Super sorry for lack of update...
Super sorry for lack of update...
Some pretty gross facts - I'll let these last for the next few days.
Here's the other thirty? from Inktank's 60 of the world's happiest facts.
1. Butterflies can taste with their feet.
2. For someone, somewhere in the world, today is the most amazing day of their life.
3. When you die, your body decomposes, and the atoms that contained “you” are recycled into Earth to be used again.
4. Every year the Netherlands sends 20,000 tulip bulbs to Canada to thank them for their aid in the Second World War.
5. Rats giggle when you tickle them. Their voices are so high-pitched you need special equipment to hear them, but when you do, their laughs are immediately evident.
6. Sea horses mate for life, are completely faithful and traveltogether by holding on to each others tails.
7. The guy at the end of this video was born.
8. If you say “my cocaine” you sound like Michael Caine saying his own name.
9. Male puppies, when playing with female puppies, will intentionally let the female win.
10. The next Star Wars will not be directed by George Lucas.
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1. Penguins only have one mate their entire life and “propose” by giving their mate a pebble.
2. There’s an animal called a Dik Dik. And it’s the cutest antelope you’ll ever see.
3. Despite high infant mortality rates and lower life expectancies, not one of your direct ancestors died childless.
4. Cuddling releases Oxytocin which helps speed healing and recovery from physical wounds.
5. Otters hold hands when sleeping so they don’t drift away from each other.
6. Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, wrote his daughter initials there. They’ll last at least 50,000 years.
7. There’s a type of jellyfish that lives forever.
8. Wayne Allwine (the voice of Mickey Mouse) and Russi Taylor (the voice of Minnie Mouse) were married in real life.
9. We now have less crime, a lower death rate and longer life expectancy than at any other time in human history.
10. The clitoris has 8000 nerve fibres, double that of the penis, and is the only organ in the body, which has evolved purely for pleasure.
1. A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.2. If you fake laugh long enough you’ll start to really laugh, really, really hard.
3. The book coverSpellbound4. The Beatles used the word “love” 613 times throughout their career.
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6. Every year, millions of trees grow thanks to squirrels forgetting where they buried their nuts.
7. On the day of his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. had a pillow-fight in his motel room.
8. The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We’re all made of star dust.
9. Cancer death rates are down 20% in past 20 years.
10. The miles travelled by the Apollo 11 crew to the moon were greater than every single exploration mission to the New World combined.
10 facts ... about junk food!
1. Thomas Edison is the reason that the film industry is in California. Thomas Edison is someone who held a huge monopoly in patents; often taking many of the patents of his workers (and he had like a thousand) etc. He was interested in the film business and due to the fact that he held a wide range of patents in motion pictures he became the head of a company called Motion Picture Patent Company. Anytime people used a projector or camera without paying up, Edison via the MPPC would go to court etc.
Now he was in New Jersey, so California on the other side is hard for him to go to (since back then cross continental trips were costly) and California had a diverse scenery and also courts there didn't like Edison as much. So Hollywood essentially came from the fact that people were trying to get away from Edison's monopoly in motion pictures. [credits to mental floss]
2. Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in the neck as humans (7).
3. Simon Bolivar is the only person in the world that has two countries named after him; Bolivia and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is Venezuela's full name)
4. The University of Minnesota is older than the state itself.
5. There is no such thing as being double jointed. It is (usually) actually hypermobility syndrome. The difference is hypermobility syndrome says that you can move a bone with the joint to the fullest capacity without the discomfort that an average person feels. Double jointed points to people having twice the number of joints.
6. In an 2008 survey, 58% of British teens thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy but 20% though Winston Churchill was not.
7. White chocolate is not actually made with any chocolate (it does have milk, cocoa butter, and sugar).
8. William Henry Harrison was the only President to never sign a bill into law (he died before he had the chance)
9. August is the month when most babies are born. (It doesn't really seem that way in school...)
10. The average cd can hold 74 minutes of music. This was decided by Sony's president who used the longest recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as the deciding factor of the amount of music a single CD.
1. Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil. If you’ve seen the Matrix you are aware of the energy potentially generated by the human body. Our bodies expend a large amount of calories keeping us at a steady 98.6 degrees, enough to boil water or even cook pasta.
2. Your ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you aren’t. The chemicals and hormones released when you are afraid could be having unseen effects on your body in the form of earwax. Studies have suggested that fear causes the ears to produce more of the sticky substance, though the reasons are not yet clear.
3. It is not possible to tickle yourself. Even the most ticklish among us do not have the ability to tickle ourselves. The reason behind this is that your brain predicts the tickle from information it already has, like how your fingers are moving. Because it knows and can feel where the tickle is coming from, your brain doesn’t respond in the same way as it would if someone else was doing the tickling.
4. Humans are the only animals to produce emotional tears. In the animal world, humans are the biggest crybabies, being the only animals who cry because they’ve had a bad day, lost a loved one, or just don’t feel good.
5. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do. This doesn’t have a genetic basis, but is largely due to the fact that a majority of the machines and tools we use on a daily basis are designed for those who are right handed, making them somewhat dangerous for lefties to use and resulting in thousands of accidents and deaths each year.
6. Women burn fat more slowly than men, by a rate of about 50 calories a day. Most men have a much easier time burning fat than women. Women, because of their reproductive role, generally require a higher basic body fat proportion than men, and as a result their bodies don’t get rid of excess fat at the same rate as men.
7. Koalas and primates are the only animals with unique fingerprints. Humans, apes and koalas are unique in the animal kingdom due to the tiny prints on the fingers of their hands. Studies on primates have suggested that even cloned individuals have unique fingerprints.
8. The indentation in the middle of the area between the nose and the upper lip has a name. It is called the philtrum. Scientists have yet to figure out what purpose this indentation serves, though the ancient Greeks thought it to be one of the most erogenous places on the body.
9. Facetious and abstemious are the only words that contain all the vowels in the correct order.
10. "Adcomsubordcomphibspac" is the longest acronym. It is a Navy term standing for Administrative Command, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet Subordinate Command.
1. Humans shed and regrow outer skin cells about every 27 days. Skin protects your delicate internal organs from the elements and as such, dries and flakes off completely about once a month so that it can maintain its strength. Chances are that last month’s skin is still hanging around your house in the form of the dust on your bookshelf or under the couch.
2. Three hundred million cells die in the human body every minute. While that sounds like a lot, it’s really just a small fraction of the cells that are in the human body. Estimates have placed the total number of cells in the body at 10-50 trillion so you can afford to lose a few hundred million without a hitch.
3. Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour. You may not think much about losing skin if yours isn’t dry or flaky or peeling from a sunburn, but your skin is constantly renewing itself and shedding dead cells.
4. Every day an adult body produces 300 billion new cells. Your body not only needs energy to keep your organs up and running but also to constantly repair and build new cells to form the building blocks of your body itself.
5. Every tongue print is unique. If you’re planning on committing a crime, don’t think you’ll get away with leaving a tongue print behind. Each tongue is different and yours could be unique enough to finger you as the culprit.
6. Your body has enough iron in it to make a nail 3 inches long. Anyone who has ever tasted blood knows that it has a slightly metallic taste. This is due to the high levels of iron in the blood. If you were to take all of this iron out of the body, you’d have enough to make a small nail and very severe anemia.
7. The most common blood type in the world is Type O. Blood banks find it valuable as it can be given to those with both type A and B blood. The rarest blood type, A-H or Bombay blood due to the location of its discovery, has been found in less than hundred people since it was discovered.
8. Human lips have a reddish color because of the great concentration of tiny capillaries just below the skin. The blood in these capillaries is normally highly oxygenated and therefore quite red. This explains why the lips appear pale when a person is anemic or has lost a great deal of blood. It also explains why the lips turn blue in very cold weather. Cold causes the capillaries to constrict, and the blood loses oxygen and changes to a darker color.
9. The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chances are that you’ll have a bad dream. It isn’t entirely clear to scientists why this is the case, but if you are opposed to having nightmares you might want to keep yourself a little toastier at night.
10. Tears and mucus contain an enzyme (lysozyme) that breaks down the cell wall of many bacteria. This is to your advantage, as the mucus that lines your nose and throat, as well as the tears that wet your eyes are helping to prevent bacteria from infecting those areas and making you sick.