Sunday, May 24, 2015
53 Facts that you never know
53 Facts that you never know
1. Cows emit more methane than the oil industry and are a huge factor in global warming.
2. Sand from the Sahara is blown by the wind all the way to the Amazon, recharging its minerals. the desert literally fertilizes the rain forest.
3. There is a US$1000 sports bra which uses heat sensors to detect signs of breast cancer up to 6 years earlier than a mammogram can.
4. In the U.S., if you find a bald eagle feather on the ground, you need a permit to pick it up.
5. There is a gypsy tribe in India that celebrates death as one of the happiest events in their lives, while treating births with great grief.
6. In 1923, a jockey suffered a fatal heart attack but his horse finished and won the race, making him the first and only jockey to win a race after death.
7. Aurophobia is the fear of gold.
8. Mount Everest shrank one inch (2.5 cm) due to the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
9. 90% of the world's Internet Users Don't Use Twitter.
10. Singapore is the world's most expensive city, followed by Paris.
11. There's a plant, native to Australia that will make you vomit in pure agony just by touching it. the sting is potent enough to kill humans and horses.
12. The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, built a home valued at US$1 billion. It's a 27-story building with 3 helipads, a 6-floor car park, a staff of 600, a 4-
13. In 1977, Argentina sent a pregnant mother to Antarctica in an effort to claim a portion of the continent. The boy became the first human known to be born in Antarctica.
14. In 1898, 14 years before the Titanic sank, author Morgan Robertson wrote a book about an "unsinkable" ship called the "Titan “that crashed into an iceberg and sank.
15. Air pollution causes lung cancer and is also linked to an increased risk for bladder cancer.
16. There's an atomic bomb museum in New Mexico, where the first atomic bomb was detonated. The museum is only open 12 hours per year.
17. The largest iceberg ever measured is bigger than Jamaica: 11,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi). It broke away from Antarctica in 2000.
18. On April 18, 1930, the BBC announced, “There is no news today," and played piano music instead.
19. Any text you put into the status update box is sent to Face book’s servers, even if you don't click the post button.
20. Recycling can take an aluminum can back on a grocery store shelf within 60 days.
21. George Washington is the only U.S. president to have received 100%of the electoral votes.
22. The skin is 64% water, muscles and kidneys are79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.
23. The Netherlands is the world's largest per capita consumer of coffee, averaging 2.4 cups of coffee per person per day.
24. An individual horse has a peak power output of 14.9 horsepower.
25. Over 300 languages are spoken in London, one of the most diverse cities in the world.
26. Every resident of Alaska gets an annual "oil royalty check", a payment representing their share of revenue from Alaskan oil. In 2008, it wasUS$2,069.
27. Purple is known as a ‘royal' color because it was the hardest dye to extract, as it came from sea snails, so only the royalty could afford it.
28. It's estimated that between 1981 and 1994, Princess Diana spent overUS$2 million dollars on clothes.
29. Islam will equal Christianity in size by 2050.
30. The world's shortest scheduled airline flight lasts 2 minutes. It connects two islands in the UK.
31. The hair on your head could be anything up to 6 to 7 years old.
32. The World Toe Wrestling Championship is held every year since 1976.
33. Elephants can detect rain 150 miles away.
34. The world record for the most passengers on a commercial flight is 1,088, by El Al, Israel's national airline.
35. Robert Samuel, a professional "stander," earns up to US$1,000 a week by standing in line for people.
36. The roar of a lion can be heard from 8 kilometers (5.0 miles) away.
37. When Gmail was introduced by Google with an unbelievable 1GB free storage in 2004, Hotmail only offered 2MB.
38. Google.com/Weddings is a little known free service to plan your wedding.
39. Google.com/Mars offers visible imagery view, infrared and elevation views of the planet Mars.
40. If you search for "Atari breakout" in Google Images, you can play the game.
41. Your taste buds are replaced every 10 days.
42. Your eyebrows renew themselves every 64 days.
43. Iran is the only country in the world where it is legal to sell your kidneys. The government regulates the market.
44. Rain has never been recorded in parts of Chile's Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth.
45. Smoking makes the risk of a heart attack 200% to 400% greater than that of nonsmokers.
46. Men are struck by lightning five times more often than women.
47. Multiplying 21978 by 4 reverses the order of the numbers: 87912.
48. You can only see a rainbow if your back is to the Sun.
49. Giraffes can go longer without drinking water than camels can.
50. In 2012, Singapore, a country of 5 million people, went 80 days in which not a single robbery or theft was recorded.
51. The New York Times wrote an article about every single 9/11 victim.
52. The battery of an Apple Mac book could save you from a gunshot: it's bulletproof.
53. Flamingos are monogamous and lay only a single egg per year.