50 Fascinating Factoids – Part 1

My mate Mort, a true gentleman of Pittsburgh, sent me most of these tidbits. Surely a distinguished statesman from the good ol’ US of A wouldn’t fib?

1.) If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.
If you are ambidextrous does that mean you dribble?

2.) To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers.
No wonder the little buggers always look exhausted.

3.) Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by ‘Bayer‘.
And to think, this was 1895 – way before Woodstock.

4.) People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport.
Hopefully they also wear a lot of sunscreen.

5.) Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

6.) Astronauts can’t belch – there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.
They can flatulate though, and there’s nothing more horrid than a fart in a space suit.

7.) Ancient Roman, Chinese and German societies often used urine as mouthwash.

8.) The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them off!

9.) 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.

10.) The night of January 20 is “Saint Agnes’s Eve”, which is regarded as a time when a young woman dreams of her future husband.
It is also a poem by Keats

11.) A googol (not Google) is actually the common name for a number with one hundred zeros.
A googolplex is 1 followed by a googol of zeros, or 1 with a million zeros following it. It has nothing to do with a popular search engine.

12.) It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

13.) Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.
Hmm, I didn’t think that any precious metals actually rusted. Rust is peculiar to iron and compounds made with iron. Regardless, I will not be burying my vast stash of gold bars any time soon 😉

14.) Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

15.) If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated its thirst mechanism shuts off.

16.) Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.

17.) Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
i – i = ?

18.) Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
That must have been one long piece of string.

19.) The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.
Not sure why though. It is a stupid song.

20.) Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

21.) Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 160°C.
However, if you’re allergic to peanuts do not become a submariner.

22.) Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

23.) The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.
So how did it get here in the first place?

24.) 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.
Really! I just figured the little crab had his tiny television turned up too loud.

25.) Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.
Like crabs with loud television sets.

Tune in next week for more Mort madness with, Fascinating Factoids – Part 2

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