During a typical human life span, the human heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times.
The ancient Roman empress Valeria Messalina liked to work on the side as a prostitute, and won a competition with other prostitutes to see who could take more men.
On the average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily
One million golden orb-weaver spiders lent their silk to create a shimmering, golden textile. Each spider had to be caught and "milked" by hand.
The idea that eating carrots helps you see in the dark was a lie invented by the British Airforce in WW2, in order to explain how British air raids were so successful in the dark without tipping the Germans off on the existence of radar.
The average 1 1/4 lb. lobster is 7 to 9 years old.
German chemists made a replica of a trophy the size of one molecule.
Polish troops raised an orphaned bear cub during WWII. He enjoyed drinking beer, and was trained to salute. He became officially enlisted as a member of the forces, and helped carry artillery during battle.
Evidence shows that the space shuttle Challenger's crew survived the explosion and could have been conscious until the crew cabin hit the ocean. 4 of 5 recovered crew air packs had been activated and pilot switches that could only have been moved manually by a person were moved.
Bears plug their anuses during "hibernation".
"Meat Glue" exists and it's very possible that the steaks you're buying have been glued together from smaller steaks.
The ancient Egyptians worshipped more than 1,000 different gods and goddesses. The most important god of all was Ra, the sun god.
There was a British propaganda film (The Lambeth Walk) produced in 1942 which edited footage of Nazi marches into an apparent dance to a popular tune. The film enraged Joseph Goebbels so much that he was reported to have stormed out of his screening room kicking chairs and yelling profanities.
Paypal was voted one of the 10 worst business ideas of 1999.
In 1982, a 10 year old American schoolgirl wrote a letter to the newly appointed General Secretary of the CPSU asking him why he wanted nuclear war with the United States. She received a personal invitation to visit the Soviet Union, which she accepted.
Studies show that men and women experience the same amount of emotions, however women tend to show it more.
Barack met his wife Michelle Robinson, a South Side Chicago native, while he was interning at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin. She was his mentor and was not initially attracted to him--but after a two-year courtship, they were married in the fall of 1992 at the Trinity United Church of Christ. Reverend Jeremiah Wright presided and would also later baptize their two daughters, Malia Ann (born July 4,1998) and Natasha ("Sasha") (June 10, 2001).
If locked in a completely sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide poisoning before oxygen deprivation.
The idea of making people pay to use public toilets was introduced by the Roman emperor Vespasian, who instituted a 'urine tax' on public conveniences as a way of raising funds following a civil war.
A man injected cocaine into his penis in an attempt to enhance sexual performance. He then had to have part of his leg and 9 fingers amputated, his penis fell off by itself.
Sudden unexpected death syndrome is unexpected death of adolescents and adults which inspired Wes Craven to create Nightmare on Elm Street.
Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
Chiropractors are not doctors and are dangerous, a survey by the Stanford University Stroke Center found that within a 2-year period, 56 strokes had occurred within 24 hours after receiving neck manipulation by a chiropractor. One patient died, and 86% were left with permanent impairment.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite.
There are fewer people with Internet access in the entire continent of Africa than in New York City alone.
The giggle incontinence is the involuntary release of urine in response to giggling or laughter. It may be related to cataplexy, a sudden transient episode of loss of muscle tone often triggered by strong emotions.
Beethoven cut the legs off his piano and placed it on the floor to feel the vibrations.
The monument to the Spanish conquistador Sebastian de Belalcazar was built on the graves of the people he conquered.
The Last Airbender received 5 awards: Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Supporting Actor, and a special award, "Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3D."
Austria was the first country to use postcards.
The phrase "tying the knot" initially came from an ancient Babylonian custom in which threads from the clothes of both the bride and bridegroom were tied in a knot to symbolize the couple's union. Literally tying some type of ceremonial knot at a wedding ceremony can be found across cultures.
A U.S. family tried to spend a year living without Chinese made goods and found it almost impossible. They wrote a book about it.
In 1960, a pilot rode a balloon to the edge of space, then sky-dived back at 988 km/hr.
The CIA drugged the entire French town of Pont-Saint-Esprit with LSD spiked bread in 1951 as an experiment.
A couple from Manchester invited the Queen to their wedding as a joke - and she turned up.
There is a phenomenon among obsessive smart phone users in which they would hear phantom vibrations when there aren't any.
In WWII Britain deceived the Nazis using a dead homeless person, enabling Allied troops to invade Italy.
Drinking ice water burns about 1 calorie per ounce.
Giraffes are unable to cough.
Christmas is a contraction of "Christ's Mass," which is derived from the Old English (first recorded in 1038). The letter "X" in Greek is the first letter of Christ, and "Xmas" has been used as an abbreviation for Christmas since the mid 1500s.
According to scientific studies, a rat's performance in a maze can be improved by playing music written by Mozart.
An 'aglet' is the plastic or metal tip of a shoelace.
It costs $44,563 to incarcerate a prisoner for a year in California-nearly the same price as a year at Harvard University with room and board.
The bodyguard/enforcer for the head of the West Coast Mafia in the 1950's was stabbed to death by a 14 year old girl.
In 1985 five Americans - fans of the University of Texas - were arrested in front of the Vatican for displaying the 'horns' gesture with their hands.
The superstition that the bridegroom must not see his bride before the wedding stems from the days when marriages were arranged and the groom might never have seen the bride. There was the chance that if he saw her, he might bolt. Other sources say that to see the bride in her dress is peering into the future, which can bring bad luck.
The name Adam is believed to have originated from the Hebrew word for earth, "Adamah".
Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
1 in 8 Americans has worked at a McDonalds restaurant.
California has issued 6 drivers licenses to people named "Jesus Christ."
Babies born on 1st January are said to be the luckiest people throughout their lives.
Some Americans believe that GM and some oil corporations were behind the destruction of most of Americas trolley lines.
"Souling" is a medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul cakes.
When we think of Big Ben in London, we think of the clock. Actually, it's the bell.
Tipping at a restaurant in Iceland is considered an insult.
There is a cat in a Rhode Island nursing home that was able to predict 50 patient deaths and would curl up in bed with them till they passed.
In 1386, a pig was publicly executed for killing a child.
Each of us generates about 3.5 pounds of rubbish a day, most of it paper.
Giraffes can lick their own eyes.
Only 1% of bacteria cause disease.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients used in dynamite.
Studies show that social isolation and stress can increase the speed at which breast cancer tumors grow in animal models.
One in five adults admitted to urinating in swimming pools, which means 20% of adults in swimming pools have urinated in it. Red eyes associated with swimming are not caused by chlorine. They are caused by chloramine, a chemical that is created when urine combines with the chlorine already in the pool. In fact, the more strong smelling a pool is, the more contaminated it is.
Notable women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer include "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon (diagnosed at age 40), Sheryl Crow (diagnosed at 44), Kylie Minoque (diagnosed at 36), Elizabeth Edwards (diagnosed at 55), Jaclyn Smith (diagnosed at 56), and Christina Applegate (diagnosed at 36). Other historical figures include Mary Washington (mother of George Washington), Empress Theodora (wife of Justinian), and Anne of Austria (mother of Louis the XIV).
The British Army issues antimicrobial underwear that can be worn for three months at a time.
Unicorns are in the Bible.
The design of the Sonic Hedgehog's shoes were a concept taken from Michael Jackson's boots.
Over 50% of lottery players go back to work after winning the jackpot.
Whales are sometimes born with a leg or two.
Soymilk is found in the refrigerated section simply to convey the image to consumers that it is freshly made, not because it needs to be refrigerated.
Doctors have operated on a 12-year-old boy to rescue a fish from his lung alive.
There are 336 dimples on a regulation US golf ball. In the UK its 330.
The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump!
It is a myth that the hair and nails grow after death.
In Florida, Penalty for horse theft is death by hanging.
In the great fire of London, in 1666, half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.
Your hair is dead and doesn't need washing.
First-cousin marriages are legal in Utah, so long as both parties are 65 or older!
Filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy pumped roughly $200,000,000 into the New Zealand economy.
In the aftermath of Katrina, the neighboring town of Gretna, whose levies held, turned away refugees from New Orleans at gunpoint.
Navy SEALs used to be waterboarded as a part of their training but the process was stopped when no SEAL could pass it, leading to bad morale.
Research suggests that having an older father may increase a child's risk of autism. Children born to men 40 years old or older were almost six times more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder than those born to men younger than 30 years old. Maternal age seems to have little effect on autism risk.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma made his New York recital debut at the 92nd Street Y in 1974.
In 2009, a retired policeman called Geraint Woolford was admitted to Abergale Hospital in north Wales and ended up next to another retired policeman called Geraint Woolford. The men weren't related, had never met and were the only two people in the UK called Geraint Woolford.
Best way to lose weight! The prevalence of obesity is lower in cannabis users than in nonusers.
Largest recorded tsunami measured 60 m above sea level. An 8.9 magnitude earthquake in the gulf of Alaska in 1899 caused it to crash ashore at hundreds of km/hr.
Dogs and cats consume over $11 billion worth of pet food a year!
To prevent inmates from masturbating, doctors at New York's Elmira Reformatory chloroformed masturbators and implanted metal rings through their foreskins.
None of the Beatles knew how to read music. (Paul McCartney eventually taught himself.)"
In the 1700s in Paris, women wore hats with lightning rods attached when venturing outdoors during bad weather. Bad idea.
Former chairman of ES&S, Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, was elected by votes counted on his ES&S machines! The Senate Ethics Committee later caught Hagel lying about his ownership of ES&S!
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired." OUCH...!
A 15-story hotel in China was built in 6 days.
There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world who are victims of human trafficking.
75 percent of Japanese women own vibrators. The global average is 47 percent.
It makes people happier to spend money on others as opposed to themselves.
When male fruit flies lose a fight, they get so depressed that they stop trying to fight other flies, even if they know they can win.
Rats are empathetic and will altruistically lend a helping paw to a cage mate who is stuck in a trap. Not only will rats frantically work to free their trapped cage mate; they will do so even when there's a tempting little pile of chocolate chips nearby, according to the new study. Instead of leaving their pal in the trap and selfishly gobbling the candy all by themselves, rats will free their cage mate and share the chocolate.
In January 2012 a "superpack" of 400 wolves attacked the Siberian town of Verkhoyansk, leading to an official state of emergency.

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