27 Ancient and Mysterious Bits of Trivia Retrieved From the Darkest Depths of the Ocean

27 Ancient and Mysterious Bits of Trivia Retrieved From the Darkest Depths of the Ocean

Before our first deep-sea fact-finding mission, our scuba instructor warned us that if we didn’t come back up slowly, we’d get the bends. If you don’t know about the bends, check it out, it’s pretty gnarly. It seemed like an easy enough concept to grasp before our dive, but these facts were so juicy that we couldn’t wait to get back up here and show them off. 

While we recover, please peruse this bioluminescent bounty recovered from the ocean floor…

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The sex of an alligator is based on temperature of the egg. CRACKED COM In the extreme, tem- peratures over 93 de- grees F during incuba- tion will produce only males, and below 86 degrees F only females.

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Rainforests aren't the Earth's lungs. There are many good reasons to protect rainforests, but oxygen just isn't one of them. When you tally up the entire ecosystem (animals included), forests actually consume more oxygen than they produce. Most of the oxygen you breathe comes from algae in the ocean, not trees. CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED.COM Spider-Man basically invented the Power Rangers. As you probably know, Spider-Man has a giant robot in the Japanese series from the 1970s. As it turns out, giant transforming robots were a new thing back then, and Spider-Man's success convinced Japan to try it in other shows - eventually leading to Power Rangers.

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CRACKED.COM The title of Blade Runner came from an unrelated novel. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was certainly an ungainly title for a movie. After considering Android and Mechanismo, the filmmakers took the title of Alan Е. Nourse's The Bladerunner, a novel about smugglers of surgical equipment (people who run blades).

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In Singapore, you automatically become an organ donor when you turn 21. - You can opt out, but if you do, you're lower priority for organ transplants. CRACKED.COM

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All 40,000 of Chile's firefighters are volunteers. BOMBEROS MUÑOA They even have to pay monthly contributions to their stations, and they largely don't want to be paid - this is a tradition that dates to the founding of the service over 150 years ago. CRACKED.COM

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