The piece is known as ‘Hello World!’ and is considered the first work to be composed by a computer without any human intervention. It is written for a clarinet, piano and violin trio and is written in standard musical notation.
This electronic music prodigy is known as the Iamus computer. It's located at the Universidad de Málaga (University of Malaga) In Spain and is the First computer to ever master the human musical language. On October 15th 2010, Iamus composed its first fragment of music, Opus One.
Hello world! premiered exactly one year later. Although the piece is slightly chaotic and unusual, it is considered remarkable that the computer was able to compose the piece without any human intervention during or after the process.
However, the computer and the team didn’t stop there. Iamus has also composed the world’s first computer-generated orchestral piece, Tránsitos, which was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in 2011. You can listen to Hello World! here.
The town is called Argleton and was located south of a town called Ormskirk in England. The supposed location of Argleton is an abandoned field west of the A59 motorway. The town was removed from google maps in 2010, but it still lives on in the minds of the internet and even has its own wikipedia page!
Nobody is quite sure how the town came to be on the map. One explanation is that it’s a paper town, a fake place added to maps to make counterfeits easier to spot.
Another example of a paper town would be Agloe, New York. This town was created by a map company but was made real by a man who founded the Agloe General store in its supposed location, therefore bringing it into existence.
Google, however, sticks by the explanation that an error was made when creating the map. They are still not sure how it came to be in their databases.
The mystery of Argleton caused a stir in the local community when it first showed up. One man even walked to the field where it was supposed to be, just to see if it really did exist!
Surely not those cute little things from the pet store? Thankfully, it’s not. This is caused by wild armadillos that, in Texas and Louisiana, people have been hunting, killing and eating.
If a person eats an infected animal, they are extremely likely to catch the disease. Leprosy is a disease which can cause skin sores, nerve and muscle damage and, occasionally, limbs falling off.
It is easily treated nowadays with antibiotics, however in biblical times it was notorious and one of the biggest killers in the middle east at the time. The widespreadness of the disease may have dipped over the years, but the highly contagious infection still exists today.
However, the average worldwide number of cases annually is only around 250,000, which is much lower than other diseases. Today, lepers can join colonies away from society to help prevent the spread of infection and give them support and specialised treatment. While leper colonies were historically feared and looked down on, modern day ones are much nicer places.
Pagayaw Malikol was born on January 18th, 2004. He only had a thin layer of skin separating his brain from the outside. He had to remain attached to his mother’s umbilical cord even after birth.
Sadly, due to his family not being able to afford a life-saving operation, Pagayaw only lived for four days. His brain had become severely infected through exposure.
However, people have survived worse brain anomalies. One man, named Phineas Gage, was stabbed in the brain by a piece of debris from a small explosion. The metal rod had shot through his eye, piercing his brain.
Despite losing roughly a quarter of his grey matter, he survived for 13 years after the accident. He suffered from epilepsy and his personality seemed drastically changed, but nevertheless it was extraordinary that he survived at all.
But don’t go rushing to book your tickets on a space flight just yet. While you won’t explode, swell up, freeze or go through any sort of living hell, it wouldn’t be the best thing you could do for your health either.
You could suffer from really bad sunburn if you’re on the wrong side of the planet and within 10 seconds you’d start experiencing swelling skin and the bends, gases bubbling up inside you due to decompression. After about 30-40 seconds, you’ll probably fall unconscious from lack of oxygen. Injuries start to build up and, after 1-2 minutes, you’d probably be dead.
One test subject at a NASA research center was accidentally left in a near-vacuum for 15 seconds in 1965. He was in a simulate environment when his suit failed. He reported feeling and hearing the air leaking out of the spacesuit he was in and his last conscious memory, 14 seconds into the ordeal, was the water in his mouth boiling. He regained consciousness when the test chamber had a pressure equivalent to a 15,000 feet altitude.