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

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