Random interesting facts

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  1. blue_grapefruit

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    These are copied from another site so don't kill me if they are wrong!




    Until the 1960's men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland.

    Gloucestershire airport in England used to blast Tina Turner songs on the runways to scare birds away

    Most cell phone antennas have no purpose other than to make people believe that flipping up a 2 inch antenna just gave them better reception. They are not connected to any circuitry

    You mostly breathe from only one nostril at a time

    Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors

    Native Americans do not have to pay tax on their land

    One quarter of the human brain is used to control the eyes.

    Under extreme stress, some octopuses will eat their own arms

    'Jedi' is an official religion, with over 70,000 followers, in Australia.

    Muhammad is the most common name in the world

    If a surgeon in Ancient Egypt lost a patient while performing an operation, his hands were cut off

    The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene

    Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a 'Friday the 13th'.

    People with blue eyes are better able to see in the dark

    A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

    An egg will float if placed in water in which sugar has been added.

    A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball made of rubber

    When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour

    Men laugh longer, louder, and more often than women

    Unlike dogs, pigs, and some other mammals, humans cannot taste water. They taste only the chemicals and impurities in the water

    The average housewife walks 10 miles a day around the house doing her chores.

    There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C

    The average human body contains enough iron to make a small nail.

    A rat can go without water longer than a camel can.

    Young children can entirely regrow lost fingertips above the top joint, including the bone, skin and nail!

    A kangaroo cannot jump if its tail is off the ground

    97% of all paper money in the US contains traces of cocaine

    Dragonflies have six legs but cannot walk

    The venom of the king cobra is so deadly that just one gram of it can kill 150 people

    Up to the age of six or seven months a child can breathe and swallow at the same time. An adult cannot do this

    If you cut off a snail's eye, it will grow a new one

    During menstruation, the sensitivity of a woman's middle finger is reduced

    The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off.
     
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    Wow some amazing stuff there!
     
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    Fascinating stuff indeed:cool:

    I'll add a couple (also might not be true:D)

    Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

    Since 1978, at least 37 people have died as a result of shaking vending machines, in an attempt to get free merchandise. More than 100 people have been injured.

    Essential Oils are so-called because the oil is the essence of the plant (ESSENCE-ial) not because they are very necessary to have [​IMG]
     
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    Bloomin 'eck! How do they find that out?! :D
     
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    Read it somewhere. Not planning to try it to see if it's true though. Haven't got time :D
     
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    Apple pips contain cyanide. If you ate a cup full of pips in one go it would be enough to kill you.

    Again, I don't have the time to put this to the test!
     
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    Oh dear, such busy people aren't we:( If only we had time to try these things I'm sure our lives would be much more 'restful'

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