14 July 2006

Facts

1. A person swallows approximately 295 times while eating dinner.
2. Nike Air Soles do not actually have 'air' in them.
3. Oak trees are struck by lightning more than any other tree.
4. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
5.There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.
6. During his or her lifetime, the average human will grow 590 miles of hair.
7. Children laugh about 400 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day.
8. The human brain is insensitive to pain.
9. Cattle are the only mammals that pee backwards.
10. The average American uses eight times as much fuel energy as an average person anywhere else in the world.
11. Female canaries cannot sing.
12. Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood each day!
13. During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that's the weight of about 6 elephants.
14. The first toilet being flushed in a motion picture was in the film “Psycho”.
15. The warmest temperature ever recorded on Antarctica was 3 degrees F.
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16. A Koala Bear sleeps 22 hours of every day.
17. A rainbow can only be seen in the morning or late afternoon.
18. During a typical human life span, the human heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times.
19. A survey reported that 12% of Americans think that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife.
20. Cats make over 100 different vocal sounds; dogs can make about ten.
Visitors - do you want to share any other interesting facts? Please leave them in Comments below.

7 comments:

  1. There are 750,000 search results for "Yorkshire Pudding" on Google with, bizarrely, the top result being "Cheese Souffles"!

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  2. The last line in the famous film, THE MALTESE FALCON is widely said to be Humphrey Bogart's "This is the stuff that dreams are made of." In fact, the last line is that of the cop he's speaking to --- "Whaaa?"

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  3. Whenever I see statistics showing that a certain percentage of group of people believe one thing or another, I think, "Well, no one asked ME." Really, it's not so much that 12 percent of Americans think that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife as much as the 12 percent of the group of people surveyed answered thus. Here's a neat little overview of how to misconstrue statistics: How to lie and cheat with statistics.

    (Yes, YP, I know you were having fun, and so am I. It's the librarian in me that has to research, research, research.)

    Some other little facts:

    1)There is no instance of a princess kissing a frog Grimms' fairytale, "The Frog Prince." In the story, the princess throws the frog against the wall and breaks his enchantment thus.

    2)There are 3 blood vessels in a normal umbilical cord.

    3)Whip-tailed lizards are female. The ones with low amounts of estrogen simulate "masculine" roles. Females pass 100% of their genetic code onto their offspring.

    4)The "cake" from the infamous line incorrectly attributed to Marie Antionette, "Let them eat cake," does not refer to gateau, but to the layer of bread-leavings upon which bread was baked in the old ovens.

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  4. well done alkelda!

    I had to take psychological statistics.. so yes I know how they lie on those polls.

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  5. whats the difference between joan of arc and noahs arc?

    bugger I'm going for a bath in cold beer

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  6. one was maid of Orleans, one was made of wood , boom boom

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