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50 facts of life

Posted on: December 14, 2007

  1. 1. Contrary to popular belief, a swallowed chewing gum doesn’t stay in the gut. It will pass through the system and be excreted.
  2. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  3. The Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts 3 naked men with their hands on each others shoulders.
  4. Earth is traveling through space at 660,000 miles per hour.
  5. In 1643, the British Parliament officially abolished the celebration of Christmas.
  6. Santa’s Reindeers are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.
  7. In 1875 the director of the US patent office resigned. He said that there was nothing left to invent.
  8. The Channel between England and France grows about 300 millimeters each year.
  9. The average person’s field of vision encompasses a 200-degree wide angle.
  10. Offered a new pen to write with, 97% of all people will write their own name.
  11. On average, a person has two million sweat glands.
  12. Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
  13. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  14. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it.
  15. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.
  16. 97% of the earth’s water is undrinkable.
  17. The Earth gets heavier each day by tons, as meteoric dust settles on it.
  18. All babies are color blind when they are born.
  19. Babies’ eyes do not produce tears until the baby is approximately six to eight weeks old.
  20. 14 million people were killed in World War I, 20 million died in flu epidemic in the years that followed.
  21. There are more than 40,000 characters in the Chinese script.
  22. Vision requires more brain power than the other four senses.
  23. On average, men are 40% muscle and 15% fat; women are 23% muscle and 25% fat.
  24. There are no public toilets in Peru.
  25. Urine and tears have the same basic ingredients.
  26. The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it’s already been digested by a bee.
  27. Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.
  28. Historically, a blue ribbon has been awarded for first prize.
  29. The motto of M-G-M movie studios is Art for Art’s Sake.
  30. The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named “Volney”.
  31. It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it.
  32. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal.
  33. The Mercedes-Benz motto is ‘Das Beste oder Nichts’ meaning ‘the best or nothing’.
  34. The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.
  35. There are more Rolls Royce cars in Hong Kong than anywhere else in the world.
  36. X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one.
  37. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.
  38. It takes only about 8 minutes for the Space Shuttle to accelerate to a speed of more than 27,359 km/hour.
  39. Hydroponics is the technique by which plants are grown in water without soil.
  40. Time magazine named the computer its “Man of the Year” in 1982.
  41. Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears.
  42. Your left lung is smaller in size than your right lung, it is like that in order to make room for your heart.
  43. Until babies are six months old, they can breathe and swallow at the same time.
  44. Male human brains are about 10 percent heavier than female brains.
  45. Before 1800 there were no separately designed shoes for right and left feet.
  46. The glossy look to lipstick comes from fish scales, which are iridescent.
  47. To find out if a watermelon is ripe, knock it, and if it sounds hollow then it is ripe.
  48. Honey is used as a center for golf balls and in antifreeze mixtures.
  49. The original name for the butterfly was ‘flutterby’.
  50. Your body weight is lower at 9 A.M. than at any other time of the day.
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