Sunday, May 10, 2009

Amazing Facts

  1. Researches have discovered that eating five or more apples a week is linked to better functioning of the lungs
  2. The word Popcorn is derived from the middle English word "poppe," which means "explosive sound"
  3. Male sea horses are the ones that get impregnated rather than the females. Males have a pouch on their belly that provides incubation for the female's eggs and they can have up to 1500 babies at one time.
  4. In Russia, when flowers are given for a romantic occasions, flowers are given in odds numbers as even number of flowers is given at funerals only.
  5. The most overdue book in the world was borrowed from Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, England and was returned 288 years later.
  6. 53% of women in America would dump their boyfriend if they did not get them anything for Valentine's Day.
  7. When telephone companies first began hiring telephone operators, they chose teenage boys for the job. They switched to women because the teenage boys were wrestling instead of working and pulling pranks on callers.
  8. Ancient Egyptian women used to wear perfume cones made of wax that would melt in the heat letting out a nice fragrance.
  9. The first modern toothbrush was invented in China. Its bristles came from hogs hair or the mane of a horse that were then put into ivory handles.
  10. In ancient Rome, lead poisoning was a prevalent disease amongst the wealthy because of their extensive use of lead. Many Roman women died because of lead poisoning caused by the use of make-up that contained lead.
  11. The first German car to be built solely outside of Germany is the BMW Z3.
  12. The reason why your nose gets runny when you are crying is because the tears from the eyes drain into the nose.
  13. If all the strawberries produced in California annually were put side by side, they would wrap around the Earth fifteen times.
  14. India used to be the richest country in the world until the British invasion in the early 17th Century.
  15. Leather skin does not have any smell. The leather smell that you sense is actually derived from the materials used in the tanning process.
  16. The titan arum flower is the largest flower in the world and gives off a horrible odor that smells like rotting flesh when it blooms.
  17. The Roman emperor Domitian took great pleasure in being secluded in his room for hours and catching flies and stabbing them with pens.
  18. In the 2nd century BC Greek astronomer Erastosthenes accurately measured the distance around the earth at about 40,000 km (24,860 miles) - but nobody believed him.
  19. The record for the most Olympic medals ever won is held by Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina. Competing in three Olympics, between 1956 and 1964, she won 18 medals.
  20. An electric oven uses one kilowatt-hour of electricity in about 20 minutes, but one kilowatt-hour will power a TV for 3 hours, run a 100-watt bulb for 12 hours, and keep an electric clock ticking for 3 months.
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