Friday, January 6, 2017
Interesting Random Facts: No. 3
A snail can sleep for three years.
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.
Turtles can breathe through their butts.
Pearls melt in vinegar.
Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, was afraid of mice.
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
A Young Donkey
Most lipstick contains fish scales.
Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
In the 1800's, people believed that gin could cure stomach problems.
It took approximately 2.5 million blocks to build the Pyramid of Giza, which is one of the Great Pyramids.
The Great Pyramid of Giza
Thomas Edison designed a helicopter that would work with gunpowder. It ended up blowing up and also blew up his factory.
The Netherlands has built 800 miles of massive dikes and sea walls to hold back the sea.
One pair of rats has the potential for 15,000 descendants in a year. A female can produce up to twelve litters of twenty rats a year.
Male and female rats may have sex twenty times a day.
The rat has been called the world's most destructive mammal - other than man.
Rats destroy an estimated 1/3 of the world's food supply each year.
25% of all fires of unknown origin are rat-caused.
26% of all electric cable breaks and 18% of all phone cable disruptions are caused by rats.
Members of the armed forces and the police cannot vote in the Dominican Republic.
US tops the world in plastic surgery procedures. Next comes Mexico.
22% of American women aged 20 gave birth while in their teens. In Switzerland and Japan, only 2% did so.
Mexican women spend 15.3% of their life in ill health.
Most people in Zimbabwe don't live to see their 40th birthday.
Some of the People of Zimbabwe
The Mall in Washington, D.C. is 1.4 times larger than Vatican City.
The women of Iceland earn two-thirds of their nation's university degrees.
72% of people in Mali earn less than $1 per day.
Some of the People of Mali
The top 8 most developed countries all speak Germanic languages. Every such country is in the top 20.
Two-thirds of the world's kidnappings occur in Colombia.
America puts many more of its citizens in prison than any other nation.
Two-thirds of the world's executions occur in China.
You are 66 times more likely to be prosecuted in the USA than in France.
The Chico, California, City Council enacted a ban on nuclear weapons, setting a $500.00 fine for anyone detonating one within city limits.
Sex is the safest tranquilizer in the world. It is 10 times more effective than valium.
All humans are 99.9% genetically identical and 98.4% of human genes are the same as the genes of a chimpanzee.
Sex is biochemically no different from eating large quantities of chocolate.
A man's beard grows fastest when he anticipates sex.
Male bats have the highest rate of homosexuality of any mammal.
The average shelf-life of a latex condom is about two years.
Consuming chocolate was once considered a sin during the 16th and 17th century.
Acorns were used as a coffee substitute during the American Civil War.
Chocolate was used as medicine during the 18th century. It was believed that chocolate could cure a stomach ache.