Saturday, April 9, 2011

Interesting Trivia

I have compiled a list of anecdotes that contains information that you probably have absolutely no need for, but may find interesting to know. I have no idea if this miscellaneous information is correct, so please do not bash me if you find any faults in its authenticity. 
·        If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are a left hander, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.
·        To make half a kilo of  honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual  flowers.
·        Communications giant Nokia was founded in 1865 as a wood-pulp mill by Fredrik Idestam.
·        Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!
·        Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.
·        Astronauts cannot belch -  there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their  stomachs.
·        Ancient Roman, Chinese  and German societies often used urine as mouthwash.
·        The Mona Lisa has no  eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them!
·        Because of the speed at  which Earth moves around the Sun, it is impossible for a solar eclipse  to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.
·        Google is actually the  common name for a number with a million zeros
·        Gold is the only metal  that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of  years.
·        Your tongue is the only  muscle in your body that is attached at only one end
·        If you stop getting  thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
·        Zero is the only number  that cannot be represented by Roman numerals
·        Kites were used in the  American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
·        For every real Christmas  tree harvested, two to three seedlings are planted in its  place.
·        Drinking water after  eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61  percent.
·        Peanut oil is used for  cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above  450°F.
·        The Shell Oil Company  originally began as a novelty shop in London that sold  seashells.
·        The roar that we hear  when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather  the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
·        Nine out of every 10  living things live in the ocean.
·        The banana cannot  reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of  man.
·        The University of Alaska  spans four time zones.
·        The tooth is the only  part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
·        Do you know the names of  the three wise monkeys? They are Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil) and Mazaru (Speak no  evil).
·        Warner Communications  paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy  Birthday.
·        A comet's tail always points away from the sun.
·        The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
·        Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers. That is why it is found in some medicines.
·        The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised  their visors to reveal their identity.
·        If you get into the  bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even  in the middle of the day.
·        When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.
·        In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed
·        Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside
·        The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year
·        The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust
·        Due to earth's gravity  it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters
·        Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration  which could be sufficient to knock the bridge  down
·        The painting that won second place in a competition held by the US National Academy of Design  was hanging upside down when it was judged
·        Everything weighs one percent less at the equator
·        For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at  lift-off
·        In 2011, July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. This apparently happens once every 823 years!

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