Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Random facts

I am shamelessly stealing these almost verbatim from several of Chuck's posts. Some are funny, some are a little scary, and others are downright unbelievable! I have not checked the accuracy of any of these reputed "facts", so if you know for sure that one (or more) is (or are) not true, let me know, OK? And be sure to cite your source.

1. Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only ... Ladies Forbidden", thereby coining the word GOLF.

2. Coca-Cola was originally green. [And all this time I thought that only the glass bottles were green!]

3. You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a spider.

4. Of all the people ever born, one-half are still alive.

5. Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.

6. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.

7. If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction. [I wonder if that's an old source? It's my understanding that couples are allowed only one child. If the baby is a girl, she is often given up for adoption and the couple tries again for a boy. Perhaps I'm wrong? Wouldn't be the first time.]

8. The world's oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old. [Yuk!]

9. Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 0.1 of a calorie. [See? I knew there was a reason my body wasn't consuming enough calories!]

10. The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court.

11. The largest number of children born to one woman is 69 (in Russia). [!?!]

12. It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 muscles to frown. [See #9. I smile too much. If I frowned more, I would be getting more exercise, right?]

13. Teeth are the only parts of the human body that can't repair themselves.

14. The total length of all eyelashes shed by one human in his lifetime is over one hundred feet.

15. Americans consume about 100 acres of pizza per day.

16. Penguins have an organ above their eyes that changes seawater to freshwater.

17. The skin of baby mice is so transparent that you can see the milk flowing into them as they suckle.

18. On average women say 7000 words per day. Men manage just over 2000. [And at least four of those are "Hey, how's it goin'?", particularly on sports talk shows.]

19. Rats can go without water longer than camels. [Now that's a fact I could have done without. Disgusting creatures!]

20. The hyoid bone (throat) is the only bone in the human body not joined to another.


Chuck said...

I shamelessly "borrow" these facts from other sources, too, so I do not vouch for their accuracy. But they are fun, so enjoy!

Goldenrod said...

At least I give credit where credit is due. :)

Craig Peihopa said...

6. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.

It also tastes great!!!! I lived in the tropics for a few years and it is beautiful, even with a spoonful of creamy powdered milk. Divine!!!

Goldenrod said...

There you go, Chuck! Another piece of trivia to add to your collection.

Tammy said...

69 children? She needed a hobby! Oh wait, maybe she did have one! lol. I cannot even imagine 69 kids.

I'm gonna steal this from you and post it on my blog on a slow day. lol. I'll link you. :)

Goldenrod said...

"Maybe she did have one?" Hilarious, Tammy!