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55 Interesting Facts You Had No Idea About. The Last One Will Shock You!

Many vast and tiny things are discovered every day. When they are sealed to be true, we stamp them as facts.

It’s amusing and wise to learn new things in life, and I would also say that it is crucial!

You might not need number 45 “Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance”, but some of them are worth knowing!

Many of the interesting facts below will not boost your IQ, but they will surely trigger your brain. By the way, it is nice way to widen your knowledge.

You might even swank about some of them to your friends. I made mine jealous!

1. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
2. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
3. A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
4. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
5. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
6. A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
7. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
8. A snail can sleep for three years.
9. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
10. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
11. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
12. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
13. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
14. Butterflies taste with their feet.
15. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds.
16. Dogs only have about 10.
17. “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.”
18. February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
19. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
20. If the population of China walked past you, in single file the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
21. If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
22. It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
23. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
24. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
25. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
26. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
27. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
28. Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite.
29. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
30. “Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand; “lollipop” with your right.
31. The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
32. The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it only says there were three gifts.
33. The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
34. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
35. The sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.
36. The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
37. The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
38. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
39. There are more chickens than people in the world.
40. There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
41. There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”
42. There’s no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
43. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
44. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
45. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
46. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
47. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.
48. Giant tarantulas keep tiny frogs as pets. Insects will eat the burrowing tarantulas’ eggs – so the spiders protect the frogs from predators, and in return the frogs eat the insects.
49. In 1910, President Roosevelt supported a bill that would have released hippopotamuses into Louisiana to eat an invasive plant species and to provide delicious hippo bacon to hungry Americans.
50. City birds have learned to line their nests with cigarette butts in order to ward of parasites, as burn nicotine works as an insecticide to ward off mites, lice and fleas.
51. In 1979, Elvita Adams jumped off the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in an attempted suicide, only to be blown back onto the 85th floor by a gust of wind. Her only injury was a broken hip.
52. You have a better chance of getting accepted to Stanford University than getting hired by Apple.
53. The most polluted place on the planet is Lake Karachay, located near the Ural Mountains in Russia. In 1990, standing on the shore for 1 hour would give you a lethal radiation dose of 600 roentgen, more than enough to kill you.
54. Nikola Tesla used to feed pigeons, bringing injured ones into his hotel room to nurse back to health and one time spending over $2000 to fix a pigeon’s broken wing and leg, including building a device that comfortably supported her, so her bones could heal.
55. A skeleton, only 6-8 inches long was discovered outside a Chilean town. It was declared to be human, and to have lived to be as old as 8 years. A definite explanation for its size, mutation, and origin has not been found.

If you have some interesting facts to add, I would gladly receive them in the comments!

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Dominika Š.

    January 19, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Really interesting facts! Good post! 😉

    http://www.domisthing.blogspot.com/

  2. Bryant Warhurst

    January 20, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Unfortunately quite a few of these are just myths and are not true.

    2.) A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
    –False; they have no ears in their ears, they are attached at the base.

    4.) A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
    –False; their life span can range from 2-48 hours.

    5.) A gold fish has a memory span of three seconds.
    –False; research has shown goldfish can remember locations from the previous day. Also, MythBusters busted this myth too.

    10.) All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
    –False; only 48 are on the memorial and only 26 are actually on the front of the building, therefore only 26 on the bill.

    13.) Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
    –False; the knee caps haven’t just calcified yet.

    15 & 16.) Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds.
    –False; the number is too vague with no clear meaning on a vocal sound. Does a bark differ from a growl, a purr from a miouw?

    17.) “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.”
    –False; there is also “adreamt” and “undreamt”

    18.) February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
    –False;see February 1999.

    19.) In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
    –False; many present-day breeds of domestic livestock originated about the middle of the 19th century or later.

    20.) If the population of China walked past you, in single file the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
    –False; there’s no clarity on how fast they’re walking.

    21.) Not yet proven

    22.) It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
    –False; it’s extremely difficult but not impossible.

    26.) On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
    –False; see http://www.indefual.net/canada/myths/

    27, 28, and 29.) Not yet proven

    30.) “Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand; “lollipop” with your right.
    –False; try tetrastearates and phyllophyllin.

    33.) The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
    –False; it is actually 26 feet to the gallon.

    36.) The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
    –False; see http://www.niagarafallslive.com/Facts_about_Niagara_Falls.htm

    41.) There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”
    –False; there’s “arsenious.”

    42.) There’s no Betty Rubble in the Flinstones Chewables Vitamins.
    –False; see http://randomhouse.com/features/straightdope/funfacts2.html

    43.) Not actually proven

    45.) Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
    –False; he was born in Blenheim Palace. The palace did not have public restrooms.

    46.) Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
    –False; each blink at approximately the same rate on average.

    Enjoy this: http://enda.goblogmedia.com/bacaan/did-you-know-debunked.html and when reposting something from years ago, it’s advised that you make sure that almost every point hasn’t been debunked.

  3. Neal Kind

    January 20, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    This was interesting 😀

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