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Chess players can burn up to 6,000 calories a day while playing in a tournament. Based on "breathing rates, blood pressure, and muscle contractions, top players' stress responses to chess are similar to what elite athletes experience."

Ekaterina Mikhailova-Demina, who was the only woman to have served in front-line reconnaissance in the Soviet marines during WWII. She carried hundreds of men to safety. In 1944, she helped assault a Ukrainian city, singlehandedly attacking a German position and taking 14 prisoners.

The world's first fully-painted, feature-length film is an animated movie about the life of Vincent van Gogh made up of 56,800 stop-motion paintings. Years in the making, it is scheduled to open this summer on the 125th anniversary of his death.

Smarties" (U.S.) were first made after WWI using repurposed gunpowder pellet machines, which gave them their shape and texture.

Despite being very similar in appearance, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not identical, but fraternal twins.

The Jesuit Order is credited as the single most important contributor to experimental physics in the 17th and 18th Centuries, with significant contributions to the study of magnetism, optics, and electricity; observed the colored bands of Jupiters surface, the Andromeda nebula, and Saturns Rings

Domestication is different from taming. You can tame many wild animals so they won't try to kill you, but domestication requires a change at the genetic level.

In Lithuania you have to be 18 years old to purchase beverages with more than 150 milligrams of caffeine per liter.

Earth has sent out a radio signal towards a possible life-containing exoplanet named Gliese 581c. It is supposed to reach the planet by late 2029.

Nutella uses about 25% of the world's hazelnuts

The name Tyrone is Irish and there is a County Tyrone

Luz Long, a German athlete, gave Jesse Owens advice during the long jump. Long won the silver medal, Owens won the gold. Long was killed in WWII, but Owens befriended Long's son and served as the best man at his wedding.

flat-faced dogs like pugs are so deformed that veterinary students can mistake their x-rays for dogs that have been hit by cars. One vet has publicly stated that their nose is so misshapen that they only get enough oxygen when they're intubated with a breathing tube.

A woman died at her own funeral from a heart attack caused by shock when she woke up and saw that she was in a coffin about to be buried alive.

William Hung of American Idol 'She Bangs' fame retired from music in 2011 and is now a Los Angeles crime scene analyst