Weird Facts 13
- "New Mexico boasts the largest concentration of Ph.D. scientists per capita in the United States." Read More
- There’s a mathematical theorem called the “hairy ball theorem.” It states that you can’t comb a hairy 3D ball without getting a cowlick. Source
- The word “Android” refers only to a male looking robot, for one that looks like a female the proper term is “Gynoid”. Source
- In 1978 a US Navy ship was supposedly attacked by an unknown species of giant squid. Source
- If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. Unverified
- If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb. False
- There is a cola named OpenCola witch is open source. The instructions for making it are freely available and modifiable. Anybody can make the drink, and anyone can modify and improve on the recipe as long as they, too, license their recipe under the GNU General Public License. Source
- Mirrors are placed near elevators as a psychological trick to make wait seem more tolerable. People like to look at themselves. Source
- When Louis Rèard introduced the bikini in France in 1946, no models were willing to wear such revealing swimwear, so Rèard had to hire a stripper to model it. Source
- The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
- Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
- A mental disorder called Cotard’s Syndrome (also known as the Cotard Delusion, the Nihilistic Delusion, and the Walking Corpse Syndrome) causes sufferers to believe that they are dead and do not exist. Source
- Humans, chimpanzees and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure. Source
- On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
- A lawyer was trying to prove, in a murder trial, that someone shot themselves, accidentally. While the lawyer was reenacting it he accidentally shot himself and died. He proved his point and the defendant was acquitted. Source
- A California liked to hike in a canyon occupied by a bear family. One day he was attacked by a mountain lion and was saved when the mother bear ran to his defense. Source
- The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. False
- A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out. Source
- It takes 42 muscles in your face to frown. It only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and smack someone upside the head.
- In 1843, the first Christmas card was printed in England for Sir Henry Cole. He was busy man who wanted to save time in his own Christmas letters, but was also interested in encouraging the expansion of the postal system. 1000 copies of the card were sold at one shilling each. It was not until the 1860s that the production of cards accelerated, with cheaper printing methods. Then in 1870, the Post Office introduced a half penny stamp for sending cards.
- Heineken manufactured a bottle shaped like a brick in order to deal with the housing problem in the Caribbean. Source
- A treasure hunter named Tommy Thompson located a ship that sank in 1857 called the SS Central America. The ship carried several tons of gold, and in 1987, he recovered over $1 billion worth of gold from it. He never paid back his crew or investors, and hasn’t been seen in years. Source
- When people attempt suicide and fail, their income increases by an average of 20.6 percent. The more serious the attempt, the larger the boost. “Hard suicide” attempts, in which luck is the only reason the suicide fails, result in a 36.3 percent increase in income. Source
- The Olympic games used to include gold medals in categories such as architecture, city planning, sculpturing and statistics. The founder of modern Olympics himself, Pierre de Coubertin, won the gold medal in literature at the 1912 summer Olympics. Source
- According to FoxNews.com, the United States has more laws on the books regulating sexual behavior than all the European countries combined! Source
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