06-03-2017, 05:23 AM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Rainy day reading OK for kids
The silkworm consumes 86,000 times its own weight in 56 days.-Mukesh Ambani, India's richest person lives with his family of 4 in a 27-floor personal home and has a full-time staff of 600 who maintains the residence.
-The first American film to show a toilet being flushed on screen was Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
-Marie Curie's work is still radioactive enough to make you sick. You must sign a disclaimer to view them.
-Male elephants sometimes use their penis as a 5th limb.
-Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
-Men can read smaller print then women can; women can hear better.
-The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
-If removed from the stress of the modern world, the average human would sleep about 10 hours a day.
-"Dysania" is the state of finding it hard to get out of the bed in the morning.
-Melting glaciers and icebergs make a distinctive fizzing noise known as "bergy seltzer".
-Cleopatra lived closer to the Moon landing ‚Äčthan
the building of the Great Pyramid.
-The brain named itself.
-The average human blinks their eyes 6,205,000 times each year.
-The US state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
-Shakespeare wrote the first knock-knock joke.
-To produce a single pound of honey, a single bee would have to visit 2 million flowers.
-Half of the humans ever to live have died from malaria.
-There is a glacier called "Blood Falls" in Antarctica that regularly pours out red liquid, making it look like the ice is bleeding. It's actually oxidised salty water.
-The entire length of all the eyelashes shed by a human in their life is over 98 feet (30 m).
-Mozart wrote a canon entitled "Leck mich im Arsch" which translates as "Lick me in the arse".
-White skin originated only 6,000-12,000 years ago, prior to which all humans were black.
-The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000
-Charlie Chaplin's remains were stolen and held for ransom.
-A colony of 500 bats can eat approximately 250,000 insects in an hour.
-When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.
-In 2008 scientists discovered a new species of bacteria that lives in hairspray.
-In China, rich people can hire body doubles to serve their prison time.
-Fold a piece of paper in half 103 times and it will be as thick as the universe.
-Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
-Men's shirts have the buttons on the right while women's shirts have the buttons on the left.
-One in five adults believe that aliens are hiding in our planet disguised as humans.
-Babies are colour blind when they are born.¬
-The top of the Eiffel Tower leans away from the sun, as the metal facing the sun heats up and expands. It can move as much as 7 inches.
-High heels were originally made for men. Butchers wore them so they wouldn't step in blood.
-It can take a photon 40,000 years to travel from the core of the sun to the surface, but only 8 minutes to travel the rest of the way to earth.
-If there was no space between the atoms on Earth it would be the size of a regular baseball.
-The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
-The average human heart will beat 3,000 million times in its lifetime and pump 48 million gallons of blood.
-Travelling masseuses in ancient Japan were required by law to be blind.
-Mondays are the most unproductive days of the week. Only about 3 and a half hours of work are actually done on Mondays.
-Lt. Col. "Mad" Jack Churchill was only British soldier in WWII known to have killed an enemy soldier with a longbow. "Mad Jack" insisted on going into battle armed with both a medieval bow and a claymore sword.
-Ireland's population is still 2M less than it was before the potato famine.
-It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.¬
-In one hour, your heart works hard enough to produce the equivalent energy to raise almost 1 ton of weight 1 yard off the ground.
-The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
-On the planets Uranus and Neptune, it regularly rains diamonds.
-The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in court.
-If done perfectly, any Rubik's Cube combination can be solved in 17 turns!
-Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David; Hearts -A banana is a berry and a strawberry isn't.
- Charlemagne; Clubs -Alexander, the Great; Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
-Human blood travels 60,000 miles (96,540 km) per day on its journey through the body.
-James Fixx, the man who popularised jogging in America died of a heart attack while running.
-All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen wearing them in public.
-The longest musical performance in history is currently taking place in the church of St. Burchardi in Halberstadt, Germany. The performance of John Cage's "Organ¬≤/ASLSP (As Slow As Possible)" started on Sept. 5, 2001, and is set to finish in 2640. The last time the note changed was October 2013; the next change isn't due until 2020.
-Nelson Mandela wasn't removed from the U.S. terror watch-list until 2008.
-A small percentage of the static you see on "dead" TV stations is left over radiation from the Big Bang. You're seeing residual effects of the Universe's creation.
-Blood accounts for about 8% of a human's body weight.¬
-Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.
-Enough sperm to form an object slightly larger than an aspirin tablet would actually be sufficient to give Earth its present population.
-The average American spends about a year and a half of his or her life watching commercials on television.
-Jimmy Carter sent a jacket to the cleaners with nuclear launch codes and secrets in the pocket.
-There's an opera house on the U.S.-Canada border where the stage is in one country and half the audience is in another.
-On average, men produce about 10 million new sperm daily. That's enough to repopulate the entire planet in 6 months.
-A broken clock is right two times a day.
-Listening to sarcastic people daily will make you more creative.
-Written language was invented independently by the Egyptians, Sumerians, Chinese and Mayans.¬
-Quentin Tarantino played an Elvis impersonator in the Golden Girls.
-If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"? One thousand.
-The oldest known recipe for beer is over 4,000 years old.