Here are 33 mind-blowing facts
1. Each person’s tongue print is unique.
2. Despite what most people believe. The tongue is not the strongest muscle in the human body.
3. Sarcasm increases creativity.
4. Scientists claim most internet trolls are narcissistic, sadistic and psychopathic in nature.
5. In 1897, Bayer, who is the maker of Aspirin, once marketed the drug heroin., (Why I’m not surprised!)
6. Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes.
If someone has to sleep in the car, he/she should leave one of the car windows open 2–3 cm. The reason is that the air can be heavier, and oxygen levels will be lower. Consequently, they might faint and then the oxygen will gradually be reduced enough to kill that person.
7. David Atchison was the president of US for one day.
8. Former U.S. president Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard in his youth at a beach near Dixon, Illinois and saved over 77 lives.
9. Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning 7 times and survived.
10. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was a survivor of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings during WW2.
11. The Longest word in English is 1909 letters, and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.
12. The search engine Google got its name from the word “googol,” which refers to the number one with a hundred zeros after it.
At first, the founders wanted to call the search engine “BackRub” but they changed their mind.
13. The sound made by the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is so loud that it can be heard 40 kilometers away.
14. An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811, caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards.
15. Lake Nyos in Cameroon belches carbon dioxide. Its poisonous burps killed 1,800 people in one night in August 1986.
In the evening of August 21, farmers living near the lake heard rumbling.
At the same time, a white cloud collected over the water. It grew to 100 m tall and flowed across the land. Before villagers could understand what happened, they were all unconscious.
The cloud had killed the people 25 km from the lake. Few people survived.
16. Medical research has found substances in mistletoe that can slow down tumor growth.
17. The largest living organism on earth is a giant fungus. It covers 10 square kilometres in Oregon, USA. It is thought to be around 2,400-8650 years old.
18. There are no two zebras who have stripes that are exactly the same.
19. A chicken with red earlobes tend to produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes tend to produce white eggs.
20. The fastest land animal is Cheetah. It has a recorded speed of 109–120 km/h.
21. Since the early 18th century, St. Bernard dogs were kept by monks in Switzerland to save people trapped into the snow.
For about 200 years, these heroic dogs have saved more than 2000 lives.
22. The first planet to be discovered with a telescope was Uranus by William Herschel on 13 March 1781.
23. Neptune was the only planet to be discovered by mathematics.
The mathematician Alexis Bouvard published a series of astronomical tables detailing the orbit of Uranus.
In 1821 Astronomers observed that Uranus wobble from its predicted orbit from time to time. The theory was that another “planet” was causing this.
So, two astronomers John Adams, and Urbain Le Verrier made the calculations to predict the Neptune’s position.
24. The astronomers above were not the first to observe Neptune. That honour goes to Galileo Galilei. While sketching the moons of Jupiter, he drew Neptune, which happened to be in conjunction with Jupiter in late 1612.
25. The Great Pyramids used to be as white as snow because they were encased in a bright limestone.
26. Robert Walpole of England borrowed a book from the Sydney Sussex college in 1668.
The book was returned 288 years later. (And the librarian in my city complains when I delay one day.)
27. The IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war. (The world might be destroyed, but you’ll still pay taxes…)
28. In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10. The reason is that it’s a time where brand and logo are positioned nicely.
29. The story of Mulan had been told in China for almost 1,400 years before Disney decided to make it into an animated movie.
Her story was originally described in a poem known as Ballad of Mulan. But, there isn’t enough proof she was a real person.
30. Most lipstick contains fish scales. Check at the ingredients list for “Guanine”.
31. Coca-Cola was created in 1886 by Pharmacist John Pemberton. It was made by mixing the coca-leaf extract with Bordeaux wine. To avoid liquor regulations, he chose to mix his coca-leaf extract with sugar syrup instead of wine. He also added kola-nut extract.
32. Coca-Cola didn’t become cocaine-free till 1929.
33. “Stepan” is the only company in the US that is allowed to import coca leaves, mostly from Peru.