Saturday, January 15, 2011

Some interesting and shocking unbelieveble facts

  1. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  2. Bonobos and dolphins are the only animals other than humans to have sex for pleasure
  3. Men are 4 times more likely to get struck by lightning than woman.
  4. The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.
  5. The Bible is the number one most shoplifted book of all time.
  6. A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
  7. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died from battle wounds; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  8. Over 2500 left-handed people a year are killed from using equipment made for right-handed people.
  9. Charlie Chaplin once lost a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest.
    He didn't even make the finals! Snopes has the whole story.
  10. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
  11. THIS IS CRUEL: 'Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia' is the fear of long words.
  12. The longest English word, at 45 letters, is 'pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis'.
  13. "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
  14. Women speak about 7000 words a day. The average man averages just over 2000.
  15. It is estimated that at any one time, 0.7% of the world's population is drunk.
  16. Polar bear fur is not white, it's clear.
  17. Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80%.
    Percentage of American women who say they'd marry the same man: 50%.
  18. Earth is the only planet not named after a God.
    : Saturn was actually named after a Titan, the father of Jupiter, Pluto, and Neptune. He is famous for having attempted to eat all of his children. However, astronomers have identified thousands of planets outside of our own solar system, to the point where we likely have run out of good god names for them - that's why we have planets named "2M1207 b".
  19. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  20. Dolphins don't breathe automatically/involuntry - they breathe when they tell themselves to breathe. The same reason why they can't be anaesthised.
  21. The tongue of a blue whale weighs about as much as a full-grown elephant or a 2005 Hummer H2 SUV.
  22. 'Typewriter' is the longest English word that can be made by using only one row of a keyboard.
  23. There are 376 hidden Mickeys at Disney Land.
  24. Semen travels at 28 mph
  25. A man produces 14 gallons of semen in his lifetime.
  26. Every three minutes someone in the world reports a UFO.
  27. 'Jedi' is an official religion in Australia with over 70,000 followers.
  28. The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69.
  29. Farmville players outnumber real farmers in the US by a ratio of 60 to 1
  30. The cost of the halftime commercials during the Superbowl could feed the world's entire refugee population (62 million) twice.
  31. Car airbags kill 1 person for every 22 lives that they save
  32. It takes 12 bees their entire lifetime to make one tablespoon of honey.
  33. When flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave.
  34. Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.
  35. A ribbon worm will eat themselves if they cannot find food. They can still survive after eating up to 95% of their body weight.
  36. 'Subbookkeeper' is the only word that has double letters four times in a row.
  37. Apples are actually part of the rose family Rosaceae. it also includes pears, peaches, plums, strawberries, blackberries, blackberries as well as almonds and of course, roses.
  38. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.
  39. In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, 'They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.'
    On July 20, 1969, just minutes after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first home run
  40. In ancient Egypt, people shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when their cats died.
  41. 'Dysania' is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
  42. In 1945, a rooster by the name of Mike lived 18 months without a head. (see complete topic on this in this blog)
  43. Author Mark Twain was born on the day of the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1835. The comet returns to Earth every 76 years. He vowed that he would not die until he saw the famous comet. He died the day after its next appearance in 1910.
  44. Penguins cannot walk backwards.
  45. The exposed human brain isn't damaged when poked.
  46. 'Uncopyrightable' is the longest word in the English language that doesn't repeat a letter once.
    Arguably, the longest word could be 'subdermatoglyphic' - it's not in any dictionaries but it's in dermatology journals.
  47. When a person is tickled, the response is actually a form of panic, as the brain interprets the tickling sensation as produced by spiders or other creepy crawlies on your skin - the uncontrollable laughter is a response to panic.
  48. The largest toy distributor in the world is not Toys 'R' Us or Wal-Mart - it's McDonald's.
    More info: 20% of McDonald's sales involve Happy Meals, which feature some kind of toy.
  49. A study confirmed that pigs can become alcoholics
  50. If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

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