Fun Facts To Keep Your Brain Cells Moving!

I’ll admit I’m an ID (Investigative Discovery) addict, I’m not just talking about the television series.  When I see or hear something at any given time during the day that peaks my interest, I need to find out more about it.  I usually scour the internet first.  It’s a good way for me to keep my brain active.  So I thought I’d check out some interesting facts or weird trivia that I’m happy to share.  Some may or may not be true but you’re free to check them out for yourselves if you so desire…just something to think about.  Enjoy!

  • Commercial silks originate from reared silkworm pupae which are bred to produce a white colored silk thread with no mineral on the surface. The pupae are killed by either dipping them in boiling water before the adult moths emerge or by piercing them with a needle.
  •  For each minute of the day, 1 billion tons of rain falls on the Earth.
  • The term rule of thumb comes from the old English law that men couldn’t beat their wives with anything wider than their thumb.
  • A cockroach can survive for about a week without its head before dying of starvation.
  • The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches.
  • There are more insects in just one square mile of fertile soil than there are human beings on the entire planet.
  • Hitler and Napoleon both had only one testicle.
  • Jupiter is larger than 1,000 Earths.
  • Depression is the most common cause of disability in women, and approximately 25% of all women will experience severe depression at some point in their lives.
  • The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card.
  • The average person consumes about 430 insects every year of their lives, whether intended or not.
  • It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times.
  • Mosquitos are attracted most to the color blue.
  • On “Black Tuesday,” October 29, 1929, the market lost $14 billion, making the loss for that week an astounding $30 billion, the equivalent of more than $377 billion today.
  • A lightning bolt travels at about 14,000mph and brings 300,000 volts of electricity to the ground.
  • Alligators get from 2,000 to 3,000 teeth during the course of their lifetime.
  • Some archaeologists estimate that the aborigines in Australia have existed for more than 35,000 years.
  • The Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts three naked men with their hands on each other’s shoulders.
  • Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.
  • The risk of a falling meteorite striking a human occurs once every 9,300 years.
  • No piece of square dry paper can be folded more than 7 times in half.
  • In 1899, it was so cold that the Mississippi River froze over its entire length.
  • A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.
  • The average person will shed 40 pounds of skin in his/her lifetime.
  • The heart of a shrimp is located in its head.
  • The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur.
  • The Earth orbits the Sun at 66,700mph.
  • In one day a hurricane can release enough energy to supply all of the nation’s electrical needs for about six months.
  • Humans share 98.4% of our DNA with chimps. In comparison, we share 70% of our DNA with a slug.
  • A woodpecker can peck 20 times per second.
  • The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.
  • Why do Christmas lights come with the warning, “For indoor or outdoor use only”?
  • There are 6,500 windows in the Empire State Building.
  • 70% of the composition of dust in your home is made up of shed human skin and hair.
  • A human heart beats 100,000 times a day.
  • The most dangerous asteroids, those capable of causing major regional or global disasters, usually impact the Earth only once every 100,000 years on average.
  • Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows.
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow (but 75% of the people reading this will try!)
  • There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.

 Now that your mind if filled with an assortment of peculiar information, go outside, take a nice walk and breathe in fresh air.  It’s another fine day!

 “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”   Socrates

Reinventing Ourselves – Debunking Midlife Crisis

Oh, how I dislike the term “midlife crisis.”  Hell, my entire life has been made up of mini-crises over the years.  The only difference now is I am able to recognize and confront them in a more practical sense.  I’m not enticed to attend a male strip club, strut about in leggings or dye my hair multiple shades of pink.  After reading Xaviera Hollander’s book in the mid-70’s, Fifty Shades of Grey seems mundane.  I wouldn’t refuse a nice little red convertible though.

The phrase “midlife crisis” was concocted by a male psychiatrist in the 1960’s as a way to categorize men primarily, as going through a somewhat depressed, unsatisfied, self-reflective stage (think Tom Ewell in The Seven Year Itch or Dudley Moore in Ten).  Men and women alike experience significant life changes and go through moments of self-discovery.  It’s through these changes that we grow stronger. 

Caring for my family has been my main priority however I now give greater urgency toward examining my health status and earning potential.  I am more concerned with protecting my physical and financial situation than I am with getting a weekly mani/pedi or flirting with a buff personal trainer.  (Fortunately, I still embrace my spirited side!)  In an effort to properly secure independence as we age, we must take necessary precautions while we’re young.  My parents were from the old school where they believed it was perfectly fine for the boys to attend college, but it wasn’t necessary for the girls.  Our responsibility should be to our families (assuming all of us would marry).  After high school, I was employed full-time and took whatever professional training classes I felt would help me achieve greater success in my positions.  It was only in my late 30’s, with a toddler at home, that I decided to get my college degree which has been one of my greatest personal achievements.  Thankfully, many mature women are following a similar path today.

While I have managed to attain educational success, I don’t quite have what most would consider a career, yet.  This is why reinvention is important.  In the midst of coping with exorbitant food and gas prices, high unemployment rates and a weakened housing market, I’m taking time to examine my strengths and make them work for me.  Think about how to market yourself.  Everyone has strengths; they just need to be revealed.

The reason I find reinvention so essential is that I don’t want my family members to have to take care of me in my old age.  If my spouse passes, am I financially prepared to properly care for myself?  Between housing and living expenses, health costs and taxes, can I afford to live independently?  If not, I must make immediate changes.  What I would encourage all women to do, whether married or single, with or without children, working or unemployed, is to take an honest look at their finances.  While health is very important, sufficient income can help pay for operations and medications you might otherwise be unable to afford.  The future of our economy is tenuous.  If you haven’t already done so, challenge yourselves to get your finances in order, seeking assistance if necessary.  I’ve seen women dear to me suffer serious financial shortfalls due to insufficient planning and it’s heartbreaking.

The good news is there is an abundance of free information and assistance out there for those who need help with medical resources, financial planning, housing, continuing education, occupational training and so forth.  Those of us without unlimited funds, newly single, unemployed or in poor health can help one another achieve success without stress if we start adequately planning for our future TODAY.  Hindsight is 20/20 and it’s time to take action so we can hold our heads high and maintain our independence well into our golden years.  I for one am back in school and in the process of rediscovery as we speak.  I find it exhilarating.  The possibilities are endless.  What mid-life crisis?  I have no time to wallow in self-pity, frustration or disappointment.  Today is the first day of the rest of my life and it’s going to be great!

 “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”   Norman Vincent Peale