cross has everything that a man needs to be comfortable and cool at the same time. And if it gets a bit chilly, all the wearer must do is pull on his hoodie and face mask.

This one is a mixture of cotton and polyester, which will be standard evening wear. For business settings, men will wear velour versions to look professional.

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Dine Underwater in the Maldives



Visitors to the Maldives can have a unique, underwater dining experience in high style at Subsix restaurant. To get to the destination, diners take a speedboat ride over a reef to a location less than 2000 feet offshore. Upon arrival, they descend a three-tier staircase lit with Italian chandeliers and surrounded by elaborate cabinetry and mirrors. 

The décor of Subsix is themed around the reef setting, complete with chairs designed to look like anemones, capiz shells draped from the ceiling and chandeliers reminiscent of coral. Diners sit near large windows that allow them to feast their eyes on 90 coral reef species and a vast array of marine life as they feast on their cuisine inside. Regular sights include parrotfish, moray eels, grouper, butterflyfish, damselfish and a Hawksbill turtle.

Learn more about Subsix and see more gorgeous photos at its designers' website, Poole and Associates.

Via Contemporist | Images: Poole and Associates


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Surfing on a Dirt Bike

This amazing video shows motorcycle daredevil Robbie Maddison, who once set a world record for the longest motorcycle jump, riding his bike out on the water like it is a surfboard.

My first thought was that he was riding a motorized surfboard rigged to look like a dirt bike.

No.

That's a completely functional dirt bike. You can see that at the beginning of the video, during which Maddison rides the bike over land, right into the water. He's equipped it with outriggers that make it amphibious.


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In this promotional video for DC Shoes, Maddison surfs his bike off the coast of Tahiti. Surfer magazine asked Maddison how he came up with this idea. He responded:

Well, I grew up surfing, and my wife is a big-time wakeboard champion, so every time we’re home in Australia we’re in boats, on the water, etc. I guess the idea originally came from—well I mean I’m obviously a motorcycle guy—but I was on the back of a boat and we were cruising along the river and I’m looking at the wake coming up the back, watching her wakeboard, and something clicked in my head. I fantasized putting skis on a bike and riding on water. It was a stupid vision at the time, but I kept toying with it, playing with designs and concepts, and eventually it became a reality.

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The Caves of Xanadu

The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Canoramic Bathroom Reader.

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Here’s the story of how two ordinary guys discovered an extraordinary cave and, vowing to protect it, kept it a secret for 14 years.

THE SCENE

One Saturday in 1974, two young men affiliated with Southern Arizona Grotto, a spelunking, or “caving,” group based in Tuscon, Arizona, were out exploring, looking for new caves near the Whetsone Mountains. Randy Tufts and Gary Tenen traveled about an hour outside of Tucson, where they were roommates at the University of Arizona. As they often did, Tufts and Tenen carried only the minimum amount of caving equipment they needed: two miners’ hard hats with gas carbine lanterns affixed to the top, some rope, hammers and chisels, and snacks.

Tufts had been introduced to spelunking by an uncle, and on this day he wanted to explore an area he’d first seen seven years earlier, when he was still in high school. He recalled a large sinkhole with a narrow crack descending into bedrock. On a recent walk, he’d rediscovered the sinkhole and also noticed that the U-shaped hill next to the sinkhole had what appeared to be a collapsed cave entrance. He wondered whether there was something interesting under the hill.

THE DISCOVERY

Tufts and Tenen found the spot and lowered themselves into the 15-foot-deep sinkhole, a dry and dusty space with a skull and crossbones carved in one wall. They found footprints, a couple of broken stalactites (mineral formations, or “dripstones,” that hang like icicles from the ceiling of a cave), and a 10-inch-wide crack. But most important, they noticed a breeze moving through the crack— a moist, warm breeze that carried the smell of bats, a sure sign of an interesting cave.

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Sandwich Shop Robber Walks off in Disgust after Teen Employees Just Ignore Him

Can you believe this place? The customer service at this Subway is so pathetic that they won't even look at a robber standing right in front of the staff, demanding money.

The inadequate customer service training came in handy a few days ago. A man walked into a Subway sandwich shop in Coventry, Rhode Island. He was wearing a plastic shopping bag over his face as a mask. He walked up to the counter and told the lackadaisical teenagers "working" there to hand over their money.

They just ignored the robber. NBC News reports:

When he demanded money at the counter Tuesday, "the two teenage employees did not respond to the suspect," they said.

The man — who looks exasperated in security camera video of the incident — "became agitated and mumbled something under his breath as he walked out of the business," police said.

He should come back later and complain to a manager.

-via Dave Barry | Photo: Coventry Police Department


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Baby Giraffe in Dreamland


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Kiango the baby giraffe was born on June 14, 2015 at The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana. Staff members captured this sweet footage of Kiango dreaming giraffe calf dreams in his downtime. According to his zookeepers, adult giraffes typically sleep in a standing position, perhaps lying down briefly on occasion. Babies, however, generally do their sleeping lying down. Sweet dreams, Kiango. Via Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Facebook page

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“Uptown Funk” Sung by the Movies

YouTube member dondrapersayswhat has worked his magic once again to bring us a supercut of movie characters singing a pop tune. I cannot imagine the work that goes into finding all these clips, much less stringing them together in proper sequence and rhythm.

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This edit of “Uptown Funk” features clips from 280 different films, which are labeled in the closed captions. The project took three months to finish. -via Uproxx


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Bohemian Aliens - Will Play For Reese's Pieces


Bohemian Aliens by Burgernator

They came together as the oddest quartet ever formed in the history of rock and roll, but when they let their voices unravel the rhapsody the entire galaxy came along for the ride. Even though Gordon and Xeno had a checkered past their musical talent made the universe cry for their forgiveness, and even those who lost a limb or a furry family member while fighting them in an intergalactic war loved their music. Their shows were extraterrestrial extravaganzas, until a Hutt took over as their manager and made ALF the star of the show...

Rock or rock not, there is no try with this Bohemian Aliens t-shirt by Burgernator covering your torso, it'll turn you into a funny force to be reckoned with!

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Man Knocks Out Robber Who Interrupts His Marriage Proposal


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All Nicholas Anderson wanted to do was propose to his girlfriend, Deanna. He worked out a plan with Brighton, who is Deanna's son. They would take her to Salsarita's, a local restaurant. He would pop the question there.

But before Nicholas could do so, a man tried to rob the restaurant. A manager locked the front door to trap him inside. The robber tried to push his way through the door. That's when Nicholas stepped forward, put the robber in a chokehold, and knocked him out.

Then Nicholas proposed to Deanna. And she said yes!

-via Glenn Reynolds


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Slang From The Front Lines Of World War II

We’ve all heard the standard slang from the World War II era, like calling Germans Jerrys or Krauts, but like any good slang the use of those words is a timely thing, and their meaning tends to fade away as years go by.

There were lots of fun slang terms thrown around on the battlefields of World War II that most of us haven't heard before, but thanks to the efforts of Paul Dickson and his book War Slang we're hep to the jive some seventy plus years later.

Now we can be in the know about a “bayonet course” being a slang term for a hospital treatment for venereal diseases, and that Sack Rats and Bunk Lizards (lazy soldiers) are the last to take on a Tough Row of Buttons to Shine (hard job). Have fun speaking World War II to everyone!

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Why Did This Glass Break?

Redditor xclever_name_user writes "Pouring a beer last night at work and part of the glass just kinda fell out." He says that the edges aren't sharp at all but "smooth as butter."

I've broken many glasses, but I've never seen one pop out a smooth section without further fracturing. How did this happen?


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Insanely Expensive Versions of Normal Things

Summertime is a great time for munching hot dogs, but if they just aren't classy enough for your tastes, you can always try heading to Washington where you can get your hands on a $169 dog that features wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffle and caviar. 

Food that fancy shouldn't exit your body into a normal toilet, so you'd better have this $6,500 toilet equipped with an air deodorizer, heated seat, and even a nightlight. 

These are only a few of the many absurdly expensive versions of normal products featured in this great  TopTenz article.


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Man Calls Police to Arrest Cat for Stealing His Bacon


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The emergency services dispatcher for the West Yorkshire Police answered the call. The man on the other line explained that a cat in his home had performed a nefarious crime:

Me girlfriend has let the cat eat my bacon . . . I want to press charges.

The dispatcher asked for clarification: did the man want police to arrest his girlfriend or the cat? Both. She responded:

Sir, it's not an offence to let your cat eat your bacon. Okay? And we don't arrest cats, I'm very sorry.

She should be! The dispatcher refused to do anything about this brutal act of thievery. The tabloid The Mirror reports:

He starts to protest and insists it's the girlfriend's fault for allowing the cat to do it.

But when he is finally told it's not a 999 emergency, he finally concedes and ends the call.


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You can listen to a recording of the call in this video. It's a disgraceful act of negligence by an alleged "civil servant."

-via Dave Barry


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An Upcoming Frozen Parody To Die For

Frozen parodies are a dime a dozen on the interwebs, and aside from a few purposely funny performances they’re pretty standard fare.

Then along came a fun little song called "Do You Wanna Kill The Batman?", as written by Hesychia7 and performed by SydneyAmber S.

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It made us believe in Frozen parodies again, and now it’s getting an animated treatment thanks to the efforts of animator Michael Smith.

Michael only has a little bit of the song animated so far (and way too much time to breakdown his animation) but we'll keep you posted when he finishes up this fun project!

-Via The Mary Sue


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Pooping Is Logical: A Potty Training Book for Vulcan Kids

Potty training story books are an entire genre of young children's literature. But, sadly, most of those books are directed at human children and feature only human characters. That's why Gary Whitta is writing Pooping Is Logical: Potty Training Your Child the Vulcan Way.

Whitta is a screenwriter, most famous for writing The Book of Eli and Star Wars: Rogue One. His book, which is ilustrated by Penny Arcade's Mike Krahulik, tells the story of a little Vulcan boy who is learning to shed his diapers. Geek Dad reports:

Fortunately his parents, who are wise and loving, are on hand to help him through this transition and assure him that pooping on the potty is a perfectly natural, safe, and grown-up thing to do. In a society based on logic, what could be more logical than pooping?

At the moment, Whitta is facing difficulty getting copyright permission from the owners of Star Trek. Hopefully that will be resolved before the next generation of Trekkies is ready to learn how to use the potty.

-via The Mary Sue


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Classic Viral Videos That Put YouTube on the Map


"Charlie Bit My Finger"
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Considering the impact the existence of YouTube has had on the internet experience as we know it, it's hard to imagine that the service is only ten years old. Founded on February 14th, 2005, the largely individual-based video sharing service has a content that is as varied as the human experience. From the absolutely bizarre to the epitome of human talent to the unbelievably obscure, it can be found on YouTube.

This grouping of classic viral videos that helped to put YouTube on the map run the gamut of that variety. The two videos featured here were chosen primarily due to being SFW; some others in the collection are not, despite their entertainment value.


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Nichelle Nichols Will Fly on a NASA Mission


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Actress Nichelle Nichols played Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek television series. Now, at the age of 82, she's leaving Starfleet for service with NASA. The tabloid The Mirror reports that Nichols will fly on NASA's SOFIA space telescope. This modified 747 flies at an elevation of 50,000 feet to observe strange new worlds. Nichols told fans about this mission during a reddit AMA. She writes:

SOFIA does not, sadly, fly into space. It's an airborne observatory, a massive telescope mounted inside a 747 flying as high as is possible. I was on a similar flight, the first airborn observatory, back in 1977. It's an amazing experience, you get a totally different perspective than from earth.

I do hope someone gets some great pictures.

-via The Geek Twins


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Just The Br'er Facts About Song Of The South

Song of the South is one of the most controversial animated films ever made by Disney, and because of the controversy the animated adaptation of Joel Chandler Harris’s Uncle Remus stories has never been released on home video.

Although Joel Chandler Harris’ stories aren’t meant to be racist (they’re tales told to him by Southern African Americans during the mid to late 19th century) The Song OF The South was perceived as such by some, including the NAACP.

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But while they didn’t like the film’s “dangerously glorified picture of slavery” the African-American actors in the film, including James Baskett and Hattie McDaniel, held the film in high esteem.

And speaking of James Baskett, who stars as Uncle Remus in the film, did you know that Disney himself campaigned for Baskett to win an Academy Award? He received an honorary Oscar in 1948 and died just three months later.

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Dead Fusion - Dragon Balls Don't Work In South Park


Dead Fusion by Akairos

Kenny was getting used to being an immortal superhero when the Dragon fighter Yamcha arrived from outer space. The two immediately hit it off, mostly because Yamcha couldn't understand a word Kenny had to say and Kenny had no real friends left in South Park since the invasion of the Crab People. They came up with a plan to join forces and rid the Earth of all abominations, including that jerk Scott Tenorman, a plan that involved uniting their supernatural energies into one mega blast. But Kenny was unaware of Yamcha's death pose, and Yamcha had no idea how many times Kenny had died...

Power up your geeky wardrobe with this Dead Fusion t-shirt by Akairos, it's one mighty cool mashup!

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Owl Given Library Card


(Photo: University of Bath)

Yoda is an owl with a job. A handler brings him to the library of the University of Bath to drive off seagulls that settle on the building and cause mischief for students and staff. Yoda has diligently kept these troublemakers from nesting there, so the library administration recognized his work by granting him an honorary library card. The Guardian reports:

The library management team decided to issue a library card to Yoda in recognition of his “valuable service” to the university. The card, which is valid until 2020, features a photograph of the bird, described as Prof Yoda The Owl.

A spokesman said: “The university has invited Yoda and his handler Marcus to visit the campus twice a week as an environmentally friendly method to control the seagull numbers on campus and thereby limit the potential adverse effects a large gull population can have.

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Things Kids Misunderstand

No matter how thoroughly parents think they explain the world to their children, they can’t cover everything, because it’s difficult to remember what a context-free life is like. But that’s what children have. Everything is a new experience, and it’s easy to get the wrong idea. A roundup of these childhood misconceptions had me giggling.

8. “I thought the cops would come get me.”

“When I was younger I saw an accident on the side of the road and my mom said, ‘If you have an accident, the cops come.’ I thought she meant that if I peed my pants in the car the cops would come get me.”

—Kate Heidenreich, Facebook

14. “I am too young! I am too young!”

“When I was in the first grade a lot of my school’s teachers were pregnant. One day I ran home to tell my mom that my teacher announced that she was expecting a baby, too, and my mom said, ‘I guess she drank the Kool-Aid.’ The next day we were served Kool-Aid for a kid’s birthday and I freaked out, screaming, ‘I am too young, I am too young!’”

—jennifers160

There are dozens more in the comments.

My mom used to tell me that hairspray was used to "keep your hair from flying away". I thought that without hairspray your hair would going flying off your head like a bird and you'd be bald.

Janell Ebel

Well, we all have these. I refused to eat cotton candy because I thought it was made of the same material that was stuffed into the top of aspirin bottles. My daughter just recently told me that she’d watch me put dryer lint in a “magic pink box” when she was very young. It was a small wastebasket on a shelf. She thought it was magic, because when it got full, it would “magically” disappear. It was years before she figured out I just emptied it. Read the roundup of childhood misconceptions at Buzzfeed. And if you remember a funny one, share it with us!

(Image credit: Flickr user Pete Bellis)

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