50 Fascinating Factoids – Part 2

Following on from last weeks round of fascinating fun and frivolity, here are factoids 26 – 50.

26.) The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
Which is why their students are always late to class.

27.) The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

28.) In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
Throwing it back at your head meant she wanted a food fight.

29.) Time-Warner Corporation paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.
Good luck collecting those royalties, knucleheads.

30.) Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
And they don’t work for Time-Warner.

31.) A comet’s tail always points away from the sun.

32.) The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
That’ll do pig, that’ll do.

33.) Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

34.) The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

35.) 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.
Go jump in a well and test it out. Go on, I’ll wait 😉

36.) When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.
Ergo, don’t sit around the hospital bed saying ‘is he dead yet?’

37.) In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
Now we do it to spread Swine Flu 😉

38.) Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

39.) Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 240 calories per hundred and fifty grams.

40.) The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
Byee!

41.) The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.
Well that explains the layer coating my credenza.

42.) Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

43.) Eucalyptus leaves do NOT get koalas high.
Are you sure?

44.) 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.

45.) Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.
Sweet! I’m heading up there with some scales tomorrow.

46.) For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.

47.) The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
Neither does Q.

48.) The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.
Most men don’t think with their brains. Its the little head that makes all the crucial decisions.

49.) Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy.
Goofy is known as “Silvio Berlusconi”.

50.) Women are actually better drivers than men.
Yeah, right 😉