Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Totally Random But Interesting

So I was playing on Twitter last night (@LaurenBlast if you don't already follow me, and if you don't know what I'm talking about Google it. And yes, I am one of those people who use Google as a verb.) And I found the Twitter account for @OMGFACTS. And I was totally hooked. Here are the facts I found more interesting. I can't account for the accuracy, but I can tell you that after doing some I did end up doing a little Googling myself.

  1. The plastic things at the end of shoelaces are called "aglets."
  2. "Dysania" is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning. (I totally suffer from this daily!)
  3. African Elephants are pregnant for 22 months - that's almost 2 years!
  4. Las Vegas has more churches per capita than any other US city.
  5. Honey is used as the center of some golf balls.
  6. A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.
  7. On the day The Wizard of Oz's Judy Garland died, a tornado touched down in Kansas.
  8. Margaret Higgins Sanger, a pioneer of birth control, was one of 11 children
  9. Albert Einstein's last words will never be known He spoke them in German, and the attending nurse did not speak German
  10. The average man will spent about 145 days of this life shaving.
  11. Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell
  12. The Hoover Dam was built to last 2,000 years. The concrete in it will not even be fully cured for another 500 years.
  13. The "I'm feeling lucky" button costs Google $110 million every year.
  14. In a public bathroom, the stall which is closest to the door is usually the cleanest, because it's the least used.
  15. No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
  16. Alaska could hold the 21 smallest States.
  17. A group of Kangaroos is called a mob
  18. A group of Owls is called a parliament
  19. Polar bears can swim 60 miles without pausing for a rest.
  20. It is physically impossible to urinate and give blood at the same time
  21. Scientists estimate that sleep lost due to daylight saving time reduces the average lifespan by nearly two full months.
  22. Ingesting small doses of ink over an extended period of time will change your eye color slightly
  23. 315 entries in Webster's Dictionary will be misspelled.
  24. Moths are unable to fly during an earthquake
  25. Children conceived on airplanes never suffer from motion sickness. (Apparently I was NOT conceived on an airplane.)
  26. In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her husband if he cheats on her
  27. The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust
  28. President George W. Bush and Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner are cousins. (9th cousins after I did a bit of research!)
  29. Hitler was voted Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" in 1938.
  30. Animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike
  31. Crocodiles never outgrow the place they live. If you put a baby-croc in an aquarium, it would be little for the rest of it's life.
  32. "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand, "lollipop" with your right
  33. If the entire population of earth was reduced to exactly 100 people,50% of the world's currency would be held by 6 people.
  34. "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
  35. Of all the words in the English language, the word 'set' has the most definitions
  36. Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous line in The Terminator 'I'll be back' was originally scripted as 'I'll come back'
  37. Only about one third of the World's population can snap their fingers. Can you?
  38. Al Gore's roommate in college (Harvard, class of 1969) was Tommy Lee Jones.
  39. Actor Bill Murray doesn't have a publicist or an agent.
  40. One out of three employees who received a promotion use a coffee mug with the company logo on it.
  41. French author Michel Thaler published a 233 page novel which has no verbs.
  42. 71% of office workers stopped on the street for a survey agreed to say their computer passwords in exchange for a chocolate bar. (I totally would, too)
  43. If you hook Jell-O up to an EEG, it registers movements almost identical to a human adult's brain waves.
  44. Americans take an average of ten days off per year for vacation. In France, the law guarantees everyone five weeks of vacation.
  45. The inventor of Vasaline ate a spoonful of it every morning. (Ewww)
  46. The Nike swoosh was designed by a Portland State University student, and purchased by Nike for $35 (Whoa, that student is owed a little something, I'd say.)
  47. 72% of Americans sign their pets' names on greeting cards they send out. (Guilty)
  48. Amusement park attendance goes up after a fatal accident. People want to ride upon the same ride that killed someone
  49. The average child recognizes over 200 company logos by the time he enters first grade. (Hello, marketing)
  50. The dot that appears over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

So there you go, 50 things you probably didn't know before. Don't say I never teach you anything :)

1 comment:

  1. Wow, these are really intersting little tid-bits of information! Here is my website if you want to check it out. It's new, I just started it last night, but I hope to make it pretty awesome as you have done!