Follow

Friday, August 29, 2014

THINGS I BET YOU NEVER KNEW (OR CARED ABOUT)


Boy, were they surprised!!





Louis Pasteur, whose work on wine, vinegar, and beer led to pasteurization, had an obsessive fear of dirt and infection. He refused to shake hands, and he carefully wiped plate and glass before dining.

False teeth are often radioactive. Approximately 1 million Americans wear some form of denture; half of these dentures are made of a porcelain compound laced with minute amounts of uranium to stimulate fluorescence. Without the uranium additive, the dentures would be a dull green color when seen under artificial light.

Assuming that all the offspring survived, 190,000,000,000,000,000,000 flies could be produced in four months by the offspring of a single pair of flies.

A healthy man who is in good physical shape has about 12 to 15 percent body fat. A woman in good shape has between 15 to 18 percent. The models used in most of the advertising for abdominal machines, on the other hand, have less than 10 percent body fat.

The smallest visible sunspots have an area of 500 million square miles, about fifty times the size of Africa. The largest sunspots have an area of about 7,000 million square miles.

The average snail moves at a rate of approximately 0.000362005 miles per hour.

The English-language alphabet originally had only 24 letters. One missing letter was "J," which was the last letter to be added to the alphabet. The other latecomer to the alphabet was "U."

During the fifteenth century, Venice ordained that local Italian prostitutes would bare their breasts while soliciting at open windows overlooking the city’s famous canals and walkways. The ruling was intended to separate the city’s “professional” women from the general female citizenry, and to encourage young men to purchase the prostitutes’ wares and avoid the unspeakable sins of masturbation and homosexuality.


Dolphins swim in circles while they sleep with the eye on the outside of the circle open to keep watch for predators. After a certain amount of time, they reverse and swim in the opposite direction with the opposite eye open.

The Statue of Liberty measures 35 feet in diameter at the waist. The robe forms the outer shell of the statue, and there is no "torso" underneath.

The lungs of an average adult, unfolded and flattened out, would cover an area the size of a tennis court.

An ant can lift 50 times its own weight, which is equivalent to a human being pulling a 10-ton trailer.
arcamax





















It's possible that this one isn't true:



I may change my mind, but that doesn't mean I'm not still right----fishducky


 




32 comments:

  1. I do love trivia - even unreliable trivia.
    Thank you Fran.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We played Trivial Pursuit on the QEll on the way back to the US--I will modestly admit I was brilliant!!

      Delete
  2. My brain can power a 40 Watt bulb for 24 hours? You mean I was a laborer for all these years when I could have lit hotel hallways with jumper cables on my ears? I do learn here!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Fidel must have really hated that game as a kid.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I always wondered how dolphin's slept! I'm not sure my brain could light a light bulb for that long, it seems to be a bit slow most of the time!

    Have a good weekend :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. By the time I got to the Shakespeare thing I forgot all the other strange facts...except for the spider thing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Would you like me to see if I can find you one?

      Delete
  6. The beginning of Mandy's story sounds very much like the style of Thomas Hardy. But then it deteriorates. Body heat and boiling water? What about when I'm having a hot flash? How long will it take to boil the water then? Those bastard vending machine, jumping out and killing people, who, of course, never touch or shake or beat up on the vending machine.

    Love,
    Janie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm pretty sure hot flashes work like microwaves, speeding everything up!!

      Delete
  7. Pretty sure I folded 5 seconds into my billion. Sigh.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's why the Treasury keeps printing money!!

      Delete
  8. These were so interesting...some amazing! What little I know! :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I think it would be fun to taunt a Bible thumper by discussing it in Klingon.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Do you think any Jehovah's Witnesses speak Klingon?

      Delete
  10. I have learned so very much today. From now on, I will never expose my breasts in public.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That, of course, is your choice, but my husband says we're now uninviting you to our party!!

      Delete
  11. So... you're telling me that years ago... without those letters in the alphabet... my name would just be "lie"?

    :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Now you've got me curious!
    What was Juice called before J and u were added to the alphabet?
    "Babies are born with 300 bones.
    adults have 206 bones"
    Where are the missing 94 bones? What happens to them?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "What was Juice called before J and u were added to the alphabet?"
      I don't know. Maybe Lie (above) can answer you.
      "Where are the missing 94 bones?"
      You can search me--I SWEAR I didn't take them!!

      Delete
  13. I see your point about earning $. It never pays to work to get rich. I think you hace to inherit it or marry it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Of the two, I think it would be easier to inherit it!!

      Delete
  14. I've learnt so much today it doesn't matter if not all true all good fun.
    Merle...............

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I only guarantee amusement, not veracity!!

      Delete
  15. Fascinating stuff, I really appreciate you digging up all these interesting facts. I particularly liked to learn about how dolphins sleep, that is so clever. Thanks for your comment, it was great to see you, to see you and Mr. F. looking so good, both of you.

    ReplyDelete
  16. "My sources are unreliable"...BWAHAHAHA

    ReplyDelete

Your comments make my day, which shows you how boring my life has become.