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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

There is an old adage which says that if an idea is stupid but it works, it's not stupid. The bizarre but oddly brilliant ideas below seem to confirm this theory.

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Today's Random Fact:

Dr. Julius Wagner Jauregg won a Nobel Prize for his cure for syphilis. He would treat it by giving the patient malaria. It's called fever therapy. The high body temperature caused by the malaria would kill the syphilis, then once it was gone, the doctor would administer the antidote for malaria.

Bonus Fact:

Ivanhoe Reservoir needed to keep sunlight from turning its water carcinogenic. The problem comes when sunlight combines with chlorine and bromide, forming bromate. So the L.A. Department of Water covered its surface with balls. 400,000 black plastic balls effectively blocked sunlight from reaching the surface of the water.

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