Author: menno

Menno, from the Netherlands, is an expert in unearthing fascinating facts and unraveling knowledge. At Top10HQ, he delves into the depths of various subjects, from science to history, bringing readers well-researched and intriguing insights.

Last week, one of the largest gold nuggets ever found was auctioned for $750,000. The so-called ‘Alaska Centennial Gold Nugget’ weighs over 9 kilograms, making it one of the largest gold nuggets ever found on Earth. We went on a research mission and compiled a top 10 list of the largest gold nuggets ever found, and this nugget from Alaska is just a small one compared to the following gold finds. 10. Hand of Faith – 27.2 kilograms The “Hand of Faith” was found quite recently, in 1980. The lucky finder was Kevin Hillier. He was searching with his metal…

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Gold, that shimmering, yellow metal that has fascinated people around the world for centuries. From ancient Egyptian pharaohs to modern financial markets, gold holds a special place in the hearts of humanity. But what makes gold so special? Here are 10 facts that tell you everything about it. 1. People have been using it for thousands of years Let’s start at the beginning. Gold is not a recent obsession of mankind. As early as 2600 BC, gold was used by the Egyptians for decorative purposes. For many ancient civilizations, gold was not just a symbol of wealth and power, but…

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We’ve all tried to reach our elbow with our tongue or sneeze with open eyes, often with more enthusiasm than elegance. In the spirit of self-mockery and human curiosity, we present a list of the ‘Top 10 things most people can’t do with their body’. So, get ready for some light-hearted self-discovery and a few guaranteed “I must try this” moments! 1. Licking Your Elbow https://www.youtube.com/shorts/SmpgZfn4t04 Come on, who hasn’t tried this after a friend’s challenge? Chances are, you looked like a dog chasing its tail. Unless you have a tongue that can compete with that of a giraffe, it’s…

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Remaking movies can sometimes lead to stunning outcomes that are even better than the original. However, there are countless films that failed to meet audience expectations, particularly when the original was beloved and popular. Reddit, a platform where movie enthusiasts share their opinions, has compiled a list of the worst movie remakes of all time. Here is a look at the top five films from that list: 10. ‘Ben-Hur’ (2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BmeR9GYdDU This remake of William Wyler’s epic religious film from 1959, which in turn was a remake of the silent film from 1925 with a similar title, sees Jack Huston…

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The color blue in nature is rare and special, particularly because it is often associated with the sky and the sea, but rarely found in fauna. The reasons why these animals are blue vary from camouflage to attracting mates and even as a form of protection against predators. In this article, we look at ten remarkable blue animals, each with their unique characteristics and the intriguing reasons behind their vibrant colors. Blue Pitta The blue pitta, a small but striking bird, shines in the sun with its vibrant blue plumage. This color serves not only as camouflage among the blue…

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In a world where scents color our daily life, there are some we would rather avoid. Scents can evoke memories, affect emotions, and even change our perception of places and people. But what happens when we are faced with the most unpleasant smells? 10. Cigarette Smoke Although some may not immediately associate the smell of cigarette smoke with the foulest odors, it can be particularly unpleasant for non-smokers and former smokers. Cigarette smoke has a penetrating odor that can soak into clothes, hair, and interiors. 9. Dog Poop Dog poop is a smell many people know and detest, especially when…

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Long ago, and we’re talking millions of years ago, very different animals roamed and swam on this Earth. The oceans too were home to many fish species that have been extinct for millions of years. This includes the precursor to the sharks we know today: the Megalodon. The Megalodon was a gigantic shark species that we can no longer imagine. While we consider sharks of two or three meters to be large, the average length of the Megalodon was around 18 meters, and it is not excluded that they could grow even larger. The Megalodon lived in times when humanity…

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“Mythology is full of stories about bizarre and cruel punishments imposed by gods on mortals and other divine beings. These punishments were often intended as warnings or lessons and reflected the values and beliefs of the societies from which they originated. Prometheus – Bound to a rock where an eagle eats his liver every night In Greek mythology, Prometheus was punished by Zeus for giving fire to humanity and for his rebelliousness. Prometheus’ punishment was that he was chained to a rock on the side of a mountain. Every night an eagle came and pecked open his belly and ate…

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In the world of celebrities, it’s not uncommon for things to be named after them. But sometimes these tributes go a bit too far. Here is a list of the top 10 strangest things named after famous people. 10. Kaikaia gaga (Lady Gaga) Lady Gaga, the pop diva known for her eccentric outfits, now has an insect named after her. How fitting! 9. Gnathia marleyi (Bob Marley) Three decades after his death, legendary singer Bob Marley received an unusual tribute when a blood-sucking fish parasite was named after him. A bit strange, but certainly memorable. 8. Dendropsophus ozzyi (Ozzy Osbourne)…

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It’s fascinating how music, which at first glance seems innocent, can sometimes contain hidden messages or ambiguities that surprise the listener. Here are ten songs that are more lascivious than you might initially think: 10. ‘Macarena’ – Los Del Rio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWaymcVmJ-A “Macarena” is one of those songs almost everyone knows because of the iconic dance that accompanies it. But what many may not realize is that the lyrics of the song have a not-so-innocent undertone. In the song, a woman, Macarena, sings about her desire to find a new man while her current boyfriend is in the army. She admits…

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Sexual dimorphism means that there is a significant difference in appearance between males and females of the same species (animal). This includes differences in body size, body shape, and body color, but can also refer to body hair, skin, teeth, and wings. Often, when we think of sexual dimorphism, we think of males with a striking appearance, but sometimes it is the female that has a more notable appearance compared to the male. Red Deer In red deer, the difference in appearance between the male and female is quite evident. The male is much larger, but what is especially notable…

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A pontificate is the period of office of a pope. The current pope, Francis, is the 266th pope. Unlike most popes, who came from Italy, he is from Argentina. His pontificate has already lasted almost 9 years, much longer than the pontificates in this list of the shortest papal terms. 10. Benedict V and John Paul I (33 days) On place 10 are two popes with a pontificate of 33 days. Benedict V was born in Rome and was pope from May 22, 964, until June 23, 964. He struggled with Pope Leo VIII for papal power. Eventually, Benedict V…

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A Lazarus species, also known as a Lazarus taxon, is a taxon or species that was thought to be extinct but was later rediscovered. This effect is also known as the Lazarus effect. The term Lazarus taxon is named after Lazarus, a deceased man who, according to the Bible, was brought back to life by Jesus. There is a difference between species of which only fossil remains had been found and had never been seen alive, but were later rediscovered (such as number 7 and number 1 on our list), or species that had been seen alive, then declared extinct,…

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The prehistoric oceans were filled with some of the most terrifying and gigantic creatures that have ever existed. These sea monsters, which populated the depths of the ancient seas, were larger, more frightening, and stranger than anything we find in our oceans today. Here is a description of the first five of these incredible prehistoric marine animals, offering a glimpse into a time when the oceans were ruled by true titans. Megalodon The Megalodon is probably the most well-known animal on this list, and not without reason. This gigantic shark, which lived up to 25 million years ago, could reach…

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Throughout history, there have been women whose beauty not only defined eras but also influenced the course of events. These women, immortalized in art, literature, and the annals of history, continue to fascinate and inspire. Their beauty was often accompanied by intelligence, charm, and an undeniable influence on their times. In this article, we highlight three of these iconic women: Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, and Nefertiti, and explore how their beauty shaped their lives and the world around them. Cleopatra (69 BC – 30 BC) Cleopatra VII Philopator was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Her…

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Throughout the centuries, certain men have not only influenced the world through their deeds but also through their personal charisma, attractiveness, and magnetic personalities. These men, ranging from powerful leaders to cultural icons, have left a lasting impression in history, not just by what they did, but also by how they were perceived. Here are the ten most handsome men who have ever lived. Adonis Adonis was so attractive that he drew the attention of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. His youth and extraordinary beauty symbolize the transience and fleeting nature of life, a theme often found in…

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Following on from the British beat boom of the 1960s, the 1970s was a decade when British music still rocked. Here are ten British groups that made their mark in the 1970s – and beyond. 10. Free https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YExuLkIaQ7U An extremely precocious band that produced one of rock’s true great rock anthems in the shape of All Right Now in 1970. Other fine songs included Wishing Well and My Brother Jake. Sadly, guitarist Paul Kossoff’s terminal decline due to drugs halted this impressive young outfit from going on to even greater success. 9. The Clash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN1WwnEDWAM After The Sex Pistols, The…

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No decade in British rock music history had such an array of impressive bands as the 1960s. Indeed, several decades on the influence this list of groups had on popular music worldwide can still be felt. 10. The Troggs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSWInYFVksg Coming out of the Hampshire town of Andover The Troggs fought against the odds to compete well against bands from Britain’s big cities. The Troggs had hits with Wild Thing, Love Is All Around and With a Girl Like You, which were some of the most memorable songs of the decade. 9. The Moody Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9muzyOd4Lh8 A group that produced…

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The ’00s saw a number of exciting British rock bands emerge. But, some of the more established rock names also made their presence felt in the decade, which is reflected in our top 10 list here. 10. Muse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8KQmps-Sog Multi-instrumentalist and singer Matt Bellamy is the architect behind one of the most powerful sounds in rock, and the band had three successive number one albums in the ’00s as a consequence. Grand in scope, the music of Muse was at its most exhilarating live in the Noughties. 9. Kaiser Chiefs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hamKl-su8PE One of the most popular bands of the decade,…

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The 1980s was a decade that was truly diverse, musically. From synth-influenced to indie music, rock bands had never been so eclectic, and here are 10 of the ’80s best. 10. Ultravox https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJeWySiuq1I Few rock bands utilised synthesizers as effectively as this band in the 1980s. Led by Midge Ure, Ultravox produced a string of moving but catchy songs in the decade, including the sumptuous Vienna. 9. Simple Minds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdqoNKCCt7A At one point in the 1980s it was Simple Minds against U2 for the title of ‘Best young stadium rockers’. But, though this Scottish band were left in the wake…

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The Eurovision Song Contest, that annual extravaganza of glitter suits, unexpected plot twists, and music ranging from pure gold to… let’s say, ‘interesting’ experiments. Since 1956, this festival has not only entertained, amazed, and confused Europe, but also the world. But did you know that among all those sequins and pyrotechnics, some of the greatest musical talents have shined? These are the ten most famous Eurovision Song Contest participants. ABBA: The Swedish Pop Sensation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp1_OKawHYw We start with ABBA, the undisputed kings and queen of the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1974 they took the stage, and the world was never…

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The hype around artificial intelligence has reached a new level, with technologies like MidJourney and DALL-E capable of creating virtual models. These AI-generated models are not only visually stunning, but they have also become true influencers in the fashion and marketing industries. These 10 AI models have millions of followers on Instagram. 1. Aitana López Dit bericht op Instagram bekijken Een bericht gedeeld door Aitana Lopez (@fit_aitana) Aitana López, a 25-year-old virtual influencer from Barcelona, Aitana López is the first Spanish AI model, created by Rubén Cruz from The Clueless agency. Developed in response to the challenges faced by brands…

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There are always new apps and websites that are the trend of the moment. Social media platform TikTok is one of them. This app is the place to share short videos of yourself, preferably with good music and a few dances. But who has the most followers on TikTok? You can read about it in this top 10 of the most popular TikTokers. 10. The Rock – 73 million followers on TikTok @therock Flew all night long just to walk thru the door in time for breakfast and “daddy curls” at 7am 😂💪🏾👧🏽 Been working all night zombie hours 🧟‍♂️⏰…

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The world-famous Colombian singer Shakira is known for her unique voice, striking dance moves, and a mix of Latin American, rock, and pop sounds. Here are her top ten songs that have defined her career. 10. Can’t Remember to Forget You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3mP3mJDL2k This song, a collaboration with Rihanna, is a mix of reggae and rock. “Can’t Remember to Forget You” is known for its catchy melody and powerful vocal performances. The combination of Shakira and Rihanna creates a dynamic duo, blending their voices seamlessly to create an unforgettable hit. 9. Estoy Aquí https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmJHH026X0c “Estoy Aquí” is one of Shakira’s early…

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Torrent sites come and go. They are shut down by organizations like Brein or even the FBI, but often reappear online a few days later at a different address. If not, another site takes over. This isn’t surprising, as these sites are among the most popular in the world, earning substantial revenue from advertisements. 10. TorrentGalaxy TorrentGalaxy is the newest torrent site on the list, already very popular just two years after its launch. It has an active community that frequently uploads content. Unique to TorrentGalaxy is the ability to stream movies directly on the site. 9. eztv eztv has…

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In recent years, the demand for car rental services has been growing steadily. Renting a car is a smart way to solve many everyday and organisational problems. In addition, the lack of ownership of a car removes a significant burden of problems from the driver. Often, people who travel to another country on vacation or for work resort to rental services. For example, the rental car market is very well developed in the UAE, because this country receives both a huge number of tourists and business people. Rental companies offer their clients cars of various brands and classes, according to…

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Does heat affect the car itself? How do the heat and scorching sun affect the technical condition of the vehicle? Every vehicle must be prepared accordingly, for hot days, to run smoothly. Only then can we enjoy a flawless ride, and above all, a comfortable one. In the scorching heat of Dubai, the inside of your vehicle can turn into an oven, posing risks to items left inside such as discs, pens, or laptops. The extreme temperatures can also take a toll on the car’s upholstery, causing it to become unbearably hot and susceptible to cracking. To mitigate these issues,…

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These marine creatures are possibly one of the most misunderstood animals in the world. They have been declared the world’s ugliest animal – and even that is not a fair assessment! Read on for ten fascinating blobfish facts! 10. What’s in a Name Blobfish is not a nickname, it is the actual legal and scientific name that is used for this type of fish. For the more discerning scientist, there is a Latin name for the blobfish (Psychrolutidae)– and each of the close relatives to our homely looking friend. But all ten species in the family are collectively also known…

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10. Cathedral of Saint Sava – Belgrade – Serbia This Orthodox basilica (technically not a cathedral) is the world’s largest Orthodox Church. Construction began in 1935, and it is not yet finished, with large-scale mosaics still planned for the interior. The basilica is constructed in the form of a Greek cross, on the site where it is believed that the remains of St. Sava, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church, were buried. The cathedral is built in the Serbian-Byzantine style, and is 70 metres tall at its highest point. It can accommodate 10,000 worshippers. 9. Basilica-Cathedral of Our Lady…

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The Greek Aristotle is one of the most influential classical philosophers in the Western tradition. He has had a lasting impact that extends from ethics and logic to biology and poetry. As a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristotle has left an intellectual legacy that forms the basis for much of what we today consider ‘classical wisdom’. Here are some of his most famous quotes, along with an in-depth explanation of their meaning. Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom. This saying touches on the importance of introspection and self-awareness as foundations for a wiser life. In…

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Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst born in 1875 and died in 1961. His work has had a profound impact on various disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, religion, art, and literature. Jung introduced groundbreaking concepts such as archetypes, the collective unconscious, and synchronicity. One of his most influential theories concerns the ‘shadow,’ the part of the unconscious containing repressed weaknesses and desires. Jung believed that individuation and self-realization are possible by acknowledging and integrating both the light and dark aspects of our existence. Here follows an in-depth analysis of Jung’s ten most famous quotes, translated into Dutch. “Until…

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Many people know about the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but few are aware that there are many other famous leaning towers in the globe. Some of these other towers are actually more titled than the one in Pisa. The following list showcases some of the most famous leaning buildings in the world that are as a result of artificial mistakes and natural disasters. 10. Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) Located in London, England, the Elizabeth Tower was formerly called the clock tower (most people know the tower as the “Big Ben”, but this is the name of the clock!). The 315ft…

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Battleships were nothing short of impressive. The sheer size and threatening barrels of the guns on board alone commanded respect. Battleships were among the largest military craft, with cannons as armament and with very strong armor. They were designed to attack enemy ships at sea or targets on land. They were mainly built in the period between the two world wars. After World War II, battleships fell into disuse, although the United States Navy’s Iowa ships continued to serve in conflicts and wars until 1990. Below is a list of the ten largest battleships ever built, arranged according to their…

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Trains have come a long way since the creation of the first steam engine. There have been many train designs, with some enjoying more success than others. Here are some of the weirdest trains ever created. 10. Wuppertal Schwebebahn The Wuppertal Schwebebahn is the oldest electric train still in operation today. It utilizes hanging cars and is amongst the unique trains in the world. Eugen Langen, who intended to sell it to Berlin, designed it. Its first track was open in 1901. It is still in use as a means of public transport and moves 25 million people each year.…

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With all the depressing news updates and world catastrophes we see everywhere these days, it can be hard to see the lighter, happier side of life. To show that the world isn’t all doom and gloom, here are ten facts which will put a smile on your face and may even restore your faith in the world we live in. 10. Bunny Island Located in the Inland Sea of Japan between Hiroshima and Shikoku lies a small island by the name of Ōkunoshima. What sets this island apart from the rest is that it is populated by a large number…

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Boosting is a term used in the gaming industry to describe the act of using a third-party service or paying someone to play on your behalf to improve your rank or level in a game. Boosting is a controversial practice that has been around for a long time and has many reasons behind it. Especially often it is used in multiplayer games, as well as in the shooter genre. Destiny 2 is no exception as it is quite a challenging game, especially for beginners, and has a wide variety of content and important activities. If you do not complete all…

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If food is the way to a man’s heart, then drink is the way to his soul. That’s something all beverage producers know as they flock to come up with concoctions ever more powerful and alluring to please the palates of their customers. But the connoisseur’s palate isn’t that easy to impress, and that’s why private reserves and secret recipes are brought to light again and again, each one more vigorous than the other. For those in search of that ambrosial blend that will numb the senses and release the mind, we’ve put together a medley of some of the…

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Online gambling has been legalized in the Netherlands since October 1, 2021. Since then, everyone in the Netherlands aged 18 and older has access to legal online casinos. Poker is one of the most popular card games and everyone dreams of getting rich playing it, but how rich are the richest poker players really? Casino poker can bring in large amounts of money, but the real money can be won at the poker tournaments. These are the ten richest poker players in the world. Phil Ivey He is considered one of the greatest poker players of all time. Phil Ivey…

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When you are thinking of the most everyday useful items, a knife is certainly one of them. If you are choosing a nicely designed pocket knife, it can last a lifetime. You don’t need to be a working handyman or a survivalist to appreciate the wide range of everyday applications of a pocket knife. From slicing food to opening packages and beyond, the uses are simply endless. With many options available, it can be overwhelming for you to choose the right ones. Here we have listed the top 10 pocket knivesthat you would like to consider. This will help you…

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