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1Satellite imagery

By examining high-resolution satellite imagery with algorithms developed via trial-and-error, Sarah Parcak and her team have discovered 17 pyramids, 1,000 tombs, and over 3,100 settlements in Egypt alone. She now wants to crowdsource "space archaeology" to prevent looting of ancient sites. - Source

2. In 2015, Chicago Tribune staff accidentally discovered never before seen photos of the steamship Eastland that capsized in 1915 (3 years after Titanic disaster). This disaster took place off the coast of Chicago due to being top heavy and caused the ghastly death of 844 passengers.- Source

3. In 1978, over 500 silent films were discovered buried in the Yukon permafrost in Canada. It also including footage of the scandalous 1919 World Series.- Source

4. Scientists recently discovered giant viruses (as big as 1 μm in length), named Pandoraviruses. Because more than 93% of their genes resemble nothing known and their origin cannot be traced back to any known cellular lineage, scientists suggest the existence of the 4th domain of life. - Source

5. In 2015, the opah fish was discovered to be the first fully warm-blooded fish that circulates heat throughout its body much like mammals and birds. - Source

6Bagheera Kiplingi

Out of 46,000 discovered species of spider, only a single spider named Bagheera Kiplingi has been found to be a herbivore. - Source

7. Eris, discovered in 2005, is more massive than Pluto and would have qualified as the 10th planet in the solar system until its discovery prompted the International Astronomical Union to formally define 'planet' with a size cutoff that also excluded Pluto. - Source

8. Scientists have discovered why some people can thrive on less sleep than others. A particular gene variant (BHLHE41) is responsible, and those with it can also handle extended periods of sleeplessness better. - Source

9. Petroleum Jelly was first discovered when a chemist visiting an oil rig noticed that the workers would smear the wax that built upon the drills and rigs on their wounds to heal them faster. He figured out how to refine it and started selling it under the name Vaseline. - Source

10. The "Star of the South" is one of the largest diamonds in the world. Discovered by a river in Brazil in July 1853, it was found by a slave girl named Rosa, who turned the diamond over to her master. He rewarded her by granting her freedom and giving her a pension for life.

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11Movile Cave

In 2015, Romanian sewer workers accidentally discovered a cave which was sealed for 5.5 million years. Movile Cave is filled with evolutionarily distinct exotic creatures (albino crabs, worms) which feed off sulfur-producing bacteria. - Source

12. In 1911, a colony of Adélie penguins was discovered to have homosexual and necrophilic behaviors. It was at that time considered too indecent for publication. The findings were finally published in 2012.- Source

13. In 2016, a Bronze Age burial site about 5 miles from Stonehenge was discovered by a badger. - Source

14. 28 fossils of the largest extinct species of the snake were discovered in a coal mine of Columbia. The "Titanoboa" lived about 65 million years ago. The species clocked out at about 48 feet long and weighed roughly 2,500 lb. - Source

15. In 2014, a potentially new state of matter called "disordered hyperuniformity" was discovered in the eye of a chicken.

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16Rare mint gold coins

In 2013, a California couple discovered a trove of gold coins in their backyard while walking their dog. Tucked away in eight buried cans were 1,427 rare mint-condition coins dating from 1847 to 1894. A rare coin expert who represents the finders appraised the U.S. coins at $11 million. - Source

17. Coelacanths were thought to be extinct since the Cretaceous period, yet they were discovered alive in 1938. - Source

18. After scientists discovered that deep-sea dragonfish had chlorophyll in their eyes, Pentagon began funding research for inexpensive night-vision eye drops.- Source

19. In 1963, a man knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city in Turkey. - Source

20. Northern Elephant Seals were thought to be extinct until eight were discovered on Guadalupe Island in 1874 by a Smithsonian expedition. They then killed seven for their collections. - Source

21KFC recipe manuscript

In 2011, a KFC employee discovered a 200 page, type-written manuscript written by Colonel Sanders (b1890-d1980) consisting of recipes, anecdotes, and life lessons. - Source

22. In 2016, an intricate, 300-year-old map of the world was discovered wedged into a chimney in Aberdeen to stop a draft. It was delivered to the National Library in Scotland for painstaking restoration.- Source

23. The sugar industry paid to play down the link between sugar and heart disease while falsely promoting saturated fat as the culprit. Documents discovered by a researcher at UCSF show how decades of misinformation shaped improper nutritional advice and caused the rise of heart disease in America. - Source

24. In 2013, UK scientists discovered 3 new species of mushroom after buying dried porcini mushrooms from a local grocery store and testing them. - Source

25. In 2014, a new species of vine (Boquila trifoliolata) was discovered in Chile that can mimic the leaves of many different host trees. It can change the size, shape, color, orientation, and even the vein patterns of its leaves to match the surrounding foliage. It's the only known plant that can do this. - Source


  1. If you were referring to the Latin American country, then you ought to have spelled it “COLOMBIA”. “Columbia” is a name for the USA.


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