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A little of this and that

on Tuesday, 03 November 2015. Posted in Columns, Opinions

For some crazy reason, I like to collect interesting facts and bits of information. So this week, I dipped into my “trivia pool” and here are some you may find interesting.

  • Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.
  • Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros.
  • Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried underground for thousands of years.
  • Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why It is found in some medicines.
  • Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.
  • If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
  • Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
  • It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times – a very good reason to recycle your glass throwaways!
  • A snail can sleep for three years.
  • The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
  • A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
  • If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.
  • The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashionable to shave them off.
  • Bees must collect nectar from over two million Individual flowers to make half a kilo of honey.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

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