#interesting facts

#interesting facts

Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

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Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Brazil, Minas Gerais state, Ouro Preto, gold nugget from a mine (Gold Route, Estrada Real)

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

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If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

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Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

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Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

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The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every  English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.

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Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

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Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450F.

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The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

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Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

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The blobfish was this week voted the world’s ugliest creature, but in defence of the oceans, they also possess perhaps the most beautiful in the form of nudibranchs.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

(I think other creatures besides man could do this as well but, the point is that the banana needs help.)

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Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

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The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

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The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

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In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

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no tossing apples pics but, maybe they should have adopted the tried and true method of the shotgun wedding. 🙂

Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.

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Who’s was it to sell?

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

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A comet’s tail always points away from the sun.

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The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/swine-flu-vaccine/

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Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

http://worldofcaffeine.com/controlling-pain/

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art31354.asp

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

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I like this myth better …

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

http://www.snopes.com/science/well.asp

I pretty much called BS on this one before I even looked as someone who wrote it has no clue how light works.  Now, if you hit your head while at the bottom of the well or chimney you may very well see stars!

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

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I can tell you from first hand experience that the sight is the first thing to go… I did not get all the way to sound so we will have to wait and see regarding that…

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

True I think…

Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

http://treesandshrubs.about.com/od/fruitsnuts/f/FruitsWithSeedsontheOutside.htm

This is pretty interesting stuff… If you have insomnia it is great!

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Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

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Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

Apples contain an antioxidant that fights cancer .

The banana plant is in the same family as the lily and the orchid.

A medium-sized orange contains the amount of vitamin C that a healthy adult should eat daily.

Olive trees can live for more than 1,500 years.

Kiwis are packed full of cancer fighting Beta-Carotene and contain twice as much Vitamin C as an orange.

People who eat a lot of fruit need to consume less water.

Lemons are popular for cleaning because they are high in acid – which kills bacteria.

Grapes have grown wild since pre-historic times.
Pear wood is hard and can be used to make furniture.
There are more than 100 varieties of bananas, some even have red skin.
Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
100% percent fruit juice is a great way to get started every morning.
Kiwi fruit is said to promote respiratory health and ease wheezing and night coughing.
The largest fruits are giant pumpkins, specially grown and bred for their size. The largest ones can weigh over 1,000 pounds!

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year. (actually 1.5)

http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/moon-earth-wobble-tides-nemesis-130726.htm

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The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/01mar_meteornetwork/

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As the earth gains mass one has to wonder if it will effect the moons orbit. One must also wonder if the earths orbit will be effected as the earth is “falling” towards the sun in an orbit determined by its speed and mass. As the mass changes so would the orbits of all satellites including the moon and…the earth as a satellite to the sun must also change as its mass changes. Yep, this is my sci fi brain at work.

Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000  meters.

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I would not bet money on this “bit of trivia” as this field of study is still active and someone might come along with a new mathematical formula any day…or not. It has a lot to do with the earths mantle, size of the earth and so forth. As the earth dies and cools this might change, I think it is more dynamic than one thinks.

Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy.

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Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

 could be true

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

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http://www.livescience.com/32504-would-i-weigh-less-at-the-equator.html

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.

Gravity Works!

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Kate Upton Zero Gravity for Sports Illustrated Photo Shoot.

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The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

More dumb facts found…

  • Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
  • In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
  • In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
  • 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30.
  • In ancient Egypt, people used to shave their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.
  • In ancient China doctors would only receive fees if the patient stayed in good health. Sometimes if the patients health became to bad, the doctor had to pay them.
  • Married women could not view the Olympic Games in ancient Greece under penalty of death.
    (The contestants were nude and I am guessing their husbands were somewhat insecure so….they made it illegal!)
  • Glasses have been worn for about 700 years.
  • About 300 years ago, people used toothbrushes made from hog bristles.
  • During the Middle Ages, people used spider webs to try to cure warts.
  • Rockets were first made by the Chinese more than 750 years ago.
  • The 100 years war lasted 116 years.
  • During Martin Luther’s Reformation, he claimed the Catholic Church to be the anti-christ, and in response, they claimed he was the anti-christ. The common people, assuming one must be the anti-christ, believed that the Apocalypse was coming. It never did.
  • The first sound recording ever made: “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in 1877.
  • In 1848, Niagara Falls stopped flowing for 30 hours because of an ice jam blocking the Niagara River.

A partially frozen American Falls in sub freezing temperatures is seen in Niagara Falls Ontario

And last but not least:

This is called ‘Money Bags.’ So send this on to 5 people and money will arrive in 5 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui, the one who does not pass this on will have money troubles for the rest of the year.

Superstitious or not, I passed this along because it is interesting information.

Pretty much doubt that it will work but just in case… 🙂

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-Best

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