Common Mistakes People Make In The Shower

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Common Mistakes People Make In The Shower

Showers are part of daily life. You've been bathing in some form or fashion since the day you were born, and somehow, you probably still have a lot to learn. We've discovered some simple steps you can add to your routine that can make a big impact on your skin and hair.

These Hidden Treasures Are Yet To Be Found

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These Hidden Treasures Are Yet To Be Found

Buried treasure is usually stuff of fiction, appearing only in pirate stories and adventure legends. But many treasures are anything but fictional. Take the treasure chest hidden in the Rocky Mountains by former archaeologist and art dealer Forrest Fenn. Fenn hid the chest in the midst of the Great Recession to get people out into nature, and he published a mysterious poem full of clues as to its whereabouts to entice would-be treasure hunters. Likewise, it's confirmed that the Nazis sunk containers into Lake Toplitz in the Austrian Alps in the last few months of World War II—many of these have already been recovered, though they contained more munitions and documents than gold and riches. While some believe there aren't any more containers to be found, that probably won't stop explorers from venturing into its watery depths in hopes of finding something of value.

Sesame Street's The Count Loves To Count Because Of This Real-Life Vampire Legend

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Sesame Street's The Count Loves To Count Because Of This Real-Life Vampire Legend

The adorable Sesame Street vampire and apparent nobleman Count Von Count, largely known as simply The Count, is beloved for his quirky obsession with counting. Although this tendency, also known as arithmomania, is great for teaching children about numbers, that's not the only reason he does it. His passion for counting also aligns with a real-life vampire legend: vampires can't resist counting everything they see. Those who believed the legend used it to their advantage by sprinkling graves and graveyards with seeds, grains, or anything else that was difficult to count. Because of their multitudinous knots, fishing nets were also a popular choice, and would often be buried with corpses or cast over doors. Both methods were especially effective because of how slowly vampires were believed to count. In Vampires, Burial, and Death: Folklore and Reality, Paul Barber writes, "Usually what is at issue is a harnessing of the revenant's [vampire's] compulsions: he must collect the grains one at a time, and often just one grain per year. This so engages his attention that he is obliged to drop all other pursuits." Learn more about vampire legends in the videos below.

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Key Facts to Know

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    In the 1980s, some historians claimed that the vampire myth began with a medical condition called porphyria. 0:00

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    A treatment for porphyria in the Middle Ages was the drinking of blood. 0:29

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    Sufferers of porphyria may break out in sores when exposed to sunlight. 1:36

Tipping A Cow Would Be Way Harder Than You Think

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Tipping A Cow Would Be Way Harder Than You Think

It's a popular tale of teenage tomfoolery: cow tipping. But the science behind what it would take to tip a cow suggests cow tipping is almost totally impossible. Why is it so difficult? First of all, cows don't sleep standing up. So to tip a cow, you would need to approach one that is awake and standing. The 1,400-pound animal certainly wouldn't be patient enough to stand still and wait for you to try to push it over. In theory, two people might be able to tip a cow, but the circumstances under which that would be possible would probably never exist. The animal would respond by pushing back into you, while also widening its stance to create a sturdier base. The myth became something of a pop culture phenomena after the supposed past-time was mentioned in movies such as "Heathers" and "Tommy Boy."

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Key Facts to Know

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    Cows don't sleep while standing up. They enter a restful state while standing, but they're easily woken in this state. 0:42

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    One scientist estimated that to overcome a cow's ability to brace itself and completely tip it over, you'd need five people. Still, a cow is usually agile enough to catch itself and trot away. 2:59

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    Stories of cow tipping began popping up in the late 20th century, and it gained steam after movies like Heathers and Tommy Boy. 3:52

What You Think You Know About Cinco De Mayo Is Wrong

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What You Think You Know About Cinco De Mayo Is Wrong

For many, the fifth day of May means one thing: Cinco de Mayo celebrations. But what exactly is the reason for this holiday? As it turns out, there are many misconceptions about this day that need to be cleared up. Firstly, Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexico's independence from Spain. That anniversary happens in September. On May 5, 1862, Mexico defeated French colonizers in the battle of Puebla. This anniversary is actually not celebrated by the entire country of Mexico, as it's not a national holiday. It is, however, celebrated by a few regions in the country.

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Key Facts to Know

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    Cinco de mayo is not the celebration of Mexico's independence from Spain. 0:19

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    The modern Cinco de Mayo party did not originate in Mexico—it began in California. 0:55

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    Tequila should not have a worm in its bottle—mezcal does. 1:34