Strange But True Facts....
What's strange in life I hear you cry. Well just about anything and everything. Here are some of the mind boggling TRUE facts I've come across over the years. Have a read and you'll see that the world is completely bonkers!!.
Your body is creating and killing 15 million red blood cells per second! The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card! There is one slot machine in Las Vegas for every eight inhabitants! During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that's the weight of about 6 elephants! Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they cant find any food! The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old. In space, astronauts cannot cry properly, because there is no gravity, so the tears can't flow down their faces! There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S, than real ones! About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30! More people use blue toothbrushes, than red ones! Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe.
Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails! Humans blink over 10,000,000 times a year! As you age, your eye color gets lighter. The average chocolate bar has 8 insect legs in it. There is enough fuel in a full tank of a jumbo jet to drive an average car four times around the world. Hawaii is moving toward Japan 4 inches every year. Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot. Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot. More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed each year from using products that are made for right-handed people. For every person on earth, there are an estimated 200 million insects. When glass breaks, the cracks move at speeds of up to 3,000 miles per hour. "Bookkeeper" is the only word in English language with three consecutive Double letters.
There are as many chickens on earth as there are humans. It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood. Bone is five times stronger than steel. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance. About 75 acres of pizza are eaten in in the U.S. Everyday. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never telephoned His wife or mother because they were both deaf. 250 people have fallen off the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Bamboo can grow up to 3 ft in 24 hours. Due to gravitational effects, your weigh slightly less when the moon is directly overhead. All the planets in our solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus. It is the only planet that rotates clockwise. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
A normal person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a Few weeks. By the time you turn 70, your heart will have beat some two-and-a-half billion times (figuring on an average of 70 beats per minute.) During the 2,475,576,000 seconds of the average length life, averagely we speak 123,205,750 words, have sex 4,239 times, shed 121 pints of tears. An average human speak 4,800 words in 24 hours. A normal person laughs five times in a day. The 73% of people who buy Valentine's Day flowers are men, while only 27 percent are women. A cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds up to 60 mph.
The average person spends two weeks waiting for a traffic light to change. An average human produce 1.43 pints sweat in a day. According to German researchers, the risk of heart attack is higher on Monday than any other day of the week. By age sixty, most people have lost half of their taste buds. In the late 19th century, millions of human mummies were used as fuel for locomotives in Egypt where wood and coal was scarce, but mummies were plentiful. 90% of the Vitamin C present in Brussel Sprouts are lost in cooking. The cosmos contains approximately 50,000,000,000 galaxies. An average person uses the bathroom 6 times per day. Every year around 1 billion Valentine cards are sent . After Christmas it's a single largest seasonal card-sending occasion. Cotton, rags and paper take 6 months to break down.
The percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland/Disney World is 70%. Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation. A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable. The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, and Diamonds - Julius Caesar. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P. Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village". The word "samba" means "to rub navels together." Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5pm. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize that *this* was the day of the changeover.
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo. In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam." Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson." More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes. The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified was to poke someone's eye out. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes. Paper money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton. The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F. Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker. Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula." It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of its mouth. Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again. Horses are unable to throw up. That makes them very vulnerable to food poisoning. Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar, in "Midnight Cowboy." Her entire role lasted only six minutes.
Strange American Laws....
Alabama, Putting salt on a railway track may be punishable by death, whilst bogies may not be flicked into the wind. In California, community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water. In Florida, If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle. It is illegal to put ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas. In Massachusetts, an old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public. Pennsylvania, a special cleaning ordinance bans housewives from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling. In Washington, a law to reduce crime states: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town". In Texas, it is legal to commit a homicide as long as you tell the person when, and how you are going to kill them. New Mexico, females are strictly forbidden to appear unshaven in public. In Maine, you may not step out of a plane in flight. In South Bend, Indiana, it is illegal to make a monkey smoke a cigarette. In Hawaii you will be fined if you do not own a boat. In Florida, men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown. Connecticut, you can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour. In California, it is illegal to eat an orange in your bath tub.
I'm always on the lookout for strange facts. Click the link at the top of the page to email me your favourites."