12 Facts That Surprise Better Than Any BBC Storylines

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Did you know that on hot summer days, you can often see drunk bees? That one of the most popular fish dishes can cause terrible hallucinations? Or that the man who created Sherlock Holmes managed to solve a few difficult, real-life crime cases? If the answer to all these questions is “no,” then — read on, and prepare to be amazed!

Today, Bright Side presents a selection of incredible facts for you that will surprise even a hardened cynic.

1. When eaten, some types of fish can cause terrible hallucinations.

Salema porgy is a fish that, when eaten, might produce an effect comparable to that of LSD, which can last up to 36 hours. According to Clinical Toxicology magazine, there have been cases of people experiencing both auditory hallucinations (in the form of screams and shrieks) and visual ones (for example, one person described having to stop his car, because it suddenly became “surrounded by giant arthropods.”

But, despite all this, the Salema porgy is extremely popular along the Mediterranean coast and is used in preparing a variety of dishes. These delicacies are usually in demand at resorts in the French Riviera, Cyprus, Malta, Spain, and Italy.

2. In 1140, following a difficult siege, the German Emperor Conrad III captured the fortress city of Weinsberg. Angered by the residents’ prolonged resistance, he sentenced all the men in the city to death.

As for the women — he allowed them to leave and to take all the valuable belongings they could carry on their shoulders. Without thinking twice, the women discarded their valuables, choosing to carry their husbands on their shoulders instead. On seeing this, the king praised the women of Weinsberg for their cunningness and devotion. Because of this the male population of the city was spared as well.

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